Monday, June 30, 2014

New Resource for Texas Teachers

I'm a Texas teacher who loves to spend some of her free time, stalking other teacher blogs and websites for great resources to use with her students (come on, you know you do it too)! While doing this, I've come to realize that there are some FANTASTIC educational products out there created by teachers, for teachers. There's just one problem with them...almost all of them are aligned to Common Core. Great for CCSS teachers...not so great for TEKS teachers. One resource that I've completely fallen in love with after finding, but that never seems to be TEK aligned is the interactive notebook. In my opinion, this is currently the best resource for anchoring student learning and providing a personal study tool and homework reference. I've searched, and searched, and searched, and although I'm sure there has to be one out there somewhere, I have yet to find a TEK aligned, I created one myself! If you're a Texas teacher who is also in search of this resource, click on the notebook image below to visit my TPT store and purchase yours today!

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Monday, June 9, 2014

Currently...& Other Randomness

It's that time again (I'm a wee bit late)! LOL I'm linking up with Farley from "Oh Boy, Fourth Grade" for June's Currently. 

Listening: It's raining outside and I'm sitting in front of my bay window ready to crack open a good book as soon as I finish this post. 

Loving: Today I'm relaxing, relaxing, relaxing...nothing else!

Thinking: I have the dedication and introduction to my book written; now I need to complete the first chapter so I have a sample to send to agents/publishers.

Wanting: I LOVE to be exact. I can't have it though, or at least not very much of it, because I'm trying to lose weight this summer and Kool-Aid is full of my favorite food ingredient...sugar!

Needing: I really don't want to get a part-time job, but I'm realizing that I like to do more and buy more than my teaching salary can pay for.

Summer Bucket List: I love to read and write for pleasure, but I really don't get to during the school year due to how busy I am. The summer is when I catch up! Also, my best friends and I are renting a beach house for a weekend for some much needed girl time. I'm sooooo excited!

Multicultural Units Rock!

So in my last post I talked about how our school was completing a multicultural unit and my grade level was assigned the country of Asia. We had a ton of ideas and wanted to do way more fancy stuff because the kids were really into it, but we just didn't have time (you know how the last two weeks of school are). Here are a few pics of some of the walls we were able to create!



The Philippines

We even had a "Market Day" where the kids sold crafts they had made from the countries they studied. My class had China, so they made Chinese drums and Chinese lanterns...and guess what? They sold out at the market! We had a great time and all of the money we made will be used to buy more books for our students!

Well, I hope you're enjoying the start of your summer as much as I am! Until next time....

Happy Blogging,
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