Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Wine Rack Marker/Pen Holder


A few years back I saw an idea on Pinterest to use a wine rack to hold cups that can hold pens and markers. I loved the idea, and I had a small wine rack hanging out in the basement, so I gave it a go. 

This six cup wine holder has been in my classroom for the last few years and I love it!

I decided that I wanted to go BIGGER!

I kept searching Amazon.com until I finally found one that I lurrrrved. 

Oenophilia Bordeaux Chateau Wine Rack- 23 Bottle


It took awhile to find cups at the right size (and price since I needed 23) but finally I found them at Walmart (I couldn't find them online, only in the store).  They come in packs of 2 for $1.98 each and are 29 oz. They fit PERFECTLY in the wine rack and the lips on the rims of the cups stop them from falling backwards in the rack!
Here is my completed project (sans markers and pencils because those are still packed away for the summer!)

I Love it! 

Friday, July 4, 2014

This year's Vista Print Fun!

It's time for this year's Vista Print order!

I am not going too crazy this year because I need to feel out my new school environment! 

Whenever I order at Vista Print I always include 250 of their free business cards. I get my name printed somewhere on them. I used them ALL. THE. DARN. TIME last year! I could send notes to parents or to other teachers. The other teachers never had to wonder if my signature was forged when I used theses either!

These worked out really well last year so I just re-ordered them as is.

This is something new I am trying out this year….a classroom participation card! Whenever students answer a bell ringer or a question in class they will get a punch. Each punch is worth 20% of their participation grade. We shall see how this one goes!

I needed to update my hall pass card this time around. It was hard telling what grading period the cards were in last year. I tried marking them differently/punching them in strategic places. I decided to add a place that is unforgeable this time around. I also decided to add a date/time sign out on the back!
 My reward system worked out remarkably well. I just updated them because I felt like they should be green this year…don't ask me why. 

Last but not least I decided to try out their banners. I am thinking about hanging it above my classroom door outside of the room. 


Thursday, July 3, 2014

Genius Teacher Hack


I saw this on Pinterest tonight and I thought that it was 100% genius!

I know that when I try to have students read just ONE sentence out loud to hear their mistakes they always fix the blatant mistakes rather than read what is on the screen. 

If you have headphones readily available, have students do this after they type up their essays. 

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Surprise packages!

So one of my amazing readers sent me a completely unexpected package today and it was AWESOME!


Meowie Wowie catnip that is hilariously cute!

I have an obsession with fun school supplies….cat and dog pens!

Rory got a hat!

She looks like an old lady golfer!
Hawaii mags and guide brochure

Owl cards!

Treats!
Stuffed fuzzy owl, owl timer, sea horse for Rory, dog bone to share (or for guests), and star fish for Gatsby.


Joy you are awesome and picked out things absolutely perfect for me! Thank you so much! 


Gatsby

So I mentioned awhile back that I adopted a new puppy name Gatsby. 

He may be cute, but man, has it been a rough road. 

He has been home for almost two months and he is still not potty trained. Just when I think we are making progress he does something like take a running leap onto the couch and starts peeing all over it (this happened about half and hour ago). 

He has the attention span of a goldfish and training has been difficult because I swear he is constantly looking in three different directions at the same time….and none of those directions are on me!

He has even gone so far as to growl aggressively and try to bite me on several occasions for little infractions. For example, one night I was trying to make him move sleeping positions so I nudged his shoulder. Apparently that was enough to warrant an aggressive bite and attempted bite. 

On top of all of that, he just doesn't seem to be bonding with me. He LOVES Rory and would follow her to the end of the earth and back, but me I feel like his reaction is just…."eh"

I am hoping that since my last day of work is over tomorrow I will be able to start an intensive bonding and training regime with him Friday morning. I've spoken to my vet about the situation and I will be using all his advice also. 

Either way I promise some pictures of the little jerk guy…so here you go!


The day I brought him home

Best friends

Trying to achieve one good picture together when he is not asleep. 

Yea….not happening
See he can be sweet….when he is asleep!

First day home

Gastby in his bow tie looking handsome
Sweetly sleeping at Bible study
Best friends looking at a turkey in the front yard that shows up every summer

Big Changes

So big changes have been in the works for me these last few weeks.

Things at my current job have been better student-wise this year, but I still have not been happy.

In fact, I've been the opposite of happy.  I won't go into details because that would be an entire novel unto itself.

I came home from work two Fridays ago and just cried for basically two days straight. On Sunday morning I woke up from a dream in which I had accepted a position at another local school. On a whim I decided to check the job postings at the school. They never seem to have any because people rarely leave that district because they seem so happy. Lo and behold there was a job opening for middle school English.

I immediately called a friend who works in career counseling and asked her to look over my resume and cover letter. I submitted the application online at 7pm that Sunday night and less than an hour later they emailed me and told me they had reviewed my application and had forwarded it along to the principal.

The next morning at 9:24am the principal called me and asked me if I could come in THAT DAY for an interview. I did and after a 2 hour and 17 minute interview I drove home with mixed emotions.

They contacted me a short while later and offered me the job.

I might have been deeply unhappy at my current job, but it was a known entity to me. I've been there for 8 years, I've made long term friendships there, I was teacher of the year there, I was respected (basically) as a teacher there, and again, while I was unhappy there….it was home.

I thought about it for several hours,  I talked to teachers who had gone to other school districts, and I spoke to people who worked at the new district. In the end I realized I would be crazy to not take the opportunity that was obviously fortuitous!

I resigned from my current job on Friday and tomorrow is my last day there….forever.

It will be interesting to see what this August will bring!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Flash Freebie

I am a terrible blog owner!

I have not blogged in forever and a day!

One of the reasons I have been so busy is I adopted a new little friend

Meet Gatsby:
This was the day that I met Gatsby and chose him out of his 9 brothers and sisters.
 
He is a frustrating little lad, but he is cute. He is a lab/something mix. We have finally accomplished sleeping through the night and how to sit. Potty training is....so so.
 
I'll post more pictures of him and Rory tonight for those that are interested...maybe even a video if I can figure out how!
 
While I have been puppy training I have been cataloguing topics to write about here and ideas of products to make. We only have 14 more days of school so hopefully I will have time to catch up on life and business soon!

We are in the dreaded testing season here at my school. I hate this time of year. I like order and patterns and routines. Testing throws all that out of the window which drives me batty!

Teachersnotebook has a new flash freebie tool that allows me to offer a product for free for a limited time to people who have previously purchased an item from my store.

I decided to offer my HUGE English review prezi with handout for a limited time Sunday night from 7-10pm

http://www.teachersnotebook.com/product/mskcpotter/huge-english-terms-review-prezi-with-handout/ff/null/blog

Hope that the end of your school year is going well!

Talk to you soon!