Saturday, July 26, 2014

Teacher Binder Planner

It's all the rage on Pinterest and one of the top searched items on Teachers Pay Teachers.  I even tried to make the cover for one.  I found a really great Teacher Binder Planner that I wanted to share with you.
Pink Teacher Binder Cover from Jackson in the Middle Pink Teacher Binder from Jackson in the Middle

Now, I don't know Teacher Learner from Eve.  You won't see the little "this page was sponsored by xyz, but all the comments are my own" here.  I just felt overwhelmed looking for a Teacher Binder with all the bells and whistles that I wanted without costing an arm, a leg, and my first born.  No Erin Condren planners this year (feel sorry for me?).  I just happened to see a post by Teacher Learner on the Encouraging Teachers Group on Facebook and the sky parted and little glorious angels played their mini harps... okay... too much.... anyway... it's perfect for me (and it's pink) and I thought it might be perfect for you too.  It's money well spent!  You can thank me later.

Do you have a product that is perfect for you?  What is it?  I would love for you to share it with me.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Why Study History?

Jackson in the Middle Y U No Like History
created by yours truly
This past school year was the first time I taught US History in years.  I was surprised to have several students ask me why do they have to study history in the first place.  I mean... really!  WHY do we study history??!!??  History is all around us.  It's in every routine we muddle through on a daily basis.  We have a multiracial classroom... THAT'S history.  We have a free education... THAT'S history.  But, they didn't see it.  I had to do some fast thinking to get past the first few times I was asked the question.

This year I wanted to think ahead. I would answer that question the first week of school.  But, I didn't want it to be a la Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
Ferris Bueller's Day off via Jackson in the Middle
I went to my favorite Hip Hughes History YouTube channel and modified his "Hey Teacher!! Why do I have to learn this stuff?" video to fit my needs.  I then created my own Y U No meme and took off from there.  I wanted to keep it light, short, and to the point.  I knew this would be one of the first lessons my students would put in their Interactive Notebooks.  They would need extra time for questions, cutting, and gluing.  In the end I created a PowerPoint with 16 fun memes that helps tell the story of why we study history.  I used a white PPT background so the kids wouldn't be distracted and the memes would pop.  I created transitions, a few animations, and I even added suggested speaker notes to make it a load and go presentation.  Come see what I came up with at Teachers Pay Teachers.  I can't wait to use it!
Why Study History? via Jackson in the Middle

How do you answer when your students ask why do they have to study history?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Binder Cover for Social Studies

I've been planning a lot lately.  Getting things done and feeling good about it!

As I'm out back to school shopping I'm finding social studies items unavailable.  Not that the quantities are low, but that the items aren't there to be purchased in the first place!  With social studies being the red headed step-child that in mind I started playing with some digital backgrounds and created a classic black and white chevron cover for my US History content binder.  Thinking other social studies teachers might be in the same situation... I also created binder covers for all the social studies classes in middle school and high school.  I then uploaded them to my Teachers Pay Teachers store.  My very first item if I do say so myself.  Download yours now.

Note: I personally have nothing against red headed individuals or step-children.  :o)

What have you been creating?
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