Friday, January 30, 2015

Freebie Friday - Valentine Frilly Borders


Yay for Friday! Today’s freebie is brought to you by Free Your Heart. If you are a seller on TPT, you definitely want to keep reading.  This freebie will be useful if you are creating products for Valentine's Day!  Click on the picture to go to the product on TpT.


Give an instant Valentine theme with these cute borders! In this set you will find a total of 8 borders in 4 shapes: rectangles, squares, ovals and circles!  They images are crispy clear (300 dpi) and have a transparent background so you can layer them onto anything.


If you like this freebie, leaving feedback would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you! :)


Are you interested in submitting your freebie to be featured on my blog and Facebook page?  Click {here} to fill out the form for consideration.  After you submit this form, please email me one or two pictures of the product.  The pictures can be the same ones you use as thumbnails on TpT.


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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Tips for Mentoring a Student Teacher - Preparing for Your Student Teacher



I've agreed to take a student teacher for this semester.  My student teacher will be in my classroom 2 days a week.  Since this is the first time for her being in a classroom, I have a very important job to do.  I've had student teachers 2 other times and I want to share some things I've learned about being a mentor.

I'm going to run this series until the end of the school year.  It most likely will run every other Thursday until I run out of tips.

With that being said, here's my first tip in this series.



The preparing stage is very important.  As soon as you agree to take a student teacher, you need to start preparing for it immediately.  Start making sure your room is ready for someone else to occupy.

Your student teacher should be given a desk.  
He/she will also need copies of your schedule and class lists.  Highlight names of behavior problems and academic needs.
Make a list of important things you want to share with your student teacher as soon as she/he steps foot in your classroom:
  • names of other teachers on your team
  • how to work the copy machine
  • where the bathrooms are
  • your expectations on arrival time
Kelli Olson says: "I was a student teacher not too long ago and we've had lots at our building this year. Some teachers were not happy with the effort of their student teachers, but they also didn't communicate the best and I think that's key. Mentors need to be clear with expectations and ask their student teachers out right, as they are not always comfortable sharing. But if you create an environment where questions and concerns are welcomed, all will succeed."

I completely agree with everything she shared.  I also plan on elaborating on some of the things she shared later on in this series.

To go along with these blog posts, I have created a guide.  This guide will be for sale in my TpT store.  It is currently $1.00 in my store!  If you purchase it now, you will be able to get all the updates for free just by downloading it again when I add tips to it.


You might be wondering why you should purchase it since I'll be listing the tips for free here.  Well, in addition to keeping all the tips together in a uniform guide, I will be creating printables that you can use with your own student teacher.  You won't be able to get those here on my blog.

Remember, the price will go up in 2 weeks when I post the next tip here on my blog!

Here's a guide for you so you can see when to expect the tips.



What other tips do you have for the preparing for a student teacher stage?


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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Tech Tip Tuesday - Paper.li


If you want to join the linky, grab the Tech Tip Tuesday button.  Post about a technology tip.  Then link up below!

Click {here} to fill out my form if you are interested in helping me improve my tech tips. If you give me an idea of what to write as a tech tip and I actually write about it, you will get to choose a product from my store for me to send to you for free as a thank you present.

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What is Paper.li?
Basically, it's a way to view posts from different social media accounts in one place.

I logged in with my Twitter account.  You can log in with Twitter, Facebook, or just sign up regularly and input all your information.

After you log in, scroll to the bottom to see the option for creating your own paper.

You can also view a video on how to create a paper.  Click on create paper and you will see a screen that looks similar to the one shown below.  Enter a title for your paper.  I've entered Test Paper so I can show you some things you can do with Paper.li.  After you type the name of your paper, click on the green next button.

This is where you will enter the content of your paper.


Type in the content you are interested in.  If you are a TpT seller, you could type in your store name so content that is posted about you is published in your paper.  You could also search for education and branches of education that apply to you.

I searched for my TpT name and sorted through the results.  I clicked on the green plus sign to add the results I wanted to my paper.

After I added that result, I deleted what I searched for and searched for other things - Teachers Pay Teachers, edtech, technology, flash freebies, etc.

When you finish adding content, click on the green create my paper button.


It will take you to another page that is preparing your newspaper.

Wait for that to finish.  Then you can view your paper.


Your paper will change once every 24 hours.  With the free version, you can update it more often, but you have a limited number of times you can do so every 24 hours.  In the paid version, you can update it as often as you'd like.

Now you can view one site and get updates from many different places.  It sorts the updates based on categories.  You can see my categories at the top of the paper.

If you don't want to create your own paper, you can search for other people's papers.  You can find people that have similar interests and check that each day.

How else could you use Paper.li?  Can you think of a way to use this with students?

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Movie Clip Monday - Money Worm


Movie Clip Monday is here and I couldn't be more excited!  Each week I will feature a movie here on my blog.  It might be a video clip from YouTube, a Brain Pop video, or some other video I've found online.  The videos might be motivational, educational, or just funny things!

Here's the best part... I'm inviting you to link up with me each week.

Here's what you need to do to link up:

1.  Find a video that you'd like to share with your readers.
2.  Download the Movie Clip Monday graphic above by right clicking to save as. Save your picture in a convenient place for you.
3.  Write about your video and include the Movie Clip Monday graphic with a link to this post.
4.  Come back to this post to add your link to the linky.
5.  Visit other blogs and leave comments for someone who linked up before you and come back to leave a comment for someone who linked up after you!


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My students were having a hard time learning how to count money.  I needed to find a motivational video and I found just that.

The Money Worm!  This is a short video that teaches the students to count money by putting the coins in order from largest value to smallest value.



In previous years, my students have really struggled with putting their coins in order before starting to count.  Their idea of counting money was to just count in any order.

This year, the money worm worked!  And it worked wonderfully!  I was talking to my coworker who also used this method with her students and we are puzzled why it works.  It is so silly, but it does the trick!

If you'd like to try this when teaching your students to coin money, you can also download the template I used.



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If you are interested in getting the codes for linking up early, you can find them in this folder on Google Drive.  Once the link up closes, I will delete the file for that linkup so you can be sure to find the current ones.  You don't HAVE to link up early, but the option is always there if you'd like.  Just make sure you have the correct publish date/time and have clicked publish.  If links aren't working when I check after 12am EST on publish date, I will delete the link and send you an email so you can link up again after your post is published.


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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Sunday Scoop - 1/25

Happy Sunday!




My report cards are done, minus the 20 comments I have to write.  Hoping to knock those out of the way today so I don't have to stress before Wednesday's due date.  It's also time for my weekly grocery shopping.  Since my gym is right next to my grocery store, I'm gonna do both in one trip.  I took the day off from exercising yesterday, so I need to get back to it today.

I'd love to be able to finish my February word problem task cards, but I'm feeling like that'll be a stretch.  Crossing fingers I can get close to finishing.  I really need to get a few wedding things done soon.  Need to pick out my invitations and seriously think about booking our honeymoon soon.

There's a Maryland basketball game tonight and I'm going to the game with my family.  I have to miss the tptchat on Twitter tonight because I'll be at the game.  I'll just have to catch up and read about the chat another time.  We're supposed to get some snow tonight and tomorrow.  I'm hoping for a snow day so I can get a few more things done that weren't a priority this weekend.

I hope you have an awesome Sunday!  My first Movie Clip Monday Linky is tomorrow.  You can find directions for linking up here:





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Saturday, January 24, 2015

We Have Winners!

What a fun and exciting week with our first MD sellers giveaway!


I'm so excited to announce our winners of the prize packs!

Winner - Cherie Mae!

Winner - Claire M!

Winner - Denise D!

All winners have been contacted by email.



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Friday, January 23, 2015

Freebie Friday - Digital Paper Pack

Before I get to today's freebie Friday, I want to remind you that today is the last day to enter the MD sellers giveaway!





Yay for Friday! Today’s freebie is brought to you by Elementary Music Teacher. Click on the picture to go to the product on TpT.


This is a FREE set of 4 original digital paper designs. They are chevron and striped prints in primary colors. Perfect for classroom binders, SMART Board presentations, bulletin boards and scrapbooking!

Are you interested in submitting your freebie to be featured on my blog and Facebook page?  Click {here} to fill out the form for consideration.  After you submit this form, please email me one or two pictures of the product.  The pictures can be the same ones you use as thumbnails on TpT.


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Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Story Behind My Logo


I'm linking up with Art by Jenny K to bring you the story behind my logo.


My logo came from my store name.  When I started my store back in August 2013, I had just finished my masters in educational technology.  I wanted to include technology in my store name somehow.  That's where I came up with the "Techie" part of my name.

I love turtles.  I think it probably started with my love for my college mascot - a Terrapin!  My classroom theme is turtles.  I have many stuffed turtles around my house as well.  That's where the "Turtle" came from.

Lastly, I loved the alliteration of "Techie Turtle" and I added "Teacher" to the end of my name.

This is the 2nd version of my logo.  My first version was made without much knowledge of designing things for TpT.  I was so ready for a new logo after a year of selling on TpT.  I used some ideas I learned from Krista Wallden's VIP Memberships and some of her clipart to redesign my logo and my blog.

Feel free to check out the other stories behind the logo and link up with your own story!  Make sure you read the directions on the original post.  You can find those directions here.

Also, don't forget about the MD sellers giveaway happening right now!



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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Tech Tip Tuesday - Run a Giveaway Using Rafflecopter


If you want to join the linky, grab the Tech Tip Tuesday button.  Post about a technology tip.  Then link up below!

Click {here} to fill out my form if you are interested in helping me improve my tech tips. If you give me an idea of what to write as a tech tip and I actually write about it, you will get to choose a product from my store for me to send to you for free as a thank you present.

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Want to know how to run a giveaway on your blog using Rafflecopter?  You've come to the right place today!

Click on the Rafflecopter logo above to take you to the website.  Once you are there, you will need to create an account.  Create a free account and then follow the rest of my instructions.

After you are logged in, the site will show you your dashboard.


You can see that I have some giveaways coming up soon.  That's because I'm writing this blog post after I scheduled a prize pack for the MD sellers giveaway that is happening right now.

Since you don't have any giveaways scheduled, click where it says plan one.


I already have giveaways that have run before, so I have the option of duplicating a giveaway.  I'm not going to do that so I can show you how to create one from scratch.  Click where it says add a prize.  This is where you'll tell people what you are giving away.  In my case, I'm giving away the 3-5 Prize Pack.  I cannot add an image to my giveaway because I'm using the free version.  If you want to add images, you will need to use one of the paid versions.  After you type in the prize, click on save this prize.


If you have more than one prize, you can add another prize.  If not, skip down to enter how people can enter the giveaway.  Click where it says add an entry option.
The following options will pop up.  Some of the options are not available in the free version.  I often use the invent your own option because this is where you can add follow a TpT store.


Click on invent your own and this box will pop up.


I like to change the box where it says invent your own option.  The text here will be viewed on the main part of the giveaway.  It tells your visitors what option they will be completing to enter the giveaway.  When I'm entering giveaways, I know I like to know what I'll be clicking on before I actually do it.

Then you need to describe what entrants should do.  This is where I include an html link to the store page.

You can see my template for the html.  I can't display it properly here because it will interpret the html and show it as a link.  That is what you will enter into the second box.  Just make sure you actually add the link in between the quotation marks.


I like to verify that my visitors actually followed the link I put in the entry.  In order to do this, I have to ask for some sort of information.  Some people ask for what number follower you are, some ask for how many followers, but I like to ask for the name of a featured product.  This shows that they really looked at the page.  I can verify these entries at the end of the giveaway.

You can change the point value for these entries.  I usually like to keep them all at +1, but you can make some entries worth more than others.  You also have the option of letting the entrants do something once each day.  This is good when you set up options for tweeting about or sharing the giveaway on a social media site.  You can also make options mandatory.  I don't do that for many of my giveaways, but you can.

Once you are done with all those settings, click on the blue save this option button.  You can then go back and add other entry options.


The picture below shows you what it will look like when you finish adding all the ways people can enter.

After you add all your entries, you need to pick a starting and ending day.  With the free version, it has to start and end at 12am.

Now you are ready to post your giveaway on your blog.  Just copy the code and paste it on your blog!


You can preview your giveaway immediately.  Click on the entries tab at the top.  Of course, there are no entries right now.  But once your giveaway starts, you can check this tab and see the entries.


You also have the ability to see what it will look like posted on your blog.  The picture below shows what it looks like before the giveaway starts.  If you like to schedule out your blog posts like I do, then this is what you would see if you preview a post that has the giveaway before the giveaway starts.

Here is another view.  This is similar to what you will see when the giveaway is happening.  The only difference is it will have the time remaining in the upper lefthand corner where it says starting soon.


My giveaway is over.  Now what???

Click on manage entries again.  You can view all the entries and it will give you an option to pick your winner.  Click on the option to pick your winner.  After you have your winner, it will tell you what entry was the winning entry.  If it was one where you need to verify a winner, scroll down to where it says moderate entries.  It will generate a snapshot.  Once you have your snapshot, find the entry and make sure the winner actually gave you the information you were asking for.

You can then email the winner and send the prize.  You can also announce the winner on the giveaway if you want others to know that you've selected the winner.

I know this was a long post, but I hope it's been helpful.  Please let me know if you have any questions or are successful setting up your own giveaway!

And, don't forget about the MD sellers giveaway happening right now!



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