Monday, May 25, 2015

Splish-Splash: It's a Summertime Blog Bash



I'm so excited to be participating in this Blog Hop!  I love summer and cannot wait for this one to get started!  I still have 4 weeks of school.  If you're like me and have awhile to wait before summer officially starts, this is the perfect thing to hold us over!

Please keep reading to see my freebie, enter my giveaway, and see my favorite things about summer!  When you are all finished with that, make sure you hop to the next stop to get more summer goodies!


My freebie is Summer Nouns, Adjectives, and Verbs.  You can download this for free from my store until the blog hop is over on May 29.  I'd love it if you would leave feedback on TpT for me!  Click on any of the pictures below to take you to the freebie.




Next up is my giveaway.  I am offering winner's choice for my giveaway.  There are many products in my store for you to choose from.  However, bundles are excluded.  Any product as long as it doesn't have bundle in the title is eligible!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


I love summer because it is a chance to relax and refuel after the school year.  I love all the fun outdoor activities that happen in the summer, especially baseball games.  During the school year, I'm always tired when I go to baseball games, but during the summer, games are much more enjoyable when I'm rested!

I also love being able to go for walks and get exercise.  My dog loves that about summer also!

This summer will be a special one since I'm getting married.  Less than 7 weeks to go now!  After the wedding, we'll be going on a cruise to the Bahamas for our honeymoon.  I cannot wait!






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Friday, May 22, 2015

FF - 5/22 - End of the Year Freebies



Welcome back to the new Freebie Friday!  I hope you enjoyed last week's science freebies!

If you want to submit your freebie early, please let me know here.  If you want to suggest a theme, you can do so by commenting on this blog post.

What is today's theme?





Feel free to link up any freebies that fit this week's theme.  Include a direct link to the freebie (either on TpT or hosted elsewhere).  Your freebie does not have to be hosted on TpT.  It can be hosted elsewhere, but I'd prefer a direct link to the freebie.  No links to blog posts please!  Freebies don’t have to be your own!  They can be created by other people!

I'm going to take a break from Freebie Friday for a few weeks so there won't be a new post next week.  I will be back once my life settles down!  Thanks for understanding.



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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Tips for Mentoring a Student Teacher - Reflect on Lessons



I hope you enjoyed part 8 of this series about giving feedback to your student teacher.  If you missed it, you can click on the picture above to see all the posts in this series!


It is very important for your student teacher to learn how to reflect on his/her lessons.  You can help with this process by asking him/her to think about what went well and what didn't go so well.  Your student teacher should think about why things went well and why things did not go well.  He/she should try to keep track of the things that went well in order to do the same thing in the future.  Your student teacher should also think about what he/she can do differently in the future.

Your student teacher doesn't need to formally reflect on every single lesson that is taught, but he/she should try to reflect on at least one lesson a day.  You can set up a reflection schedule to make sure that he/she is reflecting on different subjects or just reflect on lessons based on how well they went.

Early on in your student teacher's experience, you should reflect with him/her.  Explain what you thought went well and what needed to be changed.  Try to explain your reasoning as best as you can.

Your student teacher can slowly start the reflection process on his/her own once you know he/she feels comfortable reflecting on all aspects of the lesson.

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 $6.00 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 reflection tips do you have?


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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Blogging Break


I have a lot going on lately with wedding planning, completing my full evaluation year at school and all the usual end of the year things.  Unfortunately, something has to go right now and that is keeping up with my blog on a consistent basis.  I've really tried hard to keep up with my posts, but I need to use my energy elsewhere right now.

I need to take a break from hosting Movie Clip Monday and Tech Tip Tuesday.  I hope to keep up with Freebie Friday.  I will also continue to post my Mentoring a Student Teacher tips.

I hope you'll stick around and be here when I return to blogging.  Thank you for your understanding!


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Monday, May 18, 2015

Movie Clip Monday - Raising Butterflies



Time for another Movie Clip Monday!  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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We are studying butterflies in science this quarter.  My kiddos love raising painted lady butterflies.  This video fits perfectly with our unit.

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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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Friday, May 15, 2015

Freebie Friday - 5/15 - Science Freebies



Welcome back to the new Freebie Friday!  I hope you enjoyed last week's reading freebies!

If you want to submit your freebie early, please let me know here.  If you want to suggest a theme, you can do so by commenting on this blog post.

What is today's theme?







Feel free to link up any freebies that fit this week's theme.  Include a direct link to the freebie (either on TpT or hosted elsewhere).  Your freebie does not have to be hosted on TpT.  It can be hosted elsewhere, but I'd prefer a direct link to the freebie.  No links to blog posts please!  Freebies don’t have to be your own!  They can be created by other people!

Start getting those end of the year freebies ready!


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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Tech Tip - Time-Saver Tip - On Screen Sticky Notes



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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Recently, I've started using a sticky notes app on my personal computer to keep track of ideas and frequently used text.  I've been using a program on my work computer to keep track of my to-do lists for work.

When I found one on my personal/TpT computer, I was super excited to continue using it!

Here's what I do...

You can see my desktop.  I keep that one sticky note open in the middle at the bottom.  It has the html I use when commenting on blogs saved.  When I want to comment on someone else's blog post, I can just copy from my sticky note instead of needing to type the html for my blog address over each time.

I also have the code to put in the beginning of my blog post to specify which picture I use as my default picture.

The bottom text is what I include when I update a product on TpT.

You can keep track of anything you want on stickies.  Anything that you find you write frequently is good to save on a sticky note for future use.

What do you use on screen sticky notes for?

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 7 am 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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Monday, May 11, 2015

Movie Clip Monday - 5/11 - Telling Time



Time for another Movie Clip Monday!  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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This week I'm sharing another telling time video.  You can see the other video here.

We just finished learning about telling time to the 5 minutes.  Perfect for our lessons!



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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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Friday, May 8, 2015

Freebie Friday - Reading Freebies



Welcome back to the new Freebie Friday!  I hope you enjoyed last week's writing freebies!

If you want to submit your freebie early, please let me know here.  If you want to suggest a theme, you can do so by commenting on this blog post.

What is today's theme?



Feel free to link up any freebies that fit this week's theme.  Include a direct link to the freebie (either on TpT or hosted elsewhere).  Your freebie does not have to be hosted on TpT.  It can be hosted elsewhere, but I'd prefer a direct link to the freebie.  No links to blog posts please!  Freebies don’t have to be your own!  They can be created by other people!

Start getting those science freebies ready!

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