8.25.2012

Back to School and Classroom Library Labels!


Hello!
I would once again like to apologize for my blogging absence! I have a very good excuse, I spent the last week here...

This is a picture of my school from the top floor of the library.
I received an email from my school last Thursday, which was 4 days before school started on the 20th. This email informed me that my Geography 1111K Class (the K means that it is a science class with a lab included) I had registered for was now cancelled. Poof. Gone. Never again to exist. I couldn't help but stare at the email in disbelief because I had already bought all the materials for the class, which were a very pretty penny I might add. The email informed me that I had two options:

1. They would place me in an Astronomy class of their choice and would try to sign me up for the lab at a later time.

OR 

2. I could find my own class and I would be put on a list to receive priority registration for Geography 1111K in the Spring semester.

They were very generous options 4 days before classes were scheduled to start, don't you think (note my sarcasm)? Well I chose priority registration, which left me the daunting task of finding a new science with lab as soon as drop/add opened Monday morning. I waited and waited for Monday to add a new class, only to have our registration system crash for 2 hours. However, I finally got an online Biology class and lab around 5:30 Monday night. Did any of you take Biology in college? Were the materials for that class over $300?? I feel it's needless to say my lovely school cost me A LOT of money this semester.

Well that's enough venting! :) On another note, I must say this first week of school has reminded me why I love being an Education major. I am taking two education classes this semester, a teaching of music class, and a teaching of physical science class, along with a few core classes. In my teaching of science class we colored the first day, which in case you didn’t know is right up this girl’s alley! We have labs in that class which consist of making things like ice cream. Can you say awesome?

I have a random confession to make everyone… I carry my own set of Crayola crayons, colored pencils, and markers in my backpack. I can't stand any other brand of crayons except Crayola because they are so waxy. Does anyone else feel the same way? I feel like you all will be accepting of my strange addiction to Crayola because the sweet girls in my education classes accept my addiction. I would also like to add how much I love my fellow ECE (Early Childhood Education) girls AND guys! I must say they are the most kindhearted people you will ever meet and I do believe that they are going to make wonderful teachers! I also love them because they too are a little OCD like me. :)

Finally, I also spent last week finishing these…
Visit my Teachers Notebook Store to get your Classroom Library Labels!
My Classroom Library Labels are finally done! They are now available in my TN store for $10.00. I have already sold several of these this past week and would like to thank any of my followers who have already purchased them! This packet is full of classroom book bin labels as well as corresponding labels to stick inside each book. This set includes 54 labels of every classrooms favorite authors, characters, and categories. The familiar picture on each bin and corresponding book label will help to keep your classroom library organized. If you are still looking for a great way to organize your classroom library before you begin school then hop on over to my TN store and pick up a color that matches your classroom theme or color scheme. :)

I would like to go ahead and apologize ahead of time if I go MIA off and on this semester. I am taking 18 credit hours this semester and haven’t even had time this week to read you guy’s fabulous blogs. So I am now off to go play catch up on my blog reading. The first 2 people to leave a comment below with your color choice (the number please) and your email address will receive a set of my Classroom Library Labels for FREE!
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8.14.2012

Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer and a Freebie!

Hello friends!

I would like to begin by apologizing for my blogging absence. As my post title implies, I have been enjoying my last few days of summer before I start back to school on Monday. My days have been filled with shopping (Tax Free Weekend!), crafting, and spending some much needed time with Cody. :) In my spare time I have been working on a very special project, which I can't wait to finish! I am hoping that this product will be finished and available on TpT by the end of the week *Crossing Fingers*. Now a drum roll please….

Classroom Library Labels
Ta-da! I am in the process of putting the final touches on my new classroom library labels. This packet will include 52 book bin labels as well as small corresponding labels for each individual book. If time permits, these labels will also be available in 15 different colors!

Until then, stop by my TpT store and pick up your free Leveled Library Labels!
Leveled Library Labels
While you’re there please leave me some feedback so I can not only improve my store, but also my future products. Are there any particular categories you would like to see in this packet? Leave me a comment below and let me know! :)
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8.05.2012

A Teacher's Gift


“There are different kinds of gifts, but they are all from the same Spirit. There are different ways to serve but the same Lord to serve.”
                                      1 Corinthians 12:4-5 NCV

God gives each of us a unique assortment of talents and opportunities. Do you make the best items for TPT or is your classroom the most vibrant, organized learning environment in your school? If the answer is “yes,” then you have a gift. Are you a teacher or a student teacher? If the answer is “yes,” then you also possess a variety of gifts. As teachers we possess the gifts of teaching, encouraging, and inspiring our students every time they walk through our door. 

Our Heavenly Father instructs us to be faithful to the gifts that He gives us, but we live in a world that encourages us to do otherwise. Our society is filled with countless opportunities to waste our time, our resources, and our talents. We must be watchful for distractions and temptations that might lead us astray. What are your possible distractions this school year? God has blessed you with a unique opportunity to serve Him and He has given you EVERY tool that you need to do so. Are you willing to gather the discipline that is required to develop your talents and your skills?

As you seek to expand your talents each year in the classroom, you will undoubtedly encounter stumbling blocks along the way, such as the fear of rejection or the fear of failure. When you do, don’t stumble! Just continue to refine your skills and offer your services to God. Today, value the talent that God has given you, nourish it, make it grow, and share it with the world and especially your students. After all, the best way to say “Thank You” for God’s gifts is to use them! I wish you all the best as many of you return to your classrooms this week and I pray that you too will use your wonderful gifts to serve God. :)
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8.04.2012

Currently...

I am so very excited to be linking up with Farley over at Oh' Boy 4th Grade for my very first Currently! I cannot believe it's already August. Where did the summer go? 
Well, currently I'm...

I have to say... I don't know what I would do without my Erin Condren Life Planner. My planner literally does keep track of my life when I'm in school. I use it to plan tests, papers, projects, observations, and date night. If you have been on the fence about buying one (as I was) let me tell you... it's worth it!
This is the style I have:

Erin Condren Life Planner
I also HAVE to have a printer with TONS of ink for all my school projects. I never realized how much paper, ink, crayons, markers, and glue I would use as an education major.
Source
Finally, I have to have my laptop not only to write papers, but also to blog stalk for inspiration prior to beginning any project for any education class.
Source
Well, that is all for today! Please join me tomorrow for a special post that I do believe will give you much needed encouragement as you head into the new school year. :)
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8.01.2012

Newbie Blog Hop!


I love learning about new people so I am super excited to link up with Grade Three is the Place for Me for her Newbie Bloggers Blog Hop.
  1. what state you are in  
  2. your current teaching position  
  3. your teaching experience  
  4. when you started blogging  
  5. share a blogging tip / blogging resource
  1. I live in Georgia.
  2. I am currently a student.
  3. At the end of this semester I will have completed 30 observation hours (10 in a special education preschool classroom and 20 in a Pre-K classroom). I also completed a student internship in high school with Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th grade.
  4. I started my blog on July 28, 2012 so I am definitely a newbie!
  5. I recommend finding tutorials to help you get started. I also recommend using a lot of pictures in your posts to hold your audience’s attention and to make blogging a little more personal. 

Well that's it for today! Now hop on over to Grade Three is the Place For Me to join this awesome newbie blog hop!
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