Saturday, August 9, 2014

Loving and Inspiring for the 27th year...

Hi Y'all!!!

I'm back in school already.  Can you believe it?
I have had THE. MOST. AWESOME. WEEK!!!
I don't *think* I am jinxing myself by saying that!  haha

I've been making some posters to share with my classes to inspire them and begin their day off on the right foot.  I was really thinking about how the students are already REALLY inspiring ME to be the BEST I can be.

I mean, really, stop and think about it.  What other profession can you think of where you have 20, 30, (or in my case 75 because we departmentalize) people who cheer you on each day?

Kids don't look at us and think "She is skinny, beautiful, looks like a movie star, etc".  No, our students look at us with love, admiration, and respect when we treat them with love, admiration, and respect.  I would love to be skinny, young and beautiful, but that's just not going to happen.  However, when my student's leave my room giving me fist bumps and telling me, "I LOVE your class!"  "Math is so much fun!"  "I can't wait to come back tomorrow!"  I feel 6 feet tall, my face beams with joy, and I feel energized like I'm 25 again.

Isn't it WONDERFUL to have people that feel that way about you?  Isn't it only right, that in return, I give them everything I can?  After all, I want them to feel that way about me and my class for the next 175 days! (and forever!)  :-)

I have a former student that was in my kindergarten class (my 3rd year of teaching when I WAS skinny and young... HA).  She still visits me during every single year of Meet the Teacher Day, 24 years later.  Knowing that I made enough impact on her 5-year old little self is so inspiring to me.   I only see her that one time a year, but she brings me so much joy and sets such a good tone for the beginning of my year for me to remember, that I can and DO make a difference in my students' lives.

I am SOOOOOOOOOO blessed to do what I love to do.  I need to remember every day that when I go to school this year, no matter how tired I become or anything else that gets in the way, that God gave me a calling and a purpose in life.


There are 75 students out there whose life I can touch.  

Who I can inspire.

Who I can love and show God's love just by loving them.

There are 75 students out there who MATTER.

I want to be a light to them.

I want to inspire them.

And in return?

Well, I get to feel beautiful, skinny, young, awesome and LOVED through their eyes.

The eyes of a child. 

Our most IMPORTANT contribution to the future!

What you do MATTERS!


Go and inspire your students this year.  :-)

Feel free to right click on these posters to save and print for your classroom.  If you would like all 100 of them, you can click here to find them in my store.

Trying to love and inspire my students for the 27th year of teaching, well,
that's just...

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Hide and Go Seek Blog Hop!

The Teaching Tribune bloggers have teamed up to bring you amazing freebies and the chance at one of two $50 TPT gift certificate as well as a custom door hanger (for a US winner). We will select one US winner and one international winner for the gift certificates!

As you play Hide and Go Seek, you will hop to 20 blogs where you will collect freebies. Hidden in each freebie is a school supply with a price tag. You will need to collect all 20 supplies and add up the price tags. Once you have the sum, then you will enter to win a $50 TPT gift certificate as well as a custom door hanger at the final stop, The Teaching Tribune.

If you are looking for school supplies to fill your backpack,  then you are at the right place! Start by downloading the recording form.

My Kind of Teaching is the 8th stop as you play Hide and Go Seek! 

Are you ready? Well, what are you waiting for...get seeking! =) 
Now all you need to do is download my freebie and find the school supply! Then you will complete a circle with the other bloggers to collect their freebies and school supplies. 

Click the Find my freebie button.

This freebie is an add on to two of my products.  You can find them here and here.

You can complete the loop by starting at the first blog or continue on by visiting the next stop. Either way, you will make a complete loop to all the blogs, freebies, supplies, and final prize!
Don't forget to become a follower of our blogs and TPT stores as you continue on. You never know what we will be doing next! 
Just click either picture below to continue Hide and Go Seek!

Make sure you make it to the final stop at The Teaching Tribune to enter to win!

I've also got a little something extra for my TPT followers later today, so be sure to click the "Follow Me" button!  :-) 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Two for Tuesday

Sad, sad news....

It is my official last day home for the summer.  I go back to school tomorrow!

WHERE did summer go?  It just seems like yesterday that we finished up the year.

In all actuality it is the shortest summer on record in all of 27 years of teaching.  

The first time EVER that I will have worked during every single month of the year.

BOO!!!  HOOO!!!!!

In anticipation that you will be going back soon also, I have put 2 products on sale for 50% off today (and tomorrow since some of you might not get your notification of this post until Wednesday in your Blog Lovin' feed).

I am offering one for my 2nd grade friends and one for my 4th grade friends!

I used this 2nd grade math spiral EVERY day in my classroom when I taught 2nd grade.  It gives a quick daily review of all concepts.  I could tell that it really made a difference for my students.

So, of course, when I moved to 4th grade, I knew I couldn't do it without a math spiral for my 4th graders.  All of the math teachers in my grade used this 4th grade math spiral EVERY day in our classrooms this past year.  Our standardized test scores rose quite a bit.  We all contributed it to the use of this spiral.

About now, you are probably thinking "Oh, my school would NEVER allow me to make so many copies"  (at least that's what I think since we only have a set amount of copies to make each month)!

The great news is...  There are NO copies to make with these!


Yep, you heard me.

I project these onto my big screen each day.

See the previews for each by clicking on the picture.

I hope this 50% off all year unit will help you get your year off to a great start!