Smile Tiles { a fun spin on brag tags }

Sunday, August 31, 2014
Hi sweet friends!  I have had fun receiving emails from teachers that have implemented my smile tile reward system and wanted to share it with you.  It has been shared on facebook but not on my blog.  I created smile tiles last year because they were cheap and easy to use.  Brag tags are fun and companies make them for teachers but it involves a necklace and plastic tag that can get expensive.  Well my smile tiles are easy and can be printed out on the spot and handed out to deserving kids or printed early on and saved in a file ready to use as well. 
 My smile tiles cover a large variety of topics....
*being good for the sub
*AR points
*class behavior
*rewards by subject ( great in math today, way to read, etc. )
*hallway behavior
*lost a tooth
*quiet during the assembly
*100% on spelling test
*being a good friend
*knowing my sight words
*being a good student
*being a bucket filler
*having a great first day of school
*knowing multiplication facts
*being a good leader
*seating quietly on the rug
*writing neatly
*great journal writing
*being a shining star
*having a neat desk
*being a peacemaker
*trying their best in cursive
*being a math whiz
*being a great buddy reader to younger kids
*helping a new student
*great presentation
As you can see these cover a wide range of topics and come in Black and White or Color for your printing needs.  Here are some proud kiddos wearing them...
smile tiles, brag tags

Here are a couple reviews from my ratings section on this product...

Give them a try and please tell me what you think.  I love receiving emails with pictures of teachers using my products...have fun.  I'm very confident your kids AND parents will love them.  They look darling wearing them home and they will be so proud too.

You can get your own set { here }


Help I'm stuck ~ What can I write about?

Thursday, August 21, 2014
No matter what age you teach I can almost guarantee that you will hear:  "What can I write about?  I have no ideas... "  I moved up to third grade this year { which I'm loving } and I was surprised how my third graders even have trouble with this.  So this pack came into being:  Quickly my students have come to rely on this when they are well... stumped ~ just like the title says.  They walk up and I have a few ready made on rings.  They look through them and get inspired.  In fact I have really enjoyed some of their elaborations on simple prompts like:  If I was a child wrote that he would have a dinosaur as a pet because he might step on a regular sized dog...brilliant!  I love reading their creativity once we give them the scaffolding they need to get started.  I would love to give one of these away and I will also put it on sale incase you don't win.  Winner will be picked tomorrow night by 9pm PST.  The rules are to pin this picture from my blog and comment below: 
Take a look:

journal writing tips and tricks, prompts to help young writers
 We've only been back about 2 weeks and this has become a wonderful and popular resource for my kiddos.  I have been so excited to see what they are writing about and how they are running with a topic.  Give it a try and tell me what you think...I'm pretty confident it will make your writing block much easier.

Giveaway starts now:  pin it to win it AND leave a comment:

Brain Break Blitz Linky with GoNoodle

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
I am in love with GoNoodle ~ here's proof:
I'm linking up with my GoNoodle girls and several other talented teacher friends to bring you a GoNoodle Blitz
The idea behind GoNoodle is Brillant!!!!  P.E. was cut years ago in my district and kids need little breaks to be active...hello!  These brain breaks thrown in periodically throughout my day is amazing.  Just what my kiddos need for sure!  I had a ball at the TPT conference at their booth as you can see.
Here's more proof:  Even teachers need brain breaks:
Here are some pics from me last year with my class:
If I was stranded on a desert island what 3 brain breaks would I bring or hope to have?
1.  The Chicken - We love dancing with the chicken!!!!
2. Maximo- He helps students be focused, stay calm and ready to return to work.  
3. Any of the Run with Us videos- Sometimes kids just need to get their energy out...let's be honest and this is a great way to do just that!
My kiddos love watching our champ grow and change as we participate in our brain breaks.  I love to use it during transition times or after a big lesson and I know their brains are tired.  My kids look forward to it everyday and they each have their favorites...some like yoga, some the chicken dance.  There's something for every personality in your class.  Give it a try if you haven't ~ you will fall in love!


Bright Ideas * Table Points Reward

Saturday, August 16, 2014
I love finding new behavior management ideas on Pinterest or just having them come to my brain at 2am!  I'm teaming up with the amazing teachers in the monthly Bright Ideas Blog Hop to share my idea with you for August! 

This can truly work for any age group K-5 because the younger or older kids would enjoy this reward.  So my students work hard all week earning table points as one of my reward systems ( I have several in place ) as do most of you.  I used to have the entire table go to the treasure chest but it got crowded/loud and annoying over there.  You know what I'm talking about ~ I see your head nodding. 
So I happen to have a very talented mom in law that made me  these but you can find some on etsy OR you can pick them up fairly cheap in a teacher store or Lakeshore Catalog.  The table that earned the most points that week gets the chair pockets for the entire upcoming week.  Here is what mine look like:

So ~ this is a simple idea that won't cost you a lot if you shopped around since you will only need  4 - 6 of them instead of an entire class set of 20 - 25.  Also it's kind of a novelty because they would only earn them once in a while.  Give it a try and tell me what you think on one of my social media spots:  read about where you can find me:

If you enjoyed this bright idea consider following me on :
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Back to School You Tube Party + a GIVEAWAY

Sunday, August 10, 2014

I am SERIOUSLY excited (and a little bit nervous) about this post. 

You see, my blogging friends and I at the Primary Chalkboard wanted to do something BIG for back to school for you.

BIG I'm talking, BIG.

We decided to throw a party. Here is a hint.


It is a YouTube Partaaaaay! We are here sharing lots of tips -- organizational, DIY, helpful ideas-- lots of things you can do RIGHT NOW to make your back to school a little easier!

Would anyone like a....

$100 Amazon Gift Card
$100 TeachersPayTeachers Gift Card
A fabulous Michael Kors bag (you know, the one you want but can't justify spending the money for)?

I thought so.

So what do you need to do?


             Did you see that?

                     You can EVEN gain EXTRA entries in the giveaway by watching our videos and entering our SECRET WORDS into the Rafflecopter (but I know you were going to do that anyway, so... 2 birds, 1 stone).

We will be linking up 5 - 6 new videos every day this week... so you can come back, watch, and enter every day!



My video is all about making your life easier with classroom set up!  Check it out and don't judge...LOL it's my first debut.  If you like what you see subscribe to my channel so you can see more videos like this one.



Gettin' my Craft on with Michaels #create2educate

Friday, August 1, 2014
I'm so excited to have teamed up with Michaels for the HUGE create2educate event this year!  I have been working hard for a couple weeks ~ shopping and crafting and I can 't wait to share what I've been doing.  Here's my stash - Check out that long receipt:
I posted this on instagram...I've been busy!
First I purchased these super cute, sturdy straws for my student's birthdays.  I added a little banner and they are all set for the year:
There were so many choices ~ I picked polka dots, stripes, chevron, etc.  I know my kiddos will love them.
Next I needed an update on storing my pencils so I purchased these adorable clear jars... and now my students will have a place to return broken pencils and grab new ones...
Next I am switching grade levels this year and the older kids have much smaller I added a teacher desk to my room.  { I haven't had one in years }.  Well my teacher desk needs to be cute right?!?  So I made a M for Moore and that pink owl in my window is from Michaels too!  They have everything!
Next up I purchased an oversized clothespin and modpodged some fun scrapbook paper to the front - now I have a pretty decoration I just have to decide do I want it at school or in my home office....decisions decisions...
I have an owl could use any theme you have to create a fun banner with some coordinating scrapbook paper...
Oh my goodness is your head spinning yet?!?  But wait...there's more...

One of the last things I want to share with you is this chalkboard bubble I will be darling to have above my student's head on the first day for pictures...
Oh and one more know they also sell candy right?!?  As you are checking out there are some yummy goodies...well I picked up some candy and made a fun little blogger gift for my blogger meet up in San Diego yesterday.  It was a big hit!  Maybe you can make something for your students or parents for back to school night...the possibilities are endless!
So PLEASE join with myself and Michaels and post your pictures!  Head on over to Michaels before your school years starts ~ pick up a few things and post your could win $50!

I really want to see your projects too! Be sure you're following me on Instagram @1970vicky and let me see your class crafts! Use #create2educate and #sweepstakes with all your pics and tag @MichaelsStores too. 

Now don't forget...They'll be giving away a $50 Michaels gift card just for crafting along...1 winner each day through August 15th. You can enter as many original back-to-school projects as you would like! So get your craft on and post your pics, have fun and good luck!