Monday, July 21, 2014

Teachers Be Shoppin' Linky Party

I am pretty excited to link up with Elizabeth over at Kickin It In Kindergarten for a Teachers Be Shoppin' Linky Party!

I am almost positive that every single extra penny that I have earned this summer has gone to Target.  The second that I walk in the door and approach the Dollar Spot, I feel as if all the little fabulous things are enticing me and are discussing who I will take home next.  Does anyone else feel this way?!  For some reason I always justify these purchases since everything is really only $0.95 (before tax that is) with my Target Red Card.

Today, I needed no justification because I clearly had to get as much stuff as I possibly could because everything was already picked over! 

Have you seen the ah-mazingness??  The erasers! The pencils! The stickers! Oh My!

How cute are these little apple erasers for their pencil boxes on the first day of school?

And then there was all of this...These itty bitty little caddies that I have no idea what I will use them for but why wouldn't I buy them...centers perhaps???

And Praise the Lord for all of the Dr. Seuss goodness! These little erasers are perfect for their birthdays!

My favorite find had to be this awesome border...again, who knows where I will use it but it is adorable!

I will admit that this might excite me just a little bit about heading back to school!

How about you?! Have you found anything fabulous at your Target Dollar Spot?

Check out all the other teachers that be shoppin' over at Kick It In Kindergarten!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Blog Hoppin 2014!

So I have an issue. 
Once I have a challenge, I have to finish it. 
Give me a list, consider it done. 
So here lies the issue:

I wasn't sure I would get into it atop of the 13,457,632 things going on at the moment but now I can't stop. So if you follow me on Instagram, I'm really, really sorry. :)

There are over 105 photo ops to take for the blog hoppin challenge between now and August 6th!

Here are my first of which I already messed up because I totally forgot to add "blog hoppin 2014" 

Full cup of coffee! 

5 teachers/adults cheers-ing! 

I so could have used that yellow paper! Darn!

So get on the train friends, it's addictive and you could even win a couple awesome prizes, like a camera, or an iPad!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

It might seem crazy...

I have to say, I have the best principal, amazing colleagues, and even more fabulous students and families.

Our principal was inspired by this awesome idea of interviewing our students about their summer while the teachers did what they do best and dance to a sweet beat.

You must watch the ending as the little girls eyes say it all.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Life at the end of the year...

I don't know about you but the countdown is on. It is no longer in days but hours. I am beyond ready to close up shop.  

I am so lucky to have these girls coming everyday to grade papers, alphabetize word wall words, or take tape off of papers. #4thgradehelpersrock

And a couple if these to get through...

because it is not chocolate, #3weeksnocheats

I hope that you are surviving as you wrap up and are ready to enjoy some pool weather! Can I get an Amen?!

Monday, May 19, 2014

30 Day Challenge!

What a better time of year to kick off a no cheat countdown than with the last 4 weeks of school.

THE Rachelle from For Blogness' Sake! has lit the fire to not cheat for 30 days!

My cheat is hands down chocolate. I feel as though I am entitled to a piece after breakfast, lunch, math, on the way home, and after dinner. Clearly my hard work would pay off if I have it up.

Check out these killer before and after pictures, she is a rockstar!

She is so darn inspiring and I am so excited to embark on this and hope you will too!

Check out her adorable little check list because let's be honest, anything you can slash is a lot more gratifying!

Choose your cheat, delete it, and join us (and a ton of other fabulous friends) for the next 30 days! 

Saturday, May 17, 2014

First...Then Behavior Tool (Grades K-5)

I am so excited to share one of my favorite behavior management strategies as part of the Bright Ideas Link-Up!

One of my saving graces this year with a few of my friends has been the "First...Then" chart. This behavior tool is great for students that need guidance and a visual tool to help them stay focused and on track.  This is for my friends that need immediate gratification as I like to call it.   To top it off, it is EASY!

The first step is to come up with a list of things that the student will work for.  They have to be simple and immediate such as this list we brainstormed.

It started off with a post it note like below.  But then it wasted a whole lot of paper and was a lot more tedious than I had planned.

Then it turned into this...(because everything is better with chevron..)

This works like a dream and it keeps my friends hooked!
Trying this with students who need a little more structure has been a lifesaver!
 Feel free to ask any questions!

Check out more ideas like this here at my blog, on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook!

And do NOT forget to check out all these other amazing bloggers through the link up below!

Friday, May 9, 2014

Mother's Day Humor

There is no better time of year than right now for so many reasons.  I absolutely love being in 1st grade as we craft together our Mother's Day presents.  I love going outside for recess.  I love ABC Countdown.  I love Teacher Appreciation Week.

I had to share this little gem from this morning.  It is nothing short of hilarious...

Happy Friday Friends!

And Happy Mother's Day to all you fabulous moms and mothers to be!!!!

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