Friday, July 24, 2015

Five for Friday!

I'm so excited to be linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five For Friday.

It's 11:00 PM as I'm writing this, so technically it is still Friday. It's been a very busy week, so here we go.

My mom, my sister and I went to the mall today.  Isn't shopping a great summer activity?  Air conditioning, pretty clothes, no one yelling your name, and nothing to clean up.  So relaxing. Sometimes I don't even need to buy anything to enjoy myself. Look at the cute backpack I saw at the Disney Store.

As soon as I saw it, I had to take a picture of it to post on Facebook. Why? Because my niece, now a beautiful young woman, was obsessed with lambs as a young child.  She had a stuffed lamb named Lamby that looked just like this.  She carried that lamb everywhere and couldn't sleep unless it was with her.  This cute backpack (which was only $15, by the way) reminded me so much of Lamby that I had to tag my niece on Facebook to make sure she saw it.

Such a nice family memory and I didn't even spend any money.

On Tuesday, I headed to Greensboro for a meetup with some of my fellow North Carolina TPT sellers.  It was so nice to meet other educators who care so much about creating products that help other teachers.  We ended up having a three hour lunch!

Lisa, Lynda, Sarah, Crystal, Kayla, and I

Check out the great T-shirt I got from A+ Images!

I was able to choose the color and size and then upload my own design into their design tool. Within a few days, I had my shirt!  They have some wonderful shirts in their teacher store, too.  I had to get a couple of more!

Aren't they great!  One can never have too many teacher shirts, I always say! 

One of the things on my wish list is their classroom faces shirts.  I want my class to be able to design a shirt that we can all wear on things like field trips and field day.  They are so cute!  Follow this link to find out more about them.

I have been working hard this week on my TPT store! Well, also on stuff for my classroom. It's really two things at once!  I've been thinking about how I want math workshop to run this year. I really want my kids to think of themselves as mathematicians, to take responsibility for their own learning, and to participate actively every day.  I need something to make that expectation visible, so I decided to create posters to teach and display in my classroom.

Isn't the clip art from Educlips adorable? I'm pretty proud of how the posters turned out and I can't wait to use them in my class! If you'd like a set, they are now available in my TPT store. Click HERE to check them out.

Finally, my friend, Kayla at K's Classroom Kreations and I have been planning a Linky Party called Math Tip Monday.  We have a lot of ideas we want to share with other teachers. We'd also like to hear from other teacher bloggers to learn about what they do in their classroom. So, each month, on the first Monday of the month, we and some other great bloggers, and hopefully you, will be sharing our ideas about teaching math. 

If you are interested in participating, please fill out this google form and we'll send you some more information.

Well, that's it for this Friday. Oops, I guess it's Saturday now.  Oh well, at least I started this on the right day. 

Until next time,


  1. I love your t-shirt! That's so cute! I need to get one with my logo too. :)
    I'll check out the Math Linky party you suggested! Have a great weekend.


  2. So jealous of your math linky party. I'm a 4th grade ESL teacher. Can I participate?

    My Bright Blue House

    1. I don't see why not. We've aimed the linky at K-3 teachers, but some tips apply to multiple grade levels. I'd love to hear some of your ideas on how you teach ESL students math. I've had two students, one Chinese and one Mexican, who spoke little English. They both did well in math, but story problems and directions were always challenging to me. Maybe you could aim your posts at ESL strategies? Either way, we'd love to have you link up with us.:)

  3. Love your blog t-shirt! Such a great idea... I might just have to borrow that one. ;)

    I have found myself shopping way too much this summer. For me it has been flea markets as I try to add to my room. Goodness... so need to stop haha.

  4. It looks like you had fun with other teacher bloggers! I'm in search of some other Virginia Bloggers to connect with.

    What a great idea for a linky party! I already filled out the google form. My favorite time of the day is during our guided math centers- this linky party is right down my ally!

    I teach second grade inclusion & the posts that I have been planning to make relate to how to make adaptations to the curriculum for any type of learner! I could work that angle for my math posts! :)