New Year – New “Daily Starter” System | Warm Ups | Bell Ringers |

This is my sixth year teaching English (at some grade level) and I have YET to successfully implement daily starters in my English class throughout the year. I always start strong - but then the inevitable happens.... I wake up unorganized and it's all I can do to get my head on and lesson plan … Continue reading New Year – New “Daily Starter” System | Warm Ups | Bell Ringers |

I’m BACK!

Last school year (15-16) was a whirlwind for me! Not only did I take over a high school AVID program as the coordinator and AVID elective teacher, but I also managed to run the Peer Counseling program and teach a section of English 9. It was so busy that I didn't even realize that I … Continue reading I’m BACK!

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

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

Just in Case You Were UNAWARE…

It'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 … Continue reading Just in Case You Were UNAWARE…

Crafter’s Corner: Vintage and Travel Themed CCSS Standard Posters + “I Can..” Statements

Good morning guys! Seeing that it's "summer vacation", I should be able to say I'm overly rested and itching to tackle my "to do" list - but.... I stayed up WAYYY past my bed time "crafting"! No, I wasn't decoupaging letters or creating another travel themed bunting - I was actually "digitally crafting"!Last year, I wrote the … Continue reading Crafter’s Corner: Vintage and Travel Themed CCSS Standard Posters + “I Can..” Statements

Tired of Teaching “Elements of Plot”? A New, Fun Approach!

Are you tired of beginning each school year with the same ol' "Elements of Plot" lesson? The initial vocabulary and concepts related to "Plot" can be kind of "dry" and "boring", especially if you're a student in grades 7th-10th! You know what I'm talking about because we've all been there 😉 I took some time … Continue reading Tired of Teaching “Elements of Plot”? A New, Fun Approach!

Pinning is Winning: 1 Pinterest Strategy That Has BOOSTED My Exposure!

When I opened my TPT store back in March of 2014, I spent a decent amount of time reading through all of the threads within the Seller's Forum. Day after day I read posts from sellers "swearing" by Pinterest as a tool to increase sales! I just wasn't buying it. "What are the chances of someone … Continue reading Pinning is Winning: 1 Pinterest Strategy That Has BOOSTED My Exposure!

Travel Themed Classrooom: My Favorite Classroom Bunting Yet!

Today I finished yet another "project" in hopes of one day fulfilling my "vision" of a Travel themed classroom (with an "older" look)! I created these bunting graphics using PowerPoint and clip art that I purchased online. You can download this file for FREE here: Reading Will Take You Places Bunting! Just tryin' to share … Continue reading Travel Themed Classrooom: My Favorite Classroom Bunting Yet!