Sunday, July 26, 2015

Assess Me!! { A Get to Know You Linky!}

Today I'm linking up with the Tattooed Teacher for a fun new linky she's just started! 

For the next 3-4 weeks, Rachel will be posting new 'assessments' to help us all get to know one another a little better! I can't wait to see what else she has in store :) 

On to today's assessment……

Don't forget to head on over to Rachel's blog so you can link up too! 

Monday, July 20, 2015

Monday Made It {Teacher Plan Book}

Happy Monday!

Today I'm linking up with the fabulous Tara from 4th Grade Frolics for her Monday Made it!

I finally got around to putting together my Plan book for this upcoming school year. 
So far, I've created a new plan book every summer. You can check out my past planner post here and here.

This year I wanted to go for a bright and colorful book with some awesome Melonheadz clipart! 
I am soooo happy with the way this book turned out- My heart feels happy every time I look at it :) 

It took me quite awhile to print, but it is definitely worth it to print on your own! Once I was done printing, I took it to Office Max to get bound. It only cost me around $4.00!

If you are interested in purchasing this planner, I will have it on sale for the rest of today in my TPT Shop!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Building Relationships --BEFORE School Starts

Hey, teacher friend! Building Relationships is such an important component to having a successful school year! Today, I'm here to share with you an idea on how to build those positive relationships with students (and families) before the year even begins.

Every summer I look forward to getting my class list and finding out who my "kids" will be for the next year! :) Once I get that list, I always hand write a post-card to each child so that I can introduce myself, invite them to our school's Meet and Greet and get them excited for a fun year of learning! 

I feel that this simple gesture helps soooo much in building positive relationships with both my students AND parents. I have so many parents thanking me for sending their child mail. Many of them say it was the first time their child ever received mail and they wish they could've captured the look of sheer joy and excitement as they read the post-card out loud. These postcards help to let my students know that I care and they seem to be a little less nervous upon meeting me (because they feel they kind of already know me). 

Since we don't have any Dollar Stores here in Hawaii, I would have to buy the postcards from a regular teacher supply store. They would usually cost me about $15 each year PLUS shipping of the cards. Last year, I decided to just save myself some money and create some postcards of my own! 

I finally got around to putting it all together into an editable file. There are 11 different postcard styles to choose from! The best thing about this is that with one purchase, you have a multitude of postcard options for future years! You can get your copy here

Included in your purchase is a PowerPoint file. You have the option to insert text boxes so that you can type your message instead of handwriting them all. I've also included BLANK versions of all templates so that you can customize them with your own text/saying. 

You will need to print on both sides of the card stock…so I recommend playing around with printing a little before printing out all your postcards! To see a detailed preview of what's included, you can check that out here.

A fun way to personalize each postcard is to add a QR code to it. Click here for a tutorial on how to do that. 

If you're interested in these FREE printable Post Cards that are customized to each grade level, sign up for my email newsletter to get this exclusive FREEBIE!*This postcard set is NOT editable.