Sunday, August 30, 2015

Just one more day...

Yes, tomorrow is the first day of school!!  It's so much fun now that my daughter is school-aged, because we both start school together--she's in first grade this year and I'm teaching kindergarten.

I wanted to surprise her with some goodies... so, of course, books were in order! I found these fabulous first grade stories, which you know were the perfect "night before 1st grade" reading material.  

I added in this Front of the Class book from Carson-Dellosa. I had to laugh when she noticed the grade level in the top corner... "I better get right to work, Mommy!  I want to be ready for 1st grade."

And she did!! She sharpened a pencil and went right to work--she was excited about the easy to use format and instructions that she could read independently.  With over 300 pages, this resource covers a wide variety of topics and skills.  My daughter's enthusiasm to get started was fabulous and I know she will enjoy working on various pages of this book.

I can't wait for my own students to try out these Math Interactive Notebooks!  I'm stepping up my Math instruction this year and am making my Guided Math instruction a focus.  I am incorporating interactive notebooks into our Guided Math rotation (when the other students are completing Math Work Stations)--and this will be the perfect addition.

I was impressed with the easy to cut pages and rubrics too. Check out this resource!

Review Disclaimer: I participate in the Brand Ambassador Program for Carson-Dellosa and have received these products for free to review.

Don't forget to hop over to Blog Hoppin' this week for our Annual Teacher Week!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

It's About That Time Again!!

It's about that time again....
If you've been following me on Instagram, you know that I'm starting to get everything ready for back to school.  A fresh coat of paint. Breaking out the sewing machine. Dusting off the personal laminator.  These are just a few of the ways we get prepared for the new year.

We just got the "all clear", so I'll be heading into my classroom for the first time next week.  Woo, hoo!!!  Let the decorating begin! 

As you can probably tell by looking at the picture above--I love a good rainbow!  In fact, I've used RAINBOW as my color pallet for the past few years... and I still love it!!  I was super excited to see Carson-Dellosa's Colorful Chalkboard decor items.  Perfect for my colorful classroom!!

I just LOVE the EZ Letters... they are pre-punched!  How many times have you tried punching out other letter sets to inadvertently tear one in the process (I know it's not just me!)? The letters are in a wide variety of coordinating colors and designs. The number of each letter is even indicated on the front--yes, this makes my organizational heart go pitter, patter!!

Check out these border strips!  Yes, they are double sided... love that!!  Only problem is deciding which side to go with--luckily, it's a win-win.
I already have plans for these two adorable charts. Our school's mascot is the eagle and we celebrate students each month who demonstrate SOAR behavior.  The chart on the left will be a wonderful way to highlight students with their name and photos. 

I've already got my sneaker ready for the chart on the right. I'm going to laminate it and add Velcro.  I'll add all the places our class visits in the building to create a "Where Are We?" chart which will hang outside our door. Velcro will make it super easy for our "caboose" to move the sneaker to our current location when we are on the go!  

Don't you just love the coordinating calendar too!?  Yes, the 31st of August is our 1st day of school. It's the first time our district has ever started school before Labor Day!!
I'm looking forward to heading into my classroom this coming week--and bringing these colorful goodies with me!  I absolutely love the Colorful Chalkboard items I received... and this isn't even everything!  Check this out:

Soon I'll be able to show you how these look in my room... but until then, which C-D theme is your favorite?

Review Disclaimer: I participate in the Brand Ambassador Program for Carson-Dellosa and have received this product for free to review.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

A Modern Teacher Planner {Giveaway}!

Look what was at my doorstep yesterday...

If you've ever taken a look at April's planners...then you know how excited I was!!

Yes, April is A Modern Teacher!  She offers these beautiful planners (both personal and lesson planners) for busy teachers.  Look at all these gorgeous choices!!!

 I chose the blue Sunshine Personal Planner. LOVE IT!  Just take a look at the very first page...and you know that April designed this with teachers in mind.

 Take a peek at the next few pages, perfect for teachers (like me) who are always making list and planning/reflecting!

 I love that each month as a little teacher joy.  September's teacher joy: hugs and high fives.  It makes me imagine those morning H's to come (my kiddos choose a handshake, high five, or a hug each morning)!

Then there's a place for more list--and sticky notes fit here perfectly!!

 For each month, there is a monthly spread AND a weekly one! Perfect for keeping everything organized and in one place.  Of course the first date I circled... my birthday (and I'm turning a BIG number! HA!!)

From start to finish, it's going to be a fabulous addition to my school life (and home life too!)

Want one for yourself!?
Of course you do!! 
April is letting me give a planner away to one of you!  Just enter on the Rafflecopter below...I'll choose a winner on Friday. Check out all her fabulous products HERE.
Thanks for sharing with your teacher friends who would love one too!!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Vegas Teacher Blogger Meet Up 2015

I can't even tell you how INCREDIBLE the Teacher-Blogger Meet Up was this year!  I was so thankful and happy to be a part of it!!

The meet up that we held in Vegas last week was AMAZING!! There really isn't many other words that could describe it. Picture 1100 teachers in a room together, having fun, meeting new people, and winning lots of prizes. We were all smiling so hard that our cheeks hurt. It was a great night and we appreciate all of the many teachers and bloggers who came and had a fabulous night with us. 

First and foremost, we have to give a HUGE shout out to Teachers Pay TeachersSDE, and GoNoodle!  These sponsors not only donated generous amounts of giveaway swag, they also helped organize and make our meet-up extraordinary!

It's safe to say that in a mix of 1,100 educators, we all appreciate staff development that is fun, engaging, and inspiring.  SDE donated several different staff development gift certificates... from online seminars to National Conference passes!

Not only did TpT host their very own conference, but they were also so generous when it came to our blogger meet-up!  Who wouldn't get excited about FIFTY TpT gift certificates??!!  That's right, FIFTY lucky winners went home with a little money to spend at TpT!  Oh, and those drink passes?  Those were from TpT as well!

I mean, what would we have done without those amazing GoNoodle swag bags??  Plus, they brought in the neatest PhotoBooth that you ever did see!  AND, we can't forget Freckles, the GoNoodle mascot!  How fun was it that he was running around snapping pictures with people all night long??

We had so many other sponsors that helped donate over $55,000 worth of swag, prizes, and goodies!  Can you believe that?!  I don't know about you, but to us... that's a whole lotta love for teachers!  Let's take a look at these amazing prizes...

Who loves Scentos out there?  Teachers AND students love the fun-loving smell of all the Scentos goodies out there!  Scentos gave markers and stickers to all of our attendees!  Isn't that amazing?!

Who doesn't want a precious {and FREE} bulletin board set to start off the new year?!  Creative Teaching Press sent bulletin board sets to every single person who came to our meet-up!  A couple of lucky teachers went home with a Creative Teaching Press gift card as well!

Erin Condren sent products that were hot off the press!  Have you seen their teacher posters,  teacher bundles, and teacher planners?  Erin Condren makes lesson planning a beautiful thing!

Speaking of beautiful things... check out these too cute to boot Vera Bradley gift baskets!  Vera's bags are PERFECT for teachers, moms, and well... anyone who loves pretty things :)

Now, we all know how stylish all you teachers are out there!  The Pampered Teacher donated TWENTY Teacher Subscription boxes to our lovely attendees!  These boxes are designed to help teachers keep up-to-date with the latest trends and styles without any hassle!

If there is something that we know... it's that teachers LOVE getting new tech-goodies for their classroom!  So many times our schools, districts, and counties just don't have enough funds to outfit our classroom with the latest and greatest, but we sure are glad that our sponsors are willing to step up to the plate!  Hue HD gave 11 different doc cams!  Isn't that amazing?!

ESGI is all about helping teachers simplify giving meaningful assessments.  They were so generous to donate a GRADE-LEVEL license!  That's up to TEN teachers that get to use ESGI for an entire year! Plus they even included a little gift basket of goodies!

Alive Studios' mission is simple:  to equip teachers with engaging solutions that help young students become proficient in reading and math by 3rd grade.  I mean, who doesn't want to get on board with that?!

Do you want your students to come to the carpet, line up, and transition in an organized and FUN manner?!  Sit Spots knows how important spatial management is for teachers!  That's why they sent FIVE $100 gift certificates to our meet-up!!

Now that we are talking about staying organized, let's focus on Seat Sacks!  THREE lucky winners went home with different Seat Sack Packs!  These teachers will now be able to have a classroom full of organized and tidy students!

Carson Dellosa has been in the business of making teachers happy for over 38 years!  If you have taught for any amount of time you have probably purchased their classroom resources, decor items, or supplemental materials!  Not only did they give cut-out accents to every attendee, they also donated three gift baskets

It's no secret that the Ron Clark Academy has been positively impacting education for several years now!  Well, now that our sweet Hope King and her precious hubby are teachers there, we are getting to see even more incredible things that are happening there!  Several bloggers have visited over the past year, and now TWO more teachers will get to plan a visit thanks to the generosity of Ron and Kim! If you can't get to their Academy right away, you many want to check out their newest books: Move Your Bus by Ron Clark, Crash Course by Kim Beaden, and Inside the Trenches by Adam Dovico.

Have you seen the Ellison All-Star machines?  These die-cutting machines are portable and easy to take on-the-go!  Ellison generously donated FIVE of their AllStar SuperStar Machines!  They also sent goodies for our swag bags... that every attendee was able to take home!

While we are on the subject of classroom goodies, let's talk about Teacher Created!  They donated THREE gift baskets showcasing their very own classroom decor materials!

Do you teach about butterfly life-cycles in your classroom??  If so, you MUST check out Insect Lore!  They are the original Butterflies-By-Mail company!  Everyone went home with a package of 3D insect stickers at our meet-up!

Kaplan provides developmentally-appropriate educational products to families, early education professionals, and classrooms! 


Looking to jazz up your laptop, phone, or tablet?  Skin It makes those devices that we are so addicted to even better than before!    

If you haven't heard of Kim Sutton's math materials, you must stop what you are doing and check them out NOW!  She brings the fun into your math instruction!!  Creative Mathematics generously gave a Staff Development DVD :)

Lakeshore Learning is no stranger to education, right?!   We all know and love their teacher-and-student-friendly products!  Their STEM kits were the perfect gifts for our winners!

Who doesn't love a pretty notepad, desk organizer, and cards?!  Well, we have all known that Krista Wallden brings her A-Game to clipart, but she's also knocking it out of the park with her new Creative Paper Collection!  Of course, we just adore her new designs that make scheduling and planning such a pretty thing!

OHHHH, and if you love adding personal touches to your classroom, home, and well, pretty much anything... you MUST check out Silhouette America!  You NEED this cutting system in your life!  Silhouette donated a Portrait and Cameo to our get-together!

Are you a blogger?!  Are you looking to start a blog OR revamp your blog-look??  Jumping Jax Designs offers printables, invitations, AND blog designs!  We can't wait to see the look that our winner and Jumping Jax comes up with!

And, finally, we all just swoon over 's educational products.  From teaching materials, classroom manipulatives, classroom decor, and management tools to all things organizational... we just can't get enough!  Thanks to RGS for donating an entire Math Kit to our meet-up!

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There are literally a thousand pictures that we took that night and it would be impossible to share them all with you. Here are just a few pictures of the night. 

(To see more pictures, please visit the What The Teacher Wants Facebook Page.)

As you can see, this turned out to be the biggest teacher and blogger bash of the century. Thanks again to all our generous sponsors who made the night possible and to all of you who were able to be there in person! 

The last shout of of the night goes out to all those who planned and organized this event over the past year. These girls reached out to all the sponsors and helped make the night such a success! (Not to mention they helped fill over 600 swag bags…)

We'd love to hear from you! Leave us a comment telling us which of our prizes you would have liked to win. If you were there, please share with us one of your favorite memories from the night.

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We'd love to hear from you! Leave us a comment telling us which of our prizes you would have liked to win. If you were there, please share with us one of your favorite memories from the night.
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