Saturday, May 21, 2016

C Jayne Teach




I have been admiring C.Jayne Teach for a long time. I have been debating if I needed a Teacher Anchor and all of the other cute stuff (I determined I did).Her beautiful website is so enticing I had a hard time narrowing down what to get. I really wanted a Teacher Anchor but I will be at a new school with a new position so I am not sure what the lesson plans will look like. Instead I ordered stuff I know I can use! I ordered a customized clipboard and custom notes. I am thrilled with how they turned out and they came super quick. The patterns and color choices are another enticing detail. I love that the products are customized. Take a look at what I got!




Find out more about C.Jayne Teach on Facebook, Instagram or sign up for her newsletter. Go grab your own! It would be a great end of the year gift for a coworker or a fun order to start your new year with. 

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Giveaway!

This is the last day of my five days of giveaways! Life happened so I am couple of days behind on posting this. Day five is a basket full of teaching goodies for you and your classroom. There are treats, books, school supplies and more!




In order to win you need to enter the rafflecopter below:

a Rafflecopter giveaway 


Good luck! All of the other winners will be announced tonight!

Friday, May 13, 2016

Five Days Of Giveaways


I have tons to say thank you for and celebrate! I have over 500 Facebook followers over 1000 Instagram followers, I am done with school in less then a week and I got a new job!!!! I want to celebrate all of this with you by doing five days of giveaways. 

Here is how it will go:

Today join me on Instagram for giveaway day one:
Tomorrow join me on Facebook for your chance to win:
Day three join me on Instagram for you chance to win: 
Day four join me on Facebook for your chance to win:
Day five join me back here for your chance to win:
Good luck!!!! All giveaways will ship at the same time. Winners will be notified the next day!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

End of The Year Gifts

It's the end of the school year and often that means its time to give a gift to some of your coworkers. I am leaving my school to start a new one! I am looking forward to the adventure but I will miss the people I have worked with the past five years. I wanted to get them something unique and other than my typical go to, the gift card. After a lot of thought I came up with some great gift options for them and ideas for you... plus you can buy them on Amazon, on the couch, in your jammies.


For the Fashionista:

I like to consider myself a fashionista. The perfect teacher gift for a fashionista would be something trendy. Alex and Ani makes an apple bracelet perfect for the trendy teacher. I just added it to my collection!


I think it is a sweet gift to add to or to start a collection. I think any teacher would appreciate it fashionista or not!


For the Bookworm:

I love a good book and I also love to improve my teaching over the summer. For the teacher that feels the same way I recommend any book by Ron Clark  but my favorite is End of Molasses Classes!

This book is full of 101 ways to transform your teaching. It is inspiring and fun. I recommend it as a gift and for yourself. 


For the Sweet Tooth:



I am not a baker but I love a great treat. I have perfected the perfect cookie. This gift can be given to multiple teachers and on a budget. They will be asking you for the recipe! Pair it with the cute labels and make them for your whole team!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook time 10 minutes (you could do 12 if you like them crispy)
Total time 20 minutes

Ingredients
2 1/4 cups of all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter browned
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon maple syrup
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 large eggs room temp
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup butterscotch chips

1.Preheat oven to 375 degrees
2. Mix dry ingredients flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt
3. Mix butter, sugar and brown sugar. Add eggs, syrup and vanilla and mix.
4. Slowly add dry ingredients and wet ingredients.
5. Mix in chocolate chips and butterscotch chips.
6. Drop heaping spoonfuls on the cookie sheet and bake.
7. Bake for 9-12 minutes. I think 10 is the magic number though!

Enjoy! You can grab the labels here for free! I hope this post helped you plan your end of the year gifts!




Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Teacher Appreciation Sale!

It's here! Teacher appreciation! TPT wants you to know that you are appreciated too! Today and tomorrow you can save on some great resources! I am planning to stock up on some tools for next year. I have been getting my wish list ready and leaving feedback. Leaving feedback after your purchases is so important for buyers and sellers! When you leave feedback you help sellers by letting other buyers know about the great product. It even helps you because you receive TPT credits to use on future purchases. You have even more savings when you use these credits during a sale! 

I like to get things I can use for the end of the year and to start the following year. Here are two items that you could snag from my store. 

End of Year Fun use this for the end of the school year!


This product has several great ideas to help you plan for the last few days of school. 

Reading Response Journal This can be used to challenge your students when they are reading any fiction text! 

This is one of my favorite things to use in my classroom! 

Make sure to stock up! Happy Teacher Appreciation! 




Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Teacher Interviews


Image courtesy of Phasinphoto at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
It is the time of the year where contracts are offered and teachers are looking for jobs. This year I am one of those teachers. Its been several years since I have gone through the process so I did a ton of research and asked around.

Interviewing can be a long and discouraging process. (I was told that up to 350 people apply for elementary positions in the district I live in.) I thought it would be helpful to ask around and do some research to make the process seem less daunting and hopefully encouraging for those seeking their dream teaching jobs. 

Resumé Dos and Don'ts:

This is a tricky one! You want to stand out but there is a right way and a wrong way to do it. I really researched resumés. You need a good resume´to get your foot in the door. I have heard many teachers want to make their resume´cute and some include pictures of themselves. After extensive research on this topic I have found that you should have a simple resume´with nothing fancy.

Let your qualifications speak for themselves! 
You need a solid cover letter and good reference letters to help you sell yourself!

What to Bring: 

Many teachers like to bring a portfolio. I have been on several interview committees and we never have asked to see a portfolio. I have never been asked to bring one either. My recommendation is to ask if you can bring anything. 

I have been asked if I had a video of myself teaching on more than one occasion. If you do not have one, it is a good idea to do one. I created a YouTube video so I could share the link.

One of my friends had to upload several interview questions and a video of her teaching when she applied to the district. 

What to Wear:

A principal I used to work with in a very competitive district told me not to interview in a power suit or a frilly dress. He said dress the way you would in your classroom because thats what a school wants to see.

Find something that you feel comfortable and confident in! ( I always love an excuse to go shopping!) I recently wore a conservative but bright blue dress. I was told by the principal she liked what I was wearing and it exuded confidence.  I also wore a trendy tassel necklace and was so animated in my conversation that it wrapped around my glasses in the middle of an interview. ( It was not my shining moment!) 

Image courtesy of Ambro at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Questions to Think About:

Be prepared to talk about your classroom and experience. You are selling yourself and no one knows how well you will do in this job but you! Be prepared for them to ask you if you have questions. I was told that this may make or break you!

Here are some real life interview tips and questions for you from teachers like you!

I was asked what was the last book you read?

  • After interview question: "Is there anything you asked me that you would like me to speak more about?" 
Share your personal experiences, don't just give generic answers!
  • Take every question seriously, even if you don't think it's a serious question. My response to "If you were an animal, what kind would you be, and why?" is what got me the job!
  • Practice practice practice! Practice interviewing with family and friends so you can turn answers into stories and get rid of your ums. Also eye contact and smile while you talk.

  • So it was before I was a teacher and was interviewing for another job. The question was, "Do you consider yourself lucky?" Of course I answered truthfully, not knowing there was a correct canned answer to give. I answered that yeah, I felt pretty lucky [thinking what a weird question that was]. I didn't get the job. Some time later I read that the "correct" answer was to say that yes, I was lucky... because I work hard and make my own luck.
The Waiting Game:

THE WORST PART!!! Did you get the job? Did they like you? When will they call?

Ask! When you are leaving ask what are the next steps. That will give you a time frame and some peace of mind.

The interview process is different for every school. I have had to teach a lesson, I have had multiple interviews at the same school, I have been interviewed by several people and by one. Be prepared for all scenarios! 

I hope you found this helpful. Here are some more blog posts about the topic:

Advice for New Teachers.

How to Land the Perfect Teaching Job.

Do you have anything to add? Please do so in the comments. I got the job I really wanted and I hope you do too! 

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Super Power Through The End Of The Year



It is hard to believe this year is almost over! I have four weeks left! How about you? The end of the year can be a trying time because everyone is ready for break. It can also be a ton of fun! Hopefully this hop will give you some great tips to finish out this year strong like a super hero!


Between the field trips and parties at the end of the year I manage to fit in some great activities too. I am explaining them below and make sure to read to the end for a temporary freebie and a chance to win $50 to TpT and $50 to Target!


Class Garage Sale
This is one of my favorite activities all year and the students love it too! 

  • After spring break use classroom money to reinforce positive behavior. If you already use a monetary system have students save up after this point. 
  • Students bring in items from home to “sell”. They should already be priced. Most items are things that they would like to get rid of. Sometimes I have students sell bake goods. It is really up to them.
  • Send home the a parent letter before your scheduled garage sale. 
  • Have some extra price tags on hand just incase. 
  • The teacher is the cashier and the students can work on math skills as they purchase items. 
  • I recommend giving the students time to set up their items, pre-shop, purchase items and then play. This can use up a couple of hours if you need it to.
 Letters to the Class

  • Practice letter writing skills while making a fun keepsake. 
  • Every student is required to write a friendly letter to each classmate. This can be about a favorite memory or a complement. You may want to require a certain number of sentences. 
  • Allow students time to decorate the cover of their letter writing journal.
  • Find a spot to keep the letter writing journals in the classroom so the other students can access them to write in. 
  • I make my own journal too the kids love to write their teacher and always leave the sweetest notes. 
  • Make time to write a letter to each student. 
  • When a student finishes writing the whole class. I allow them to write their favorite celebrity. 
Board Game Day
This one is fun, super easy and always a good time. 
  • Provide several student friendly board games for the students to play. 
  • Students may bring in their favorite board games from home. 
  • I usually do this before our end of the year party. 
  • Board games go home at the end of the day.
  • This easy day gives the teacher extra time to wrap up all of the end of the year stuff. 
Class Talent Show

Turn your class into America’s Got Talent!
  • Hold a talent show in your class 
  • Students can showcase any talent that is school appropriate
  • The teacher should approve all acts
  • Classmates can vote and give awards
  • Or students can just perform for fun so no ones feelings get hurt. 
  • Allow them to prepare ahead of time and practice at home. 
  • They should bring in all items needed to perform. 
Letters to Next Year’s Class
  • Students write advice to the next years class in the form of a letter. 
  • This practices letter writing skills and is a lot of fun. 
  • Students write down memories and advice to give
  • Read the letters to the new class through out the first week of school. 

You can grab templates and parent letter for all of the above activities in my TpT store! It is temporarily free. (4/24-4/26) 

Now register to win $50 to TpT and $50! 
 

My hop letter is A! Now hop on over to Enchanting Elementary to see what Super Hero Tips she has for the end of the year.