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Writers Workshop Bulletin Boards Giveaway

I'm frighteningly excited about the writing bulletin board product I finished today!  It's taken me forever to finish it as I wanted to include lots of font and color choices.  400 pages later and they're done.  Hurray!  

I started the "Think Like a Writer, Write Like a Writer" board after taking an author study course forever ago and have been collecting quotes ever since.  After reading Katie Wood Ray's (I highly recommend it!) book The Writing Workshop:Working Through the Hard Parts (And They're All Hard Parts) I started tying the board in with my writing mini-lessons and conferring, and now I plan to use the What Can I Do? section as a place where my students can track their individual writing goals -- putting post-its on the board like they do for reading Cafe. 

My board last year didn't look as pretty as I hope it will this year.  I'm printing out my new version in fancier fonts with borders.  Yipee!

 I love this quote! and the font too.  Thanks Kevin & Amanda!

I'm super excited about these and hope some of you other teacher bloggy friends can use these too.  I'll send the first two commenters a copy.  Don't forget to leave your e-mail address so I can get these to you.


Dollar Days Sale! $1 and $2 items for two days only!

I'm so excited to be part of The Lesson Cloud's Dollar Days Sale!  On July 29th and 30th the Lesson Cloud Authors have put many of their Teachers Pay Teachers items on sale for $1 or $2.

Check out The Lesson Cloud blog for links to the many products on sale.  Stock up for back to school and find some new amazing teachers to buy from!

Make sure you read all about how to win the $75 to Really Good Stuff giveaway on The Lesson Cloud post about the sale.

Here are the links to my Dollar Days products.  They will be on sale from 12 am on the 29th to 11:59 pm on the 30th (MST).

Hope you find some great stuff and enjoy what's left of the summer!


Teacher Dresses an Award and a Giveaway

I've been slacking on blogging due to sleeping in, playing with my doggie, doing some exciting stuff I've never done around Denver with my hubby (restaurants! plays! zoo! science museum!), playing on Vista Print, Internet shopping, and trying to get my writing bulletin boards ready for TpT.

I intended to post about all the stuff I'm getting done for my classroom, but since I haven't really done much that can be shown to others (all the planning and thinking and pinning I'm doing doesn't translate into a picture for a blog), I figured I'd show you my two new teacher dresses.

A few words about teacher clothing:
Teacher clothing can be tricky.  You want to look cute, but you have to be comfy.  You also have to take into consideration you're on your knees, sitting cross-legged, bending over, doing recess duty in all sorts of weather, speed walking, and sweating all day long.  When buying teacher dresses you have to consider how they will look to eight-year-old eyes from a variety of angles.  How will you look when you're on top of a desk trying to fix the projector on the ceiling?  When jumping to kill a wasp?  When doing the cargo net to show the kids it's not that scary?  Plus you don't want some kid asking you if you're pregnant or telling you you look fat.  Children's honesty when it comes to the way you look can be brutal.  :)

I've found that as an elementary school teacher you can get away with some pretty crazy patterns.  If you strut around like you own it (and of course add some cute boots and jewelry), any dress can fit into the "so ugly it's cute" category - like a squish-faced pug or a cross-eyed chihuahua.  With that in mind, here are my two purchases that just came yesterday!

I thought I would like the colorful one more, but the polka dot one is so soft and comfy.  It probably needs a belt of some kind, but it's my favorite of the two.  I bought both of these dresses on (the link here is my personalized invite link).  I love and too.

Now the hard part:
Keeping the dresses in my closet until August 15th unworn.  I am a sucker for wearing new clothes.  I'm going to try my best though. It's always so much more fun to have new clothes on the first days of school.

On another note, some very sweet teacher bloggers have nominated me for the Liebster blog.  Thank you to Brigid at Bridgid's Daily Lesson Log and Sailing Second Grade Seas for giving me this very kind award.

The rules of the Liebster Blog Award are to link back to those who gave it to you and to nominate five blogs with 200 followers or less. I'm working on my nominees and will update this blog post when I find them.  

I also wanted to tell you about another 500 follower giveaway over at I Love 1st Grade that I'm donating a product for.  Two winners will receive all 31 prizes!  Wow!  Hop on over and enter before 12 am on July 30th.


Finally! Giveaways! . . . and a Prize!

I have been taking forever to finish getting my reading and writing bulletin boards ready for TpT, and today I finally finished my readers workshop bulletin boards pack.  Hurrah!

I'm taking part in Wild About Teaching's 500 follower giveaway -- it's a good one!  Sunday the 15th is the final day to enter, so get on it if you haven't already.
500 Follower Giveaway copy

I'm also giving away two copies of my Daily Schedule and Visual Schedule on Teacher's Notebook.  This giveaway also ends on the 15th.  Click on the pics to go to the giveaways.

If you would like a copy of the Readers Workshop bulletin boards pack I just uploaded (one minute ago actually), I will give away a free copy to the first two commenters who leave me their e-mail address.  The file is over 2MB, so make sure you have room in your inbox.

This is my first attempt at giving away free stuff from my blog, so I hope someone wants it.  :)


Summer Stuff #2 - The Service Station Freebie

As you're preparing for fall (and possibly cleaning and/or moving your classroom) are you coming across any classroom projects you don't need done immediately, but definitely want finished sometime during the school year?  Do you ever have a parent volunteer come into your room staring eagerly at you and think "Crapfest!  I have nothing for them to do!"?  If so, this post might be for you!

I don't like scurrying around like a crazed raccoon looking for projects for parent helpers who show up unannounced (or sometimes announced, but I forgot they were coming), so I have a Service Station.  This is just really a fancy name for a-place-I-throw-all-the-stuff-I-need-done-and-am-willing-to-let-someone-else-do.  It looks much better if you put a fancy schmancy sign by it and give it a name.  Common projects/tasks I toss into the Service Station are: cutting and pasting items for upcoming projects, grading, copies, organizing materials, hall display items, taping and labeling library books, items that need to be cleaned or fixed, filing, and of course shrinking chip bags and making CHIP trophies.  If you have no idea what this means see this post.  I highly recommend CHIP trophies!    

If you'd like one too, tidy up a table or corner of your classroom and set up a Service Station of your own.  Train your parent helpers to look here first for projects that need making, papers that need grading, masters that need copying, or any other work that needs doing.

Use this simple freebie poster to label your Service Station for all those parent volunteers you'll surely have breaking down your door come fall.  They'll feel so fabulously needed and you'll look so very organized and superteachery when they see your lovely piles-o-work just waiting for a special volunteer like them! 

If you're interested in more of my Summer Stuff Series, focused on easy items to make or think about implementing in your classroom next year, check out these posts:


I'm Versatile!

Thank you to Diane at Schoolhouse Treasures for giving me The Versatile Blogger Award.  What fun!
Here are the rules for this fabulous little award.

1.  Thank the blogger who nominated you.
2.  Include a link to their site.
3.  Include the award image in your post.
4.  Give 7 random facts about yourself.
5.  Nominate 15 other bloggers for the award.
6.  When nominating, include a link to their site.
7.  Let other bloggers know they've been nominated.  

Here are the versatile blogs I'd like to nominate for this award.  These are my "go to" blogs that I always make sure I read when they update.  I love their ideas, humor, creativity and/or writing style.  I know that some of them have already received this award, but I always figure it's nice to know someone thinks you're great, no matter how many times you've heard it before, as I'm sure many of these ladies have.  :)

Seven random facts:
1.  My minpin, Lily, has a fuzzy winter coat, a pumpkin costume, a CU hoodie, an Olivia the Pig dress and a teddy bear sweater.

2.  I have two fake teeth and a whole lot of awful orthodontic-related memories.
3.  To celebrate the end of every school year I always watch Dazed and Confused. Alright, Alright, Alright.  :)   
4.  Starbucks and I are very good friends. We were introduced six years ago and haven't parted since.  Thank you my sweet teammate Taren for getting me coffee with 6 pumps until I acquired a taste for a regular latte.  

5.  I almost cut my left index finger off with a paper cutter during my first month of teaching (thank heaven for fingernails!)
6.  I can link any two celebrities Kevin Bacon style through people they've dated and/or movies/TV shows they've been in.

7.  I have a (not so secret) crush on Jake Ryan (yes, I know he isn't real), Joseph Gordon Leavitt (he is though!), Joe Mangeniello (oh Magic Mike how I appreciated you!), and Johnny Depp between the ages of 18-40 (. . . sigh)