21 July 2016

Framable Quotes Fri-YAY freebie!!

 Framable Quotes!!
It feels like floral and watercolor are the latest craze when it comes to graphic imaging.  At least, it really appeals to my demographic (crafter/teacher/lover of all things cute).  Michael's has an entire planner section filled with beautifully covered agendas that share this style.  

As my classroom decorating is now underway, I have decided to add a few touches of FRAMABLE quotes goodness to dress up the room. 
Now more than ever, I think it's important to stress the power of kindness over animosity.  If you watch Ellen, you'll recognize the framable quote as her signature closing as the episode wraps up.  Spread kindness and uplift moods and attitudes with these Framable Quotes!
TIP:  Now thru Saturday 7/23, Michael's has their basic black 8x10 frames currently on sale at 4 for $5.  These inspirational beauties will look great in those classy bargain frames!  
...and without further adieu...
Since it's officially Fri-YAY, I've left my fabulous followers with a fitting freebie.  Click the picture below and right-click to use 'Save Image As..." to download the 8x10 image to your computer for personal use printing!

17 July 2016

oFISHally the EASIEST Student Welcome Gifts (under $10 for all 30 students!)

With more emphasis having to be on redesigning the look of my classroom while trying to appease the Fire Marshal's stringent rules, I have less time for other things ... in this case, what am I going to handout to my new students on Meet the Teacher night?  I <3 LOVE <3 printable labels and found a box of 30 packs of Goldfish on sale at Sam's Club and figured I'd go the lazy route this year.
Tip: The flap at the top of the bag seems to be the perfect height for an address label to be attached.  Literally, this whole process must have been 5 minutes and no salty fingers this year. BONUS!!  If you're interested in the printable labels template, download it by clicking the image below.
Fonts I Used: Felt, Elephants in Cherry Trees
Make sure these are installed on your computer if you want the labels to look the same as pictured.
As an alternative to the lazy route, a few years ago I posted about my Goldfish filled Ziploc snack-sized bags to give away as lil' goodies when welcoming students at Meet the Teacher Night.  (This was before I even knew these individually packaged snacks existed in bulk.)
If you're interested in learning more about how I created these, then click here.

06 July 2016

Burlap & Glitter, What Could Be Better?

This year I will be revamping the look of my classroom and since I'm such a fan of shabby chic and coastal decor at home, I thought it might as well be time to transform my room too!  Apparently the fire marshal has enforced some new rules & the good ol' days are over, so I'm forcefully happily changing.

Gone are the days of ceiling to floor fabric to cover the drab gray walls.  In fact, fabric is FORBIDDEN!  I'm not lying when I say all the teachers at my school have invested hundreds of dollars into fabric to beautify their rooms.  What a tragic heap of fabric our floors will be covered in when we're set to go back to remove it all before the new school year begins!

Needless to say, I am on a mission to beautify my classroom walls, under these terms:
*only 50% of the wall can be covered with teaching material and posters
*nothing can be hung higher than 18 inches from the ceiling
*no paper can be used to cover walls unless its specifically "flame-retardant"
*praying it can be done!

My Fire Marshal Misery can be Your Victory since I've been playing with a Burlap & Glitter INSPIRATIONAL quote poster set.  I've included 8 inspirational quotes each set on silver, turquoise, pink and violet glitter frames.  

You can see that many of my motivational messages come from Kid President.  I love him and I know my incoming fourth graders will too, especially if last year's group is any indication.

[download information below]
Click the image below to be taken to my store where this resource is featured.  Once there, click the green preview button and you will have your Kid President Quote freebie.

As I leave you, I am striving to remember "You can't be sad when you're holding a cupcake!" because Kid President makes an awful lot of sense.  Just have to make sure to bring some cupcakes along with to my classroom as the Operation Satisfy Fire Marshal Project begins.

Take care and have a cupcake! :)

17 April 2016

Inspiring Leaders with Leadergram! (Leader in Me Bulletin Board)

This is my 4th year teaching at a Leader in Me school.  Yet, this was the first year I've really embraced and explicitly taught Habit 8: Find Your Voice, and Inspire Others to Find Theirs.

While working on growing students' inner voices, I had an epiphany to connect our study of "Leaders of Change" with student artwork and/or photos displayed in an Instagram-style.   POOF!  Leadergram was born!!

 To prep, all I did was gather tagboard (the only cardstock I had on hand in the classroom) and then I cut them into squares.  Since my tagboard was only 9 inches wide, I had to cut 4.5x4.5 squares.
 Next, I posed the question to students:  What do you think "Leaders of Change" look like?  I emphasized there is no one "right" or "wrong" response because our earlier discussions have solidified the idea that anyone can be a leader.
 Some students drew ordinary kids helping out.  The student above connected to the text we're currently reading, The Hope Chest.  This story focuses on the issue of women not having an equal right to vote in America until 1920, so my artistically-talented student drew a Suffragist in action.
 Others took a traditional approach and represented an American hero as a "Leader of Change!"  Two weeks later, the students and I were ready to update our Leadergram board with a new post.  This time they had to illustrate a motivational quote that would inspire them to become a "Leader of Change."
 First, we watched a couple of Kid President videos calling the world into action.  Kid President is hilarious and my class just loves him! Then, we brainstormed a list of quotes that sparked a desire to make a positive change.  I shared how Mahatma Gandhi's quote, "Be the change you wish to see in this world," really resonated with me because it puts the purpose of life in perspective for me.
For our second post, I experimented with lined notebook paper because I find drawings made by children look really endearing on lined paper for whatever reason.  And I figured, lines couldn't hurt if they would need to write inspirational quotes, anyway!.

02 April 2016

Happy April!

Join Farley for her April "CURRENTLY" throwback to the Comic Sans font and simple black & white formatting in this month's layout!  
listening: I'm getting caught up with my DVR and the "Latin Night" episode of Monday's Dancing with the Stars is playing in the background, I'm loving that Manya from Boyz II Men is workin' it this season!
loving: being born in April makes me biased to this month because of all the happy memories it brings along with the happiness of spring!
thinking: Good Riddance, State Testing is OVER!! (and school's not over until May 21st - that means I have time to teach units because they're fun and interesting, not because I have to!  Just this week before our last day of testing, one of the classroom dad's came in and taught us about electric voltages and we tested the power in various-sized batteries using multimeters.. Then, we got the electricity flowing through our bodies with the Van de Graaff generator!  Apparently, long, thin and straight hair works the best, as seen in the image below!

If you're interested in learning more about how the Nacho Party motivated my students to show up and do their best during testing week, check out my previous post!  We had a blast gearing up before Field Day yesterday!