Gift Card Galore! Vera Bradley, Teachers Pay Teachers & Oriental Trading Company

We are at it again! It is Week #2 of the Sun, Sand and Savings Sale, and we are giving away 5 Vera Bradley Gift Cards, 5 Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Cards, and 5 Oriental Trading Gift Cards! Woo hoo!  It is perfect timing, as some of you are starting to think about going back to school.

The giveaways begin Friday, and they end on Monday morning at 12am.  You can enter the giveaways right here:

Up for Grabs-5 Vera Bradley Gift Cards!

5 Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Cards!

5 Oriental Trading Company Gift Cards!

Good luck to everyone!

Sun, Sand & Savings Amazing Giveaways! Do You Want Some Amazing Gift Cards?

Hi Everyone!

I hope you were able to buy some amazing products on sale from the Sun, Sand & Savings Sale this week-Week # 1.  Do you believe we are doing this every week for the month of July?!?!

There is nothing like picking up some amazing gift cards during the summer.  My group of 75 sellers are giving away 15, yes 15 gift cards! You can enter these giveaways starting tomorrow, Friday at 9am all the way until Monday, July 10th morning at 12am.  These giveaways will close, and new giveaways will open the following Friday!

Here are the Rafflecopters:

5 Entrants will win a 
$25 Teachers Pay Teacher Gift Card

5  Entrants will win a $ 25 Amazon Gift Card

5 Entrants will win a $25 Staples Gift Card

Good luck!

Using Pixar Short Films in the English Language Arts Classroom

Good Morning!

I just wanted to share with you that I went live on Facebook yesterday discussing how to use Pixar Short Films to teach and review literary terms. I am part of the Secondary Series group, where we discuss, post and share tips and ideas on using technology and creativity within the English Language Arts classroom. The broadcast was about 10 minutes, and you can find it right here.

I also wanted to share with you some of the worksheets and freebies I shared with the viewers.  I love using the Pixar Short Films in my class because they are quick, funny and an engaging way to intrigue my students to learn.  As I explained in the video, one of the first items I like to review is literary devices because we use them all year long.  I have never been a write-the-notes-from-the-board type of teacher, as I find this technique anticlimactic and rather boring. In addition, the kids do not learn a thing from just copying notes, and it is the application that is the most important.

Finishing the School Year...and I Already Have Grammar Goals for Next Year (as well as a few other things)!

Hi Everyone!

Happy end of the year for many of you, and happy summer for those who have already started their glorious summer.  I have five more days left (YAY), and I am typing this as I watch 25 sixth graders take their math final!

I am wrapping up the end of the year like many of you; however, you might think I am crazy I have ideas and goals already for next year! Most people are thinking about the beach, vacations and sitting by their pools; nevertheless, my brain NEVER stops.  I am alway thinking of new, modified and better ways to do and implement things in my classroom.  So what goals do I already have for the 2017-2018 school year? You wouldn't believe it...

1.  Implementing Grammar Back into my Curriculum: My first major goal is implementing daily to weekly grammar back into my curriculum.  Over the past few years, slowly, grammar instruction has disappeared from my curriculum due to the restraints I have with the literature and the timing of everything.  I started using Bell Ringers last year, and my students loved them! I am thinking of implementing them into my Bell Ringers twice a week. I find it very important English students have grammar implemented into their instruction, as well as the practice. I believe this is why many of our students struggle with writing complex and sophisticated sentences and as well as paragraphs.  It is so sad when I ask my 7th graders what a verb is, and some of them cannot even give me an example?!?!? They need the instruction at any age. 

Summer is on the Horizon!

Hi Everyone!

Happy summer to all my southern teachers! I know that this Friday is your last day, and I know you are absolutely elated! I have 13 more teaching days, and 21 more actual days before I can wave goodbye to my school for the summer.  We are getting there!

I have to be honest, I have been MIA this month; however, I have been missing in action for a realllllyyyyy good reason.  I have partnered up with another Teachers Pay Teachers seller, Kathy of The Fun Factory, and we have been hard at work creating an INCREDIBLE July sale-Sun, Sand & Savings Summer Sale!
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