As we get closer to the end of the school year, teachers in my Facebook groups are asking for end of year gift suggestions. I put together some of my best ideas! First, gifts are not required! Don't feel like you have to give one. I honestly don't think that students expect them. The end of the year is a blur for students and teachers. If the gift is stressful- don't bother. It does not mean you don't love your students. Give hugs! I liked to give a gift, but I am not the kind of teacher who is willing to waste money on dollar store junk. I am a mom and I know that those trinkets get broken and/or thrown away within a day or two. It might seem cheap, but really it ends up being a waste. I also like for my student gifts to be meaningful and help my students to remember our year together. A sand pail or a beach ball just don't generally hold much meaning. Instead, I like to give one of the following gifts... 1. Book I always took great prid...
You’re almost ready! The baby is coming soon, and you’re tired but excited to get everything ready for your new addition at home. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of preparation that needs to be done at school as well. Getting ready for your maternity leave can be very stressful! If you follow me on Facebook, then you probably saw my BIG announcement! My husband and I are super excited to be expecting baby number FIVE! Wowzers! I know how hard it is to focus on work when you are pregnant. It's like my sweet little baby has completely sucked my brain right out of my head! All I can think about is car seat safety rankings and baby nursery decor. I also know how hard it is to be a long-term substitute. Prior to becoming a full-time teacher I was a substitute for many years. I had the opportunity to substitute for many new mommies. I had some awesome long-term jobs and some that I couldn't wait to be over. I thought I would combine a my mommy and substitute expe...
Teachers Pay Teachers made me a better teacher. That might sound cheesy to you, but it is the absolute truth. TpT gave me the ability to meet my students' needs in ways that went above and beyond the outdated curriculum. TpT made me look like a rockstar with super fun activities while saving me time that I could spend with my family. I love TpT, but I couldn't always afford as many resources as I wanted. Teachers are on seriously limited budgets. (Not that I need to tell you that!) Over the years, I have come up with seven different ways to save a little on my TpT purchases. I want to share in hopes that this will help you! 1. Leave Feedback to Earn Credit Teachers Pay Teachers values quality feedback on resources. The feedback helps other teachers to find the resource that will best meet their own classroom needs. Since feedback is so important, TpT rewards you for leaving feedback! When you leave feedback on the resources that you have purchased and used in ...