November 2015 | Teaching in the Tongass

Sunday, November 29, 2015

christmas crafting

I actually started this post last year, but it was too late to share when I actually downloaded the photos to my computer (I had just had a baby and blogging was the last thing on my mind haha!), so I saved it for an entire year (weird? nahhhh...savvy? yeahhhh). So, here are 2 super easy & crafty Christmas decorations you can make if you have a vinyl cutter! 
If you don't have a vinyl cutter, well....either buy one or seek out a friend that has one! This is the one I have (affiliate link here) and it was on the cheaper side.  Decide what words you'll use (hit up your local Joann's/Michael's/HobbyLobby for some inspiration like I did!).  Type them in the vinyl cutting software app, print and peel away! If you have one of these and you're afraid to use it because it's scary and loud and you think you're breaking something when it starts to go...you aren't alone. BUT, you bought it for a reason, so don't let it sit and get dusty...get crafty! There are a plethora of different videos you can watch to help you get started here
I'm very grateful for my crafty husband who has all the tools a girl could ask for right in the garage. But, if you don't have a handman around, don't fret...most lumber places have saws and staff that will help you out! Bonus: if you have kids, they'll love to watch the giant electric saw thingy work it's magic.
Once you've painted your wood (I just grabbed some plain old white stuff that we already had in the garage), let it dry for a day and then apply your vinyl.  Ta-da!
For the stocking holder, find some fun knobs (mine are from Home Depot) and screw them near the bottom. You'll want to spread them out far enough and maybe hold the stockings near each one to see if it's enough room.
When I went searching for the PERFECT set of family stockings, I found these adorable fair isle ones from PB. BUT, they only had 1 of the same pattern available at the time. So...ebay (and a local embroidery shop) saved the day! If you can find the names you're looking for on ebay (you can set up a search so that it is "saved" and ebay emails you when someone lists a product with that description), you'll save even more money (embroidery wasn't cheap!).

We have a teeny tiny house and I'm still figuring out where to hang the board, but let's just pretend this is over a beautiful fire place mantel like this dreamy one, mmmkay?). #reallife #nowheretoputanything #tinyhouseproblems
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Saturday, November 28, 2015

is your wishlist or cart ready?

In case you haven't heard, TpT is having a SITEWIDE SALE on Monday and Tuesday!!! These don't happen often, so it's no surprise that we all go a little bit bonkers when it happens, and for good reason! That means 28% off on everything in my store, including my BIG bundles! This is a great time to save on anything in your wishlist, and, even BETTER...if it's a teacher resource and you're a teacher, it's tax deductible! If you're a seller and it's clipart, it's tax deductible! This is the last sale before the end of the year, so if you need some tax deductions for 2015, feel free to shop guilt-free while you're saving!

And just for fun, I'm throwing a linky party, so if you want to join in, link up your post below!

Here are a few of my top wishlisted items in my store (you can click any of the photos to see more about the product listed):

I am so in love with this one. If you have anchor chart envy or not a lot of time, these pretty girls might be just what you've been looking for! You can even purchase them individually, but the BIG bundle includes 21 anchor charts and any future ones I create.  I love how easily I can incorporate them into my minilessons, students always have their own individual one, and the poster sized ones are so HANDY!
You can read about how I run my Writing Workshop by checking out the blog post below:
I even have a FREEBIE you can try out if you want! Click below to check them out! 
Next up is my editable chalkboard decor bundle! This decor is so versatile, you can use it with any existing theme or color scheme! I use it with burlap, but it goes great with brights, patterns....pretty much anything! 
See how I used my decor pack to create a home environment in my own classroom by clicking below:
And this little puppy (hee hee) is going to come in handy really soon! I can't say enough about how excited kids get when learning about the Iditarod...it's really my favorite way to make learning fun and engaging after Winter break!
Read more about how I integrate this engaging topic into my teaching by checking out the blog post below:

And in case you haven't downloaded my latest version of my clipart catalog, grab it below!

Want to join in on the linky fun? Grab the linky button at the top and the graphics below or click here to get the file! 
Linky manners: Blog post link up only (no store links).  Please link back to this post if you choose to link up. Feel free to use the provided graphics and add your own store logo!

And please check out the stores below to see their top wishlisted resources!


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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

feedback on teachers pay teachers

Whether you are a buyer or a seller on Teachers Pay Teachers, you may have heard of leaving feedback. Here's the thing, a friend of mine texted me not too long ago saying she didn't know how to leave feedback on something she bought, which led me to here. So, I give you:
Leaving feedback is quite easy.  But, in case you are having a hard time navigating through the TpT waters, here's a quick and painless tutorial on how to appropriately give feedback!


 Now, I can't speak for all sellers, but the hardest thing to read when I review feedback is "I wish..." statements. I seriously cannot create what I make for my own classroom fit the needs of every single classroom out there, let alone student. I create what I need and what I think other teachers will appreciate as well, but I am not a miracle worker or a magician (I wish!), so please please please do not leave negative feedback that wishes the product to be something that it is not (as the statement provided by TpT describes).



And lastly, a word about freebies (which we all LOVE!). It's not required, but when something is given to you for free, it's polite to say thank you. Be grateful, just like you teach your own students to do!
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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

holiday printables freebies

Just popping in with a little freebie to get you in the holiday spirit :) I don't do my decorating until after Thanksgiving, but I know many of you do or you might just need some time to get these printed. Enjoy!

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Saturday, November 7, 2015

are you suffering from rbf?

Time to be honest. I make a terrible first impression (so say many close friends and even my husband).  If you met me briefly in real life and agree, please please please....know I am socially awkward and don't know how to be normal.  Mainly, it has to do with my face. Unfortunately, I can't wipe my face off my face, so I'm waiting until the pharmaceutical world comes up with something special for people suffering from RBF (RBF is short for "resting bitch face" for those of you who don't know). The first step to recovering from RBF is awareness, so I'm here to spread the word :) 



1.) Your coworkers ask if you're mad at them...and you aren't.

2.) Kids turn the other direction when they see you.

3.) Your spouse asks if you've had a bad day when you are just grading papers.

4.) A parent volunteer thinks they've put that bulletin board together wrong, just because you looked at it.

5.) You are repeatedly told to smile on school picture day.

6.) You find yourself trying to act extra perky when you want parents to like you.

7.) Your principal always makes eye contact with you at staff meetings like they're checking to make sure you're not mad about the news they're delivering.

8.) People don't get your jokes or sarcasm because your tone is all wrong (you need more cowbell).
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