Goodbye, 2013, HELLO 2014!

Can I ever start a post without apologizing for taking like 5 months off from blogging? Nope. Impossible. I suck at this whole blogging thing! That being said, I hope everyone had an unbelievable holiday and a great 2013! Just wanted to stop by quick to let you know about a freebie I posted….really I posted it last year, but I updated it for 2014.

Math Goals for 2014

Math Goals for 2014

I am planning on giving this to the students to work on the day we get back from break. We have conferences the Thursday we get back and I would love to have these up for the parents to see!

Also, just as a little thank you for the support over the year, I am having a 15% off sale in my TpT store today and tomorrow!

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Have a safe and happy New Years Ever!

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How do teachers teach AND blog? I really don’t understand :) This year has been wonderful + challenging all at the same time. I’m teaching 2 inclusion classes and I am absolutely loving it. We started out Interactive Math Notebooks and the students are really doing a great job with them! I’m exhausted already and it’s only Monday! This year is shaping up to be quite a year! All I can manage right now is a photo collage of random Instagram pictures of my classroom (made on Fotor!)

Blog collageEnjoy your week :)

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Common Core Posters!

Since I have been back from my honeymoon, I have been super busy– working on curriculum writing…oh yeah, and did I mention, my brother and sister-in-law had a beautiful baby girl, Reese!

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Besides loving this cute baby, I have been compulsively back-to-school shopping…

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In the past week, I have been to Staples, Office Max, Target, Walmart and our local teacher store! In all fairness, I lost a ton of things after our school got hit by Hurricane Sandy last fall…especially a lot of the back to school posters, bulletin borders, etc that I had and I just now realized were gone.

Today I finally got to work on some of the posters and things for my classroom too. Thanks to my mom for helping with the cutting and laminating! I decided that I am using my neon chevron as my main color scheme in my room this year. I printed all of the standards posters, trimmed and laminated them.

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Then I put them in order and divided them by domains. I punched a whole in each one and put them on rings.

I plan on hanging these on my board each day on a hook! Last year I had all the posters printed and slid them into a page protector I had mounted on the board. While a good idea in theory, for someone as unorganized as me, I never put them back in the right order (and now they are washed away in the Atlantic Ocean thanks to Old Sandy). I figured this would be a MUCH better way to stay organized and post the standards.

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I also remade my white board headers for my daily information for my students. I just have to pick up more magnets for the backs.

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We have a day 1-6 schedule so I made cards with numbers 1-6 that I can flip each day. They will also be on a magnetic hook like I am using for the state standards.

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I also created this super cute *MATH* bunting with my new editable template pack (55 DIFFERENT backgrounds!) that I figure I can post some place in my room.

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I haven’t decided if I am going to attach it with ribbon or magnets on my board. I have to get into my new classroom to check it out before I decide. You can download it for free HERE!

One last thing! I love my Scotch Laminator. It’s amazing! I use it SO much…but I hate spending tons of money on the laminating pouches! I found these generic ones on Amazon and I used them for the first time today and they are AWESOME…and so much cheaper! Just thought I would share the wealth :)

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Back to Reality/School 2013!

First of all, thank you SO much for all the sweet comments about our marriage. Being married is the best :) For those of you who follow me on instagram, thanks for putting up with me FLOODING your feed with beautiful pictures like this…

1157599_635112109689_1632885922_n The harbor seal that followed us around on our kayaking trip in Monterey!

946352_635257383559_1891803174_nWhale watching in Monterey! Yep, that’s a humpback whale!

1005225_635418331019_185891203_nHow much do you love this quote from John Steinbeck?!

1012461_635617596689_1926222379_nBeautiful Hearst Castle!

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It was seriously a magical three weeks in California, but we were ready to come home! Of course the day we got back, we had to run to Target to pick up some hangers…I know you will be shocked to see that my cart ended up full of school supplies…

1005358_636121636589_645619785_nGUYS, 12 packs of glue sticks for $1.77!! And a chevron pencil holder! And Chevron scissors! And a pie chart post-it set! And cheap pencils!

The rest of this week has been spent on setting up our apartment, writing curriculum and prepping for the school year!

IMG_3144I spent one of our first days back trying to print new things for my classroom! I think I’m going for a neon chevron print this year!

IMG_3741 Office Max had giant post-it pads for buy 1, get 1 free! BEST DAY EVER!
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Also at Office Max, all of this fabulous STUFF! Mmm brand new astrobrights paper!IMG_5596I also got a new printer…so I can print task cards for the year!

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IMG_0222And more cute task cards! One of my goals for the last few weeks of summer is to print, cut and laminate all of the task cards, games and centers I need before the school year starts!

And…today is the Teachers Pay Teachers Back-to-School sale! For the next two days, you can get 28% off every item in my store! Check it out!
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My TpT Store

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I personally have been waiting for this sale FOREVER! I can’t wait to buy everything I have been saving on my wishlist for like 2 months!

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Wait…I’M MARRIED!

Sorry for the sporadic posting and my inability to focus on the 2013-2013 school year…exactly one week ago, I married the great love of my life!

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It was the most beautiful wedding (even if it was like 100 degrees). D and I are s thankful for our amazing friends and family who made this wedding possible!

We’re currently finishing up week one of our THREE week honeymoon (ahhh teachers are SO LAZY— what’s working all summer :)). Our first week was spend in  San Diego.

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The next two weeks include an epic road trip to the following places: Vegas, Joshua Tree, Death Valley, Yosemite, San Fran, Napa, Monterey, LA, San Luis Obispo, and Sonoma. I’m going to try and post some new things during this time (hahahahahahhahaha). Hope everyone is having a great summer!

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I’m BACKKKK…

How has it been this long?! I can’t believe that I haven’t posted in like 2 months. worst.blogger.ever.

I have a pretty good excuse– I promise…

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Yep…I’m getting married in ELEVEN days! The past threeish weeks of summer vacation (our last day was June 21st) have been a marathon of wedding planning plus the 2 inservice classes I am taking this week. I am beyond excited and just READY for it to be here. Luckily I have THE BEST mom in the world, who is single handily making my wedding amazing. I have been working on some school and TPT things, but mostly I have been working on fun crafts with my mom like…

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Personalized water bottles!

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Table number

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Place cards

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At least one million metallic votive holders

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Welcome bag tags

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Ceremony programs

I know a lot of you are going back to school in August so I posted my Math Attitude Survey as a fun freebie! Enjoy!

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Math Attitude Survey

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Teacher Appreciation Week!

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! Hopefully everyone’s kiddos + parents are treating them nicely :) State testing + grading took over most of my life this month. I can’t believe it’s May already!!

Incase you haven’t heard, TpT is having an AMAZING sale tomorrow! Get 28% off at my store with coupon code TAD13 on May 7th and 8th!

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Find my store here

I can’t wait to purchase a bunch of super fun items! My cart is stocked with fun clip art and activities. Check out some of my new Bingo Games…my students are currently obsessed with all things Bingo and are totally loving these! We played the week of the state exam in the periods after 2 hours of testing. The fact that all of my classes were engaged in meaningful review AFTER taking parts of the test still amazing me!

Teachers Notebook is also having an awesome sale and giveaway!

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What are you planning on getting?!

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