Saturday, September 24, 2016

Upping the Anty

Okay, soooo ... I did it. I finally OVERHAULED my website. Granted, it isn't quite where I want it, but I do really like where it's at now!

It's getting late here, so this will be brief. I just want to pray a blessing over all of the teachers that I know personally, and those that I don't know at all. Teaching puts us into the trenches of war on poverty, self-doubt, and destruction. While we aren't armed with tons of cash to buy solutions, we have been blessed by a God with wisdom and creativity.

Thank you for these men and women who are devoting their existence to training up children to be good people... knowledgeable people ... wise people who will serve their communities. I pray that during this upcoming week that you alleviate stress, or at least minimize it. I pray that students come with open minds to what they CAN do, instead of what our cultures says they can't do. I life up the staff and faculty that keep order in the halls and the various activities. Open the eyes of this nation, of the parents, of the kids, of the leaders to follow You. Give them all hope.


Blessings y'all,

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Student Evaluation/Help System

I don't know about you, but keeping my kids from calling out with comments like, "I can't do this!" or "I don't get it!" was not only distracting for me, but also distracting to other kids in the room. It then became an epidemic of kids calling my name (which I threatened to change on multiple occasions) and being verbally discouraging to themselves.

Here is an option to help curb that issue!

These are student triangular prisms (kind of). Print, cut, fold, and glue. Give one to each kid to have on their desk. You explain that they can aim the color side that matches how they are doing toward the teacher. This will allow the teacher to SEE who needs help without kids distracting others! While this is nifty, it isn't may original idea, just my original creation for my store. 

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Summer Time is Coming To an End :(

While this is a sad realization for many of us, some of our brains haven't STOPPED thinking about your classroom. We have a word for that ... weirdos. LOL. Anyways, here is a new little bundle to make the classroom set up a little easier.

I have a friend who is a long-time substitute who is getting her first classroom this fall. We all remember the first year and the lack of funds to do what we wanted/needed for our classroom. So, she called me and asked if I could create a bundle to help her start her classroom that wouldn't break the bank. How could ANY teacher say 'no' to a first year request like that?

So, here is what we came up with ... check it out!

- Behavior Clip Chart (8 levels)

-Clothes Pin Numbers - for clip charts

-Birthday Graph

-Birthday Poster Pieces - Balloons (to be printed on colored pages

-Classwork Tray Labels- Reading, Writing, Math, Science, Social Studies, Late

-Library Labels - Fiction and Non-Fiction with the following labels: By Author a-z, American History, Biographies/Autobiographies, Mystery, Earth & Solar System, Countries and Maps, Living Things (Animals and Plants), Folktales, Weather, Technology, Career & Community, Historical Fiction, and Government & Economics.

-Classroom Constitution - Mini Poster - Complete with Class

-Schedule Cards - 16 given subjects/times for a day at school AND a page with extras to add your own. Each card has an analogue clock to show the time.

-Where are We? - Simple clip circle

-Minutes for Analogue Clock - Blue and green with white polka dots

-Number of the Day Mini Poster & Individual Desk Option

-Cluster Basket Numbers - 2 versions: team and table

-Student Numbers - Blue and Green with white polka dots

-Interactive Notebook Labels (Math, Reading, Language/Writing, Science, Social Studies) - For Avery 8163 (10xpage)

-Highlight your name poster

-Calendar (Simple) - Abbr. Days and Numbers

Pretty great, huh? And it's for less than $4.50!!!! 


Friday, July 15, 2016

Wait for it .... elections

I don't know or really care what side you are on for the elections. Both parties seem to have strong pros/cons. I'm just trying to vote for the lesser of the two evils, which makes me sad.

However, since this IS an election year, we all need something to cushion the blow from the lead up and aftermath. Here is an UNBIASED set that is FREE for your classroom, because let's be real ... this election seems to be painful enough without having to spend our hard earned money on it.

Consider this a gift from me to you to help in the survival of this election season.

Love you all!

Monday, June 13, 2016

Aussie, Aussie, Aussie

Well, this summer has come in like a vengeance! I love my little Tennessee state, but the temps are getting higher, and unless I'm dipping into a pool, I'm starting to dislike summer. Of course, it could also be due to the fact that I'm preggers ... again ;) That's right!
The FOURTH is with us. We're having a BB ... Hahahaha. I crack myself up! Anywho ...

That was how we announced to the social media world. I'm due to have the next kiddo in January 2017. My first pregnancy was peachy. Very little morning sickness or fatigue. I just looked like a cow. THIS time... whew! I'm down 12 pounds in a month due to this sweet little bundle. Not complaining, but making excuses ;) 

We went to Disney a couple weeks back and had a blast. My son was a CHAMP and loved meeting Mickey, Minnie, Chewbaca, and Olaf. I thought he would run for the hills, but nope ... he giggled and chatted (his own language) to each of them. I was proud.
While he was a champ, his mother was not. Bless my poor hubby. The heat index topped over 100 a couple of times, we were walking MILES each day, and the wife was having massive morning sickness and migraines. But, I can honestly say, I will look back fondly on this trip.

Wow, sooooo that was a LONG excuse. Now for the point of this blog...
Newest installment for my continent bundle in progress ....

I'm so excited about this one!

This would be great for your world studies! You can check it out on my TpT store:

Happy Teaching!

Saturday, March 19, 2016


It's been 2 weeks. 2 LOOOONG weeks! I'm giving credit to teachers who had to do with the TN not so Ready test. Ony teacher friend told me that SEVERAL of her kids were ill (with flu-like symptoms) during their last test this past Monday ... after a weekend .... after daylight savings ... yea. Bless! 
In this time period, my kiddo turned 1 1/2 years old, For The Teacher has moved up 100 ranks, and my hubby and I are celebrating our 6th wedding anniversary - today! SOOOO much crazy. I'm still trying to catch up to the time change. Of course, hanging out with a GREAT group of women last night until 2am probably didn't help. No, I didn't sleep in. You don't sleep in when you're a mom. Well, at least I don't sleep in as a mom. Not that I wouldn't relish a few more minutes curled up in my bed, toasty under the comforter ... but I have an early riser who is active. No complaints, just facts.
But since I'm me, and feeling soooo happy about my husband surviving another year with me and my craziness, I want to give out gifts! SOOOOO, if you head over to my facebook group you will see a post to win an author study! Yep! 

Rules (ha)
1. Share the give away on your home page on Facebook
2. Follow me at my TpT Store
3. Comment "Done" on the Facebook Page

That's it! You will be in a drawing for 10 different author studies! I will only be giving 1 copy of each away. Each winner receives 1 author study! 

Wouldn't that just make your life a little easier next week?

The entry time lasts from today through Monday, March 21, 2016 at 12:00am CST!

Can't wait to see who wins!

Here's the list of Author Studies! 
(Comment below what your favorite ones are!)
1. Donald Crews
2. Cynthia Rylant
3. Doreen Cronin
4. Kevin Henkes
5. Eric Carle
6. H. A. Rey
7. Mercer Mayer
8. Beatrix Potter
9. Robert Munsch
10. Leo Lionni

Cross your fingers!

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Why? Why not?

I received an email the other day from a teacher asking about Teachers Pay Teachers. She commented on how it feels like a Parent/Teacher store thing, just online. She asked why I would use it as a form of income. I'm not sure I've ever really explained WHY I am part of such a HUGE global community. So, I thought I would explain...

First of all, what is It's a GLOBAL community of teachers who share and/or sell products for the classroom. It ranges from pre-k to college, though I haven't run across much past high school material. It can be for public schools, private schools, religious schools, and even home school. It spans several continents, which honestly is just cool!

What TpT (Teachers Pay Teachers) is not. It is not for huge companies. It is not ALWAYS beneficial. It is not for the lazy teacher. It is not there to teach. It is not going to replace the teacher. I just is not!

So, why am I'm sharing this? Because I've been asked to. Why do I believe in TpT? Because I've benefited from it. Before I was creating my own products, I was using OTHER teachers' items. Were they ALL worth the money? Not always. But, in most cases, the products helped me in my own teaching. Sometimes a concept would arise that I just couldn't think of a creative way to teach it ... you know, an engaging method or activity that would help solidify the learning. 

As a teacher, your energy is spent after the day, but you still have more to do - planning, grading, parent calling, writing IEPs, brainstorming behavior plans, etc. 

TpT came out my first year teaching - to those who didn't know this was my first year: portable, 28 4th graders, 7 L/A books, 9 math books, 5 science books, no SS books, NO teaching manuals, and I had been home schooled k-12. I was the essences of CLUELESS. Maybe God knew I would need this site ... I don't know. Either way, it was after that year that someone mentioned this website. Being fresh out of college, I had zero money. I had no debt, but I also had no money. I was living on my own for the first time and was on a budget. I didn't have extra money for the classroom, but still I spent it. That year I spent well over $500 the first semester buying books from the educational stores around town. Worksheets. I bought worksheets that kind of covered what I needed. Sad, but true. (On a side note, those kids survived my teaching)

This site seemed too good to be true. I would go on and actually learned about workstations, assessments, behavior charts, and ... well pretty much everything. It was as good, if not better than 80% of my courses in college. How? Because these were CURRENT teachers ... in classrooms ... all over the world, going through the same challenges I was. It was God's blessing to me!

I didn't buy a THING for 2 years, but they had over 1million FREEBIES! Once again, it was a blessing. After I had been teaching a few years, I started researching TpT. It seemed too good to be true. How could I be a teacher like Deanna Jump who cleared over $1,000,000. in sales? Not me. "Ain't nobody got time for that!" So I put it off.

I went on teaching, but found that with standards changing and new textbooks being adopted every few years made it more and more difficult. I hated basals. I hated textbooks. My kids hated sitting ALL day. So, I chose to start making activities for my kids that met them where they were, and in a manner that they would enjoy.

In the spring of 2013, my hubby saw how much I was making for my class, and he being a teacher at the time made a comment about "too bad you can't sell your brain." I laughed it off ... for the time being. When May 2013 came around, I had created sooooo many items (good and bad) that I wondered if people would like to use them too! My team at school had been encouraging me to join TpT after I had been creating various stuff for our students. So, June 2013 came around and I decided to make a store on TpT. And just like that .... I made $2.50 in the WHOLE month. Yep, I was rolling in the dough. Ooh wait.

I had high dreams of fandoms and an income that would allow me to stop working and stay home with future kids of my own. Nope.

I had forgotten one important fact that I had been teaching my students for years ... Anything worth doing is usually hard and takes time and endurance. I kept on. I made back the fee from TpT within a few months ... well, 6 months. After that, it was an actual earning. In my first year on TpT I earned over $2,000. I know ... that was less than a monthly check from teaching, but I was rather proud.

Okay, fast forward to today. In less than 3 years, God has grown my TpT from being the #56,348 seller on the site to being #3704 on the site. Praise HIS name.

My husband and I chose for me to stay home after our son was born at the end of 2014. Since Spring of last year, I decided to kick it into high-gear, and really try to create more useful products for you.

Why do I do this?
1. I love teaching. It's been my passion for decades - spanning back to teaching at church in high school.

2. I love creating. I know, it's weird. You'd think after you left teaching, your brain would stop thinking in the classroom. Maybe some people can. I am not one of those people.

3. I have the time... sort of. I have a little more time flexibility than I did while I was in the classroom. Some days chose to use my son's nap time for TpT instead of my house ... judge me ;)

4. I have a desire to help. I remember my first year and cringe. I don't want ANY teacher to feel that way. If I can help, I want to.

5. I have a family. I want to honor my husband and our household by being the Proverbs 31 woman/wife. She worked from home doing SO many things. While I see her as an impossibility for myself, I can still try emulate her. I want my son (and future kiddos) to know that Mommie loves them so much, and you can do whatever you put your heart into.

I have chosen to put my heart into this TpT thing because it serves others. I don't want people taking advantage of teachers by selling books/products to them that are overpriced and don't really benefit the students. I want to put out useful products for teachers at a decent (And pretty cheap) price. TpT helps me do that. In turn, I help the people I hold so dear to my heart: you the teacher!

So, this is why I'm For The Teacher!