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Inauguration Day

Inauguration Day is what I have in store this week for my weekly edition of : 

The Inauguration Day is this Friday, are you ready?  Whether you are mentally ready or not for this new presidency depending on what side of the fence you are on ~ it's here.  So take this opportunity to teach your littles about how this day in government plays out.  If you had your students vote this past November then this is the perfect way to follow it up.

In this Inauguration Day freebie I have 2 close reads and a fun prior knowledge activity for your students to complete about the presidency in general.  If you are interested you can grab it in my TPT store by clicking { here }

Hope you find it helpful!  Have a great week teacher friends!

Dollar Store hacks

I've written posts about the Dollar store before  ~ I can't help myself.  Seriously if you have a couple minutes walk around the Dollar Store and things will just POP out at you and you'll get ideas for how you can use these in your classroom.
Recently I went with my hubby for household items....well I came home with a couple bags of ideas I could use for teaching.
This one jumped out at me to use as a sorting center for any age.  I displayed the idea as an odd/even sorting center but it could be used for long/short vowels, phonics skills, word endings, grammar and the list goes on and on.  I grabbed 2 of these frog packages in the toy isle and then wrote on the frogs and their corresponding 'ponds'.

Another fun item I found I stumbled upon by accident.  I really don't even remember what isle I got it from or what is suppose to even be used for...but...check it out.

It's perfect for a winter background, doesn't it look just like snow?  I have a new pack The Snowy Day and I thought this would be perfect for the craft I included in the pack.

My idea was to use with shaving cream but the above background idea from the Dollar Store would be so cute too.

What are your favorite Dollar Store finds?

Pin Art

Winter break is over sooo....welcome back to 

Lots of rain or snow...what to do?  Indoor recess can quickly become a headache.  Re entering the room after I've been in the teacher's lounge for 40 minutes use to be a rough time.  The duty aides looked frazzled as they walked from room to room and I never knew what I would be walking into for the rest of my afternoon.  Well that has changed thank goodness and all it took was some very specific goals/rules and pin art.

Setting up very specific rules and expectation and some pin art
( and soft music ) playing on the smart board has transformed my rainy days.  When I come back from the teacher's lounge I no longer have that terrified look on my face LOL.  I come in with confidence and hear glowing reports from the noon duties that my kids were not running around like wild animals.  They were quietly working on their pin art.  Ahh, the difference it's made has been amazing!  I have 5 packs now - seasonal, 2 random images, alphabet and emojis.  I just heard the weather report for this upcoming week in So. Cal and there's rain in the forecast so - my emoji pin art is already to go.  

My newest pack and my most favorite is the emoji pack.  Here's a sneak peek:

We've been having a blast with them!


What are you waiting for ~ check them out and save your sanity!

Click the picture above, it will take you to my product lines and my pin art set is in this category.

What else do you do to save your sanity at recess comment below for a chance to win my newest Emoji set.

Instagram Engagement

I'm FAR from an Instagram guru that's for sure, but my teenagers are impressed with how many followers I have which I get a kick out of.  Compared to some of my close friends I don't have tons of followers but I have learned a few things over the years.

# 1  The first one is EASY ~ BE YOU!  There's no other you in the whole world so just be you.  Be authentic to who you are...let your personality shine and don't be afraid to showcase all parts of you.

Your audience most likely is filled with teachers - either teacher bloggers like yourself or teachers that want ideas from you.  But you don't ONLY have to share teacher stuff.  That's the beauty of Instagram.  A picture of a #momfail or good hair day is FINE to show.  In fact it makes you more real and relatable to your readers.

#2 Ask questions to your readers.  You can use the app Word Swagg to either put a question in your photo.  OR you can just ask a question without a photo with Word Swagg.  There are tons of font and color choices to match your branding or your mood.  That way you will get feedback/answers and it's a great way for you to respond with your readers in the comments.  This definitely promotes engagement in your posts.

 #3 Include funny memes or comic type pictures if that's your personality.  I LOVE to put silly things on my Instagram.  Your audience will get a kick out of it and it doesn't have to be about teaching.  If you find something funny share it, if you think it's funny most likely your audience will too.  After a long work day your followers will probably want a good laugh.

#4 Use quotes - but they are BEST if they come from you.  It's okay to repost a quote but a.)  be sure to tag the person that posted it and b.) don't screenshot it and repost without their watermark.  That's a surefire way to lose friends and supporters in the world of social media.  If it's not yours don't pass it off as yours.  Some of my most popular posts have been quotes.

#5 Engage with others!  Take time to comment and respond to who you follow.  You taking the time to comment on their post if it was something you really liked shows that you care and want to collaborate or engage.  That way they are more likely to do the same with you.  PLUS others that comment might see your comment and take a peek at your page.  If they like what they see you just might gain an authentic follower.

#6 Don't compare yourself to others.  Having authentic followers is KEY!  There are accounts that spam you or try to get you to pay for followers.  That is a waste of time.  You want followers most likely that will stop by your blog, visit your store, etc.  Authentic followers that are within my 'tribe' so to speak are the ones I want.  For instance, most of my followers are in education like me.  But, I also am very athletic and enjoy swimming and running so I have some triathlete followers that interact with my workout posts.  They are still true followers to me even though they won't be shopping in my TPT store anytime soon.  
I have chosen not to have 2 accounts on Instagram which may or may not be the best idea.  But that's how I've rolled with it so I'm keeping it like that.  But you wouldn't want random followers that are into things that you have no interest in or even worse that you have strong feelings against - and go against your beliefs, etc.

#7 Use those hashtags!  Many people search hashtags of their interests and often that's another way to gain followers that might not otherwise find you.  

#8 Take the time to follow others and support them.  Nothing bugs me more than someone with 8,000 + followers and they follow like 200.  We are all in this journey together of branding ourselves, finding our 'tribe', etc.  Be supportive of other #girlbosses - the world is big enough for all of us!

** Don't forget to use bitly links in your profile.  If you refer to a product, fb post etc.  You'll want to use a bitly link in your bio so your followers can find what you are talking about in your post.

If you want to stop by and check out my Instagram I'd love to have you leave a comment so I can find you as well and support you.  

You can find me at teachingmore

Happy Instagramming!  ( is that a verb ) 

MLK Jr. ideas

Don't hate me friends, but I'm looking ahead to January and thinking about what I'm teaching this month.  I hope you have all had a wonderful Winter Break and are (somewhat) ready to go back.  I thought I would compile some fun MLK Jr. ideas for you since that is a topic that will be coming up very soon once we hit the ground running.

This fun craftivity is one that my team partner in first and I did for years together.  I love the unity it declares right when you look at it.  The children learn all about MLK and then write about him.  The paper is just folded to meet in the middle and the written paper is glued down.  Then the top paper is where you have your students 
( ideally with a parent helper ) place their painted hands on it so the fingers overlap in the 2 colors.  This is always a favorite and looks great as a display for your hallways.

Another one the kids always enjoy doing and they are always so proud of their work is a MLK Jr. directed drawing, I always have them write words that remind them of him or character traits around him as well.

Another popular activity is the egg experiment - I have included a response sheet to do with this activity in my updated MLK Jr. unit which you can find { here }

My pack has lots of great hands on activities and printables.

Another fun part of this pack is a craft that would make a fun display.

What are some fun things you like to do to honor MLK Jr.'s memory?

sELFless Kindness Challenge

Happy Wait for it Wednesday my friends!

I have a great group of kids ~ but let's face it, it's December and we are all a little  lot tired!  Today was especially rough for some reason, maybe because we are having SNOW delivered tomorrow and having a Polar Express Night at our school and we live in Southern California I don't know...haha. ( love our PTA )
But anywho I was thinking about the 3 weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas and what I could do to make it meaningful for my students.  I thought about our elf and thought we could focus on kindness and being selfless.  So the idea was born and I worked on a fun pack.  Well I've been using it now since we've been back and it's been fun and beneficial for my students.  I think it's so important to focus on giving rather than receiving and I knew this pack would do the trick for changing their mindset.  If we 'spy' a child doing a sELFless act they can earn a sELFless gram or choose a shining bright gram to hang up.  Our wall is filling up fast!

You can hear more about it by watching my video explaining it and how to use it in your classroom:

My helper of the day picks out of our Mason Jar of kindness and reads what kindness act we are going to be focusing on each day.  I've really seen a difference in their hearts and actions since I started this over a week ago.  If you want to check it out watch the video or click ( here )  Hang in there just about a week and a half until break!

Snowman Countdown Craft

Happy Wait for it Wednesday friends!
This week we are talking about a fun countdown craft you can do with your students:

Ready or not....Christmas is coming!  So we are less than a month from Christmas and I'm not feeling so ready this year.  But earlier this week we made the CUTEST Snowman countdown in my classroom and the kids LOVED it.  I had lots of parents compliment how cute they were too.  I have a little guy that doesn't celebrate Christmas ~ not a problem!  The beauty of this craft is that it has options.  So, we decided we would just countdown until Winter Break.  He loved that it wasn't too Christmasy and he could participate in it.
* I added a strip of scrapbook paper to make it more personal near the brim of his hat.  **

This snowman countdown craftivity is so fun and perfect for December.  Your students will love moving the carrot nose to countdown until Christmas or any special occasion they have planned.  If you want to try this you can grab it here

The nose is added on with a brad so it's movable and ready to use.  Grab it while you can my friends!  Only a few more weeks and we have another break.  Enjoy your time with your precious students.

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