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July 3, 2014

Happy 4th of July! Updates and Sale

Happy 4th of July Everyone!

I hope that the summer has been restful for you. I have been enjoying the time with my family tremendously! We live in Southwest Florida and do not take advantage of the beaches enough because we tend to get caught up in the day to day routine. Did I mention before I have six kiddos? Laundry, work, and grocery shopping tend to get in the way.

I was blessed this summer to have gone a retreat with some amazing fellow teachers and friends, then it was off to a Collegium with more amazing educators. I have some new pals while attending the Choosing Excellence Collegium that I will treasure for many years to come. One of which is our very own blogger buddy Khrystine Bosland from Keepin it Kool in Kinderland. I swear she is even sweeter in person.  All of this fun happened locally on North Captiva Island, Captiva Island, and Sanibel Island.

I was reminded how I truly needed to enjoy what God has given us and took my family to the beach when I returned. I took a ton of pictures, but below are just a few. I love the first photo. I swear I didn't place any of these shells. There a ton of shells on Sanibel and Captiva. I am now hooked on finding shells!



 After the relaxation I decided to get back to work on updating many of my items. I have had multiple requests to make my Common Core I Can Statements Editable, and guess what? The majority of them are done and uploaded. I also updated a couple of my decor packs to be editable as well. So, in honor of the 4th of July and the new and improved files, I am having a 20% off all items in my TpT Store.

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Teach-Inspire-Prepare/Category/Editable-I-Can-Statements




I hope that you all are having a terrific summer and are remember to take time for you. What are doing over the summer for some down time? I would love to hear from you.

May 18, 2014

Words of Wisdom for a New Teacher

My intern recently graduated and I wanted to send her off with some advice and words of wisdom from other teachers. I was going to leave a survey in my fellow teachers' mailbox at work; however, I know how busy we all are with paperwork and didn't want to ask them to write another thing. Then, I came up with an idea that I would like to share. I simply created a survey on Google Drive with a cute notebook paper premade template and within a minute, it was ready with link and all. I emailed the link to the educators at my school and was astounded by the heartwarming and practical advice given to a new teacher. What do you do for your graduating intern? I would love to read your ideas and comments. Or, if you'd like to add some advice for my intern to the form I created click on the image of the form below for the link.








April 7, 2014

Hosting an Intern

I have been very blessed over the years with the opportunity to host many talented and inspirational upcoming teachers and this year was no different.

I had two interns this year, Crystal as a practicum student in the fall and Samantha as a final level intern in the Spring. I feel like they have taught me just as much, if not more, than I taught them.

It is exciting to see their enthusiasm for the profession and the fresh ideas.

At the beginning of the semester, I wanted to be sure that my final level intern, Sam, felt welcome and had her own space. So, I created a work-space for her as seen below. I adapted the picture frame post it note holder idea a bit. I used an 8 1/2 x 11 frame to hold a the school district calendar and a space to write notes using an expo marker.

You would have thought that I gave her the world. She was so thrilled.

In what ways does hosting an intern inspire you? Do you have any stories to share? How do you make your intern feel welcome? Please comment. I would love to hear from you.

Crystal (left), Sam (right) and I having fun on Read Across America Day



February 16, 2014

A Class Valentine and Self Esteem

Are you looking for a self esteem builder that you can use not only during Valentine's Day, but also throughout the year? This activity always brings tears to my eyes and is one for the parents to store in the memory box.

Have your students decorate a sheet of paper with only their name. Since it was Valentines Day, I used heart shaped paper. But, this activity can be done at any point in the year. Be sure to tell the children to leave room for others to leave comments. Split your students into two groups and align their papers into rows. Tell the students to move to the very next paper and write a positive comment about the student whose paper is in front of them. I instruct my students that it can not be based upon their appearance, but about their personality or an act of kindness that they have done. The youngsters continue to move to another paper one at a time until they return to their paper. I also tell them not to peek at their own paper until it is time.

Have a camera handy because their faces surely light up when they read all of the wonderful things that their peers have written about them. It is a tear jerking moment.




What is your favorite activity to build self esteem? I would love to read about them in the comments.