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July 31, 2013

PMA Wednesday - 8th Edition

Welcome to PMA Wednesday!

Every week when I think about my PMA Wednesday, I think I am going to post one thought, then something changes and makes me go a different direction.

This week, I was going to post all of the Geico commercials. I laugh every time I watch one. Laughing is one of the ways I stay positive. If you've ever raised a teenager, you understand laughter can get you through some pretty tough years. Fortunately, my "bonus" daughter is grown, out of the house, and today will move into her first home.

However, her Great Granny isn't do as well. She turned 97 this last May. She has been in and out of hospitals this summer. We found out yesterday that she has gall stones now. Surgery is not an option. Another doctor is expected to see her today, but they may be moving her into hospice care. I am trying to stay positive for my husband and his family.

Unfortunately, my family has been through this before. My dad had hospice care at the end of his six year battle with colon cancer. We discovered that "Laughter is the best medicine!" In fact, the night he passed, my mother, brother, his fiance, and myself were having dinner in the kitchen and entertaining ourselves by hanging spoons off the ends of our noses. 

Guess what day it is? Hope your day is happier than a camel on Wednesday!


July 30, 2013

A Day in the Life of Teach N' Tex

I decided to take Jessica's challenge. All day today, I took pictures of what I was doing.

Most summer mornings begin with the Today show. On a lazy day, I may watch all 4 hours. Today, I recorded it, because I wanted to make sure I saw Robin Thicke. I have been obsessed with his song, "Blurred Lines" this summer.

This morning, I actually ran an errand before I started on my computer time. My "bonus" daughter stopped by with her dogs at 9, so I didn't get as much done this morning as I wanted.

I know I am a little weird, but I enjoy doing laundry, especially towels.

The afternoon was filled with puppy play time with my granddogs, Sadie and Sweet Pea. I, also, managed to get some crafting done until I ran out of ribbon.

This summer I set a goal to walk every day for 30 minutes. My treadmill accident slowed me down a little bit in June. However, I have met my goal every day in July. I named my treadmill Mario, because he is HOT and "Extra" happens to be on when I turn on the t.v. I don't watch him though when I workout. Instead I watch two episodes of "The Big Bang Theory". Laughing at Sheldon, I've nearly fallen off the treadmill several more times.

While, I was typing this blog post, I was watching t.v., but now 2 of the 3 dogs want to go for a walk, so I'll end my day.

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July 28, 2013

Monday Made It! (a little early) - July 29th


While you are enjoying reading through all of the MMI blog posts today, I am sitting in an ALL day inservice. (Unless you are a night owl and read this Sunday night) Jealous? You should be. It's going to be a party. If you saw my PMA Wednesday post from last week, you know why.

Once again, I've been busy. Last week, Christy wondered if I kept my cape in the back closet, because I might be Superwoman. No, it is at the cleaners. Seriously, time keeps on slipping into the future. MMI keeps me motivated and organized. Thank you, Tara. 

This week, I've made these things for the blog, school and home, including table tags, glitter clothespins, art for my classroom, a sign for Christmas, and more mini burgers.

I made these signs for my table buckets. It is my "Fan Freebie" on my FB page

Glitter Crayola clothespins
Pinspiration from Random Craftiness

The main difference between Katie's clothespins and mine is the type of Modge Podge.
She used a Sparkle Modge Podge. I used Matte Modge Podge and dipped them in glitter.
I'm going to use them on my clothesline in the hallway to display my students' "sparkling" work.

Inspirational signs and frame
Pinspiration from Second Grade Shenanigans

Earlier this summer, I read Hope King's blog post about how she uses inspirational subway art.
I loved the idea how she covered them up with black construction paper and revealed a new one each month. I decided to stick with one frame and change the quote each month. I decided to start with her "No one is Perfect..." quote.

The frame and ribbon are from Wal-Mart.
I printed her quote out 4X6, but it wasn't, 
so I mounted it on lime green cardstock and laminated it.

My SKCrew framed
                        The Boys: Skipper and Skooter                    The Girls: Skunky and Skittles

If you haven't noticed yet, I LOVE my pets. Since I can't take them to school with me, 
I thought I could at least bring their pictures to school.

This summer, I have completely spoiled them. 
I am going to miss them in August as much as they will miss me.

Snow sign

I first blogged about this sign in February. At that time, I had cut out the letters and spray painted the sign.
This summer, I touched up my spray painting job by going over the letters with white acrylic paint.
Then, I sealed it. Next, I stapled lights and tinsel around the edge.

The sign is made from a piece of plywood that I got at Home Depot.
The letters are the same ones I've used forever to make letters for bulletin boards.
The spray paint, sealer, and tinsel all came from Home Depot.
The lights are LED crystal outdoor lights from Hobby Lobby.

This Christmas it will join my inflatable snowmen in my front yard.

Bacon Turkey Burgers
(Photo of another turkey burger - not mine)
1 lb. ground turkey
1 package bacon (I prefer maple.)
1/2 cup applesauce (I used natural applesauce.)

Cook bacon. Chop bacon into small pieces. Mix turkey, chopped bacon and applesauce in a large bowl. Form into patties. Grill or fry. Freezes well. I make mine slider size and serve them on Hawaiian rolls. 

3 for 3 Giveaway - Ends at Midnight Monday! Winners will be announced Tuesday!

My Calendar - Optimum Organization

I'm sad that this is the last Optimum Organization linky party. I only linked up twice this summer. Apparently, I am not as organized as I think I am.

I've been wanting to blog about my calendar. This seems like a good time to do it.

Many people swoon over their Erin Condren planners. Too rich for my blood. Others make their own and have them bound.  Although I did consider this option, I AM a creature of habit. So I did what I do every year. I bought my Mead Student Planner and teacherized it.

* pen loop (need to add a pen)
* spiral bound protected by a cover
* perforated corners (Thrill of my week tearing off the triangle corner for a new week)
* week at a glance
* check boxes next to the weekly to-do list (such a sense of accomplishment checking them off)

Teacherization Features:
* monthly flag tags (I used Post-it flags and Sharpie 80's fine markers to make finding the months easier.)
* color code activities (pink=personal, green=school, purple=friends' birthdays, blue=other)

If you haven't already purchased a calendar, maybe this will help you decide.

Teacher Tribune Giveaways
Have you entered? I've been entering every day. You could win a Google Nexus or a TPT gift certificate. Sweet!

3 for 3 Giveaway! Reminder

Ends midnight Monday! This has been a fun week! Thank you again to everyone who entered and donated to the giveaway! I can't wait to announce the winners Tuesday!

July 26, 2013

Flashback Friday (Instead of Time Travel Tuesday)

Today, I decided to have a little fun and take a trip down memory lane. I didn't quite make it for Time Travel Tuesday, so I decided to do a little Flashback Friday.

Unfortunately, I don't have a 2nd grade picture. While my class was having their pictures taken, I was at home lying on the couch drooling, because it hurt to swallow. I had just had my tonsils taken out. I remember the only thing I would eat for a week was buttered toast dipped in hot chocolate. Even though, I could have had popsicles and ice cream, I didn't want them. In fact, I melted my popsicles in a cup and then sipped on them. 
Got to love the 70's! Super fly!
Remnants of my Dorothy Hamil haircut

Grade: 3rd Grade
Year: 1978-79
Schools: Grace E. Stewart Elementary and Arrowhead Elementary (Currently a district administration building)

Teachers: Mrs. ?/Mrs. Couchman

Favorites: Holly Hobby (She is all over my shirt.), K.C. Royals baseball (You can't tell, but that is what the beads on my necklace spell out.), watching Donny and Marie, listening to my Donna Summer 8 track, collecting stickers

Memories: My class at Grace E. Stewart was in an outdoor portable classroom. We had a back door and one day a tumbleweed blew in. I remember we studied native americans. Each time we completed a task, we earned a feather for our headband. I had quite a few.

In January, my family moved to a new town. When I arrived, I was behind in Math and Handwriting. My teacher, Mrs. Couchman, asked my soon to be best friend, Courtney, to stay in at recess and help me catch up. It took about a month, but I eventually learned my multiplication facts and how to write in cursive. Courtney and I remained best friends through 6th grade.

I hope you enjoyed this little trip down memory lane. Want to take your own trip down memory lane? I'll help you plan. Head over to Jess @ I Heart Recess and link up.

3 for 3 Giveaway Reminder!


July 25, 2013

SmileMakers made me smile!

SmileMakers made me smile when they contacted me and asked for me to review one of their products on my blog. All I had to do was select an item, use it, and review it on my blog. Hmmm...let me think about it! Yes!!! 

It took me awhile to select my item. I looked through every category. The first thing I noticed.

For Math
Would be fun to use in my Math class this year!

For a dentist, but wouldn't these make you smile on a bad day!
My dad was a dentist. My love of stickers probably began in his office.

I almost selected a treasure chest of goodies to fill my birthday bags, 
but I remembered my treasure chest at school is still pretty full. 

Wipe Clean Worksheet Covers

I have been wanting a set of these covers to use in my stations.
I'm not a big fan of worksheets, but I want to hold students accountable for their work.
I, also, emphasize independence in my classroom. I don't need to see or grade every single
worksheet that my students complete. If they are practicing a skill, they should be able to self-check.
Plus kids love using dry erase markers and/or crayons.
Not to mention, this is a green solution. I will only have to print 1-10 worksheets 
compared 10 X 22 students. Trees saved! Phew!

Skunky may not be smiling, but I was when my box arrived.
She was happier after I opened the box. She loves boxes.

Here they are. They came with a note pad and a letter opener.

Read the directions! This may seem silly for a plastic worksheet cover. I'm guilty of throwing out directions
before I read them. [I got this!] However, I am glad I did for this product. 
"Students can write their names in the blank white oval at the top of the cover.
Reuse your favorite worksheets!" 
"To mark (grade) the worksheets, lay the empty covers over 
a master worksheet with the correct answers filled out."
I did this all the time in 4th grade with standardized test practice.

Now the best part...wait for it...

"We've created 25 full color worksheets and posted them on our website."
Clock worksheet printed in color from the Roylco website.

What time is it? 

My answer was 6:42.

Cleaned up using a tissue. Easy peasy lemon squeezy!

Why should teachers shop at SmileMakers?

During the month of August, you can get 25% of pocket charts, organizers, 
classroom helpers and computer paper.
No minimum order.
Shipping prices listed above for contiguous U.S.

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Thank you, SmileMakers for making this teacher smile and
making my job a little bit easier this year.