Tuesday, July 31, 2012

A Linky, A Freebie and Some Fun!

Whew!  I finished my power point and packing for my presentation tomorrow!  To celebrate I am sharing a helper for writing workshop that I used years ago when I taught third and fourth.  This is a clip chart for writing workshop.  Students place their clips on the stage they are in. This may only be a freebies for a short period of time, as I might put it in a TPT store – still debating about that!


I am linking up with Amanda Madden at Teaching Maddeness for a Resolution Linky!

Resolution #1: I’d like to share more pictures and ideas on my blog.  Hopefully, with a fresh start in a new grade, I can start without being, and staying, overwhelmed!

Resolution #2: Stay organized!  With moving into a new room, I am starting fresh – purging and organizing.  My goal is to keep it that way and keep control of the paper clutter and grading.

Resolution #3:  Have confidence.  That’s hard to admit, but I think I have been feeling a lack of self-confidence the past few years.  I think with a grade level that I love and feel great about, some of that confidence will return. I really want to be myself and “compete” (for the lack of a better word) with the strong personalities around me.

Resolution #4:  Work smarter, not harder.  I pushed the morning time to the very limit the last couple years just for sanity sake.  I want to start getting to work earlier and being productive during that time.  I want to streamline my procedures and leave work between 4:00 and 4:30, like I used to when I taught 3/4.

On a related note, I found this little piece of subway art at TJ Maxx.  I was a lonely drop-off on the shelves by the register and I had to pick it up the second time I saw it there.  I thought it would be great to hang in my room to keep my perspective.


Oh! My!  I just found this Biscoff Spread.  LOL!  I am currently eating it with a spoon.  It tastes like those spicy windmill cookies you can find in the bulk section of some grocery stores.  A little bit like a spicy girl scout shortbread cookie. I guess Trader Joe’s sells it for 8.99, but I found it at Wegman’s – the grocery store of all grocery stores – for 3.99!  We don’t have a Trader Joe’s anywhere in the area yet. I don’t think I will have enough left to do anything with it! I think it would make a great substitute for peanut butter in sandwiches this year – and there are no peanuts in it.

Off to close everything up before the much-needed rain arrives! Have a great one!


  1. Great resolutions!! I feel the same way about confidence also. Just be yourself & know that you are a great teacher!! :)
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  2. These are great! I always try to get to school an hour before school starts because no one is there and I get so much stuff done. I can't get anything done in the afternoon because everyone wants to talk. Good luck with your resolutions!

    Swimming into Second

  3. Thanks for linking up Christine! These are great resolutions! We all need to work smarter, not harder. Sometimes it seems as if we try to make it hard on ourselves?! Here's to a wonderful new {school} year!

    Teaching Maddeness

  4. I like your signs! When I teach writing, I have to have everyone on the same step at the same time--I think just because I am a new teacher--but those signs might be helpful for me. I could keep track of every student without having to be so controlling!