Teacher Memes

I think I might have found my new calling in life.  Making teacher memes.
Well, at least I make myself laugh!πŸ˜‚
I'm going to share the "behind the scenes" inspiration for each of these memes...

Maybe I avoid my principal the month before school gets out...
One time I bought homemade salsa from a co-worker (like the best I've ever had) and I accidentally left it in the fridge over the weekend and I came back Monday and it was GONE.  I'm still mad about this one.

It happens every year.  The last day of school I always get a pedicure.  So when that parent wants one more conference, I give it my all, but secretly trying to decide what color nail polish I'm going to pick.

I mean, what other option to you have?!

There is always this online argument about clip charts and it makes me giggle every time.  Yes there are good and bad ways to implement it (just like anything when it comes to discipline), but I love how passionate people get over it.  

Yes, I use them in my classroom.

When a sub doesn't show up, we take each other's class for the day.  We get paid for it, I'm happy to help a friend in need, but this is the face I'm making inside... knowing I have to make a new plan for the day because I will have 60 kids in my room but only have sets of 30 in EVERYTHING.  The more I think about it, that is a great Common Core math equation. 

If I had one wish for staff meetings it would be that I could volunteer to make a staff Starbuck's run.  


Testing Week with Expo Markers

What is one thing teachers love?  EXPO Markers.  
I am partnering with EXPO to showcase their NEW Dry Erase Markers with Ink Indicator. It’s clear ink barrel lets you know howexactly much ink is left!  That way you can toss the marker BEFORE you are up at the board and grab a marker that is all dried out. #teacherfail

Did you know that you can write on classroom desks with dry erase EXPO markers and you can wipe erase the ink away, just like a whiteboard?! (disclaimer- test on a small area of your desks before you write on every surface and THEN realize it doesn't erase, lol) I particularly like the chisel tip because you can create three different lines and the six different colors brings some variety to each of the notes.

For special occasions I like to leave a note on the students' desks with EXPO markers.  This year I left each student a note to wish the good luck before we started testing.  My students get so nervous about state tests, so for them to find a little note in the morning helped set them at ease. 

You could also write on the desks:
-coming back from a holiday break
-the last day of school
-for a student's birthday
-responding to a question
-to encourage each other
-small group for math

I must say, their favorite part was writing messages to each other!  Each desk was full of positive notes!

Be sure to grab a pack of EXPO Dry Erase Markers with Ink Indicator markers on your next Target run! ;).  You can also grab them on Amazon and other places that sell EXPO markers as well!  Please note that I am partnering with EXPO and am compensated for my work. I received product free of charge, but all thoughts and opinions are 100% mine.


Teacher Appreciation Tags

This year I decided to go with a fruit theme for Teacher Appreciation Week!  Target had adorable fruit keychains that inspired this idea.  These are most likely a seasonal item so you might not be able to find them, but you can attach this printable to anything pineapple, apple, or watermelon!

Starbucks has cute apple gift cards this month (and thank you Starbucks, the minimum balance you can load onto it is $10! lol). I decided to attach a gift card to my son's teacher.

You can find multiple phrases in the free printable pack!
Here are the tags I included:
It has been so SWEET working with you.
You are a SWEET teacher.
Thank you for being a SWEET student.
Thank you for being a SWEET volunteer.
Thank you for being a SWEET principal.
Thank you for being so SWEET.


STEM with Lakeshore

I am so excited to share with you that I am a blog ambassador for Lakeshore Learning!  Over the next several months I am going to be sharing monthly Lakeshore products and this month I am featuring some of their STEM resources. 

First, what is STEM?  STEM stands for:
S- science
T- technology
E- engineering
M- math

The goal of STEM is to give the students the opportunity to interact with a challenge, project, or task that has some sort of real life application of those four disciplines.  On the teacher's end, this can take A LOT of prep and planning, but Lakeshore offeres some prep-free resources that you can purchase for your convenience.  Take a look at how I use these with my class!

I divided my class up into groups of 3 or 4 and they had to design a boat that could float.  They were all given the same amount of supplies, but they could design their boat however they wanted.  Before I gave them their supplies, they had to make a plan of how they were going to build their boat and what it would look like.  Once they all agreed, they could start building.

My students were COMPLETELY engaged as we tested each boat, and then "raced" them against each other, tournament style!  We are studying the Titanic right now, so we even added some blocks to the water to represent "icebergs."

Block and Blueprints Learning Center

I was impressed watching my students use their spatial reasoning skills to follow the blueprints to build a structure.  Some of them struggled at first, but it was really interesting how they eventually were able to figure it out.  I have been leaving this at the back of my classroom for "early finishers" to use when they are done with their work.

Family Engagement STEM Packs

I decided to use the Family Engagement Stem Packs IN my classroom instead of sending them home.  What's great is you can purchase the bundle, or buy each STEM challenge activity separately.  The supplies in the pack can be used over and over,  so it's perfect to use during centers or to send home as a family project.

Each STEM pack focuses on a specific career.  First, the students read a brochure that gives an overview of the career and STEM challenge.  After they read the brochure and challenge, they made a plan of how they were going to solve the problem at hand.

Once they make a plan, they TESTED it!  The foldables are dry-erase, so the students could edit their plan easily.

After they test it out, the students recorded their findings using prompts provided in the kit.  To rotate through each STEM kit, I separated my students into groups of 6 and we did one stem challenge a day.  They were OBSESSED!

To celebrate my new partnership with Lakeshore, I have a 20% off coupon code for all of you to use on any one (non sale) product!  Click HERE to grab your coupon! I am a blog ambassador for Lakeshore and am compensated for my work. I received product free of charge, but all thoughts and opinions are 100% mine.


Mother's Day Gift Idea

Mother's Day is just around the corner and I have partnered with Pinhole Press to show you some of the custom Mother's Day gifts that I made for MY mom...annnnnnd myself. ;)

You may remember my Pinhole Press board books and puzzles that I made for Harry for Christmas, and I am proud to say that because of his little book, puzzle, and magnets, he can say ALL of our family members' names (including the pets, lol!)

This time, I hand picked some photos of my mom and Harry and made her a board book of the two of them.  I know she is going to cry when she sees this.  Now she can keep her own book at her house to read to him when he visits!

Along with the board book, I made her and my mother in law a "Love you to the moon and back" card.  You guys, these cards are WONDERFUL quality, and super affordable!

Here is the front of the card...

And this is the inside!
  I love that the front is just a large picture of my son, and the inside contains other full photo accompanied by really sweet text.  :).  This card is for MY mommy on Mother's Day. 

Of course I needed to make a Mommy and Me Board Book for myself as well...I mean it's FROM Harry...right?!?!

I decided to make a simple handprint craft for the grandmas as well!  I dipped my son's hand in red paint and pressed it onto the paper.  Then I used puffy paint to make the white seeds and green stem.  It would also be adorable if you used painted finger prints for the stem and seeds, but I took the easy route. ;)

Grab the "I love you Berry Much" free printable HERE!

Happy Mother's Day to all you mommies out there!


What the Teacher Wore (Part 1)

Over the last 6 months I have been getting more and more excited about playing dress up, thrifting, finding comfortable (yet stylish) outfits for "mommy days," and my never-ending hunt for supportive teacher shoes.  You might have noticed that I even added at tab Teacher Style on my blog, to create a place for me to document, share, and experiment with fashion!

This summer I found a online clothing boutique, Ily Couture. I have had the opportunity to style some of their clothes on Instagram, and I have officially signed on as one of their brand ambassadors!  What that means, is every couple months I will be featuring some of Ily Couture's clothes on my blog and Instagram.

  I will be sharing affiliate links within my posts in which I an earn a small commission through your purchase. ❤️

My son and I spent the morning at the Long Beach Aquarium in our matching shirts!  It might have been my favorite part of our excursion! 😜

Little Boy Shirt: Me Either

One of my favorite parts about Ily Couture is their seasonal clothes.  They aren't IN YOUR FACE, but subtle, super stylish, and the fonts and graphics are amazing.  Hence my "Some 🐰Loves You" shirt!  The scoop neck and color make it super feminine and you don't even know it's an Easter shirt until you take the time to read the text.

Also, to my surprise, Harry LOVED the 🐰 ears! He even wanted to wear them in the car. Maybe it was a throwback to his helmet days. (Only some of you will get that πŸ˜‚)

Another exciting announcement is that Ashlyn from The Creative Classroom and I started a teacher fashion Instagram account: Pencils and Pumps.  It is in its beginning stages, but if you want to follow along, find us on Insta!


DIY Cookie Sheet Chalkboard

Goodwill has become my new favorite place to find craft supplies for my classroom and son at home.  I love it because I can reuse and repurpose gently used items for a fraction of the cost.  Here is a simple DIY activity that you can make for your child or classroom! 

I found a cookie sheet, chalk, magnetic letters, numbers, and shapes.  (I seriously hit the jackpot!)  When I went to Goodwill I knew I was going to look for a cookie sheet because that is something you can ALWAYS find in the store.  My next mission was to find anything in the toy section that could possibly be magnetic or any other sort of item that I could use to practice shapes, colors, numbers, etc.  (Instead of the items that I found, you could also look for: alphabet blocks to make words, colorful Legos to sort, anything that you could lay on the tray to make patterns, the options are endless.)

I could have left the cookie sheet unpainted, but I decided to paint it with black chalkboard paint.  You can find this at any store that sells paint.  I painted the cookie tray and let it dry overnight.  Once it dried for 24 hours, I was ready to practice learning games with my son.

Take advantage of any time you can get your child to play with or explore letters.  Starting in Kindergarten they will need to learn simple words so they can learn to read and spell.  

I let my son place a number on the tray, and then I made that same number of dots under the number.  This displays number awareness, the ability to count, and strengthens fine motor skills to make small circles.

Kids love learning about and practicing shapes.  For this activity you could have your child match the shape to the chalk outline, or you could have them draw the shape themselves!  It would also make a fun tracing activity as well.

Sorting by color is a great activity for little ones.  I split the tray up into four sections and we sorted the objects by color.   You could have them sort anything!