Spark Student Motivation {September 14th}

I hope everyone has had an amazing week! I sure have! It’s a beautiful Saturday and while I’m spending my morning getting my hair fried, dyed, and laid to the side :-), I thought I’d link up with Joanne over at Head Over Heels for Teaching for her Spark Student Motivation Linky Party!


I’ve previously shared what a Vistaprint fan I am. And I firmly believe that building relationships with students and their family is just as important as teaching the content. So in this post I’m showing the blending of the two.

Once a week I send home postcards to parents of my awesome students! The postcard just lets parents know that I see the hard work their children put in on a daily basis and I appreciate their support!


You should see how excited the kids are the day after their parents get a card. They work even harder! And my kids already work HARD!

How many of you are Vistaprint fans? What neat ways do you use their products in your classroom?

And don’t forget to head over to Joanne’s link up and discover some other awesome ideas!

Until the next time,


Hi! My name is Carla….and I’m An Addict!

It’s official…I am a Vistaprint addict!  I have been using this website for the past two years but only minimally.  My first purchase were postcards to I send home to parents in the mail about how well their child was doing in class.

Positive Contact Postcards


At our school, we are required to make 5 positive contacts monthly – and Vistaprint made it a breeze!

This year, our sixth grade team of teachers decided to create AA (Advisor/Advisee/Homeroom) teams focusing on our college mascots.  We definitely want to make sure our students know that our goal is for them tograduatefrom college.  So we made banners that focused on our team mascots.

Team Banner

After that, I just lost it!  I have created magnets for parents, positive contact business cards, and rubber stamps – and I’m not finished yet!  The best thing about all of these items is that the majority of them are free!  That’s right, I said it, FREE!  I did pay $5 for the banner and you have to pay shipping for the items.  But let me break it down for you.  In my last order I paid $20 for the banner, 250 business cards, 25 post-it notes, 25 magnets, and a small rubber stamp!!!

Agenda Stamp



Contact Magnet

Positive Contact Card

Drop on over to Vistaprint…you’ll be glad you did!