Monday, December 31, 2012

First 12 in the Last of 2012 Linky Party

I am linking up with my buddy Lorraine over at
for her

I have only been blogging for less than a year, but I have learned so much
from my blogging buddies and from my students this year,
that my life and my teaching will never be the same again!
I am truly grateful for each and every one of you!
So here goes...

  1. Just getting Started - March 23, 2012
  2. Walk Away From the Computer! - March 25, 2012 - Spending too much time getting my new blog set up and running.
  3. Venturing Out - March 25, 2012 - My first LINKY Party!
  4. Another Linky! - March 25, 2012 - Getting in deeper with Linkys.  This one was for Literacy Centers. Clearly, I did not yet know about not posting more than once per day.
  5. Persuasive Writing Unit - March 27, 2012 - One of my most popular posts.
  6. Easter, Technology and Stuff - March 28, 2012 - Sharing some technology links.
  7. Easter Freebies and an Elapsed Time Activity - April 1, 2012 and my first Currently with Farley! 
  8. What Went Right Today? Linky - April 4, 2012 - Focus on the Positives!
  9. Pinterest Find - That started me on the search for Dot Lights that no longer exist! - April 11, 2012
  10. April 14, 2012 was another busy blogging day! I've Been Tagged and Now You're It! along with A Fontastic Linky Party and Show Off Your Classroom Linky!
  11. April 21, 2012  Whew! What a Week!  AIMS, Math, Mother's Day Freebies, and More!
  12. And finally, My Teacher's Secret Life, my most popular post yet!  April 21, 2012
My blogging got off to a rousing start.  
Now, 585 followers later, and a blog makeover,
I am finally finding my groove.
I cant wait to check out your first 12 posts of 2012!

Farewell to 2012

As 2012 comes to a close,
I am linking up with
Amanda from Teaching Maddeness
Jen from The Teacher's Cauldron
for their Resolution Linkys.
Teaching Maddeness
For the last week I have taken a break from all things school related,
taken some time for me, and spent time with my family.
I am now ready to get back into the swing of things.
So, here goes...
My resolutions:

For School:

  • Let the kids do more for themselves so that I have less to do.
  • Stay on top of planning and not so much "winging it."  I am pretty good at winging it since I have been doing this a LONG time, but I am go to try to stay on top of lesson planning.
  • Be the best mentor teacher possible.  I am getting a student teacher next week and want this to be an incredible experience for both of us.
  • Leave school no later than 5:00 daily.  The is a BIG one!  My daughter wants me home more, so I am really going to try.


  • More time with family.
  • Less time on the computer and more time reading for pleasure.  I have let my reading slip due to being on the computer so much, and I miss my books!
  • More time spent with friends NOT talking shop.
  • Lose 10 pounds or more by summer.


  • Blog at least twice a week with happenings in my classroom.  My kids are amazing and do some awesome things.  I want to share more of what they teach me!
  • Hit 1000 followers or more in the next year.  Currently at 584 just since March, so I know I can do it!
  • Make and share more goodies on TPT.
  • Actually DO more of the ideas that I have pinned.
So, what are YOUR resolutions for 2013?

Monday, December 17, 2012

Dear Santa and a Christmas Gift for Parents

My heart still aches due to the tragedy from Friday.
 I told the kids that we have to remember, 
but focus on the positive things in our lives as well.
So I will share some of the festive goings on in our classroom
that I had planned to share over the weekend.
First off, they wrote persuasive letters to Santa 
asking for a special gift for their mom.
Here are a few of my favorites...

This activity is available in my TPT store here.

Next, I had them brainstorm questions they would like to ask Santa.
Here are a few of their gems...

I just ♥ them!
I am sending the "originals" to Santa and
keeping copies for a class book...
I am also hooking up with Tara at 4th Grade Frolics for
Finally, last week we worked on a project based on this book.

The kids brainstormed and wrote paragraphs about the best part of them.
Then we went to the tech lab and they typed 
their paragraphs and chose the font style.
I added their pictures to create a keepsake 
for them to give their parents for Christmas.
Here are a few...

I got frames from the dollar store for each one.

Finally, I made a hardbound book on Snapfish (50% off right now!)
Here's the cover

It has all of the kids' pictures and paragraphs 
A keepsake for ME!

I am hoping to also do it on
Studentreasures Book Publishing
and make it available for parents to buy a copy as well.

Today we did
I'll post some of those tomorrow!

So, what's new with you?

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

A Book Buffet and a Christmas Craftivity Techie Style

I am feelin' the love for Mrs. S over at The Peanut Gallery!
In November I used her Book Buffet Book Report packet,
 and oh my GOSH,
What great projects I got!

The kids did a great job and had a lot of fun with the project.
Just take a look!

You can check out the bigger pictures here.
Don't you just want to eat that sushi and spaghetti?

Christmas Craftivity Techie Style

Yesterday I took the kids to the tech lab for this fun project.
I had them create a Word document with a list of words that made them think of Christmas.
They then copied the list (including their name) and pasted it into Tagxedo
to create these amazing Christmas designs.

Click here to see the individual designs.

We used quite a few different tech skills/standards for this project, and had fun too!
The kids loved it.

Stay tuned for the Christmas Craftivity project we are making for presents for their parents.
I hope they come out as cool as the idea I have in my mind!

What have YOU been up to lately?

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Mathmagical Monday and Currently

We have been working on double digit multiplication in math
using area models and the kids have a pretty god grasp of this, so it's time to 
move on to using the standard algorithm.
In trying to make the transition, I made this anchor chart
based on one I found on Pinterest.

and created this foldable to show where the numbers
in  the algorithm method come from.

On the inside of the foldable the kids stapled a copy of the anchor chart.

Hopefully, this will make the transition smoother.
What do you think?
Do you have any tried and true methods that work for you?
Please share!

and finally, I am linking up with Farley over at 

for the December Currently

So, What have you been up to?

Show Me What You Bought!

Did you shop until you dropped at the Cyber Monday & Tuesday sale?  

Here are some amazing stats from Paul of TPT:

We were hoping to hit $700,000 in sales and we did it! In fact, we had around $750,000 in total sales. Over the two day period, we had over 46,000 orders. In those orders, over 205,000 products were purchased. Traffic was huge and thanks to the new technology and all the good work our server team has been doing, the site was fast and fully functional throughout the sale.

Pretty darn amazing! 

So I have linked up with Erica over at Blog Hoppin' and
Falling Into First
to share the goodies I purchased.

From Adrienne Boone...
From Amber Polk...

From my friend Michelle. The 3AM Teacher
more graphic goodies...
Reading Penguins Clip Art Collection
Sweet Doodles: Frames, Borders, Lines & Accents

From Irene Hines...
Functional Folding Fun! Elementary Paper Folding Flap Books!

From Tara at 4th Grade Frolics...
Holiday Hoopla Math Centers
From Melinda Bullard...
"Owl Moon" Citing Evidence and Figurative Language - Commo

Multi Digit Multiplication Project for the Common Core *Re

Mean, Median, Mode, and Range Activity or Assessment *Skittles!*

Reading Comprehension Flippy Books

and from Smartboard Smarty...
Simile Smartboard Lesson - Figurative Language Smartboard Lesson

And these goodies for an integrated lesson with about 
DaVinci and inventions that I am planning with my friend Melissa Anderson.
(By the way check out her inspirational blog, 

Illustrating History: Leonardo da Vinci

Inventions Mini Unit
Leonardo da Vinci: Inventions Mini Unit
Leonardo da Vinci Lapbook & Mini Unit
Wow!  Do I have a LOT to do now!
What about you, what did you buy?

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