Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Teacherspayteachers SALE

I am having a teacherspayteachers back to school SALE! Visit my store for some great deals!!! :)

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Last week of Summer...

This upcoming week will be my last week of summer. I'm kind of sad that summer will be ending, but always look forward to going back to school, especially since I'll be on a new hall this year. This past week has consisted of:

  • Going to school to set up my new classroom.
  • Making new TPT products
  • Working on my Master ISN
  • Shopping, shopping, shopping
Yesterday, my sister came with me to school to help put up my bulletin boards. I figured I'd put her to work before she leaves for college on Monday! :) My front board has a cute lime green chevron pattern. I think I've decided this will be my board for absent students/make up work.
I have no idea why the picture came out so bright! And the owls are totally there to cover up mistakes! Shhhh!

Here is my back board. This year, we are implementing PBIS at our middle school. Our motto at school is PROWL. Since I'm on the PBIS team, I figured I would dedicate my whole back board to how to PROWL in the classroom.

Andddd my classroom is still a mess. I'm hoping to go back to school one last time on Thursday to clean up and finish putting stuff away, and then I won't have to come back to school for a whopping 3 days before school starts.

I've been trying to work on TPT stuff because I know when school starts, I won't have a lot of time to dedicate to it. I've been making inserts for my ISN and posting them in my TPT store. Hopefully there are some teachers out there that need them! They range from $1.00 to $1.50, depending on how much is in the download. Hopefully I can get to the point where I can just sell bundles.

I've been working on my master copies of my ISN for Algebra and Geometry. I'm really trying to get as much done as I can so for once, I can be ahead! I'm only one chapter ahead in Algebra and only three sections in for Geometry. Here are some pictures of the first couple pages of my ISN that I will expect my kids to have as well.

Here is the table of contents that you can download for FREE in my TPT store. I like how clean it looks in the ISN compared to having students draw lines...cause you know how their lines can look!

Here is a copy of my ISN expectations and the rubric I will be grading them by. Last year, my kids had questions about why we were so particular about our markings in the notebook and even what an interactive notebook was. They've never heard of it before. So I created this to glue into their notebook for them to know why we use it, what to expect, and how they're going to be graded. This is also in my TPT store as a FREE download.

Here is a table that I made for students to keep up with their username and passwords for various apps and websites. Last year, my district moved to a 1:1 ipad classroom. My students ALWAYS forgot their logins and passwords, especially after their ipads were taken up to be synced. So, I'm hoping this will eliminate that! This is also in my TPT store for FREE.

And lastly, here is a copy our PBIS matrix for CLASSROOM. I'm on the PBIS team, so I felt that it was important for my students to have this in their notebook as a reference.

Whew! That was a lot!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Tax Free Weekend and New Products!

This past weekend was tax free weekend in NC (and the last one we will have). I definitely took advantage of all of school supply sales and hit up the teacher stores in Raleigh. Staples had a great deal on 5 pack mechanical pencils for 25 cents, so I had to get up to the limit! I also went to Target where they had a good deal on glue sticks, colored pencils, and mechanical pencils. I have a huge stash of mechanical pencils from purchasing them when they are so cheap over summer. Of course I buy them for my kiddos, but then I never give them away because it's so hard for me to part with them!

I then went to the teach me store and stone's in raleigh where I bought border and other necessities. Does anyone ever feel the need to purchase border every year, even though you know you have enough and don't need it? Yeah, that's me! Every summer, I buy cute border that I know I don't need, and then I end up with packs that I haven't even used yet! There needs to be some kind of school supply addict meeting that I can go to!

Another thought - I noticed that I am all over the place with the theme in my room! Last year was easy - polka dots everywhere! This year, I'm torn between chevron, zebra print, and polka dots. And what's worse is that I've been buying all these decorations and border that are all these different prints and don't match at all! And because I am torn between all these patterns, I'm crazy enough to mix all of them and make it work! They are just so cute, I can't not use them!

Lastly, I've been working on my TPT store. I'm trying to get as much done as I can now because I know when school starts (in 2 weeks, yikes!) I know I won't have a lot of time to mess around with it. I posted a couple new products, including a foldable freebie that I promised a couple posts ago that I would load. Go to my store and check it out (and it would be super duper awesome if you left a comment!) And while you're there, you should totally "follow" me for updates on new products! And, I see a back to school sale in the near, near future....  :)

Foldable for Math Keywords for translating expressions. Comes with foldable, pictures of examples, and 2 practice sheets to all glue in your interactive notebook!

6th and 8th grade math common core posters. Just print, laminate, and hang around your room for you students to see! Also, if you're not a fan of the polka dots, but want the product, please let me know! I am willing to change the backgrounds to fit your needs!

Friday, August 2, 2013

Where did summer go?

Summer has FLOWN by! I can't believe it is August already. I've been reading up on my fave blogs, and  it seems like there are many teachers that have either started already or are starting school this upcoming week. Where I teach, we don't go back to school until the third week of August (I live in a small county in NC), so I still have a couple more weeks of rest would think...

As mentioned in my previous post, I received the call that I would be moved to a new hallway (technically, back to my old hallway). This past week has been spend cleaning, dusting (ick), and moving allllllll my crap. I mean, I accumulated A LOT since I started teaching. Took some pictures of my new home, and half of my junk.

Here is a shot from my door. I think my new room might be a tad bigger than my old one...but maybe it looks as so because the tables are pushed against the back wall.

View from the front of the classroom.

Half of my junk piled up on tables and my counter. I have even more hidden toward the back of the room. BTW, I'm totally excited about my purple wall. It's more my color compared to the pale blue wall I'm leaving behind.

My desk area...with more junk. I did add the chevron wrapping paper to the front of my desk, and I thought I was going to be sick because the pattern was messing with my eyes! I'm planing on adding thick ribbon as the border and then maybe put my name in the middle to try and break the eye games the pattern is playing!

I'm pretty sure my room looks worse than it did yesterday. But I guess it has to get worse before it gets better, right? I'm going back Monday and hopefully it won't take me too much longer to get everything together so I can enjoy the rest of my summer!

BTW, the next few days marks NC's last tax free weekend. My awesome team teacher and I are going out of town to hit up all the teacher stores for some great deals! I'm super excited! :) I'm sure next post will be on the goodies that I find!