Monday, August 11, 2014

Meet the Teacher {Linky}


I am joining Stephanie from Falling Into First for her Meet the Teacher Blogger Linky.  What a fun way to learn a little more about the teachers you follow.

So a little about me before we jump into the Q&A.
I am a 44 year old first grade teacher, wife, mother of 3, and Christian.  I have also taught 2nd grade, kindergarten, and Title One.  My favorite by far is first grade!  It is magic!
My hubby and I.  We will be celebrating 23 years of marriage in October.
Fun Fact:  We met when I was 14 at the skating rink on a DARE.
I have 3 wonderful children.  
Kaitlyn, almost 21, attends UNCC and currently works as a Financial Analyst while in school. 
Zach, 18, will move in to Appalachian State Thursday where I got my Masters in Reading.
Tanner, 13, will have us all to himself next year.  He is my sports fanatic!  
Fun Fact:  I had the pleasure of teaching at the same elementary school they attended.  My husband and I graduated from the same high school that 2 of our children graduated from & the last will.  
 Go Black Knights!
 
We are a DOG family!
Currently, we have 2 dogs.
Cooper - boxer mix most likely with Lab because he chewed EVERYTHING he could up until he was age 2.  He loves to play outside with the boys.
Rascal McGraw - Schnauzer - my lap dog!  Sweetest thing ever.  
This is my first grade team minus one.  Love them! Can't imagine teaching without them!  However, Mrs. P decided to retire!  :(  
My husband and I love to ride the Harley.
It is our time alone & time to clear our heads.


 THESE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS...
Mr. Sketch Markers, Diet Mountain Dew, Victoria Secrets Vanilla Lotion, Scrapbook supplies, Brownies, and Dallas Cowboys!

 IF YOU WEREN'T A TEACHER, WHAT WOULD YOU WANT TO BE?
2nd grade I wanted to be a Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader!
After that I wanted to be a Vet, work at Sea World, and be a Child Psychologist.
But if I weren't a teacher today, I could see myself working in a Nursing Home or working in an Orphanage. 

THREE LITTLE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE YOU.
 Driven   Kind/Fun   Dependable
 
FINISH THE SENTENCE, "________,  SAID NO TEACHER EVER!!"

I would love to schedule your conference for 5:30 on Friday.

Q: IT'S YOUR BIRTHDAY AND YOU CAN INVITE ANYONE {DEAD OR ALIVE} TO THE PARTY. WHO ARE YOU INVITING?

Dead:   Lucille Ball!   Laughter is the best medicine.

Q: IF SOMEONE WROTE A BOOK ABOUT YOUR LIFE, WHAT WOULD BE THE TITLE?

Life with My Best Friend 
 Q:YOU GET TO PICK ONE SUPERPOWER. WHAT IS IT?
Invisibility - There are just times you wish you could get the real scoop.

Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE OR SAYING?
   "A hundred years from now, it will not matter what kind of car I drove, what kind of house I lived in, how much money I had in the bank...but the world may be a better place because I made a difference in the life of a child." 
-- Forest Witcraft

Q: IF YOU HAD TO SING ONE SONG ON AMERICAN IDOL, WHAT WOULD IT BE? 
I Can Love You Better - by the Dixie Chicks
(I would be more likely a contestant on the GONG SHOW) 
 Q: ARE YOU A MORNING PERSON OR A NIGHT OWL?
Night Owl!  I despise getting up early!
Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE RESOURCE THAT YOU'VE CREATED IN YOUR TPT SHOP?
I love my Vocabulary Lessons using popular Children's Literature like Thundercake, Chrysanthemum, Wild Christmas Reindeer, Bad Case of the Stripes, Stellaluna and more.
 They are quick, easy, and fun for your students. I usually complete them over a 3 day period, spending 10-15 minutes per session.
There is really no prep for these lessons. 
Geared K-3.

Q: SHARE SOMETHING WE MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT YOU!
I was born on my mother's birthday.  We celebrate together every year!
I am a huge Dallas Cowboy Fan & have been since I was 6 years old!

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Seeing Objects With a Poet's Eyes

   Today, we formally began Poetry writing.  This lesson was all about seeing objects with a Poet's Eyes - Looking at objects in fresh new ways.    I read two example poems about the pencil sharpener and the ceiling in the classroom.  Then, I took two regular objects and we began brainstorming.  The first was a hole punch.  It was a little difficult for the students to think outside the box.  BUT, once I brought out the wooden ice cream spoon the ideas started poppin'.  (You know the 3 inch hourglass shaped ice cream sticks you get in school!)  One reluctant writer thought it could be a mask for a puppy.  Another said a mustache.  Another said a diving board for a caterpillar.  The ideas kept coming.

     I placed a bag of objects at each of their tables.

Then, students put their Poet's Eyes on to think outside the box.

I was blown away at some of their creativity.    
A push pin is a candle lighter for a bug.
A push pin is a stinger for a bee.

A binder (clip) is a pocketbook for a Barbie Doll.
A binder clip is a zipline carrier for a worm!
A pom-pom is a cheerleading pom pom for an ant.
A pom-pom is the sun for the Earth.
A Q-tip is a barbell for a caterpillar.
A Q-tip is a baton for a baton twirler.
A tack is antennae for an ant.
A pencil gripper is a cannon for a pirate.
An ice cream stick is a diving board for a caterpillar.
(We currently have caterpillars in the classroom.)
A seashell is a baseball glove for a butterfly.
Glasses are a stage for chipmunks. 
A popsicle stick is a bookmark for the library.
Enjoy your Easter!  
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Saturday, August 17, 2013

Back to School TPT Sale

Just in time for Back to School!
Every item in my TPT store will be on sale Sunday, August 18 and Monday, August 19!  It'll all be 20% off, plus you get an extra 10% off with the promo code BTS13 {that'll be 28% off}.


Happy Shopping!

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Monday, August 5, 2013

Monday Made It

My first Monday Made It of the Summer!
For several years, I have been giving students a "First Grade Survival Kit" at
Meet the Teacher Night.  It contained several items like a bouncy ball, eraser, stickers, a penny, etc.
It was time to change things up a bit and pull out my scrapbooking supplies!
These cute little owls were created using the Owl Builder Punch.
The cute little hearts are the perfect touch.
The owls were put onto the paper cut with my Big Shotz and the Top Note Die.
I made a template so I could get the saying in just the right spot.
Here are my finished toppers!
Add the topper to the top of a clear bag filled with candy and it is complete!
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Sunday, August 4, 2013

Time Out is Over and Currently

Hi everyone!
I've missed the blogging world for a few weeks.
One of my goals this summer was to learn to relax and not spend so much time on school related activities.  I began the summer with 3 book studies and was trying to blog about 2 of them every few days.  By the time July came around I was still blogging about 2 of those, working on my Teacher of the Year Portfolio, and tutoring 2 days a week.  I just keep thinking to myself.... "I'll work on that relaxing goal later!"  A week before vacation, I finished my portfolio and decided it was time!
I took time off and by the time I went to the beach I had it down pat!
 My beach buddies were surprised I worked on nothing school related the entire trip!  No lie!
It made the time at the beach go by much slower.
Lisa - teacher, Beverly - works at Middle School, Anita - bff and assistant in first,
Sherri - friend, Me! 
My family at our favorite beach restaurant - Burro Locco


A week home from the beach and I am still on beach time.  I just can't seem to shake it.
So, today I am diving back in again.  I am beginning my Meet the Teacher Gift for my kiddos!
Hopefully, I will have them made for Made It Monday.

Currently, I am joining Farley's monthly link up.

Listening:  My ipod has quite the variety.  I love country music, but also like rap, pop, and jazz.  

Loving:  With 3 kids, it is sometimes hard to find time alone with each other.  We try.  Yesterday, we rode the motorcycle to the mountains to visit friends.  We rode around on the mountain trails in their ATV, ate avocado salad and had some homemade ice cream.  Then, on the way home, we stopped to have a very late snack! 

Thinking:  Time goes by so fast.  Summer is almost gone.  My middle child is now a senior and my oldest just seems to come visit now.  Wish I could zap them back in time!
Wanting:  Usually by this time of the year we know our class list and most know their assistants.  

Needing:  The piles of laundry never end!  

Back to School Must Haves:  
1)  I've had my chair pockets for several years and I am gradually buying new ones to replace.  They are from Aussie Pouch.  Click the picture to go there.
2)  I've said it before, but I must say it again.  I cannot start the school year without my Mr .Sketch Markers!
3)  I always give my students something on Meet the Teacher Night as a welcome present.  For the past few years it has been a survival kit.  It is time for something new.  I bought some craft items from Stampin UP and plan to make something owl themed.  

If you haven't already become a follower of my other blog, stop by and follow.

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

New Vocabulary & Big News, Finally

I have created two new vocabulary activity packs for my classroom and TPT.
If you haven't seen them before, check them out.
Here is what a few of my customers have said about previous vocabulary activities:







Now for the exciting news!  I have been waiting for almost 4 months to become an Independent Designer for Origami Owl.  And last night was the night!  I am so excited to start on this new journey with a company that is growing with leaps and bounds.  They are amazing.
Today in the mail, I received a gift just for being on the wait list for so long.
What other company would do that?

If you haven't heard about Origami Owl, just look at the photos below.  They are beautiful and uniquely you!
If you would like to place an order or hold your own Jewelry Bar, let me know.  I would love to help you design your own necklace or earn one for free.
tamerawilson1@yahoo.com

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