June 2014 | Teaching in the Tongass

Sunday, June 29, 2014

there, i said it

For people who don't sell on TpT (and even for a few who do), it's pretty common knowledge. If you download a freebie you don't like, for whatever reason, the kind thing to do is to trash it. Just don't use it. No one is forcing you to. You didn't pay for it. Just throw it away and forget about it. It takes seriously about 3 seconds (FYI I just timed myself throwing something in my trash).

When someone gives you a gift you don't like, do you tell them what's wrong with it? If your mom raised you like mine, you simply say "thank you" and move on. Or, as we like to say in my 2nd grade class, "YOU GET WHAT YOU GET AND YOU DON'T THROW A FIT!"  Maybe regift if you know someone else who will appreciate the gift. Well, just like in real life, negative comments and feedback on a Teachers Pay Teachers FREEBIE is just plain rude. It's hurtful and makes sellers like me not want to post ANY FREEBIES. You heard me. If my rating goes down, I start to feel like I don't want to give anything away. This is truly unfair to the rest of the people who leave positive feedback (THANK YOU!!!), so the jury is still out on this.  So, to recap, if you aren't completely satisfied with a FREE item you find...suck it up and feel free to MAKE YOUR OWN (gasp!). End rant.


Monday, June 2, 2014

end of the year creations

Oh blog. How I've missed you. This is my first week of summer...can I get a WAHOOO?! I have many plans, but most of them consist of being lazy so I won't bore you (I know you have similar plans anyway).

I have 4 awesome mothers this year who have graciously volunteered for just about every job I've asked. If you don't already take advantage of asking for help...START! Most parents are looking for a way to help, but have a 9-5 job like the rest of us. If they can't come into the classroom, they might be willing to look over papers for mistakes at home, or cut laminated things...you know, those highly engaging tasks you looooove to do on a Friday night? I had 3 parents jumping the gate to help from home this year, so I sent home all sorts of stuff on a regular basis. With 1 month to go in the year, a student moved and was placed in my class...usually this is something we all sort of dread...but this was a SWEETHEART and came with the most awesomest mom ever. She came in 2 days a week for several hours and was up for whatever job I could throw her way. My kinda volunteer. I owe these moms so much for allowing me to spend time with my family and not get sucked into staying extra hours at work...the very least I could do was get them a gift. So, I found these ADORABLE mugs at Walmart for around $4 and bought some coffee beans (took me 3 different stores to find these expensive suckers, so if you see them on sale--grab them!).  I whipped up some tags to go with each cup and planned on hole-punching and tying a cute string, but this seemed to be easier and cuter anyway. You could do the same for coworkers, friends, etc. Click the image below to grab it for FREE!

Next up, waaaay back at the beginning of May, I used some BP Teacher of the Year Award money I had received to buy some gifts for the teachers I work with. These are the same people who come in on the weekends, stay late on the weekdays, and put in all kinds of extra effort and time out of their contract hours. They deserve at the very least a raise (we had a very rocky contract negotiating couple of years), but since I couldn't do that, I decided to share my award with them. So, I found the coolest cups around, used my Silhouette Portrait to label with last names, threw in a $10 Teachers Pay Teachers gift certificate, some highlighters and waited for the official Teacher Appreciation Day to arrive (May 6).  
And finally, I whipped up some signs for my students to pose with and when I put them altogether, they revealed a big secret to the class! I blogged about this already {here}.

I made these apps to go on a giant iPhone or iPad for testing week to show our support for the 3-5ers this year. Click to download the FREEBIE!

And I didn't really make this...but a couple of weeks ago, I MADE it into the TpT newsletter as a FEATURED SELLER!  What?! What a fun journey this has been! 

Thank you to all of my followers and friends for supporting me, it really means the world to me.  Here's to turning bloggy friends into IRL (in real life) friends! Vegas...here we come!


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