28 July 2018

Growth Mindset Bulletin Board Kit (Meet the Teacher FREEBIE)

I am going to start implementing Growth Mindset into my classroom this year and can't wait to see the benefit on my students' motivation levels.  Aside from my basic understanding that the brain is plastic and we want to teach students to move from a FIXED mindset to a GROWTH mindset, I really wanted to learn more so I signed up for a free webinar by Create-abilities!  I can't wait to put what I learn into practice with my new class this year!  Black & gold / all things bling are totally my style so that's what you'll see represented in the look of these posters!
In my excitement to get this going, I decided to make some festive posters to create a Growth Mindset Bulletin Board.  The great thing about the placement of this bulletin board, is that everyday when the kids walk in, it's in their direct line of sight.  Also, when I am standing at the SMARTboard or WHITEboard giving direct instruction, it's in my direct line of sight.  That way, it reminds me to make these important connections for the students as they are learning!

As promised, I have made a special freebie available for download on TpT for you to set a GREAT first impression on Meet the Teacher Night.  Grab the FREE PRINTABLE by clicking the image below!

19 July 2018

This CLASS is ONE in a MELON! (1st Week of School Bulletin Board)

So I have this GREAT idea for a first week of school bulletin board!  It's going to say "This CLASS is ONE in a MELON!"  All the kids will have taken a picture with my yet to be made soon-to-be-made watermelon paper plate prop or EASY print & go prop available HERE
The picture will accompany a paragraph of writing that tells what makes each kiddo, "ONE in a MELON!"  I've included an exemplar to help all my students be successful.  And, let's be honest, most kids need all the help they can get in those first couple of days back from summer break!  To help get ideas flowing, there's also a writing frame included which is perfect for younger grades and I know it is just what my struggling writers & ELL students need.  The final copy provides room for the student picture & it's even EDITABLE, so you can insert the image & type their name in ALL AT ONCE!
 Did I mention that I'm SO proud of myself because I actually designed the watermelon props myself using PowerPoint shapes?  Obviously, I am not going to become a clipart designer anytime soon, I would most likely need PhotoShop, but I thought the heart-shaped seeds were a cute touch to the #uplift theme I want to implement in my class this year!
I also had fun putting my title for my Watermelon Bulletin Board together.  I just printed out the pages I needed, cut & glued onto a black poster board I had at home.  When teachers report back to my school in just 5 days, I'll have the secretary laminate it for me.  That way I can use it again next year! (If that's not your style, there are OTHER title options, including banners - 2 images below) 
There aren't any pics with student work yet because I haven't started the school year with students. It will be done either the 2nd or 3rd day of school since I PLAN to have it on display for parents to admire for Curriculum Night which is now oh-so-easily called, "Parent Teacher Connect Night" at my school!🤣  
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Also, I just finished reading Part III of Ron Clark's "The End of Molasses Classes" and he gave a good tip on how to improve students' abilities to speak in public settings which included giving them a LEAD role as they guide/give their parents a tour during Curriculum Night.
 I WANT to implement this, but not sure if it's too much of an undertaking to prep the students beforehand... we shall see!

10 July 2018

3 EASY Steps for a "BEARY" Cute Back-to-School Gift!

 Need an EASY student gift to welcome your students back-to-school?  These "BEARY" cute bag toppers can be used on a small bag of Gummy Bears or Teddy Grahams.  As you can see, I stock up on a 5 pound bag of Albanese 12 flavor gummi bears because EVERY FLAVOR tastes YUMMY.  Typically, I avoid the green, yellow and orange flavors when enjoying other brands, but that's not the case here!

  How to DIY this gift:
1 - Fill the bag (craft size 3x4) about 2/3 full of your bear snacks, zip closed.
2 - Edit your bag toppers with the resource available below. (click the image)
3 - Print out, cut, fold in half & staple. TA-DA! :)
What do I do with all those leftover gummy bears besides sneaking them into the movie theaters?  Well, I get students hooked on SCIENCE at the beginning of the year by conducting experiments following the steps of the Scientific Method with the Growing Gummy Bear lab.
Each student gets to soak a gummy, and then upon completion of their lab report, they get to enjoy a gummy bear!
Have a "BEARY" great school year making fun memories in your classroom!
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09 July 2018

Teachers LOVE the TARGET Dollar Spot!

Let's be REAL, aren't all teachers like this?  Or is it a generational thing?  Come to think of it, I think it might be more of a millennial (post 1980s), generational thing.  Either way, I'm a victim of being drawn like a moth to a flame to this galaxy of adorable notepads and $1 buckets.  Following the #targetteachers string on Instagram makes my problem even worse because now I'm driven to find all these things I MUST HAVE for my CLASSROOM this new school year!  The first item on my shopping list is practical, I actually need them for labeling things --- so if you come across those square adhesive labels in the Target Dollar Spot in Phoenix, lemme know!
Last year, I put these lovely square labels to good use as I finally updated my cubbies with fresh labels.  They were an after thought, remnants of the previous teacher who had the classroom.  Five years after moving in, I FINALLY got around to the updates you can see below!

After adding two new styles, I decided to make this resource available to other teachers online.  If you'd like to add this resource to your classroom, click any of the images below.  These STICK REALLY WELL because after a full year of use of pushing & shoving overstuffed backpacks, there was never an incident when one had fallen off, at all!  Now, it's time for me to STOCK UP!

P.S. If you don't hear from me for a while, it's because I'm at Target, getting more things for my classroom (of, course)!

08 July 2018

Tropical Vibes (EDITABLE labels & name tags)

 Tropical & Stripes EDITABLE labels

Getting ready for the new school year, means it's time to get "OUT WITH THE OLD AND IN WITH THE NEW!"  I hope you enjoy adding this product to your classroom as much as I have and most definitely this will bring GOOD VIBES only as you decorate with tropical flair when you go BACK-to-SCHOOL this year!
 In previous school years, I've been content with my black & white polka dot name tags to achieve a streamlined look that did not VISUALLY ASSAULT my eyes all day long as I taught... *ahem* CHEVRON & LOUD COLORS such as RED which are not used in high doses in my room.  It seemed that this year as I am switching out DESKS for TABLES, that I'll also be switching POLKA DOTS out for STRIPES!
 This resource is an editable PowerPoint file so you're able to insert your student names or desired text into the textbox fields.  Another benefit of working with an editable file, is that you're able to duplicate a slide so you don't have to repeat your formatting over and over again for a FULL CLASS set!  Are you a fan of the font shown in the example nametags above?  If so, you can be like me and use the font, CCQuitBaconMyHeart which is an adorable Cara Carroll font available here.

 Have you ever seen those adhesive square pocket labels in the Target Dollar Spot before?  Well, let me tell you that these trendy, little bilingual name tags will fit perfectly inside of them.  I like them because they are durable and will last all year long on student desks, cubbies, bins, etc. but also do not require that you laminate the item that goes inside.  The sleeve protects whatever you're sliding in or out!
All of the name tags in this set come in 6 different color varieties, which makes it super SIMPLE to form groups.  For example, tell your students, "Go form a group made up of those who share the same color nametag as you."  In a class of 24 students, you can easily put them into mixed groups of 4.  Or, "This time you're group will need to be made up of ALL DIFFERENT colored name tags."  If you have students already sitting in tables with different colored name tags, then randomly assign various tasks, "All purple nametags come collect the materials for your team."  "Black nametags will stand to be the spokesperson for their team," the possibilities are endless.  You can also add an image or colored dot/shape of your choice in the editable PowerPoint file to each name tag so you can easily incorporate more cooperative learning strategies into your classroom!
Finally, before you open your doors to new students this school year, protect your personalized labels by laminating anything that comes across heavy traffic or daily use.  For example, all of my table baskets and bins are labeled by the table number they've been assigned.  These community supplies get frequently used and get cleaned by Clorox wipes from time to time, so they must be built to last the school year. Check out this BRAND NEW, HEAVY-DUTY HeatSeal PRO Laminator from Mead I used to protect my tropical labels!  Read more about my review of this product's overall quality in my previous post.