If you want to know what it is like to be lucky enough to work for Teachers Pay Teachers and attend the conference in Anaheim, you are in the right place! The BEST part of this conference is making connections in person with all the other teacher-authors you only knew on-line. Here is a picture of the Fabulous Five (well, that is the name I gave us after meeting at the 2016 conference in Florida), posing with our Peace, Love, TpT shirts. Meet Tori from Teach with Tori, Kelly from Mrs. Avery’s Island, Lisa from Lisa Taylor Teaching the Stars, and Shelly from Appletastic!
Attending the 9 Step Process workshop with Shelly Rees, is a MUST! She offers an awesome course for teacher-authors who need to focus on how to plan a product from start to finish! PRICELESS! There is a great Facebook group you can join if you are in the course. This is how the five of us became close friends. The group is a positive place to gain valuable information to help you grow and connect with others. This year I had the honor to sit with educational expert, Deanna Jump! She is such an inspirational person who is down-to-earth and easy to talk to about the business.
Erin Cobb and Catherine Reed were the inspirational teacher-author speakers who told their personal stories. They both inspired the rest of us that hard work and dedication can produce great success.
If you never met our “Director of Happiness”, Amy Borrell Berner, you HAVE to take the initiative to meet her. She is exactly what her title conveys.
After a long day of doing what teachers love… LEARNING, TpT hosted a happy hour to help us all decompress and meet other teacher-authors. This is where a few of us were able to talk to the BEST CEO, Adam Freed. I totally felt like I was one of the girls in The Bachelor, willing to interrupt other teacher-authors to steal him away for a chance to talk to him. (Sorry, to whoever I booted out of the way.) It was happy hour though, so I can blame it on the wine. 😉 I don’t regret it!
Another super nice, intelligent and fun teacher-author is Chris Kesler. He is the best for learning how to build an email list and engage a TpT audience! We attended his session and discovered a lot of tips and tricks to grow our businesses. You can see him below with me and fellow teacher-author Sarah Barnett, who is my new TpT BFF. 🙂 We hit it off as if we have been friends forever. We danced at the Happy Hour with awesome Shem, leading us as DJ/Motivator. She lead a great session about how to Put Some STEAM in your STEP. This is what the conference is all about, meeting people who share your interests, inspire you and help you along your journey.
Should you bring your family? YES! My family went to enjoy the tourist attractions while I was busy learning at the conference. I loved seeing them at the end of the day!
I learned so much! My head feels like it is going to explode with new information, but I’m excited, motivated and (a little) exhausted at the same time. This Dr. Seuss quote sums it up. I’m looking forward to next year in NASHVILLE! So, plan now, if you need some inspiration, tips and tricks.
There is no denying that the easiest way to keep students engaged is to have themed days in your classroom. Typical days I participate in are Polar Express Days, Snowed-In Days, May the 4th Be With You, The Ocean Festivals, The Thankful Festivals, and a Fall Festivals. The Fall Festival is where our team teaches the same fall lesson with a craftivity to the entire kindergarten as they rotate to each room. Another great day which involves math, science, reading, writing and critical thinking skills is a SPY Day. This themed day motivates and rewards your students while sneaking in learning. Students dress up like secret agents, are given a mission to find a stolen object, walk through lasers, learn how to lift fingerprints, make memorize a new alias and work as a team to discover clues to solve the mystery. Allowing the kids to dress like secret agents, really gets them engaged. I keep the lights off and have them do their work with flashlights. I also invite parents to participate in the fun. When students see their parents having fun, they can’t help but be more positive about learning. Of course, it doesn’t hurt to have extra help these days too! I’ve never had one themed day where there was a child not participating. It’s a lot of prep work for the teacher, but well worth the work. So, if you want your students engaged in learning, try to make learning fun by introducing a themed day. Click the picture below to find the printables for this themed day.
I’ve teamed up with some great teacher authors to bring you this great giveaway raffle! Thank you for all the follows and trusting my resources. We are ready to give away 2 AMAZING prizes to 2 lucky teachers! A $200 Better Life Bag Gift Card (custom with a cause beautiful bags) and a $100 gift card to Teachers Pay Teachers! There are 12 different ways to win. See below. Good Luck!
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Groundhog Day is celebrated in America on February 2 in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. The legend is that the groundhog comes out of his burrow and if it sees it’s shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter weather. If it is cloudy and there is no shadow, it is an indication of an early spring. Each year we create crafts and make predictions about groundhogs in my kindergarten class. Here are some ideas:
- Pass out sticky notes and have a chart to make predictions on if the groundhog will see it’s shadow or not on February 2.
- Go to the Groundhog Web site to share the history of Punxsutawney Phil and watch the video LIVE STREAM of Punxsutawney. http://www.groundhog.org/ (You can see the replay here also.)
- Use this FREE coloring printable for students to engage in for fine motor skills.
- Sing Groundhog Day Poem (Tune: Frere Jacques)Groundhog Day
Will he see his shadow
Will he see his shadow
- You can make the whole day relate to groundhogs by using activities in all subject areas in this GROUNDHOG DAY UNIT.
Make it a fun day! Students remember connections, not lessons.
Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to all of you! You all deserve this winter break to relax and spend time with your family. To make your holiday sparkle a little more, we are offering a couple $25.00 TpT Gift Cards to some lucky winners. In addition to the gift cards, we are having sales in some TpT stores taking place on December 25-26. Follow this link to see the store link ups – APPLETASTIC LEARNING
Click the image to visit my store!
Click here to find the raffle to WIN the gift cards.
Thanksgiving break is just around the corner, and it’s safe to say most of us are ready for a break with some great family time! Several of my Teacher Author Friends have teamed up to bring you a chance to win $50.00 in Christmas CASH! The Give Away is HUGE! Just click the link below to have up to 50 chances to enter the raffle. You may enter Sunday, November 13th through midnight on Tuesday, November 15th. Prizes will be awarded on Wednesday, November 16th. Please share this on all your social media sites with you teacher friends. There are plenty of chances to win! 11 winners will get $50.00 in Gift Cards. Good Luck! I hope it is one of you!
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You all I’m so excited to share this awesome chance for you to win an APPLE TV, $100 TO STARBUCKS OR $100 TO TEACHERS PAY TEACHERS! Not only can enter to win these fantastic fun prizes, you can type #BasketBargains on Teachers Pay Teachers to find some incredible discounted teacher resources from fantastic teacher authors who teamed up together to bring you this giveaway! Contest ends Wednesday. Enter the Raffle here:
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Teachers are gearing up for a great school year! I moved from first grade to kindergarten this year and had to move rooms. Well, after teaching for almost 20 years, let’s just say I had a lot of stuff. I threw out a lot and gave good stuff away to the new teachers. When I arrived to set up my new class, all my items were piled high in the center of the room. I had NO CLUE where to start and just stared at the pile for about 10 minutes. Then, I did a Facebook Live video and got lots of sympathy, which motivated me to make my room into a “Learning Oasis.” I don’t even know why those words came out of my mouth on the video, but they did fly out like a bee attracted to Grandma’s perfume! So, I’m going to show you my before and after photos AND offer you 20% ALL DAY at my Teachers Pay Teachers store on Labor Day, so you can start your school year off right! Thank you for teaching students (even the difficult ones.) You all inspire me to keep making new products. It’s because of all the dedicated teachers out there working hard that our society will expand into a caring community of self-motivated learners. Have a great year!
You can see my Interactive Word Wall under the clock.
Here are some of my items on SALE MONDAY:
Looking for some other stores joining in the Labor Day Sale? Check out these awesome stores on Teachers Pay Teachers. They are all bringing you some significant savings on Monday, September 5th!
1. Shelly Rees at Teachers Pay Teachers
2. Lisa Taylor Teaching the Stars
3. Kelly Avery
4. Teacher’s Brain
5. Teach with Tori
6. Tied 2 Teaching Teaching Resources | Teachers Pay
7. Sandra Naufal Teaching Resources | Teachers Pay Te
8. Rainbow City Learning
9. Get Caught Engineering – STEM for Kids
10. Katie Roltgen Teaching Resources | Teachers Pay Te
11. The Owl Spot
12. Teaching in the Heart of Florida Teaching Resource
13. Creative Curriculum Adaptations-Ginger Joyce Teach
14. Keri Brown Teaching Resources | Teachers Pay Teach
15. Annie Jewell Teaching Resources | TPT
***BACK TO SCHOOL GIVEAWAY*** Teachers… I have teamed together with some other awesome teacher authors to help start your school year off with some money in your pockets. Who knows…it could be YOU that earns the right to BOAST! Enter to WIN 4 awesome gift cards from Teachers Pay Teachers, Target, Erin Condren or Starbucks!!
Directions to WIN:
1. Follow me on Facebook and/or Instagram.
2. Like the giveaway post.
3. Tag three teaching friends.
4. Click the link in the profile to enter the giveaway! (Link goes live July 26th thru the 28th)
Link: Back to School Giveaway Link
I couldn’t be more excited to have the support of some fan”flippin”tastic teacher authors who are inspiring me along my Teachers Pay Teachers adventure. They are:
Tori Johnson from Teach with Tori
The girls from It All Started with Flubber
Lisa Taylor from Teaching the Stars
The first Grade Roundup
Made by Meredith
Shelly Appletastic Rees
You can follow all the links to their stores to follow their educational products. Don’t forget to follow me, Teacher’s Brain too! Hope this helps you develop a great start to your school year!
This is my first video I’ve made for Teacher’s Pay Teachers. Check it out for some teaching tips to help you in the classroom!