It's Been a Minute

How are you, friends??  Really - it's been a LONG several months of being in survival mode during eLearning {and, honestly, in recovery mode during the past few weeks once the school year ended} - but here we are with another school year stretching out before us.  Another year usually brings a buzz of excitement wondering about the new group of kids, implementing summer PD, and setting up my classroom.  This year is no different - excitement is brewing - but along with that is all of the uncertainty that the current pandemic brings with it.  

Are you starting the year on time?  Are you going to be teaching virtually or face-to-face to start?  I hope you start the year with your own sense of excitement, either way.  Treasure building those connections with your new students.  Find ways to make memories, whether from afar or within a 6-foot radius.  Reach out to parents and share classroom happenings - and make sure to sing the praises of specific students with parents.  Help your community know that learning is still happening and that your kids are loved!

Hey, also don't forget that it's sale time!  Teachers Pay Teachers' BTS sale has always been a time for me to peruse my stored wish-list items and to grab some needed resources while on sale.  And this year is no different.  It's fun to find new resources to share with kids and to make learning fun - AND to free up my valuable time since I don't have to recreate the wheel.  Save 20% on resources in my store, and use the code BTS20 to save an added 5%!

Here's to a good year - no matter what it looks like!  Stay healthy, friends!

'Tis the Season for Epic Christmas and Winter Freebies

My last post included the mantra one. more. week.  Don't get me wrong, I truly love this time of year, especially in the classroom.  It's full of excitement, energy, activity, and wonder.  It can be so magical!

It's crazy to think that we're just about finished with the 2019 holiday season at school.  It's even crazier to realize January is right around the corner and will be here before you know it—well, hoping not, hoping you have a nice LONG break.  But one way or another, January will come sneaking in and you'll want to be ready!

Do you have your favorite resources that you love using each year, or are you a "let's see what's out there" teacher who enjoys mixing it up a bit?  I seem to do both—come back to a few favorites, but each year I add a new favorite, too.

I've joined with a few TpT teacher-author friends to share some Christmas and winter FREEBIES to help get you excited about.........

a) this last week before break 

or perhaps...

b) coming back after break!  

Either way, there's something here for everyone.  Click on the caption to see the resource, and be sure to check out the other resources each author has for your kids and classroom needs.  Authors also LOVE it when people leave feedback on anything, so please be sure to send some love their way after you download and use their resources.  Maybe you'll find a new favorite among these talented teacher-authors' resources!

It All Started with Flubber Snow Globe

Cindy Martin The Teacher's Brain

JD's Rockin' Readers

Busy Me Plus Three

Carrie Lutz

Debora Marines Teach Magically

The Owl Teacher

Mrs Balius

The Fun Factory

Lisa Taylor Teaching the Stars

Cassi Noack

Created by MrHughes

Have a VERY MERRY holiday season and a Happy New Year!

Holiday Happiness

One.  More.  Week.  How many of you have this same mantra today?  One.  More.  Week.

Will your week be filled with end-of-semester testing and assessing standards, making parent gifts, wrapping student gifts, rechecking standards, rounding up missing work, a holiday program perhaps, classroom parties, and a little teaching, too?

It sounds exhausting, but we've teamed up with some friends to brighten your holiday in a big way.  Here is something to bring you a little respite - a chance to win some pretty snazzy gifts to ensure your own holiday happiness!

Click on the link below to enter - but hurry, it's open through December 19th. Winners will be verified as teachers and then announced on December 21st.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck in the giveaway - and with that one.  last. week.