26 April 2015

Introducing...The Primary Peach {and end of the year freebies!}

I posted on Instagram that something big was coming soon, and today's the day it's finally here! I'm so so excited to announce {and be part of} a brand new collaborative blog with about 30 other elementary school bloggers from all over Georgia that will be full of ideas and tips and tricks! Introducing...
Today, we've got a sweet treat just for you! We're doing a hop through all of our blogs, and they each include an End of the Year Freebie {I'm down to 18 days...but who's counting?}. Let's get to know each other a bit first...
I'm Theresa, a 20-something (I won't be able to say that for much longer, so I'm going to use it while I can!) wife to Andrew, dog-mom, teacher, blogger, pinner, instagrammer (that's totally a word, right?),  and coffee lover! I might also have a small obsession with all things office/school supplies and organization, and can't walk through a dollar section or clearance section without a good look. 

Originally from Florida, Andrew and I moved to Georgia almost 3 years ago, and absolutely love it! I mean hello Fall, Spring, and Winter! I was beginning to think those were just made-up seasons...right Florida friends? We have 3 sweet pups Tootsie, Dunkin, and Daisy who pretty much run the show. 
(Tootsie, Dunkin, Daisy)
(Daisy and Dunkin)

I've taught 2nd and 4th grades in a variety of settings: Title I, inclusion, ESOL, and non-Title I suburbia. I currently teacher 2nd grade inclusion in a suburb of Atlanta. I absolutely love 2nd grade! I have my Master of Education in Teaching and Learning, and am passionate about sharing classroom management ideas (because without it - you won't get far)!
This is the yummy dessert you've been waiting for, right? So here in Georgia most of us are starting to count down the days until the end of the school year, and let's be honest...it's a hectic time! I mean there's grade changes, school changes, classroom changes, EOY assessments, DRAs, report cards, RtI meetings, Annual IEP meetings...the list literally goes on and on. Plus, if you're anything like me you're thinking of what things you'd like to do differently for next year. Trying to "keep it together" is pretty much impossible...which is why I created a couple to-do lists to make my life {and hopefully yours} a little bit easier!
I keep these life-savers in my planner - and anything and everything I think of for post-planning (teacher workdays) and getting ready for next year goes somewhere on one of these lists. Use one...use them all :) I even start writing down reminders for pre-planning!
My favorite? Oh, I'm so glad you asked...it's actually this baby pictured below. A yearly plan for the NEXT school year. Why? Another great question! Namely because I spend a considerable amount of time over the summer planning for the new school year, and I start with the big picture, and then keep narrowing down in smaller and more detailed segments. I do this now, because a) I'm thinking about it, b) I'll be WAAAAYY too busy to try to do it right before school starts.
Celebrate the launch of our collaborative blog with us and enter to win a sweet prize!!! 
Hello TPT Money!!! Enter here...or by clicking on the picture below!

Ready to meet the next Primary Peach Blogger (and grab another freebie)?

I'm so happy to introduce Chandra from Teaching with Crayons and Curls!


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18 April 2015

Using Stickers to Teach Multiplication

Good Morning, Friends!

A few weeks ago, my kiddos were getting a basic introduction to multiplication through repeated addition and arrays and you can read about that here!

One of the ways I got my students really engaged though, was by using stickers! Yes, stickers! I literally had an entire BOX of stickers in a cabinet. I pulled them out, spread them across a table, and with all the "ooohs and aaahhhs" you'd have thought I laid out gold coins, or bubble gum (anyone have kids obsessed with gum?)!!

What did we do with the stickers? We made arrays, of course!
Each of my sweets chose whatever stickers they liked best, and then created his/her own array. Then they wrote a repeated addition sentence, and a multiplication sentence to describe the array.
This was the example I made and showed my students. They created their own arrays, using whatever numbers they wanted...it just couldn't be exactly the same as mine!

So easy, so fun, and oh so engaging! 

Looking for more ways you can use craft supplies with your students? I'm linked up with Kim over at Life Over C's as part of her Learning with Craft Supplies: 21 Day Series.
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16 April 2015

The Best Planner I've Ever Used

Happy Thursday, Friends! The week after a break is always hard, and this week didn't disappoint. I am so glad tomorrow's Friday...can I get an "amen?"

The best part of my week so far was an email with a code for 25% off the best planner I have ever used. EVER. Keep reading...the code is at the bottom of this post!
So here's the backstory: every year, I would buy a cute planner (usually from Target, because why not?), and I'd write in it for a couple of weeks, and then realize it wasn't really working for me, and buy another. Or I'd print something out (which kills me on ink and paper), and usually I wouldn't end up loving that either.

Well last year, one of my sweet teacher friends had a) the cutest planner I'd ever seen (and let's be real, that's totally what's most important) and b) different from anything I'd tried before. I immediately purchased one and haven't looked back since! Seriously, Erin Condren Teacher Lesson Planners have changed my life.

I'm not going to lie...I was totally freaked that I was spending quite a bit of money on a PLANNER. I was so worried I wasn't going to end up loving it, and well, another would bite the dust. Fortunately, the planner does NOT disappoint! And, so much so that I'm on to purchasing another for the third year in a row!

So, what's so fabulous about Erin Condren planners? What's not so fabulous about Erin Condren Planners? I've got a 1-2 punch that pretty much covers everything that's important.

Note: Not a teacher? No worries - they make LIFE PLANNERS! They aren't 25% off, but you CAN save $10 on your first purchase with this link:


1. Design
I'm definitely someone who appreciates the little things and notices the details. EC planners, are designed with exactly this in mind (maybe organization too, but I'm sure design comes first). The details. Colorful, cheery, inspirational, functional. And, with over 46 cover designs...you're sure to find one (or more - how will I ever choose?) that match your own style and personality, that you love.
2. Functionality
The problem with all of those Target planners? They weren't made with a teacher's needs in mind. They were basic day-to-day or month-to-month planners, and while cute...not really functional.

EC Teacher Lesson Planners are made for TEACHERS! Take a look at some of the highlights from their website (I hope EC doesn't mind I screen shot these from their website):
Seriously, they've thought of so many wonderful forms and lists. It's such a beautiful thing!
Still not convinced? Watch the video...you're welcome!

Here's are some of the pages from my own planner:
Erin Condren and her people appreciate teachers and from now until May 31st, 2015 ALL {teacher} products are 25% off! I'll be buying my planning for the 2015-2016 school year just as soon as I can decide on a design! With more than 45 unique designs, narrowing it down is so hard! Here are my top 4 favorites - which one do you like best?
Oh, if you're making your first-ever purchase from EC, you can use this link and save $10:
They have lots more than just planners, and if you spend more than $75 you get a free t-shirt! Umm, yes, please!!!!
I'd love to know what design YOU like best!

For more great ideas, tips, and tricks from True Life I’m a Teacher, be sure to follow me on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, Bloglovin’ and Teachers Pay Teachers.
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