3-2-1 Teacher Bio

Thank goodness for the Weekend Warriors team for inspiring me to get out of my blogging slump!  It is a dreary, rainy day here in Ohio, so I have nothing better to do that have some coffee and do some major blog catch-up!  ((Actually, there are many things I should be doing, such as cleaning the house, going to the grocery for the first time in a month, preparing for my garage sale, or running... but blogging is a great distraction!))

1.  I LOVED my year of teaching in a Montessori school.  I taught in the pre-primary classroom in the morning (ages 3-5) and then taught in the kindergarten classroom in the afternoon.  Montessori gave me a great foundation in individualized instruction and meeting the needs of the whole child.  

2.  I tend to be overly organized and have a system for everything!  My teammates laugh when I pull everything out of my cabinets at the end of the school year to re-organize it.  I also love to plan for the school year.  Before every year begins, I create a scope and sequence of the year.  It is a challenge for me to be able to create weekly plans without seeing the big picture first!

3.  After 8 years of teaching, I will be leaving the classroom this upcoming school year.  It is bittersweet, but I am so excited for the next chapter of my career.  More info on the big move is coming soon! :)

1.  I have attempted to train for many races, but I have finally made the commitment to train for my first half marathon this fall!  I have my running plan set up and have signed up for the race (Detroit Free Press).  I am training with four other teachers on my staff.  Running is very challenging for me and it makes such a difference having friends to train with.  

2.  I do not have children, so I have become a mom to my two crazy cats, Charlie and Lola.  They are just over a year old and it's basically like I am living with toddlers.  I probably have more pictures of my cats than you do of your kids.  Everyday is a new adventure...

The collage below is dedicated solely to Charlie's antics!  I should probably start a blog just about him.  He gets into EVERYTHING.  Thank goodness he is cute and cuddly.


I would love love love to go on a hot air balloon ride!  When I was in elementary school, I won a coloring contest and was supposed to be able to go up in a balloon.  When the day came, it was too windy and they never rescheduled the event.  I am still bitter.  Someday, I will get the chance again!!  Bonus points if I get to ride in a hot air balloon over the Grand Canyon like they did on The Bachelor.  

Ok, that's all for now!  Visit my blogging friend below to link-up and grab the images for your own 3-2-1 Bio post!


100th Day and Valentine's Day Projects

Have you reached the 100th day of school yet?  If so, perhaps you live somewhere warmer than Ohio.  Here in the Toledo area, we received the lovely gift of 12 inches of snow last week ((in one day))!  Awesome.  I think we are up to 7 snow days now.  I'm not truly sure because I lost count.  Last school year, I think we missed 13 or 14 days, so I guess 7 isn't too bad.

Back to the point... next week, we are finally going to reach the 100th day of school!  For the last few years, I've been doing a technology project with my 2nd graders to help us celebrate the 100th Day.  If you are looking for a fun project, you have to check out the Aging Booth App (it's free)!  Basically, you can use your iPhone or iPad to snap of photo of each student.  Then, you quickly line up their chin, eyes, and smile with the sensors and the app transforms your students into darling 100 year olds!  It's priceless.  Wait until you see the looks on your students' faces when they see their photos!  Here are a few of my favorites from previous years.  (Photos shared with parent permission)

Once I have their photos taken, I have my students complete a rough draft using the prompt, "When I am 100 years old..."  It's hilarious to see their perceptions of age!  Next, we edit their rough drafts and publish their writing with a Google Doc.  I get their photos printed at a local store and then they glue them onto their final copies of writing.  It turns out to be an adorable project!

This Friday, we will also celebrate Valentine's Day in 2nd grade!  I always enjoy our Valentine's Day party because it is a nice mini break from teaching/assessing and allows my students to work on social skills as they deliver Valentines to their classmates.  And let's just be real... I also love it because there is candy involved.

For the past few years, I have been having my students work on a clever Valentine's Day gift for their families.  It started 3 years ago when I had a very techie class.  They were interested in ANYTHING involving technology!  They inspired me to make All iLove About You.

All iLove About You has several activities for your students.  In the main project, students think of 12 reasons why they love their families and then create a tiny app picture for each reason.  I have my students turn these into a big card.  Here are some samples:

{Here's a close up of one student's tiny app pictures.  Too cute!!!}

Most importantly, here are a few samples of the writing that goes along with the app pictures.

{Check out Reason #5... so sweet!!!}

  Also included in All iLove About You are some techie Valentines for your students.  Here's what I'm passing out this year {with candy attached, of course}

Here is everything else the file includes!

You can purchase All iLove About You over at my TPT Store.  

You can also stop by my Facebook page for your chance to win a pack!


Cyber Monday Shopping!

Raise your hand if you did a lot of school work over Thanksgiving break... anyone??  Not me.  I enjoyed some much needed rest!  I also spent time with my adorable nephew, my family, and my naughty kittens.

Here is my nephew snuggling with my sister's Goldendoodle!

And riding the Goldendoodle!

And here are my naughty kittens.  I need to start a blog with just naughty kitten photos.  It would be full.

Here's Charlie lounging on my refridgerator.

This is Lola eating the Chex mix I made for my staff.
{FYI: Mary and Shane... I would not suggest eating anything I bring to work}

And this is what I have to deal with when I get ready in the morning.  Cats.  Everywhere.

Over break, I did some shopping, too!  I am an atypical female and actually hate shopping.  It stresses me out because I am slightly picky and like to research everything I buy.  Unfortunately, because I am a new homeowner, it feels like all I ever do is shop!  I have a huge list of items to look for tomorrow on Cyber Monday.  Hooray for sales.

If you are buying odds and ends on Cyber Monday, don't forget to use Ebates when you shop!  I bought some things from Amazon this weekend and got 8% back on my purchase!  If you've never used Ebates before, it's super easy.  All you do is pull up the Ebates website and then click directly on the store link where you want to do your shopping.  Ebates will redirect you there and you get cash back on your purchase.  Right now, a lot of stores are giving extra cash back for the holidays!  Sephora has 8%, Kohls has 6%, and Groupon has 6%.  If you've never signed up before (it's free!), I would love it if you signed up through my affiliate link below.

Ebates Coupons and Cash Back

Not only am I excited about shopping for house stuff, but the big TPT sale starts tomorrow.  

I am going to be broke by the end of this week.

Here are my most wish listed items!

Up first, here is my newly updated Elfie Antics pack.  Perfect for the adventures of your classroom elf!

If you are a technology lover and create a lot of techie items for your classroom, you can get a great deal on my Techie Super Bundle!

If you are planning ahead for Valentine's Day (or Mother's Day!) this is the perfect pack for a gift or project!

If you are looking for a unique narrative writing project with a techie twist, check out iStudent!

Lastly, if you are a 2nd grade teacher using McGraw-Hill Wonders, you can grab my spelling bundle for an amazing price during the sale!

Whether it be Ebates or TPT, I hope you enjoy your shopping over the next few days!!!

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