Monday, June 30, 2014

Monday Made It (Editable Teacher Planner)!

I'm linking up for the first time with Tara from 4th Grade Frolics for her Monday Made It linky!

I've made it through the first two weeks of summer vacation and my body is finally letting me sleep in!  This is huge for me!  During the school year I usually wake up around 5:00 AM. I set the alarm for 5:00, but end up hitting the snooze button once or twice before I actually drag my body out of bed.  Then summer time comes and I am finally able to turn the alarm clock off, but does my body care?  NO!  My body just randomly wakes up on its own!  The first week of vacation I was wide awake by 6 each morning.  Then last week I would sleep a little longer and wouldn't wake up until 7!  This week, I'm sleeping until 8!  Woot! Woot!  

I've made a list of projects that I want to start this summer!  Hahahaha, I know, I've been a little lazy by only making a list.  Paint the inside of the house, finish a T-Shirt Quilt for my daughter's college roommate, and create products for my TpT store that I just started.  :)

Here is my "Real" Monday Made It!  I created a Teacher Lesson Planner for the 2014-2015 school year based off of Dr. Peter Brunn's Lesson Planning Handbook.  Have you read this?  If not, I highly recommend it to you!  

Head on over to my TpT store and check it out here!  I have a freebie sample of the lesson plans for ELA-Reading.  If you like it, The entire planner is available for you to purchase!  

I'm working on the planner with different colored themes!  They are almost ready to upload on my TpT store.  Here are some of the colors I'm working on.

Just a few samples of the different colors that will be available soon!  I just have to finish securing them before uploading to TpT.  I'm still learning how to create products for my TpT store.  I am open to any tips, ideas, or suggestions from those of you who are more experienced than me.  Have a great week!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

2014-2015 Editable Planner (Blue)

The entire school year planner is now available at my TpT store! Just click on the link below the picture.

 I'm working on a few different color schemes that were requested by friends so if you would like a certain colors or you have an idea of a form you would like me to add I am open to ideas and suggestions.  

2014-2015 Editable Teacher Planner (Blue)

Don't forget to leave me a little feedback and love!  

Friday, June 27, 2014

Five for Friday (6/27/14)

Its time for another Five For Friday Link up with Doodle Bugs Teaching!

Anyone remember their 21st birthday celebration? My own memories are vague to say the least, but I'm pretty sure I had a really good time!  I hope my daughter will remember hers!  We celebrated this milestone last weekend at Universal Studio's City Walk Orlando!  I find it hard to believe that my baby girl is now LEGAL!!!  I felt old! Especially when I started to yawn and it was only 10:00 PM!  Here are a couple of pics of my baby girl all grown up!

First Adult Beverage!  Well, first one that I've seen anyway...{we won't talk about her first two years away in college}

My son, Erik, was a good sport since he still has a couple of more years before he can participate!  I love this picture of the two of them.  I am blessed!

Wow!  Looks like the girls had a good time!  Hahaha!  Oh, to be young and 21 again...Don't you just love her birthday hat?  It has been reported that she kept those shoes on all night long, dancing the night away!  CRAZY!!!  Joanne, over at Head Over Heels should be proud!!

We spent two nights at Universal's newest resort, Cabana Bay!  It has a retro 50's & 60's theme.  I thought I was in an Austin Powers movie as I walked down the hallways.  We loved it!  I recommend it to anyone looking for a nice, fun, family resort in Orlando that isn't outrageously priced.  

My husband and I decided to let the young adults stay the first night so everyone had a safe place to crash after the City Walk Party celebration. We rejoined them around noon the day after.  I was surprised to find everyone up and already at the pool!  

We spent the day hanging out at the resort enjoying the pool, lazy river, arcade, and a bowing alley.  We went back to City Walk in time to watch Team USA play in The World Cup!  Go USA!!

After the "Recovery" day at the resort we took my daughter and her boyfriend to Islands of Adventure!  I still enjoy riding roller coasters so it was a good time.  Check out the T-shirt I bought in Seussville! 

  "Teacher of All Things" with Thing 1 & 2 behind me.  Good Times, good times...

I'm working on a new teacher planner for the 2014-2015 school year that was inspired by Peter Brunn's The Lesson Planning Handbook.  Have you read it?  I highly recommend it.  It is an easy read and has changed the way I lesson plan!  I loved it so much I thought I would share!  I have a sample freebie at my TpT store.  Check it out and let me know what you think.  If you like it I should have the entire planner up and available by early next week.  That's my goal anyway.  

My inspiration for:

Last, but not least!  I started and finished reading The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller!  Loved it!!  Now I'm going to start Reading in the Wild.
If you haven't read these two books they are a MUST READ for any Reading Teacher K-12!  The Brown Bag Teacher has started a summer book study on Reading in the Wild.  I'm a little behind because I just had to start with The Book Whisperer first.  I'm so glad I did!  

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!  I'm enjoying my summer so far.  Hope you are as well.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Editable Lesson Planner Freebie

I'm working on a Lesson Planner Bundle, but wanted to offer a freebie in hopes to solicit feedback from my friends.  Please visit my TpT store, download this freebie, and let me know what you think!  

Thank you so much!!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

It's time for Five for Friday{Saturday!}  
I'm loosing track of my days already and I love it!!

I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for:

I spent the first three days of my summer vacation sleeping!!  I was exhausted to say the least.  This year really kicked my gluteus maximus!!  I know it is because I'm getting old, but I'm in serious denial!  

I didn't do a single thing until Father's Day!  Then I woke up rejuvenated,  cleaned my house, and pampered my husband!  Okay! Okay! I had a little help from my kids too.  

My best friend from college, Kelly, stopped by for a visit while she was in Florida with her family for vacation!  It had been six years since we last saw each other.  Kelly lives in Illinois, but we talk on the phone a lot!  

 I never had the "college roommate" experience  because I was married to a gorgeous US Marine!!  But if I had to have one I would have chosen Kelly!  

Kelly has two adorable children, Laura -12 & Jacob -10!  We all went to the beach and enjoyed each other's company.  I wish we lived closer...I also wish I had taken pictures, but completely forgot! What is wrong with me???

  While Kelly was here we talked a lot about school.  Kelly is a principal of a Pre-K/Kindergarten Developmental School for students with special needs and her district's Director of Exceptional Students!  She is awesome!  Kelly helped me to reflect on my school year and listened as I weighed the pros and cons of several different doors that have opened for me this past week.  Best Friends are such great listeners.  

Then out of the blue another door opened up WIDE!!!  It opened so quickly that I couldn't help but run right through it!  I didn't even really think about it!  Crazy! Needless to say, I spent the next three days packing up my classroom and moving everything I own into my garage.  Boy, Oh Boy! It is a lot of stuff!  

There is more, but you get the picture...It took 10 car loads to get it all home and my school is about 25 miles away! Yikes!  I should have rented a U-Haul Truck!  

Leaving my school was very difficult for me.  I love my small farm school even if the water is poison!  I have developed several very strong friendships with my co-workers, and the students are the best...


My new school is less than a mile down the road!  I get to teach one grade level, 4th!  I will have at least 3 other teachers on my team maybe more, and one of them is a VERY GOOD FRIEND!   I'm in a real classroom, not a portable that is falling down around me! Even though these are all positives.  The real reason why I ran through that door...LESSON STUDY!!  Yep!  Call me crazy, but I have wanted to participate in a real Lesson Study Group for several years, but I could not motivate my coworkers to participate!  My new school has several active Lesson Study Groups going that I may join, or I can start a new one!  They are even reading the same resource book as me:

Has anyone else participated in Lesson Study?  If so, please share your thoughts and feelings.  

Now that I have direction for the 2014-2015 school year I can move forward!  The wheels are spinning again and fast!  It's funny how a little change can rejuvenate and motivate you to keep moving forward. 

In doing so, I'm going to participate in the Book Study started by The Brown Bag Teacher

Reading in the Wild by Donalyn Miller!

As I was reading all the posts about the first chapter I became excited and wanted to join.  Then I read that this is book 2 of a series!  Well I just had to start with The Book Whisperer first!

Needless to say I'm going to be reading a lot, but that's what I love to do!!  Enjoy your weekend!  I know I will.