Sunday, July 26, 2015

Let's talk PLANNERS #plannersobsessed

It's been 2 weeks since the Fantastical! Fun! TpT Conference...
AND I have been contemplating how to put into practice ALL the Super ideas and Great advice that I gathered while I was there.

FIRST I met so many new people!
Many were ones I have followed and I was completely awestruck, (I forgot to take pictures...duh!)
BUT everyone was so nice and friendly. I don't want to lose touch with my newbie friends and have been trying to get to everyone's blog or FB account to say hi.

However, I have found myself Ohh-ver-whelmed!
I am having Anxiety Attacks! Where? How? When?  Do I do all this?
Anyone Else feeling this way?

My top 3 take-aways from the conference were:

That said, I guess I'm not!!
There is not enough time in the day!
There is school stuff! Organizing, Planning, Preparing
There is Social Media stuff! Blogging, Facebook, Instagram, (I haven't even gotten my head around twitter or Periscoping yet!)
Teachers Pay Teachers stuff!; updating covers, changing fonts (don't use Comic Sans! I did not know!) and creating things for my class and sharing.
Oh yeah and Personal stuff! Relaxing, Reading, Babysitting, Tutoring (well that's kind NOT personal stuff).

Soooooo I am beginning with what I do best...Put all down on paper. Using PLANNER BOOKs.
This morning, I was watching Ashley's Periscope (from Schroeder Shenanigans in 2nd) about how she uses planners. I just kept nodding my head...Yes!  Me Too!

First, I am and will be using many more of the pages in Ashley's Blog/TpT Organizer Products!
The Blo(R)ganizer Product has EVERYTHING you need to organize your blogging, Linkys, Products, and more. AND ALL in one place.


This helps you make a picture catalog of items you have purchased, downloaded, or created...
Your choice!
You choose how to categorize it. IT's EDITABLE!
You can see in the background 
the thumbnail pics of my products.
Next, I use the forms in the Weekly Planning Checklist in so many ways.
I am now creating a page for personal "to do's" this summer.
This is the old cover.
It's been updated to include A LOT MORE!

Here is sample of my TO DO checklist. 
I  check off the items as I plan them and pull the masters (or create the master).
When I have made my class copies, I color in the circle.
I keep this page with all the masters in a binder until the week is over.
This way if I need extra copies, they are right there...handy at hand, along with the answer keys.
I usually try to have a month completed ahead of time.
All in my binder. 
You could use a file cabinet.
Go see Ashley's Awesome store. She has so many organizational Helps!!
You will want them all.

And I have other planners! I'll quickly show you.
We have to do lesson plans on the computer.
I am a paper kind of Gal,
So I plan and plot on paper.
During the summer I do a rough plan or time line of lessons using my freebie from Lakeshore.
I had a coupon from their catalog.
Get on their mailing list on your phone.
Planners for my Purse for day to day 
tid-bits, mostly like a journal of things to remember. 
The smaller one I'll use for my tutoring schedule.
And I just received my Erin Condren Planner.
I won one last year and thought 'How Nice.'
I bought one this year because I L-O-V-E-D having everything 
in one place and not falling apart!

These are just a few!
So back to my point of this blog!
I am trying to get organized for what I need to do.
Picking a few things to start...(like Blogging at least once a week) Baby steps...
Help my brain by doing one thing at a time.
And I'll wait to join Twitter (I do have an account, but I don't know how to navigate), and for now I will be lurking  dropping by for a visit now and then.

This is me being real.  Now I'll work on the consistent part.


Sunday, July 5, 2015

Shark Week Sale and Link up

Summer!
Shark Week!
Sail... no...a Sale!
I'm joining Mrs. D's Corner and some other super bloggers and teachers in a summer sale.
Everything in my store is 20% from now through July 7th, including my newest 
Hard or Soft G Product from my Teaching the Difference Series.

Visually, colorful clear rules.
Copying on bright paper, whether you use this activity in a Interactive Notebook, or as a flap book,
makes it more interesting and fun.
This Auditory Practice, listening and sorting activity
 helps to show how and where the 'G' makes different sounds
while visually seeing how the vowels work to change the sounds.
Using Kinesthetic learning while cutting and coloring vowels,
 show how the rules affects the sounds.
Coloring the vowels and consonants with different colors, 
clearly show how the placement of the letters according to the rules,
 change the sound of the letter G.

These activities have made a big difference in the scores and ability
 of my class for the past two years.
And they love doing them more than worksheets.

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