The Teaching Tribune {Two for Tuesday}

As I said earlier this week, I’m joining up with The Teacher Tribune for their Summer Bloggin’ Series.  Today’s post is entitled…..Two for Tuesday!

TTT Summer Bloggin- Tuesday

I’ve put two of my Interactive Student Notebook products on sale!  I decided to use ISN’s last school year and it was one of the best ideas I’ve ever had!  No more loose papers poking out everywhere.  And as long as they can keep up with the notebook, they can keep up with the notebook – they have everything they need! The students love them because it helps with their organization which is desperately needed as they transition to 6th grade.

Product #1 is Interactive Student Notebook Reading Lessons – Curriculum Vocabulary.


This activity is connected with Flocabulary’s “On Trial” video.  The kids love it!  If you’ve never seen it, here’s the video, which can be found on YouTube:

Product #2 is Interactive Student Notebook Reading Lessons – Analyzing Story Elements.



I love Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters!  The illustrations are so vivid and I tie it in with our Cinderella Unit.  I always review story elements at the beginning of the school year since its such a difficult time for our new 6th graders.

I hope that you find one (or both!) of these products useful to you!

Until the next time,



Congratulations to the following winners in my Interactive Student Notebooks Reading Lesson on Story Elements!



These lucky winners have received an email from me (hopefully) informing them of the recent win and the link to my product.  Keep checking back, because my next ISN activity is in the works!


Until the next time,


100 Follower Giveaway! Let’s Celebrate!

Celebrate Good Times, Come On! 🙂  I can’t believe it, I have reached 100 followers!  And because of this great news, it’s celebration time!



I started this blog almost a year ago to document the ups and downs of a middle school teacher, best teaching practices, and find other teachers to connect and collaborate with; and I have been blessed to do just that!  I’m setting up the details of my 100 Follower Giveaway as we speak.  If you are interested in participating, please complete the Google Drive form below:

Until the next time,


We Have A Winner! We Have A Winner!


Every time I hear that phrase, I think of The Five Heartbeats….you know where they perform in the beginning of the movie and Eddie King, Jr. was running from those thugs? He runs into the club, slides on the floor and begins singing “I Got Nothing But Love For You, Baby”? They kill it but at the end of the show the announcer says, “We have a winner! We have a winner! Flash and the Ebony Sparks!”? Do you know the scene I’m talking about? If not, go watch The Five Heartbeats RIGHT NOW!

But I digress…..seeing as I’m new at rafflecopter aaannnnd instead of one choosing one winner…..I chose two. Those lucky winners are:

Bloglovin Rafflecopter



So here’s the deal……instead of 1 prize – there are now TWO!

#1 – $10 Amazon Gift Card

#2 – Anything from my TpT store

If that’s your name on the winner’s board, please contact me with your choice of prize!  You can email me at or leave a comment on the blog with your choice and your email. First come – first served!

Until the next time,


July Goals {Linky Party}

I’m linking up with I {heart} Recess for her July goals linky party.  I can’t believe that July is here.  It only seems a few days ago that I was saying goodbye to my beloved kiddos!


Personal:  I really need to get rid of some of my clothes, as well as DD’s clothes and toys.  She has things popping out of everywhere!

Family:  My baby loves the beach!  She loves making little sand castles, drawing her name in the sand, and jumping the surf.  I am determined to take her there this summer.  We only live an hour and a half away, but the traffic is horrible! Ugghhhh.  I much prefer to go in the fall and winter – but the beach is no fun then.

Health:  My team and I have joined Planet Fitness together.  It’s so much more fun when we go together, but right now everyone’s out of town.  🙁 My goal is to to go to the gym regularly and mix up the cardio and strength.

School: I am a little jittery because Common Core is coming and I don’t feel comfortable.  I have signed up for a workshop on July 15 & 16, and I hope that I feel a little more confident after I leave.

Blog/Tpt:  During the summer I am a much better blogger, but I really want to get my TpT store up and running.  I’ve put up a few things, but I have so many more that just need a bit of tweaking and “jazzing” up.

Outside the Box:  My poor hubby hardly ever gets a home cooked meal during the school year….. 🙁 Last week I came upon a pork chop crockpot recipe.  I tried it the next day and it turned out GREAT!  Hubby complimented me over and over again.  So that’s a keeper and I want to add a few more specialties.

Well, those are my goals….I would love to hear about yours!  And then make sure you head over the I {heart} Recess and link up!

Until the next time,


Must Have Monday – GradeCam……my new bestie!

I’m linking up with Teaching With a Touch of Twang for her Must Have Monday linky party. This will definitely be the first of many because I have many many “must haves”! 🙂


How many of you are living this life?  Students just finished a quiz/test.  You’re ready to scan the them, but have no idea where the scantron machine is or you don’t even need the scantron machine, because you only had 80 scantrons left and you have 110 students? Are you ready to pull your hair out?  I was! Until I found GradeCam!



GradeCam works similarly to the Scantron machine, except that instead of using an expensive machine, you can scan assignments in my classroom using a camera. We don’t have to purchase forms; we can print forms on plain paper from the app. It also gives you immediate feedback with an item analysis. Here is a video that highlights what GradeCam can do.

If you’re interested, click here to find out more information.

Until the next time,


My New Mini-Me!

I’m feeling the teensy bit ready for a change, and I decided to start with my signature. During my blog perusing, I stumbled upon Pamela’s blog, Teaching 4 Real, and discovered the greatest jewel.  Crystal a.k.a. the Library Fox or Foxy 🙂 Creates these adorable little mini me’s!  Pamela was giving one away, and although I didn’t win 🙁 I decided I couldn’t live without one.  I’m immediately headed over to Foxy’s TPT store and ordered me one!




I am so excited to display my brand new mini-me!  It has my two favorite techie devices (iPhone and iPad), my bag full of books, and do you see me hanging from a rope?  That’s to represent my “Surviving”….lol….I’m barely hanging on! 🙂 Plus I had her throw in a little pink and green with my pearls to represent my sorority!



I’ve added it to create a brand new blogging signature and will be working on updating it to my header later on this weekend! That Foxy is one talented Mama!  Get it?  Foxy Mama???


Stay tuned…..


It’s “App”solutely Worth It!

Through Eberopolis’s blog, I found this really neat linky party! Kelly at Thirsty Firsties is hosting “An App A Day” linky party. Her principal has just purchased a iPad lab for her school. Since we’re moving to 1:1 iPad Deployment this party will be as helpful to me as it will be to her! 🙂


I purchased my own personal iPad two summers ago and it was one of the best decisions I ever made!  So, I spent two years using it as a teacher in my classroom and am really excited about having the chance for every student in my classroom to have one!  I have so many apps that I would love to share, but I will follow the rules.  I am sharing one free app that I use in my classroom, one paid app that I use in my classroom, and one app that I use for personal use.

1.  Free App – Ok….I lied….I can’t just do one.  For free apps these are my top two:  Class Dojo and Edmodo.


I know….I talk about Class Dojo all the time!

ClassDojo is a classroom tool that helps teachers improve behavior in their classrooms quickly and easily. It also captures and generates data on behavior that teachers can share with parents and administrators.  Class Dojo helps me to run my class so much more smoothly!  As the teacher I can choose what behaviors I do and do not want to see and award points based on their behaviors.  Students are always wondering who the “ding” and “boom” are for….and it keeps them focused.  I use it for behavior and academic behaviors.  We follow the EDI model (Explicit Direct Instruction) at our school and our goal is always 80% mastery.  If I give the class a “Checking For Understanding” question and 80% of the class gets it right – they earn a point!  If 100% get it right – they get two points!  They hold themselves and their peers accountable.

I’ve used Edmodo for two years now and I absolutely love it!  Edmodo is designed to get students excited about learning in a familiar environment. On Edmodo, teachers can continue classroom discussions online, give polls to check for student understanding, and award badges to individual students based on performance or behavior.  I have put the majority of my assessments on Edmodo and even though the still complete the test on paper, they have to input their answers into Edmodo – so no grading for me!!!  I can also give them written assignments which I can grade anywhere because of the app!

2.  Paid App – Explain Everything



This one is a fairly new purchase, but I think it’s going to be great with my students!  Explain Everything is an easy-to-use design tool that lets you annotate, animate, and narrate explanations and presentations. You can create dynamic interactive lessons, activities, assessments, and tutorials. It records on-screen drawing, annotation, object movement and captures audio via the iPad microphone.  Import Photos, PDF, PPT, and Keynote from Dropbox, Evernote, Email, iPad photo roll and iPad2 camera. Export MP4 movie files, PNG image files, and share the .XPL project file with others for collaboration.  My goal this year is to create “flipped” lessons so that students who were absent, or who need additional support can use the videos for assistance.


3.  Personal App – Dropbox


Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily. Never email yourself a file again!  It’s an online storage.  It allows you to sync across multiple computers and devices.  It also has a camera upload feature so any picture that you take with your device will be automatically uploaded.  I love it, because that means I always have what I need right at my fingertips!

Now it’s your turn. What are your three (or four) favorite apps? I’d love to hear about them, and be sure to link up if you get a chance. She’s running the contest for the chance to win a $15 iTunes gift card through today at Midnight.

Until the next time,