Sunday, August 26, 2012

This Year's Classroom {2012-2013}

Tomorrow is the big day! I've spent the last week and a half setting up from scratch. While it was nice to have a brand new room and furniture to work with, that's about all that I had. It was up to me to purchase bookshelves, extra tables, and everything else. I can be reimbursed for these things, but it was a lot of work to go shopping, lug them into the school, and put everything together.

The pictures below are inconsistent because they were taken on two different days. Ignore that when viewing, please. =] I created a lot of the decor/signs myself, and I'll share soon.

tables from IKEA

bookcase from IKEA

A coworker asked me to make one of these signs for her files. I loved the idea, so I made one for me, too! Inspired by Finding Joy in 6th Grade.

Drawers from Walmart. Students turn in work in the correct drawer.

Cart from IKEA.

Table & stools from IKEA. Baskets from Dollar Tree. Bookshelves from Walmart.

Banner created on Vistaprint. Design by technology rocks. seriously.

Numbers are calendar numbers found at a local teacher store.

Poster created on Vistaprint. Design by technology rocks. seriously.

Frames from IKEA. I'm going to use them for homework.
I'll share Open House/Back to School Night pictures and documents I used later this week.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

TPT Back to School Sale!

I am participating in the big TPT Back to School Sale from Sunday August 12 - Monday, August 13. Everything in my store will be 20% off and TPT is offering another 10% off with coupon code BTS12. {But then, for whatever reason, it will only end up being 28% off...I don't understand it myself.}
Thanks so much for all of your suggestions on my Teacher Labels file I'll be publishing soon. So many great ideas were given, so it's going to take me a few days to add them to the file. Unfortunately it won't be done before the sale, but when I list it, it will be 30% off for the first few days it's up.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

I Need Your Help! Teacher & Classroom Organization Labels

I've been working on Teacher & Classroom Organization Labels for my TPT & TN stores. I need your help!

There are 117 different labels and 2 different styles/sizes. {So, total, there are 234 labels}. I included days of the week, months, common supplies, etc. The whole point of this file is to help you organize your classroom with fun labels. Since I know I can't think of every thing on my own, I'm asking for your help!

What other labels could I included in this file that would help you organize your classroom?

Here's what I have so far:

Thank you for your help!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Now on TPT: 3D Geometric Shape & U.S. Money Posters

I have really been going nuts lately, making lots of stuff for my TPT store.

Yesterday I uploaded two new files for purchase: 3D Geometric Shape Posters and U.S. Money Posters.

3D Geometric Shape Posters $1.20

U.S. Money Posters $1.00

First FOUR people to comment & tell me your favorite math resource will receive BOTH of these poster sets for free! {Be sure to leave your email in the comment so I can email the files to you!}

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Teacher Planner Sets on Sale for $10 Until Friday

Last week I shared a preview of my new teacher planners on TPT and gave one set away. The lucky winner was Meghan M.! I had such lovely feedback from y'all that I've decided to keep the $10 sale up until Friday night! It will end at 10 p.m. (MT). At that time, the teacher planner sets will return to their normal price of $13.

There are 3 different designs available: Rainbow Polka Dot, Rainbow Hexagonal, and Black & White. All of the sets have the same documents {besides design and font}, with the exception of the B&W set having 6 additional covers to choose from. If you purchase the set, you'll be able to download the new monthly calendars next summer for no extra charge. These planners were made to be used year-to-year without having to purchase anything more. Any additions will be uploaded to the original listing, so you'll be able to get them at no extra charge.

My inspiration for creating the teacher planner was from beginning to create a 2013 planner for personal use. I knew I could whip up a teacher planner quickly with the templates I'm already using myself. I've been going crazy purchasing digital papers on Etsy lately, and after making sure they were okay for commercial use, decided to put them to good use!

Check out the planners below! {Click images to view larger.}

{Download the free preview file on the listing page to view these images larger.}
Teacher Planner - Rainbow Polka Dot $13 Currently on sale for $10!

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Teacher Planner - Hexagonal $13 Currently on sale for $10!

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Teacher Planner - Black & White $13 Currently on sale for $10!

Free Printable: Number of the Day

I have added a new free file to Teachers Pay Teachers - Number of the Day. I use the Number of the Day worksheet during morning work to get my students familiar with all forms of a number. {Click on the image below to visit the listing page to download.}

My Brand New Classroom & Some Rambling...

I have been super busy lately!

Sunday I spent pretty much all day and night working on classroom / TPT files. I have some pretty great stuff that I just uploaded and will upload soon.

I also worked on my curriculum binders for this year. While Utah {as any other state} has it's educational quirks, it sure has great online resources for teachers when it comes to curriculum! I absolutely l.o.v.e. UEN! Even if you don't teach in Utah, I'd suggest you check it out. It's more than just curriculum objectives and standards.

Monday I went to my old school and loaded half of my classroom belongings into my car and took it to my new school! This is the first time I had set foot in the school. I'm a bit bummed because I have one of two "inner" classrooms, so that means I don't have any windows with natural sunlight. Boo. I'll live though, I promise. Maybe this will make me want to go outside for recess...we'll see, we'll see.

My classroom is pretty bare bones. Since the school is brand spanking new, there isn't very much funding left over, aside from teacher supply budgets. Anything extra {like bookcases and what-not} needs to be purchased with our supply budget. Luckily I found 3-shelf bookcases at Walmart for $15, so it won't be too expensive. Here are some pictures of what I'm starting out with...

I didn't get a ton accomplished on Monday because one of the 3rd grade teachers was a student teacher at my old school last year, so we were chatting for several hours instead of working. It's nice to know someone at my new school. {I actually know 3 people total, so it's not as intimidating!}

Yesterday I loaded the rest of my classroom up and my husband made the trek with me {what was left was books, and boy were they heavy}. He helped me with some of the heavy lifting in the classroom, and then we went in search of book baskets {at the Dollar Tree}, used bookcases {at local thrift stores - but no luck}, and anything else classroom related that was a deal. I ended up with 8 baskets from the Dollar Tree and a plastic paper organizer/shelf and Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader board game {for my classroom} from a thrift store. We also came home with Krispy Kreme donuts. We were mind blown that we finally found a Krispy Kreme store in Utah. We thought they didn't exist. {We don't really leave the Salt Lake valley. We thought it had everything we need. I guess we were mistaken.}

I am super excited to get organizing and decorating in my classroom! I am going on a trip with my brother next week back to PA. He's moving back and I volunteered to go with him so he'd have company. Being able to see my family in PA is an added bonus, too! I'll be back just in time for a week and a half of training/classroom set up days. Students start school on Monday, August 27.

I have an awesome giveaway over at The Nest Effect right now! Even a teacher will love it - check it out.

New {FREE} files in the TPT store are up next in a separate post. Stay tuned!