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?

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Connect and explore

It's so important to stay connect and support other Texas bloggers.  I know I find inspiration and encouragement on hundreds of different teacher blog sites.  My diverse bloglovin' feed is proof.  Ari and Alyssa at Texas Teacher Round-up created a link up so you can explore Texas teacher bloggers.  Have fun exploring.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Motivational Monday

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Summer!

Summer Funnin Photo by John Davies
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Wow... summer 2014 is sooo different from summer 2013!  Last year I was teaching summer school and a new content for the first time.  It was out of my social studies comfort zone, but ended up being an excellent experience.  I usually get a little bored in the summer (I know!  It's terrible.  Please tell me I'm not the only one.) so it was fun to be busy.  Unfortunately, I feel not having a break wore on me and contributed to the down fall of my year.  I'm being overly slightly dramatic.

In many ways 2013-2014 was one of the best years of my teaching career.  My 6th graders were amazing!  We grew very close, shared experiences, and our lives with each other.  They looked forward to seeing me, being in our class, and learning.  I did too.  They even wrote me extra special comments on their end of the year student surveys.  They were a special group of kids.  When I was with them I felt like an amazing rock star teacher.  With my 8th grade classes...  not so much.  Well... I saw flickers of awesomeness... it was just too few and far between.  I'm working out the "not so much" and doing some reflection.  There were some situations that didn't go as planned and some people that didn't do their job 100% of the time.  I'm not excluding me in this equation.  I understand many of these situations were out of my control.  I guess I'm just expecting to be "amazing rock star teacher" everyday and in every class.  I want to use my school year experiences as a learning process and try to grow professionally from it.  

To help myself grow I've developed a nice reading list...

I've read these books before but I try to revisit them each August...
I'm also working on FREE and FUN professional development (is this a misnomer?!?)
I'm growing my Twitter Professional Learning Community.  Follow these wonderful people...

  • Columbine by Dave Cullen (Almost finished)
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