Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Don't Be A Fool

Happy April Fools Day!  Don't be a fool..... run don't walk to the grand opening of the Educents Market Place! If you are not familiar with Educents its a teacher deal site. They run great deals on things you need for your classroom. If your interested you can sign up here! The market place is where you can buy teacher made resources!

To celebrate this exciting opening I have a forever freebie that you can only find on Educents! It is my Test Taking Strategy Posters. This is perfect for this time of the year with all of the high stakes testing. Once you get there make sure to follow my store! You will be up to date with any sales, deals, and new items that I have!

There is a group of third grade teacher sellers on Educents that are giving away $50.00 in edubucks! This $50.00 can be spent on anything on the site! Enter below!!!!!

Educents Marketplace $50 in Edubucks Giveaway #4 - Third Grade Stores

Now I am linking up with all of these other sellers! That way you can check out their new Educents Store and grab their awesome forever freebies!

I hope you take advantage of this awesome new site! 

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Colorado Blogger Meet Up

I have meet up envy! In the blogging/ instagram world I have seen so many awesome meet ups and I want one! SOOOOO we are having one! Are you a Colorado TPTer or Blogger? Then this is for you!

May 30th 12:00 at The Rio Grande Restaurant  

If you are interested in attending please fill out the google form! 

This will be a fun opportunity to meet with other Colorado Educators, eat some great food and get some cool stuff!

I am working with some great vendors to get goodie bags and items for a raffle.

There will be a favorite school supply exchange. (Think white elephant meets teachers) Bring  your favorite school supply (new) to exchange this should be valued between $5-$20! If you have questions please email me at Spread the word and invite your friends!

Monday, March 16, 2015


I opened an Etsy shop. My shop is currently full of book page art for teachers. I started making these banners recently and received some great feedback on them so I thought I would give the Etsy world a try. I  am working on building my store but please check it out! I would love to make a custom banner for you! I really wanted to make some things that are reasonable for teachers. I get caught up looking at Etsy cuteness and never want to take the plunge and spend the money for what I see.

Please check it out. Let me know what you think in the comments below or if you have suggestions!

My shop name is big surprise......... Bronco Teacher!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Trudy Ludwig

If you read my last post you know that I am working on building kindness in my classroom. I did some research and found books by Trudy Ludwig. These books are changing my classroom. They are perfect for what I was looking for. Each book is about a true classroom bullying situation and so relevant! She has a website so you can visit it and learn more! I picked my books up on Amazon and I am so glad I did. I hope to grab a few more soon!

I also recently showed this video to my class. It was created by a Colorado teacher who was facing the same bullying issues in his classroom. It was featured by the local news station. My kids really seemed to be touched by it. I even had a student tell me she felt like crying when the girl finally made a friend. Here is the article. Here is the video: 

I hope this helps to inspire kindness in your classroom!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Bully Free Zone

Every year we start off with my wrinkled heart activities and then carry on the through the year with our school wide character trait program.  As a teacher you hope that this will be enough. However this year my co-teacher and I have noticed one particular student has been the easy target for our class. She is the sweetest girl with the best attitude so it just doesn't make since.

I was picked on, teased, bullied you name it. I always had trouble making and keeping friends. I was often an easy target and can remember this happening from 1st grade on until freshman year of high school. That being said I DID NOT WANT IT HAPPENING IN MY CLASSROOM.

I got to work. I asked a veteran teacher at my school what she would do. (She is the kind of teacher you strive to be and I am lucky enough to work with her.) I stalked teacher blogs, pinterest and Teachers Pay Teachers. Here is what I came up with:

Day One:

We revisited the wrinkled heart poems and discussed exactly what each part meant.

I also told them that I would have zero tolerance of any bullying and if I heard it or saw it they would move their clips.

Then we stomped on, crumbled, hit but did not tear a piece of paper. Then we opened the paper up and told it we were sorry. Then we had a discussion about how saying sorry doesn't always fix everything.

Next we turned this wrinkled paper into the cover for our friendship journal. This is our no bully zone scrap book and I will get back to that in a little bit.

The last activity we did that day was from the Bad Apple.  In this activity the class brain storms what it means to be kind. Then they have to write something kind about other students.

There were a few students that I was worried about not having enough kind words so I did write on a few.

Then they glued the star in their friendship journal and reflected on it. You can grab that here.

Day Two: We discussed ways to not be a bully and completed a book. Its by Natalie's Nook and you can find it here.

Day Three: We wrote about a time our heart was wrinkled and what we learned from it.

Day Four: We completed this activity by the Clutter Free Classroom. Each student told me who they wanted to work with and nominated someone as a student role model. This is when we introduced the kindness desk. I shared the nominations with the class and told them if they didn't hear their name this week they should make it their goal to have someone nominate them next time.

The kindness desk is where anyone who is being very kind can sit. This desk has special supplies to use and even is home to our author's chair when it is not in use. This has the same rules as most Fancy/ MVP desks. Its fluid and students can move in and out of it. I got the idea off of instagram (you can follow me @teachinginbroncocountry) but I can't remember who! I really tried to find it too. Thank you to whomever it was!

I created it from things I had laying around the classroom and its a hit. 

Day Five:

I read Just Kidding by Trudy Ludwig  (I bought several of her books and will be reading them in the days and weeks to come.) Then we signed No Bullying Pledge with our favorite color marker and added it to our Friendship Journal. 

I found some no bully zone items on Oriental Trading and that is where the No Bullying Pledge came from. I haven't decided what I am going to do with everything yet. 

A small victory came today when the student I mentioned was picked on again and two girls spoke up for her. I gave them a sticker and thanked them. We aren't there yet but we are taking steps in the right direction. Check back with me to see how it is going and what other activities we have done. 

If any of these activities are of interest to you please check them out tomorrow at the Teachers Pay Teachers Site Wide Sale.  I will be participating and my store will be 28% when you use the promo code HEROS. 

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Author's Chair

I have been thinking of creating an author's chair for a while. We had a writing PD recently and I decided it was time to take the plunge! One of my sweet parents donated a chair and I got to work!

I really enjoyed creating it and I will be debuting in class tomorrow. I do have to say it took a whole lot longer than I anticipated! It was about 10 hours total.

I used craft paint and sharpies to write and then I sealed it with glitter spray and that didn't work very well so I ended up using Modge Podge.

The beginning. 

Cute fabric from Hobby Lobby. I used a coupon and it was only $3.00! I also finished the seat with vinyl in hope it will last longer and keep it clean. 

The first night of work. 

Almost done.

Here it is! 

If you have a share chair or author's chair I would love to see a link. 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Giveaway Just Because

When ever I read about the latest and greatest on teacher blogs I WANT to have it. This happened when I heard about the Classroom Friendly pencil sharpener. Only I didn't really need one I had a big fancy pencil sharpener. I used my supply budget and bought one. It was fancy it was great a little light even turned on when the pencil was sharpened! AND THEN a student knocked it off its resting place and it broke into millions of pieces and I was pretty sure the warranty wouldn't cover it. So I shed a tear and asked for a donation of pencil sharpeners. Three YES ThReE more pencil sharpeners were burned through in the course of a year. I took the plunge and invested in the Classroom Friendly sharpener. The nice thing was it didn't cost much! Just $24.99 that I can afford even on my part time teacher budget! Take a look for yourself

Its here and my students love it! They are itching to sharpen their pencils all of the time.  Here is a video about how it works. I needed the video and I showed it to my students too.

 Now here is the good news. The sweet people at Classroom Friendly Supplies want you to have a one! Enter the giveaway below and you get to pick your own color and everything! How great is that?!

Please note this update! This contest is open to US residents only. 

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