Sunday, December 1, 2013

Cyber Monday Sale!

I'm sure you're pumped for Cyber Monday; I know I am.  Teachers Pay Teachers is graciously offering 10% off on top of our individual sales.  I'm putting all the products in my li'l old shop on sale, 20% off.  Let's all purchase the items on our wish lists!

Clip art courtesy of Krista Wallden

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Teaching about character traits

As we have entered the month of August, every teacher, whether she likes it or not, starts thinking about school.  Some of us have dreams (or nightmares).  Some of us go on a Pinterest spree.  We walk through Target and ask ourselves "What do I 'need' from the dollar section?"

You don't do this?  Okay, maybe it's just me.  Anyway, we are also thinking about what were some of our students' challenges last year, and how we will address them this year.  My third and fourth graders had difficulty with vocabulary and making inferences, which was evident in how they would describe their characters:




Oh my.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

More teacher appreciating!

So, today I read my e-newsletter from, and it had this lovely, lovely quote.  I just had to make it pretty and share it with all of you:

Hope you are much appreciated today!!

(border by Ginger Snaps Clip Art, font by Jen Jones).

Monday, May 6, 2013

Teacher Appreciation 2013

Thank you.

Thank you for choosing to be a teacher.  It takes a really strong love of learners, a sense of sacrifice and commitment to enter this challenging profession.

Thank you for those long hours, for your incredible patience, your humor, your kindness,  your determination, your academic excellence, your perseverance. 

Thank you for inspiring me to be a better teacher.

Jen Jones at Hello Literacy has a lovely blog post about Teacher Appreciation Week.  Check it out!!

I hope your week started out well with lots of love and adoration from your students and PTO.  I am joining all the wonderful sellers on Teachers Pay Teachers and throwing a sale to honor all of the hard-working educators!  All my products will be 20% off with the additional 10% off coupon code at checkout (TAD13). 

More importantly, I wanted to point out that I've updated my Writing Workshop K-2 Resource with some additional writing pages.  Please make sure to let your friends and colleagues know about it...pricing will go up after this sale!!

Moreover, check out my new Teaching Setting product.  It's a small resource, but really handy for small group instruction.

I hope your week is filled with much gratitude and admiration for all the wonderful things you do!  Thank you again!!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Yay for teachers!

So, I've forgotten what it's like to be a blogger.  One day, I'll get my act together.  Sigh.  In the meantime, I have to make sure that I mark this story for posterity.


I am so thrilled for Deanna Jump!  She is truly an inspiration, and I wish her so much more success in the future.  There is an awesome article here with tips for success.  And of course, Teachers Pay Teachers is the venue that made this all possible.  Please, please, share this wonderful story with others!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

I think you should all get a nickel every time I start a post with "It's been a while" or "I've been busy" or some other concocted excuse for not blogging.  Let's just say it's been one of those...years.  Not bad necessarily, just hectic and tiring.  I've been creating blog entries, TpT products, and free resources in my head for the past few months, and I've been itching to actually post them.  While I get my act together, here's a small sale, in appreciation of all the wonderful things that teachers do for this world.
My products are 20% off and I will also extend my sale until Thursday.  I hope you enjoy all the Teacher Appreciation promotions that are out there this week.  I know that I'll be on the look out, in between state testing, writing my professional development plan, filing papers, going to meetings...

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Explaining our profession

Imagine this:   you go to a dinner party, you're hanging out, meeting new people, talking about what you do for a living.

Me:  Yeah, I'm a teacher, I teach third and fourth grade academic support.
People who don't know anything about teaching:  Oh, wow, that's so nice.  They're so cute!

Later on in the conversation...

Me:  It's been a long week, I've had to stay after school because of meetings and all this paperwork I have to do...
People who don't know anything about teaching:  Really?  Aren't you done at like 3 o'clock?  What do you mean you have do work on the weekends??  Why do you need to spend so much time?

Um, can we say frustrating?

Mrs. Mimi has an awesomely hilarious chapter in her book about societal perceptions of teachers.  And until people teach themselves or live with a teacher (those lovely, supportive, patient husbands/wives), they probably will have a very difficult time sympathizing/empathizing/getting it.  That's why I was intrigued by this book Support Your School Teacher.  It provides a glimpse into the life a school teacher, but more importantly how to support the teacher at various times during the school year (ie report cards....ahhhhhhh).  I am definitely going to order it to see if I can use it to enlighten others about our profession.  Check out their website and let me know what you think!