The Day Before the Beginning of My Operation Genius

Hi Everyone!

We are officially on the brink of February, and I am about to dive into a project that I have never done! It is known as 20Time and Genius Hour.  I am coining the project as "Operation Genius".  The project is an inquiry-based learning project, where students research a passion.

I am terrified that my 8th graders are not going to buy into this project, and I am hoping to blog about my entire process. The third quarter begins tomorrow for my 8th graders, so I wanted to start at the beginning of the quarter.

So here is how I am going to try to hook them tomorrow.  I found a great article about how schools are killing creativity. It is a fabulous article, and it will definitely intrigue the students.  Following, there is an amazing TED talk by Ken Robinson, regarding the same subject.  In a nutshell, these two pieces discuss how we make students sit all day long, listen to what WE want them to hear, and we don't let them invent, explore or create enough.

Tuesday, I have a great Prezi on explaining the 20Time/Genius Hour project with the help of Laura Randazzo (LOVE HER!).

If you have never heard of Genius Hour, you have to check it out. There are tons of materials out there that explains how to get started with the project, and A.J. Juliani is an amazing teacher who has done Webinars on this project.  Google him.  He has a ton of great materials.

This project is absolutely amazing, and it is going to make students think very differently.  It is about grading their process, not their product!

To be continued...


Woo Hoo! 400 Followers on Teachers Pay Teachers!

400 Followers on TpT!
Wow! I am so grateful! I hit 400 followers on Teachers Pay Teachers this past week! I can't begin to thank all of my followers on TpT, on this blog, and on Facebook.  It is absolutely amazing, and this journey is incredible. It is so gratifying for me to be able to help other teachers, as well as inspire them.  I love the people I have met, and everyone is so wonderful and gracious.  I cannot thank everyone enough.

Therefore....It's time for a giveaway!!!

I am giving away my largest product!

35 Weeks of Writing Prompts
This product includes 35 weeks (175 Prompts!) of daily prompts. These prompts include idioms, quotations, picture analysis, journal prompts and fun Friday activities.  These are great for bell ringers and early finishers.  This is normally a $20.00 product!

Check out the product here on Teachers Pay Teachers!

Thank you everyone! You are all the best!


Interactive Notebook eBook-Calling all Submissions!

Happy New Year Everyone!

I am Kim, TpT seller of the store, English, Oh My!

I would like to compile an Interactive Notebook Resource eBook profiling sellers of all different subjects and grade levels. I would like to fill the eBook with informational pages about each seller and print-and-teach resource that downloaders can use in their classroom immediately.  Therefore, each contributor will submit a profile page and a 1-page resource.

In the end, we will have an eBook filled with amazing sellers from around the world and a book stuffed with Interactive Notebook materials that downloaders can use.  Wait until you see how much traffic you will have in your store! I am currently working on a jam-packed Interactive Notebook, which I would like to feature all of the eBook submissions! You will have double exposure!

More About the eBook...

- The book will feature ANY GRADE LEVEL & SUBJECT

- The free resources are right there in the eBook

- The profile pages will help buyers get to know sellers as real people so they can connect with you and forge a long-term buyer-seller relationship

-  I want to drive a tremendous amount of traffic to your store; therefore, when the e-book is complete, I will be create a 1-page PDF with everyone's store logos and links that you can directly add to social media, products, etc.  It will create a snowball effect of promotion.


Click on the link for step-by-step guidelines:

Click on the link for the template for the profile page:

~Create your two pages

~Submit no later than January 25th (NO EXCEPTIONS!)

NOTE: Your resource page can be adapted from a product already in your store. It can even be 1 page from a paid product (which makes a good deal of marketing sense!) Also, you can post both your 'Interactive Notebook eBook' pages in your store as a freebie, if you'd like (although this is not required). The benefit of posting it in your store as a freebie is adding the linky page at the end so we can create a snowball-effect of marketing and sending downloaders from one store to another! The other benefit is linking to the eBook so that we can get it in as many hands as possible, promoting each contributor as widely as possible!

I know this is a busy time of year, so if you miss the deadline or cannot submit, no worries! I hope to create another eBook in the future.

Because each seller gets two pages, space is limited! If I get more than the 25 submissions, I may consider breaking the eBook into two sections, elementary and secondary.

I hope to release the book in mid-February.

I am so excited!!! Thank you to all who submit.  If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail me at

<3 Kim

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