Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sunday Scoop {November 23}

Happy Sunday before Thanksgiving!

Linking up for Sunday Scoop with Teaching Trio!

Similar to last week's since I didn't get as much done as I wanted to! :)
Can't wait to see my sister!!

Have a beautiful day everyone!

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Five for Friday {November 21st}

Happy Friday before Thanksgiving everyone!

I’m linking up today with Doodle Bug’s Five for Friday!

I have been Instagramming all my teaching stuff for a few weeks now, and I’m almost up to 100 followers this week! I really enjoy networking on Instagram. It’s nice to see other educators’ pictures, ideas, and giveaways! 

Just search for talesfromaverybusyteacher or look online by clicking here!

I had my second week of my Thankful Thursday linky. It’s a new linky party I am starting and hosting to document and celebrate all the things we are thankful for in our lives. It can be anything you’re thankful for: teaching ideas, family members, friends, etc. If you’re interested, link up next week! I’ll be posting a reminder in the Teachers Pay Teachers forum.

What are you thankful for?

I entered my little man Jake into the Gerber Baby Photo Search 2014 contest. The voting started this week! You can vote once a day, everyday, until December 14th. If you’d like to help us out and make Jake the next Gerber baby, you can vote here:

Thanks for your support!

This week, I went a little crazy on and got my little some books! I know he can’t read them himself yet, but I have been trying to read to him everyday since he was born…in hopes to foster his love of reading.

Obsessed much? LOL

 Can I just say I love Scandal! Last night’s winter finale was AMAZING! I can’t wait until January 29th when it returns. I am going to have Scandal withdrawals!

Hop on over to Doodle Bugs and check out the other teachers’ Five for Friday posts!

Enjoy your weekend lovelies!!!

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thankful Thursday {November 20th} Scholastic Rocks!

It’s my Thankful Thursday link up today!

A weekly linky party to share what you're thankful for in your life of teaching, family, or friends!

Today I’d like to share my thanks for Scholastic Bonus Points! I LOVE SCHOLASTIC! There are so many great aspects of Scholastic. They sell books at great prices and they make it super simple for teachers and parents to find and enjoy new and classic books.

When I first started my teaching career, I think I was most excited about creating a Scholastic account! They sent all these great free gifts and also gifted bonus points to help start and foster my new class library.

Over the years, I have accumulated so many books. Scholastic provided many opportunities for my classroom to get all these books by hosting awesome bonus point incentives for parent orders. Once year, I had enough parent orders where we earned over 10,000 bonus points. Well, these points were burning a hole in my pocket, so instead of saving them, I spent them on bookshelves, book racks, CD players, listening stations, and tons and tons of books for my students and our classroom.

Here's a free gift I got for being a "Red Apple Teacher." I love free gifts!

This company is so wonderful and I love the opportunities they provide students and teachers. Not only with bonus points but with their countless teaching ideas, student incentive programs for reading, and their promotion of reading for life!

Share what you're thankful for this week by linking up below!

Have a beautiful day!

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Wordless Wednesday {Snow Day!}

Good morning!

I am linking up today with Sugar and Spice for Wordless Wednesday!

So, if I heard correctly, 50% of the country is covered in snow! Well, here I am in sunny Southern California wishing for snow! I guess I should be careful what I wish for! Until's a fun art project I did with my kiddos.

Just use some sponges with white Tempera paint, cut out some eyes, a nose, a mouth, some buttons, arms, and a hat! Then you've got yourself a snowman in the wind losing his hat! 

Have a gorgeous day everyone!
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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Sunday Scoop {November 16}

Happy Sunday!

This is my first time linking up with Teaching Trio and their Sunday Scoop and I am so excited!

My post today is short, simple, and to the point! 

I am just super excited to decorate for Christmas! I wish it felt a little bit colder over here is Southern California though!

Have a beautiful afternoon everyone!
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Saturday, November 15, 2014

You Oughta Know About Rick Morris' Sign Language Posters

You Oughta Know About…Rick Morris’ Sign Language Posters for Classroom Management!

Happy Saturday everyone! 

I am linking up with Jasmine over at Buzzing with Mrs. McClain for her awesome Blog Hop: You Oughta Know...

Today I am bringing you some information about Rick Morris’ Sign Language Posters.

Rick Morris is a recognized specialist in the field of classroom management and motivation.  He has 31 years of classroom teaching experience and 25+ years of staff development expertise. He has authored several books and hosts seminars to motivate and encourage positive classroom management strategies.

I have attended his seminars and have a few of his books. I really like some of his strategies and I used them in my repertoire of classroom management tactics! 

One of his strategies that I really enjoyed using in my classroom was his sign language poster set.

I really liked using these posters in my classroom because they helped promote and foster a positive classroom environment. I would keep these posters on display in a prominent place in my classroom all year long.  

On the first day of school, I would be sure to explain what each command meant and how students could sign to explain what they needed. This helped students to keep from shouting out or getting out of their seats at the wrong times. 

The sign language would also help me distinguish why students were raising their hands. I would know if they had a comment, question, answer, etc.

I didn't use all of the posters. I chose only the ones that worked for me and my classroom. For example, I didn't really like the "I'm ignoring you" sign, so I didn't use it! You can do the same!

Here are the ones I used:

I printed these out and glued them to a bright piece of construction paper for a backing. Then I laminated them for durability before displaying them in my classroom.

I really enjoyed seeing my students use the sign language in our classroom. It was wonderful to see them engaged in learning and my classroom management working! 

You can download them for free at Rick Morris' website or by clicking here!

Rick Morris has some other great ideas for classroom management. I love to use a variety of educators' ideas when planning and structuring my classroom. It's always great to get new ideas. That's why I love this blog hop!

Don't forget to check out these other great bloggers' posts! Have a wonderful weekend!

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Thankful Thursday

Happy Thursday everyone!

So it has been an interesting couple of weeks since my last post.  There have been quite a few events that have happened in my family over these last few weeks, and it’s really made me pause and think about all the things I am thankful for in my life.

This got me thinking about the wonderful circle of educators I have met through TpT and blogging. I decided I would start a new weekly post on Thursdays to remind myself and show others what I am thankful for in my life! I am calling it “Thankful Thursday.”  And, it’s just perfect to start during the month of November as we gear up for Thanksgiving!

I invite you to link up your posts below and share the things you’re thankful for in your lives. It can be anything, from things in your classroom to happenings in your families. I think it’s so important to reflect on the positive things happening in our lives. It makes for a happier world! 

Just copy the button and place it in your blog post. Link it back to this post and read about what others are thankful for too!

Here are a few things that made me thankful this week!

Our first baby is only 7 months old and we just found out we are pregnant with our second baby! It was definitely a surprise, but something we are so happy about. I have been extremely sick with horrible morning sickness. I am trying to stay POSITIVE and think about the beautiful outcome that will happen in June. Lots of love going on in this family!

I am so blessed to have such a wonderful baby boy. He sleeps well and eats well and is SO HAPPY! I just hope the next one sleeps too! He’s my whole life!

I am very thankful for my husband! He really is just a wonderful man.  He works all day, so I can stay home. He comes home from work and helps me with dinner and the baby. He keeps the house clean and gives me time to sleep or take care of my morning sickness, LOL. I am grateful to have him as my husband!

Facebook!! I love the world of Facebook. I joined a few weeks ago and I am enjoying the collaboration among other Facebook educators. I am also on Instagram and love seeing all the fabulous posts from fabulous teachers! If you “like” my Facebook page you can get a FREE turkey craftivity. Like I said, it’s FREE, which is something else I am grateful for…FREEBIES!

Thank you for linking up! Don’t forget to check out other teachers’ posts below!

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