Monthly Archives: August 2014

Motivation Monday… Ehhh – Wait… It’s Tuesday!

I’m not going to let my “summer brain” stop me from being highly-motivated this week! “New Teacher” orientation kicks off tomorrow and I couldn’t be more excited! I was in Office Max this morning (having some MORE classroom decor printed and laminated) and I noticed they are currently having a huge sale on printing and laminating (specifically custom posters)! Wooo hooo! I figured I that should take advantage of this and started looking for a few motivational posters that I might like to add to my classroom…. and, of course, posters that tie in seamlessly with my “Travel Themed Classroom”! 🙂

After hours of searching, I found some things that I loved and I thought it might be helpful to share them in one place (aka this blog post):

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1. “Be somebody who makes everybody feel like somebody.” – Kid President – I loved this because it’s so true and applies to children, adolescents, teenagers and adults alike! I know that fuzzy feeling I get when someone goes out of their way to make me feel special and/or important and it’s important that we all make an effort to pass that feeling on! I think this will be a good reminder for my students! This was just a Pinterest Pin that I found but I think I’ll create my own poster that sports this quote in PowerPoint (Yes, I am a PowerPoint junkie)!

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2. “In this classroom we DON’T do EASY. We make EASY happen through HARD WORK and LEARNING!” This is another motivational poster I found on Pinterest. I love this because sometimes I even find MYSELF looking for the EASY way to do something! This year I want to instill a STRONG work ethic in all of my students so that each of them feels the best that they can when they see themselves succeeding!

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3. Motivational Posters Bundle: I found this bundle of motivational posters on Teachers Pay Teachers! I don’t know if I will necessarily purchase it for my room (doesn’t really jive with my theme) but I wanted to share it with others! With a price tag of only $1, this is STEAL and a time-saver! Download, print, laminate (optional) and POST! It’s all done for you!

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4. Motivational Bunting – Something New: Some of you might have read or discovered that I’ve been on a “bunting” kick this summer and I just can’t stop! I am going to have so many buntings designed and created by the time school starts that I am not going to have a clue as what to do with them! You can check out the first bunting I created this summer here: Reading Takes You Places Bunting. Again, since this is “Motivation Tuesday”, I decided to create a new type of bunting: Classroom Buntings that Motivate! You can check this out here: Motivational “INSPIRE” Vintage Bunting. Again, this is a digital file that you can simply download, print, cut/laminate, attach to a ribbon/string and immediately hang in your classroom! It doesn’t get much easier than that! Here are a few more pics of my latest creation 🙂 I think it’s going to fit just perfect in my new classroom!

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My Latest Modge Podge Project: Filing Cabinets Decaupaged with Book Pages

When I walked into my classroom for the first time this year, the first thing I laid my eyes on were the FIVE mismatched (in color and in height) filing cabinets standing against the largest wall in the classroom. I instantly thought, “There is no way that I am going to be able to mask those “army green” and “royal blue” eyesores – let alone transform them into something that acts as a focal point for my, now infamous, “Travel Themed Classroom”! The depression and discouraging thoughts hit hard… This is what I was dealing with…

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Just in Case You Were UNAWARE…

4ActivityBundleBTSSALEIt’s not my style to use this blog to PROMOTE, PROMOTE, PROMOTE my educational products… but I thought some of you might want to know about this….

My best-selling “Back to School” Activity bundle is now 28% OFF the already-reduced price! Yes, you can now grab 4 extremely unique and engaging activities for LESS than 5 bucks! Remember, this bundle includes the following activities, which I am selling the “beejeeeeguz” out of in my TPT store:

1. 33 Back to School TASK CARDS – “Instagram Style” Activity – Middle and Secondary
2. Back to School: 36 Task Card Set “I MUSTACHE YOU A QUESTION” – FUN
3. Back to School ICEBREAKER Activity: “Can you follow directions?” FUN Grades 6-12
4. Back to School Activity: Introduce Yourself with Instagram- No-Prep Printable

Hope you found this useful! I will be posting the progress of my “travel classroom” antics within the next day or two! Stay tuned!