My Slant Box!

I wanted to do this earlier, but throughout this past week, I've been sick :(
 Today was the first day that I actually wanted to do things so I had to post about whats been going on since the start of the school year. Most importantly though, i have to tell you about my August SLANT box. On Tuesday, I received my SLANT box from Mrs. Mathis all the way from Ontario, Canada!

First of all before unveiling anything. I want to thank Renee from Mrs. Mathis' Homeroom for her hard work in putting together this box. Love it!

Here's a picture of my box: 

When I opened the box up, there were a lot of cute items that Renee had put together. Including a little Canada flag pin which is now on my ID badge for school.  

Here are some of the items: 

There were even items for my cat, Crookshanks. She LOVES the treats! 

I really like the mug for my tea that was sent. It's perfect for my desk because my classroom is always soo cold. It's so fitting!  

Finally, my favorite item in the box were some personalized Marshall in the Middle key chains!!!! LOVE THEM!!!

I love my SLANT box! That you again Renee. I also want to thank Jameson at Lessons with Coffee for organizing this! I will definitely be participating in the SLANT box exchange again in the future!!

That's all for now! 


Back to School Sale

Well ready or not, my students are coming back on Monday (oh and I have pictures of my classroom to reveal then too)!  To celebrate going back-to-school, I'm joining up with TpT sale and all of the items in my store will be an additional percentage off!  Don't forget to enter the code BTS13 to get the total percent off your purchase!  Have a great beginning to your school year!!! :)

Oh and by the way, thanks to Ink n Little Things for the cute banner! Love it :)


New Items & Classroom Set-Up

Hello Everyone,

I can't believe that I am in my final week working summer camp!  This summer has flashed in a blink of an eye. A lot of that probably has to do with the fact that I work full time Monday through Friday.  I know, I've been a little MIA from the blogging world over the last week because I've actually been setting up my classroom and putting the final touches on some new products that I made to kick off the year. I also am only working two days this week at the camp because I am kicking off the school year on Wednesday.

Here are some of the items that I have been working on:

1. First is my classroom theme for the school year.  I've been working on it for a while and I finally put the finishing touches on it.  Most of the items are available individually, but I like the who bundle together.  Also of this is up in my classroom and I'll have picture of it later this week! 

2.Classroom Supply Labels: I'm usually an extremely organized person.  This year I decided to create new classroom supply labels for my bins in my room. 

3. Polka Dot AR Chart: Since I am teaching Language Arts this year, I wanted to create a cute AR Chart for my classroom. So here a freebie if you want it. The item is editable and allows you to type in your students' names.  Click on the picture below to snag a copy of your own. 

4. Cooperative Learning Groups (Sports Themed): Although this item is in the sport themed classroom bundle. It's probably my favorite in the package. Since I teach science, I am also grouping the students in various ways. Last year, I started a new system where I had my students getting into to groups of four.  From there they were to develop a group name and assign roles for their group. I then took the slip of paper that I gave them and posted it up some where in the classroom where the students could see it. This method worked really well, so I decided to bring it back this school year, but with a twist to tie-in with my sports classroom theme.  I developed large posters for the wall & smaller task cards to hand off to the students while working in groups. Click on the picture below to check it out :)

Anyway, that's all for now.  I promise to return with before and after shots of my classroom when I complete it Wednesday. 

Toodles :) 

I completely accept!!

Hello everyone! I am pleased and very excited to announce that Jameson from Lessons with Coffee recently nominated me for a Liebster Award. Getting a blogger award is a great way to learn more about fellow bloggers and I'm honored to be receiving it.

As many of you know, the Liebster Award is for up and coming blogs that have less than 200 followers. So what is a Liebster you may ask? A Liebster is a German word that means sweetest, kindest, dearest, cute, endearing, etc. Such a thoughtful award :) 

Here are rules to accept this award: 
(1) Link Back to the Person that Nominated You
Thank you Jameson!

(2) Answer the questions from you nominator
1. Do you like your handwriting? I get a lot of compliments on my handwriting, but I don't particularly see why people like it.  I know that my handwriting is neat but I prefer many others over my own.
Here is a sample of my handwriting:

2. Are you a get to work early, or stay after school late teacher? I'm both actually, haha... I'm usually the first person to work and the last person to leave on most days. I've become friends with the day and night custodians and the secretary.  Everyday, I drive a little more than 40 miles to teach.  Since I live Ohio and drive through the heart of the snow belt, I like to give myself some travel time just in case the weather is bad or there is a traffic jam.  When I arrive to work early, I usually make myself a cup of hot tea and grade papers until I have team meetings for a half an hour before school starts.  At the end of day, I then prepare for the next days lesson.

3. Talk for a second about one initiative that your school has adopted that you either loath or love. Our school district recently got grant funds to focus on blended learning. When I heard about it I had to join in. With technology being such an import part in my students lives, I feel that I need to keep up all of the changes.  Throughout the school year, I will be creating a blended learning course

4. What is one new thing (or thing if you are new) that you really want to try in your classroom this year? Hmm the choices... Every year I'm coming up with new things to implement in my classroom. Since I am switching grade levels and am teaching a new subject, I find myself coming up with even more things this year.  One of things that I will be implementing is piggybacking off of Ladybug Teacher Files. I am going to do my own version of the Great Pencil Challenge, I'm really excited about it. The reason why I decided to do this is because I am teaching 35 minute science classes and am worried about the time constraints.

5. How do you handle substitutes? When I do take a day off, which isn't often, I am very meticulous and find the when I'm taking a day off or working with a substitute, I leave such descriptive  details that a random person off the street could teach my lessons. When working with other substitutes, I try to be as helpful as possible. I understand that they may not be familiar with the policies of the building or that particular classroom.

6. What is your favorite kind of candy? Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, I could eat a bag in one sitting if given the option. 

7. What is the first thing you notice about people? Their smile. A smile tells me how friendly a person is.  If its a kind smile, I am more likely to say hello. 

8. What are you reading now and how do you like it? For fun, I have been working my way through the James Patterson's, The Woman's Murder Club series. I like the series because its interesting, keeps my attention and is an easy read when I'm really tired. For professional use, I've been reading "Teaching Science with Interactive Notebooks," by Kellie Marcarelli. Over the past year, I've been using science notebooks in my classroom and love them. The book gives a lot of examples and illustrations for ideas to use in the future. 

9. Do you have any special talents? I would like to say that I do, but unfortunately I don't

10. Is there a YOUTUBE video that you always show kids (I am selfish here and going to do You Tube time everyday...I need a play list! lol)? It depends on the subject, for history, I love showing the daily clip of what happened on this day, it always gives the kids something's to talk about. 

(3) Share 11 Random Facts About Yourself
1. I have a cat named Crookshanks that is named after Harry Potter. She is quite the character and knows her name.  When you say it she makes peculiar sounds that are not meows.  

2. I am a workaholic, hardly a day goes by when I'm not working on something.  Not only do I work throughout the school year in my teaching job, I also work full time (over 40 hour a week) running a summer camp with 235 kids and 23 counselors. I also try to find time in my busy summer schedule to blog and create Tpt products. My husband says that if I wasn't working I wouldn't know what to do with myself, which is probably true.
3. I am quite short, 5' 1" and a half to be exact. I gotta add in that extra half of an inch to make me feel taller. Many if not all of my students are taller then me.

4. I religiously watch Cleveland Indians baseball during the summer. Win or lose, I am a diehard fan! If I'm not at the game (which I would rather prefer to go), chances are I'm watching it at home. Go Tribe!! 

5. I come from a very musical family. My dad performed in musicals and shows in high school and college and passed the love of the theater to me. Hardly a day goes by when I'm not humming or signing to a song. I recently saw the Book of Mormon when the tour came to Playhouse Square. The show was hilarious! I loved every minute of it.  There are not many shows that I haven't seen that I love in some way.

6. I love diet coke... I know it's not good for me and that pop in general is bad, but I love to drink a can a day. I can't help it, its where I get my caffeine fix since I don't actually drink coffee.

7.  My siblings are I are really close. They are my friends for life. My sister is 14 months younger then me, my brother is 14 months younger than her, and my sister is 2 years younger than him. All in all, there are 4 of us in 5 years.  All of my friends are friends with my siblings and my siblings friends are my friends. 

8. I met my husband on a set-up (unknown to me) at a No Doubt and Paramore concert.

9.  I have a Simpson's clock in my office at home that chimes clips from the show every hour.  I really enjoy those clips even though I have heard them hundred of times.  Although I have not watched the show in years, the clock reminds me of my childhood, growing up watching the show and quoting Bart Simpson. 

10. I love to read books. I usually finish a book at least a book a week.

11. Most mornings I don't need an alarm clock to wake me up. My internal clock wakes me up about 15 minutes before the alarm rings everyday.

(5) Pose Questions for Your Nominees
1. When was the first moment you realized that you wanted to be an educator?
2. What's your favorite season of the year?
3. What was the name of your favorite teacher and why?
4. What's your favorite food?
5. Do you love or loathe exercise?
6. What is the most watched movie/DVD in your collection?
7. Do you collect anything, if so what?
8. What is one skill or hobby that you have always wanted to learn?
9. Why did you decide to start blogging?
10. What's the first thing you would do if you won the lottery?

Welp, that's all for now.  Thanks for sticking around till the end. Oh, and if you're interesting in knowing my answers the the questions I gave to my nominees, just ask :)

Slant Box, Giveaway, & Currently

Hello Everyone, I can't believe it's August! Where has the time gone this summer! I have exactly 12 days until my school year kicks off with three in-service days. It's definitely crunch time now!

It's been a few days since I've posted, but a lot has happened.  I recently got nominated for a Leibster Award by Jameson at Lessons with Coffee.  I'll post my responses tomorrow, I'm so excited!! Jameson also recently posted this awesome idea that she had to link up with fellow educators called the Slant Box.  If you want to learn more about it, click on my button on the right hand side of my page :)

Also, Stephanie at Princial Principles is throwing this really awesome back-to-school giveaway. Click on the link below to enter for your chance to win!!

Finally, since it's the start of August, it means it's time to link up with Farly at Oh Boy! Fourth Grade for this months edition of Currently.

Listening: I love John Mellencamp! I can remember many summer days when I was a kid driving around with my mom listening to John Mellencamp. My favorite song is "Small Town." 

Loving: Last Friday I decided that I needed a change, so I cut off about 6 inches to give myself a cute little bob to go back to school with. 

Thinking: Dessert, I'm thinking ice cream, cookie dough or mint chocolate chip, Mmmm

Wanting: Since Tomorrow my summer camp is throwing a benefit car wash for a child in the community who has cancer.  I want it to go well so we raise a lot of money for the family, but it is adding a lot of stress on me right now. 

Needing: I need to go to bed at a normal hour tonight because of my big day tomorrow.  I need to doesn't mean I will though :-P

B2S Must Haves: 
1. Flair pens! I love all of the colors and they are the best pens to grade with because they act like markers, but don't bleed through the paper.  I get a set every year. 
2. Papermate pens in blue: I always by the cheap set for $1 for 12, I love them. 
3. Desk Calendar: I am super organized all the time, I have my phone calendar, desk calendar, pocket calendar, and lesson plan calendar every school year.  

That's all for now :)
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