Sunday, May 29, 2016

5 Year End Ideas for Teachers (to help keep you sane)



Memorial Day is upon us.  This is traditionally the start of summer in many American minds.  As the end of another school year approaches, it seems that everywhere you look, at least in teacher circles, there is so much talk about ‘survival,’  ‘exhaustion’ and ‘just getting through’ the end of the year. Personally I have one more month of teaching to go, and the thought is daunting. While it’s easy to fall into step with all of our colleagues and feel all the same emotions, I've decided that this year, rather than merely ‘survive’ the end-of-the-year, I'm going to thrive and celebrate it!  I've even decided to find several meaningful (and some frivolous) ways to revel in the completion of another academic year…

Teacher gifts for colleagues are great, but here’s also some other ideas to help make a teacher’s last few weeks go smoothly and help teachers feel good the last few weeks of the school year.

There will be more than enough time over the summer to look at what might not have worked well this past year, but for now, why not be kind to ourselves and honour all the hard work that we, as teachers, have put in all year long?  Here are some ways that I've chosen to celebrate the end of the school year--and I hope that some of you will think of ways to do the same for yourself:


1.  Say “Thank You” to a co-worker, with words or a small token of gratitude. Whether it’s the School Secretary, who always (and often cheerfully) helps when you need it, or the cafeteria lady who goes out of her way to smile at you every day, or the custodian who works harder than anyone should have to--I plan to stop at Starbucks and pick up a small gift card for each one of these folks.  Surely, they deserve some acknowledgement for all they do.

2.  I'm going to ‘Pay it Forward.’  Is there a fellow teacher or administrator at your school whose work you admire? I have at least one at my school.  I plan to leave them a little note in one of my hand made cards.  You could write a short note or send them a brief email telling them so.  My hope is that by doing this now, I will be sowing the seeds of kindness that will come back to me in the fall.

3.  I'm going to type up a short note to be copied and sent home to parents thanking them for the opportunity to teach their child this year. I will also take a quick 10 minutes to jot down just one sentence on each note, about what I will miss about their child.  Personalizing the message for them and their child will mean so much to them and will also round out the year in a very positive way.

4.  A book swap!  I'm going to send out an email to my team asking if they would grab a copy of their favourite professional development/teaching book, so that I could borrow it over the summer. I will also lend them one that I recommend too!  The one I just finished reading, and highly recommend is Math Work Stations by Debbie Diller.  I will also lend this one out to any of them who would like to read it! 

5.  A book sale!  Tying into the afore-mentioned book swap, I will look through my professional development books, many of which are tired dinosaurs that offer me nothing in the way of genuine help in my classroom, and find a few that may sell on Amazon over the summer. 
With the money from that sale, whether it’s $10 or $100, I plan to:

          A.   Enjoy an overpriced milkshake
          B.   Treat myself to a movie with my very OWN popcorn
          C.      Have lunch with friends
          D.    Get a pedicure
          E.      Be a tourist in my own town & visit a cool museum or park

I hope you will consider trying to stay focused on the positive and while doing that, have some fun by making a list of all the ways you can honour yourself, and others, at the end of another school year.

All my best to you for an awesome June and a relaxing & positive July!

Thanks for stopping by today. 

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Freebie and a Giveaway

The school year is coming to an end soon, and teacher's minds are turning towards rest and relaxation.  In Canada we have 6 weeks left until summer holidays start and although I love my kiddos this year, I will truly enjoy some R&R come July.
This week something exciting happened to me and I thought I needed to celebrate!  I passed 1000 followers on Teachers Pay Teachers.  Can you believe it?  1000 people are following my little store.  I am terribly flattered.
To celebrate I'm having a giveaway and a freebie.
Enter the rafflcopter below to win one of two products.  If you are a Primary teacher you will love all of my animal research units.  They are perfect for independent non-fiction study.  

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to check out the Animal Research
If you are NOT a primary teacher then perhaps you will be interested in ALL of my Digital Mini kits.  I"m adding 12 more this week.  That means there will be 24 Digital Mini kits up for grabs.  
CLICK HERE
to check out the Mini Kits.
  




a Rafflecopter giveaway
and the FREEBIE?
It's a sampler of many of my top sellers.
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to grab your own copy.
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Sunday, April 17, 2016

Earth Day Stuff!



I've got some new Earth Day product in my store.
First up is my free craftivity.



Next up is my latest addition to the Class Book series.



And finally my Earth Day Mega Unit
Over 100 pages of blacklines and printables.


or scroll down to check out the complete image below!






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Saturday, April 16, 2016

FREE lesson and a Science Unit


Last week I did this cute art activity about how to draw a cartoon butterfly.
And I've put the lesson in my TPT store for FREE!


to go get your own copy.


  


I recently posted a complete mega unit about butterflies.
This package contains lessons and activities about

- Different kinds of butterflies
- Body parts and their uses
- What butterflies eat
- Life cycle of a butterfly
- Moth vs. Butterflies
- Facts vs opinions 
- 3 levels of mini readers for independent research
- Full color posters
- A Butterfly Facts research activity
- word wall word cards about butterflies
- brainstorming about butterflies
- informational writing about butterflies
- anchor chart headers for brainstorming
- evaluative lessons about butterflies
- directed drawing about butterflies
- 72 real photos of different kinds of butterflies
- description activities
- labelling body parts of a butterfly
- life cycle of a butterfly
- mini books to read about butterflies
- mini book to create about butterflies

This unit is stacked full of printables for easy prep.

to get your own copy




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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Spring Poetry


Here's another look at my Spring Poetry project.
The image above is from one of my students this year.
I used a die cutter to cut out the flowers and the kids made their own leaves.  I'm really happy with how they turned out.




if you are interested in your own FREE copy.


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Sunday, March 20, 2016

Interested in Easter Products?

Here's a sampling of some of my Easter products.


First up, the latest addition to my Class Book series is an Easter book called My Bunny.
Here's a no-prep class book activity to work on descriptive writing. There are 10 pages of brainstorming templates, and writing frames as well as blank lined pages for differentiated levels. There is a full-color and a black and white version of the class book cover.

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to check it out.

Check out the preview of what's included below.




Next up is my huge Easter Unit.  The focus of this package is on differentiated learning. There are activities for all levels of learning from K to 2. In this package you will find Language Arts and Math activities for teaching...
vocabulary
spelling
following directions
opposites
parts of speech
critical thinking
irregular plural nouns
number identification
addition to 20
addition to 99



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to check it out.

Check out the previews of what's included below.




And finally I have my latest product and currently my best seller right now.


LOOKING FOR A DETAILED, EASY TO PREP, LIFE-SCIENCE UNIT ABOUT RABBITS???? This one’s for you.
This package contains lessons and activities about

- Different kinds of rabbits
- Body parts and their uses
- What rabbits eat
- Life cycle of a rabbit
- Hare vs. Rabbits
- Facts vs opinions 
- 3 levels of mini readers for independent research
- Full color posters
- A Rabbit Facts research activity
- word wall word cards about rabbits
- brainstorming about rabbits
- informational writing about rabbits
- anchor chart headers for brainstorming
- evaluative lessons about rabbits
- directed drawing about rabbits
- 72 real photos of different kinds of rabbits
- description activities
- labelling body parts of a rabbit
- life cycle of a rabbit
- mini books to read about rabbits
- mini book to create about rabbits

This unit is stacked full of printables for easy prep.

This is a Science unit about rabbits which is designed to build Critical Thinking skills for all learners, and to work on increasing language and vocabulary, especially with ELL learners. 


CLICK HERE
to check it out.
Check out the previews of what's included below.






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Saturday, March 12, 2016

March Madness Blog Hop



I got together with a great group of bloggers to participate in a Blog Hop featuring our favourite books and a little lesson plan freebie to go along.
Also there's a rafflecopter giveaway too.

I'm featuring the book I'm Bored.



to go to my store and get your own freebie.

to enter the giveaway and a chance to win a $75.00 gift card to TPT.

And click below to go on to the next part of the hop.


CLICK HERE
or on the picture below


My apologies, but my rafflecopter giveaway is not working properly.
I will have it up and running by saturday evening.


thanks for stopping by today!