October 24, 2016

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!

Congrats to Terri Wallace! You won the $20 Starbucks gift card :) Lucky you! I emailed you Terri, and if you can send me your address, I'll get that out to you!

Thanks everyone for participating and following my business. Have a great day!

October 22, 2016

700 Follower Giveaway!

Thank you again everyone for following my blog, Facebook, and supporting my TPT store :) It really means a lot to me that people are enjoying what I have to say, and love using my lesson plans and ideas...I appreciate you!!

And what better way to show my appreciation than with STARBUCKS!!!!
We all need a little pick-me-up now and then, and y'all gave me that with reaching 700, so I figure I can throw a little pick-me-up your way as well. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway This raffle will run Saturday through Monday, so hurry on up and get your entries in!

Thanks for entering! Good luck!

October 19, 2016

700 TPT Followers! That calls for a Celebration!

Holy Cow! Thank you so much everyone who follows my TPT store and interacts with the blog and Facebook :)

This calls for some LOVE! So I am going to be showing you all love and appreciation through Saturday the 22nd, starting with a 20% off sale at my store!

Stay tuned later this week for more LOVE!!!!!

October 9, 2016

Columbus Day Sale....

Columbus sailed the ocean blue in fourteen hundred and ninety-two.

Anyone remember that rhyme?? Always stuck with me ;)

Anyway, having a little sale for all y'all on Sunday and Monday- 15% off all my products in my TPT Store!

I hope you get a day off! We have to work because the college is open...I thought all educational institutions had the day off...oh well...only working 3 hours Monday, so it's all good :) I'll still get to spend some time with the hubby :)

October 7, 2016

How to actually teach annotation

...not just hand out a helpful bookmark. The bookmark can now serve as a friendly reminder for students, but not the end all be all.

I now have a PowerPoint available for y'all to help you actually teach students how to annotate properly.

We've all seen the margins that say, "wow", "cool", or other meaningless phrases. How are these phrases helping students?!? THEY'RE NOT...

This PowerPoint can be used as a presentation in your classroom, or you can assign it for homework and have students take notes to prove they viewed it. Learning how to properly annotate [or perform a Close Reading] will help students engage with the text on a deeper level, and will make your job as a teacher EASIER!

Head on over to TPT and check it out :)

September 11, 2016

September 11-15th Anniversary

I just thought I'd share something my husband wrote on FB this morning:

Today marks the 15th anniversary of the tragic events that changed America and a majority of the people in it. Not since Dec 7th 1941, had our country seen and felt something like this. The day started with multiple events of cowardice and hatred, but ended with amazing displays of true heroics and sacrifice. 15 years ago, 19 cowards hijacked 4 separate planes and attacked this country on a clear and beautiful Tuesday morning. By the end of the day, America lost almost 3,000 people. Many of which were unsuspecting innocent people that were at work in the New York City and Washington, D.C. region or trying to travel by air on one of the 4 hijacked planes. But, others were first responders who answered the call made on that day and heroically risked their lives to try and save those directly impacted by the events on the 11th, many of which willingly paid the ultimate price and sacrificed their lives. These first responders were made up of thousands of Firefighters, Law Enforcement personnel, Port Authority personnel, and EMTs. These first responders, these heroes, didn't hesitate on this day and did exactly what they were trained to do. ......they saved lives, regardless of gender, race, and religion. All of this was irrelevant, they just knew that people were hurt and in danger and that they needed to do something about it.

At the end of the day, 343 FDNY, 23 NYPD , 37 Port Authority PD, and 8 EMTs heroically gave their lives trying to save the lives of others. Remember and honor these heroes today, as well the approx other 2,900 lives lost 15 years ago today. All of these people are heroes and deserve to never be forgotten!!!! I challenge everyone to do the research and read about the heroics on this day, 15 years ago. There were many and they need to be remembered. We need to remember how the country came together to not only support those involved, but to help recover and rebuild. That is what this country is about! Never forget!

Just some food for thought. Enjoy your friends and family today :)

September 8, 2016

New Job Update!

Hello blogger buddies! As many of you know from my Tales of Teaching in Heels Facebook page, I started a new job recently :)

I now work at the local college in their Writing Center, helping students write papers, giving presentations in classrooms about the Center and/or how to write an effective paper, or even help with resumes.  I have to tell you, I am LOVING this new job!!!!!!

Students come in on their own...no one makes them come in. This is the great part about the job, the students want the help! On average I help around 3-4 students per day [I'm part time and so I only work 4 hours a day] and the assistance can range from MLA formatting, to organize a paper, or correct grammar, or even a complete paper overhaul.

Once I'm here a little longer, I'll be sharing with you the most common mistakes I see, and I'll share ideas with y'all on how we can combat that as middle school/high school teachers.

So far the thing I'm noticing the most is that the teachers are not clear on their expectations or directions. Now, as a teacher, I know that students often say I didn't tell them how to do it or what not...but I even looked on these kids' Blackboard accounts and the professor just says, "Write a 5 page paper about summer".... ummmmmmm....ok. Formatting? Theme? Dialogue? What do you want?!

Thus, my first helpful hint to all you teachers out there is to make sure your directions and expectations are clear. This will help students create an outline more easily and will give them an idea of where there paper is going.

Looking forward to sharing more with you guys as I experience more!!