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A total eclipse of the sun...




You know you have the song stuck in your head too! With all this eclipse drama you would think that we would be prepared we have only had a ton of time to come up with a plan. In fact in 1979 ABC Newscaster Frank Reynolds warned us it would be here August 21, 2017 way back in 1979. So while districts and teachers and scrambling to develop a plan that keeps safety in mind I urge you to do three things with your students...

Bulletin Board Inspiration for Back to School



Looking for some amazing back to school bulletin board ideas? Take a look behind the scenes of a little bulletin board fun with some of your favorite teacher bloggers from Learn 365.
I have been so blessed this week to be spending time with the talented teacher blogger team from Learn 365 / Oriental Trading. While we were over at OTC the fun squad had a little friendly bulletin board competition. Boxes filled with border trim, paper fans and some cactus fun were waiting for us when we arrived. Come take a look behind the scenes.

Get ready for Back to School!



The aisles at Target are perfectly lined and color coded with school supplies and the sweet aroma of fresh crayons is filling the air! The time is near my teacher friends, so enjoy that last margarita and take one more stroll on the beach, our pre-season is officially knocking on the door. As much as we would love to fight it, back to school season is officially here!

Get back to school ready with editable newsletter templates



The school year is quickly approaching and pretty soon my Friday afternoons will be filled with class newsletter writing. I am a big fan of weekly newsletters to help keep my parents informed. It helps to relay important dates, weekly assignments and classroom information.
I have created some fun class newsletter designs in my new  Back to School Newsletter Template Kit . These are so easy to use, you will spend less time creating your newsletter and more time doing what you enjoy...teaching.

Guess who's a Creative Teaching Press Ambassador


Every year right as June comes to a close and the calendar turns to July I get super excited. It's not just because I have a birthday in July, although summer birthdays are pretty cool! It's because those beautiful, brightly colored catalogs start to arrive in my mailbox. I remember those early years of teaching when I was just starting to build my collection and establish my style. I loved dreaming of my perfect classroom with beautiful decorations just waiting for students to arrive and enjoy. The reality was always a little different than I pictured. My classroom never quite looked like page 32 of the catalog but it was always warm and inviting. Fast forward to year 13 of teaching, Oh my word how can that be! I am just as excited to start dreaming of new spaces and boards.

Geography Interactive Notebook & Activities



In third grade our first unit for social studies is a fun one.....geography. The kids get very excited and love to start exploring maps and globes. Take a peek at a few of my favorite classroom activities for geography.

Go buggy for Math this summer!


Go buggy for math this summer with some quick math review. I found these paint chip strips at Oriental Trading. They are so versatile and you get a ton in the box. They make the best flash cards, number practice, fact family practice the possibilities are endless.

Welcome summer! Celebrating with a backyard movie night!


Kicking off summer with a backyard movie night! We have finally finished another great year at school. Between all the rainy days we were lucky enough for one evening of relief. Oriental Trading Company had everything we needed to get started!
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