Favorite Things Blog Hop

Welcome to I Want to be a Super Teacher!  I'm so excited to be participating in this AMAZING blog hop!
Here are just a few of my favorite things.
Classroom Supply Fave
One of my teaching favorites and absolute must haves are Paper Mate felt pens for correcting.  I am not a fan of red inking everything up and hate pens that leak, so these beautiful multi-colored babies are perfect for me.  I have them in every teaching bag, mug, and basket from school to home so one is always at my fingertips. I'm also a sucker for colored Expo markers.  I just need colors other than red, black, and green so the multi-packs (pink! baby blue!) are an absolute necessity.
Beauty Fave
This year one of my sweeties said, "Mrs. Smith, I was going to get you makeup for your birthday, but then noticed you never wear any."  I chose to take this as a compliment that my makeup application is so flawless that eight-year-old girls can't even tell I'm wearing it, rather than taking it as my face looks so awful I couldn't possibly be wearing foundation let alone lipstick.  :)

Despite opinions to the contrary, I do actually wear makeup and Neutrogena is my favorite!  I used to use Clinique when I was living off of my parents, but Neutrogena is everywhere, recommended by my dermatologist, and much cheaper than the former.  I'm currently loving their Moisturizing Color Sticks. They're way better than regular lipstick and keep my lips nice and soft even through these freezing cold Michigan winters.
Restaurant (Movie Theater/Drafthouse) Fave 
We absolutely LOVE the Alamo Drafthouse in downtown Kalamazoo.  It's an amazing movie theater with yummy food, great beer, and all the indie movies you could ask for.  There's nowhere else in town you can have a raspberry ale, followed by an arugula pizza, all while watching a Sixteen Candles quote-a-long (I heart Jake Ryan!).
Favorite Thing to Do During the Holidays
Hanging out with these two during the holidays is, hands down, the best thing ever!
Mix and match any three from this list and it's been a perfect day {sleep in, make pancakes, sip coffee leisurely, cuddle Lily the minpin, Facetime with family, go out to brunch, go to a movie, watch an HBO show, sit and watch snow, cook a crockpot meal, watch an old favorite holiday DVD, make a mid-day cup of tea, wrap up in a blanket, take a nap, hang out with my hubby, go out to a yummy dinner, shop online, listen to music while cooking a warm dinner}

(and yes, my dog is wearing a fluffy fur coat - Michigan winters are freezing!)
Favorite Store
I am a crazy online shopper!  The only things I buy at an actual store are jeans and swimsuits (Ugh!). Amazon is by far my favorite online site.  From classroom books, to dog treats, to paper towels, I buy pretty much everything from them.  So for my favorite things prize I'm donating an Amazon Gift Card!  The lucky winner of my prize pack will get a $25 Amazon gift card from me, along with a lot of other exciting "favorite" gifts from other bloggers, so make sure you enter below.    


In addition to the amazing prize packs, all the bloggers participating in the blog hop will be putting select TpT items from their stores for 50% off.  You can search #myfavoritethings2014 on TpT to find all the items or look for the featured products in each store. 

Because we value our followers and wanted to treat you to our favorite things Oprah style, we have put together the best giveaway of the season! My bloggy friends and I welcome you to the best, biggest, most cheerful event of the season:


7 winners for 7 prize packs!






Come and enter the giveaway and check out my bloggy friends' favorite things:
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Let the Winter Break Countdown Begin! Freebies, Osbert, and RACK Sacks

Here we go!  Three weeks baby!

I'm currently mentally preparing myself for the weeks ahead (so much to do!) and starting my look for fun new freebies and/or holiday activities.  If you're in the same boat, here are a few from me.

First, four holiday printables including a holiday tree dot game, Santa's flight path geography, holiday word work and letter writing paper.
Ideas and freebies for December in the elementary classroom includes free printables, student gifts, and an idea for Random Acts of Classroom Kindness (RACK)
Second, in case you're in the  "I NEED 30 GIFTS for ZERO DOLLARS" mode, use these editable coupons.  My students always love sitting in my chair or bringing a stuffed animal to class for a day and they don't cost me a thing.
Ideas and freebies for December in the elementary classroom includes free printables, student gifts, and an idea for Random Acts of Classroom Kindness (RACK)
Looking for a great read aloud?  This one is my holiday favorite!  The pictures are beautiful and the story is so sweet.  You can even use it as a mentor text and do a quickwrite about gift stories (birthdays, holidays, etc.) if you're thinking of actually teaching next week.  :)
Lastly,  if you're thinking of doing RACK (Random Acts of Classroom Kindness), think about making RACK Sacks.  We use these like stockings.  Students write letters or compliments for classmates, teachers deliver them to RACK Sacks and the kids get to open these on the last day before the break.
 Ideas and freebies for December in the elementary classroom includes free printables, student gifts, and an idea for Random Acts of Classroom Kindness (RACK)
Have a great three weeks and happy countdown time!
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Need a Quick and Easy Teacher Halloween Costume? Be a Super Teacher!


It's my favorite month and it's already October 20th!  Gah!

One of the good things about having a new job (I should probably write a blog post about that) is that I can recycle all of my old costumes and they're NEW.  Sweet!
Looking for a teacher Halloween costume?  This post includes a free Super Teacher iron-on printable with links to other items to finish off the outfit
If you're needing something easy, yet new, check out my Super Teacher freebie patterns.  You can use them with some iron on paper (buy at Target or Amazon) to make your own Super Teacher tee. Then, just pair with shorts/jeans/running skirt/fancy mesh tutu/cape and you're ready to go.  If you want a fancy belt like the ones above Amazon has tons of great color choices similar to the ones we wore in the pic above here.
Looking for a teacher Halloween costume?  This post includes a free Super Teacher iron-on printable with links to other items to finish off the outfit
If you want to be really low maintenance and not mess with an iron, then print the Super Teacher pattern on an 8.5x11 sheet of sticky label paper, peel, stick and you're ready to go.  Quick and easy.  :)  If your year is going anything like mine (note lack of blog posts), quick and easy might just be the way to go!

And . . . bonus!  Come February- glue 100 beads to your Super Teacher shirt and you're ready for Hundreds Day.  Confession: I might be getting lazy in my old teacher age.  Although at least I made sure my beads color coordinated with the Super Tee.  :)
Looking for a teacher Halloween costume?  This post includes a free Super Teacher iron-on printable with links to other items to finish off the outfit

Happy Halloween,
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Show Us What You Bought Linky - My Back to School Buys

I'm beyond thrilled that I actually know what I'll be doing next year (more info on that in a later post) and could do some serious shopping at the Teachers Pay Teachers Back to School Sale.  There's a super fun linky over at Blog Hoppin' where tons of bloggers are sharing what they bought.  There's some amazing stuff out there!
Tonight is the last night to stock up while getting unbelievable discounts, so check out these fantastic items I purchased and hop on over to TpT!  The amount of time and effort that went into each of the products I purchased today is mind boggling!  Not only is the work of these amazing educators saving me tons of time, but they are also helping every one of my students, all while making me look good.  Teachers are the BEST!!!
I'm super excited about this Reader's Notebook bundle!  Not only are there TONS of graphic organizers included, but there are also differentiated versions of the same response sheets, plus I love his style.  The layout of the pages and the graphics are modern and clean. LOVE!
I've been eyeing these morning work books for a LONG time, but never taken the leap from stalker to buyer.  I finally did today!  These look amazing for spiral review and the ENTIRE year is included.
Ideas by Jivey is quite a fabulous little product creator!  I love her ideas for teaching with authentic texts.  I bought her reading and writing units, along with her mentor sentences pack (a whole year of resources!) and am so excited to use them this year!  I only wish I'd thought of this idea first because it's a FANTASTIC one!

Those are my very exciting purchases!

I just finished the August Homework Menu Pack and added it to the Super Homework Pack and am crazy excited about these products!  I spent the entire 2013-14 school year working solely on homework menu products and now I'm DONE!  Check them out if you're interested in starting a differentiated homework system, adding items to your already awesome system, or if you are interested in printables to use as homework and for classroom mini-lessons. There are a TON of printables in there and everything is zero prep for you!  

Happy shopping!  The best thing about shopping at TpT is I never have buyer's remorse. Amazing teachers deserve all the moolah we can give them!  :)
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Need an easy end of year tradition? Wonka Week!

Our last weeks (we finish up with kiddos June 6th) have been so busy that I didn't have the time for Camp Coyote.  Instead, I pulled out the tried and true Wonka Week.  If you're still in school and need a little something to motivate those little ones, this might do the trick.  If you're already out (summer!!!) then put this in your little bag-o-tricks for another year. Here's a few things we did for Wonka Week.
Ideas for Wonka Week in the elementary classroom - perfect for the end of the year or any time you need to mix up your classroom management!
Wonka Tickets
Throughout Wonka week(s) these are the new incentives for student behavior.  All students who receive a Wonka ticket get put in a drawing to get a small candy bar at the end of the day.  If they draw a candy bar that contains a lucky Golden Ticket then they get one of the BIG prizes.
Ideas for Wonka Week in the elementary classroom - perfect for the end of the year or any time you need to mix up your classroom management!
For maximum effect put out the candy bars and prizes a day or two before you introduce the Wonka tickets. My little second graders' curiosity was piqued after an hour looking at the candy.  The cool candy jar our PTO gave us for Teacher Appreciation Week didn't hurt either.  Way better than a glass bowl.
Ideas for Wonka Week in the elementary classroom - perfect for the end of the year or any time you need to mix up your classroom management!
If you're interested in a little Wonka motivation you can get free copies of the golden tickets I use here.  Then all you need to do is print these out and do a little candy bar finagling (see my finagling steps pictured below). 
Ideas for Wonka Week in the elementary classroom - perfect for the end of the year or any time you need to mix up your classroom management!Ideas for Wonka Week in the elementary classroom - perfect for the end of the year or any time you need to mix up your classroom management!Ideas for Wonka Week in the elementary classroom - perfect for the end of the year or any time you need to mix up your classroom management!

Wonka Factories
Ideas for Wonka Week in the elementary classroom - perfect for the end of the year or any time you need to mix up your classroom management!
How cute are these?  For math we worked on creating our own Wonka Factory floors. Students get a letter from Willy Wonka asking them to design a new floor for his factory. They have rooms they have to include and then get to add rooms of their choice with any left over area.  Here are the results.  I always love hearing them talk about their ideas for candy rooms.  Jelly bean fountain!  Cotton candy island!  :)  You can get this product that includes 2 differentiated versions of this project in my TpT Store.  
Ideas for Wonka Week in the elementary classroom - perfect for the end of the year or any time you need to mix up your classroom management!
Ideas for Wonka Week in the elementary classroom - perfect for the end of the year or any time you need to mix up your classroom management!
Ideas for Wonka Week in the elementary classroom - perfect for the end of the year or any time you need to mix up your classroom management!
Ideas for Wonka Week in the elementary classroom - perfect for the end of the year or any time you need to mix up your classroom management!
Ideas for Wonka Week in the elementary classroom - perfect for the end of the year or any time you need to mix up your classroom management!
Ideas for Wonka Week in the elementary classroom - perfect for the end of the year or any time you need to mix up your classroom management!
Ideas for Wonka Week in the elementary classroom - perfect for the end of the year or any time you need to mix up your classroom management!
Ideas for Wonka Week in the elementary classroom - perfect for the end of the year or any time you need to mix up your classroom management!
Ideas for Wonka Week in the elementary classroom - perfect for the end of the year or any time you need to mix up your classroom management!
Wonka Science
Tons of fun and easy science experiments can be centered around candy:
Which candy bars will sink when put in water? Which will float?
What will happen when a Gobstopper is put in water? soda? juice? vinegar?
What will happen when you put Skittles in water? (The S floats!)
Ideas for Wonka Week in the elementary classroom - perfect for the end of the year or any time you need to mix up your classroom management!
Of course we had to do a little movie watching as well - gotta love that Gene Wilder.  I think I love this movie even more as an adult than I did as a kid.  Classic!    
Ideas for Wonka Week in the elementary classroom - perfect for the end of the year or any time you need to mix up your classroom management!
Happy end of the year!  May your students be happy, kind, and only minimally squirrel-like,  
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