Sunday, August 17, 2014

TPT Surprise!

TPT is at it again! They're holding one more sale before school starts. I know some of you have started school already, but that's great because now you've had time to assess what else you need :)

So I'll be having 20% off my store and then you can use the code: BOOST to get a little something extra! So this Wednesday the 20th, head on over to my TPT Store and check out all the back to school things I offer, as well as my most popular unit plans.

Ice-breakers for Middle/High School Students:

And so much more! Hope you all can find items you like and will use all the time :)

Happy Back to School!

Monday, August 11, 2014

First Day Back...well, sort of...

Long story short, our first day back ended up becoming a half day-fine with me! I like easing back in :)

This all happened because our new high school building isn't ready yet, so we're going to the middle school location for a few weeks. So the security staff was busy bringing over all our boxes we had put in storage for the move, therefore we couldn't really work in our rooms today.

It's kind of putting a damper on the back to school mojo because we're not really going to decorate since we'll only be there for 5 or 6 weeks. I am going to put some stuff up, but not much because I don't want to have to take too much down again when we move :/

It was a good first day back though! We held our staff "Olympics" and I ended up being a part of the winning team...we got a sticker and a set of cool ink-pens :) Anyway, it was fun. 

So now I'm home, deciding what I'm going to bring with me to the classroom tomorrow. I brought about 15 boxes home because I didn't know what the room situation would be so I brought home stuff I thought I'd need for the beginning of the school year :) At least my apartment will be cleared out again! LOL :)

Anyone else go back today? How was it??

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Mixing It Up For The New School Year

New school year= new syllabus. Yup! Changing up my syllabus for this new school year.

I used to have a 3-4 page syllabus because I wanted to make sure I covered everything, and had a "good defense" if parents ever complained...I could always just refer to the syllabus they signed. But over the years, I've learned that if my syllabus was super detailed, it sort of backed me into a hole and basically turned against me because parents would say "well, it's not in the syllabus".

Anyhoo :) I've decided to go to the one-page syllabus! Gasp! I didn't think it could be done! I first saw the idea on Pinterest [of course], but his content was not what I wanted, so I took the boxes on one page idea. But by the end, I was even struggling with what to put in the last box! Awesome :) I'm really happy with how it turned out, and am going to use this method for a while; I love it!!

So here is my finished product...with my school email crossed out, and the school name ;)
If I make it any bigger, it doesn't fit on the page for some reason, so sorry about that :/ But you can see how I laid it out well enough :) I think it fits perfectly on one page and am not sure why I ever needed a three page syllabus!

What are you guys doing for your syllabus this year??

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Back To School Sale on TPT-20%+ off

I can't believe it's that time again!!! Back to School is upon us :/

A girl posted this video on Facebook the other day with the caption:

How Teachers Act When They Hear Back To School Commercials...

I'm sure we're all scrambling to get everything ready for our classrooms and I've got several goodies to help you out because TPT is having a HUGE sale!!!

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Just use the code: BTS14 when shopping my store to get some great deals on all the Back to School stuff you need!

Here are just a few of the BTS products I offer:

10 Icebreakers Middle & High Schoolers will actually do!

Great Handouts for the first week of school:

And if you've still got a few weeks til the kids come back, this BTS Organizer/Planner can really help you stay on task!

And I have so many great Unit and Lesson plans available too that meet the new Common Core Standards, and that have been tested in the classroom ;) 

So get ready everyone! The sale is from August 4-5, and will be 20%+ off!!!! Crazy! 

Enjoy the last few weeks of summer!!!

Friday, August 1, 2014

August Currently's August ladies and gentlemen. We all know what that means....back to school. But it also means linking up with Farley's Currently!! Love doing this every month :)
We go back to school on Monday the 11th, and the kids come back on Monday the 25th for a half day where they have an assembly, and then do a quick run-through of their classes. So I'll see the kids for about 15 which I'll do a few ice-breakers from my Ice-breakers packet :) I'm glad you all like the packet...I picked my top 10 I've tried :)

Thanks for stopping by to see what I'm up to!

Friday, July 25, 2014

100 FB Likes=Thank You Sale!!!

I'm so excited! I've reached 100 Likes on Facebook. Thank you so much everyone for following! So as a thank you, I'm holding a sale over on my TPT Store. Thanks for following and using my products!

I love knowing that we're all sharing ideas and helping each other out! It makes teaching so much easier when we have support!

Oh, also...a cool thing happened the other day. I had been toying with making a business card for my TPT Store, and have since made one. I was at Office Depot getting my posters laminated for the classroom and buying card-stock to print my business cards on. So I was waiting for my posters to be laminated and I was looking through my new lesson planner that I had them bind. This girl came up and said she liked my planner and I told her that I make them and sell them. She said, "on TPT?" Why yes! She then asked if I had a business card for my store!!! I told her it was in the process, but I had a work card so I wrote my store address on the back of my work card. How cool is that?! So here is how it turned out:

Have a great weekend everyone and enjoy the sale!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Icebreakers for Middle and High School students

Part of having a great classroom environment is having students that know and respect each other. I like to start off the new school year by doing nothing but icebreakers the first day.

I know, I know...a wasted day. I used to think that, until I tried this method. I used to go over the syllabus and rules and all that the first day. Then I decided to have "fun" the first day back. What a difference I saw. Kids were leaving the classroom talking about the games and were excited to come back.

I also usually do a small one on the second day too.

So I've come up with 10 Icebreakers that Middle and High School students will actually do! [They're all tested ;)] Each icebreaker has directions and helpful hints. Some have pictures and some have links to YouTube videos for reference.

Here's a few ideas!!

Feel free to head over to my TPT Store and download your copy of the 10 Icebreakers for the first week of school :)