Thursday, September 29, 2011

A Wonderful Find!!!

I decided this was a good time to 'use' my honorary title that was bestowed on me by Tamara (the REAL Queen of TBA!) to shed a light on a wonderful blog I discovered this morning!  I think teachers of all levels would love what she has posted on her blog.  She has had it since August of 2010 and she only has 41 followers!! 

I follow about 540 blogs and this is the first time I have put out a call for bloggers/stalkers to go check out a blog.  Let's fill her bucket and have her followers jump into the hundreds!!!!
Go check out:
I think you'll realize you also found a real jewel!!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Whole Brain Teaching Webinar!

I copied this from my email.  I don't know if I'll be able to watch it tonight, but I thought I'd share it with all of you.  I love Whole Brain Teaching!!!
Thanks, Nancy
Nervous About Student Scores
On State Tests?  
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Please don’t miss our next program, “Prove It!”  Discover WBT’s powerful, new game that raises student scores on state tests!

Whole Brain Teaching Live
“Prove It!” 
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
5 PM Paific and Mountain
7 PM Central
8 PM Eastern

To view the program, click on the link

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Yes, you read that right.  Like almost everything at Whole Brain Teaching, this program won't cost you zip.
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Director, Whole Brain Teachers of America

Monday, September 26, 2011

Wow, Thank You!

I am feeling very humbled and honored to have been chosen by three different bloggers for the 'Versatile Blogger Award'!  Thank you so very much to Nan at Third Grade's a Charm, Kristin at First Grade O.W.L.S, and Rebecca from The Teacher's Chatterbox!  Two of these blogs were new to me and I am excited to be following them now!!! 

First Grade O.W.L.s
Now, according to the award I need to share 7 things about myself with you.

1.  I love that I enjoy listening to a lot of the same music as my kids!  We turn up some songs really loud and sing along in the car.  We love 'kid' music~~Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber, Lemonade Mouth, Phineas & Ferb; American Idol Contestants~~Lauren Alaina, Scotty McCreedy, Brooke White, Mandisa, Danny Gokey...; and Contemporary Christian music~~a couple of our favorites are Shackles by Mandisa or Mary Mary, 10 Simple Rules by Mercy Me, & Crazy by Steven Curtis Chapman. I never remember singing along in the car with my parents :(

2. I love watching American Idol, America's Got Talent and The Next Food Network Star.  I get kind of sad when the seasons end.

3.  As a child some of my best childhood memories were going down into Baja to a little town called La Salina and having family vacations there.  My kindergarten teacher had a two bedroom, tile floored home with no electricity.  We would use kerosene lanterns and spend our days on the beach.  Mr. and Mrs. Reagle were so gracious as to let us join them many summers and then later let us use their place when they were traveling.

4.  One of my favorite life experiences was having the chance to play Shelbly in the play Steel Magnolias at our community college here about 18 years ago.

5.  I hate to spin!  I DON'T like the teacups at Disneyland, I couldn't even handle the spinning ladybugs in the little kid area of California Adventure!

6.  Speaking of Disneyland, it is one of my favorite places!!  We haven't been able to afford to go these last few years, but I hope we will be able to sometime this year! For me it lives up to it's name 'The Happiest Place on Earth'

7.  Two of my favorite foods are crab and artichokes. My husband thinks they're more trouble than they're worth, but I think they ARE WORTH all the trouble!!

I decided to pass this award on to some fellow 3rd grade teachers!  The first two may not be new to me (they're probably two of the first 3rd grade blogs I found) but they definitely are Versatile!  Fern got Julie started at couponing and now...well let's just say I'm hooked on one MORE thing!! (how can you argue with 48 razors for free + $4 extra to count towards other purchases!!! (that was Walmart Thursday!!))
Find Fern at 

and Julie at

Lutton 519


Ashleigh's Education Journey

Wiggins World
All of these teachers have and are making me a better teacher!! Thank you for all you share! 

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Hi My Name is Nancy and I'm a Vistaprint-a-holic!

It's true, I just can't stop ordering from Vistaprint!  I know that I've had several other posts about Vistaprint including THIS linky party.  I'll end up linking this post to the linky party since I have so many new things I've ordered!  Our school is the Montara Roadrunners, so when Vistaprint had a sale on their Polo shirts & free shipping I uploaded a roadrunner bought two shirts and got everything I could free!
Then I asked at school if anyone wanted me to order one for them too.  Several did so each order of $40 (2 shirts) I got free shipping so, I've received a lot of GREAT stuff!!
I've fallen in love with the car magnets!!  I love their size and that I can use them on the white board, but move them out of the way if I need the board space.  They also work on my classroom door and on the side of my 'file box' desk.  Here are my new ones: 
I got this from The Teacher Wife

 I got this song from Fern Smith's Classroom
This is for our classroom door, I got the idea from another teacher.

 I use Whole Brain Teaching in my room and this is for my 'Mighty Oh Yeahs' and 'Mighty Groans'  It works great with the dry erase markers and I can easily move it as needed.
 I uploaded this image and cut the sign in half when the magnet arrived.  It heads up my Must Do/May Do lists.
I have this with my weekly restroom sign out sheet attached to my 'file box' desk.  Right now they bring the sign out to me and tell me the time and I write it down.  Later I will have them write the time down.  The policy in my room is that they may use the restroom no more than once a day, no more than twice a week, or I need to contact their parents and have them move their clip down each time they use it over the allowed amount.  (they know there are exceptions for medical situations)  This way I have a record of restroom use that I can show the parents.
 This is a window cling and I'm getting them one at a time with the orders.  I got them so that they go on the inside of the window.  I look forward to giving these out to my 'Student of the Month' each month.
Right now I'm loving the labels.  I'm using these for MY books.  I love using literature in teaching any skill I can find good literature for.  These are the labels I have ordered so far.  Maybe later I'll do a post of the books I have in each of these categories.
 I still have several other labels I want to make.
  I ordered this for our school; it arrived at the district warehouse the day of Back to School Night!  Just in time.
  I order this for all of our Book Fairs at school.
 I trimmed this down and it's in my classroom library.
Cindy at Mrs. Gilchrist's Class created this great resource as 4 separate pages.  I condensed down the three and put them on the back of the brochure.  She said that I could share about it here.  These are in my Roadrunner Notebooks
The business cards and flyers are both for Mastery Club.  It's an idea I found on and are in my Roadrunner Notebooks.
Business cards that are another tool to use in creating a room full of bucket fillers!
A key chain to add to my stuff for 'sale' at the end of the year.

I found the idea for this cap somewhere in cyberspace, if it was from you, let me know & I'll give you credit!
This is a magnet.  I plan to give these to the parents at Parent/Teacher Conferences.  (for their fridges!)

 These notecards will be saved for next year since I already missed a few birthdays.  I'll have the whole class sign them.
 This is for our librarian!

 I modified the 'I Pick' to fit the 'Apple Basket' I didn't notice the read lines from Word until they came in :(

Well maybe something here inspired you!  All of you bloggers inspire me so very much!!!

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