Thursday, February 9, 2012

Clip Art...

So I'm obsessed with clip art. It's a problem. I love it so much--I think cute clip art makes things more fun to teach and more fun to learn!

That said, I am still learning and understanding all the terms of use with clipart that I've purchased so a few quick things:
1. I won't be posting any types of documents, only images, until I know how to make sure if I do post a document I'm not violating any terms of use with purchased clip art.
2. I am going to make an effort on all future documents to put from where I purchased the clip art so you can go buy it if you want!
3. Thus far, I've only purchased clip art from Scrappin Doodles and Lettering Delights so if you see something you like it's from one of these two!
4. Last but not least, if you see that something I've done is not what I should be doing in terms of giving credit/proper use of clip art, please let me know! I actually have held back on posting lots of things, because I get nervous about any type of misuse of clipart and/or fonts since that's not my intention at all!

Thanks for reading my laundry list of comments about clip art! I'm going to try to post more here (and use more clip art in my work!) to share what I'm creating for our classroom.


P.S. FYI the clip art used in the non-fiction writing checklist=from Lettering Delights. The clip art in the "When I feel done, I can..." and the octopus in the writing checlist=from google.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Non-fiction writing checklist

With inspiration from an amazing kinder teacher at our school, I revamped our writing checklist, combining my old one with her new-to-me one...and here is the result:
(I have them ready to print on quarter sheets of paper so students can use them to check their writing themselves.)

I also made this to put on students' new writing folders as a nice reminder to KEEP working! :)

Let me know what you think!


Sunday, February 5, 2012

Ryan Gosling thinks teachers are doing a great job...

Hey teacher friends,

Have you seen this tumblr website? A friend sent it to me tonight, and I think it's amazing. My current favorite...

...only because I hand in weekly data reflections, and so as soon as I'm done with this post, I'll be reflecting on how/if I need to reteach.

In other news, last week Tanya at Ms. Solano's Kindergarten Class tagged me! This game of tag=time for me to answer some questions!

GAME.ON. Here are the rules:
1. You must post the rules.
2. Post 12 fun facts about yourself on the blog post.
3. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post, and then create 12 new questions for the people you tagged.
4. Tag 12 people and link them on your post.
5. Let them know you've tagged them!

12 Fun Facts About Me:
1. I just celebrated 5 years cancer-free on January 29th! Woohoo!

2. Related to #1, my hair has gotten pretty long now, and sometimes it drives me crazy, because I feel like I'm shedding everywhere! This whole having long hair thing=quite a novelty.

3. I just (as in 30 seconds ago) killed a fly on my computer--okay, not necessarily a fun fact, but I have a huge fear of bugs so this is quite impressive!

4. I have a tendency to overeat fruits and vegetables. As in, I shop at Costco and buy the giant thing of peaches...but eat them all myself. I also may or may not overeat other types of foods ;) but fruits and veggies=my weakness.

5. Related to #4, tomorrow I reembark on my P90X challenge. I started at the end of September, but then some not so great things happened (as in my mom passed away so I flew home), and I ended up eating lots of cheesecake and ice cream instead of working out... :P

6. I drive a MINI Cooper Convertible. I think it's the best thing ever, and I sometimes fear I'll keep my car beyond when I should reasonably keep it, because I love it so much. Sometimes, when I'm feeling inspired by The Italian Job, my commute to work is very short!

7. I signed off Facebook a month ago...and I have a feeling I may have missed several people getting engaged (because apparently that's what everyone I know is doing), but I don't miss it! However, I realized this week I need to email all my friends for their birthdays, otherwise I'll miss them!

8. I just purchased some awesome clip art and fonts, and I hope I can start making things for TPT soon!

9. I am an awful cook (though I'm trying), but I love baking. I like how precise and specific baking is--if I follow the recipe to a T, it works out.

10. I live in LA, and for the first time this morning I felt like I semi-fit in in my neighborhood (which is uber-hipster). I was in Trader Joe's and noticed I was one of 10 people wearing TOMS and an American Apparel hoodie. I won't be busting out the skinny jeans anytime soon, but it's about time I started to look a little more LA-ish. I'm trying to show restraint by not buying a new pair of TOMS ballet flats as much as I want them!

11. I watched 50/50 a week ago, and I have to tell you, weirdest glimpse into my life ever. Did I mention my mom had Alzheimer's? Yeah, that was a bizarre movie to watch--I highly recommend it though!! Loved it.

12. I discovered that if I go to the ampm by my house I can refill any cup of mine with diet coke for 99 cents. Yikes. Still no diet coke in my house, but I do love a good sip of fountain dc on my way to school!

Now to answer Tanya's questions...
1. Hands down, the best song ever is....?
Bah. Too tricky. In honor of my love for the Cubs, Go Cubs Go!

2. When is your birthday?
December 27, 1986!

3. What's the biggest need you have in your classroom?
Right now, we have a lot of work to do with concepts of print in some of my small groups. My students' writing and reading is being dramatically impacted by what they see when they look at words--I can't figure out what it is they see, but they are pointing to letters, "reading" left to right, just not attending to the actual words and the sounds the letters make.

4. Do you have a night out each week, or month?
I try for each week...weekends=much easier than weekdays, but weekday nights out make me so happy!

5. What do you do on your night out?
Sushi. Margaritas. Friends. :)

6. The perfect vacation would be...?
Australia. Beach. Calmness. Let's go.

7. Your favorite cartoon growing up was....?
Animalympics and The Great American Rabbit. Anyone know what I'm talking about? :)

8. Single? Married?  Kids?
Single. No babies. Not really eager to get married either. I like my life as is!

9. If you could have any super human power, what would it be?  And, why?
Disease curer--cause there are lots of diseases that we really need to cure. Ahem, Alzheimer's and cancer, I would kick your butts if I had a disease curer super human power.

10. Your favorite recipe?  {please share}
Pasta salad...not a real recipe per se...but super easy to make and super yummy: 1 box tricolor pasta+red peppers+orange peppers+cherry tomatoes+celery+(red onion if you like--I don't)+broccoli+Italian dressing. Yum.

11. Do you have restrooms and a sink in your classroom?
Nope! My classroom wasn't built as a no sink or restrooms.

12. What is your biggest pet peeve?
I don't know what is my biggest pet peeve...but a recent one: reply all emails that don't need to be replied all. I'm awful with replying to my email, and when I have emails popping up that aren't even for me, I am even worse about replying!

Here are the 12 blogs I've tagged:
(even though she just got tagged I couldn't resist--I love this blog!)

...and last but not least my questions for all of you:
1. What is your favorite TV show?
2. What is your must have food/drink to keep you going during the day?
3. Tell us your most recent student story that made you laugh out loud.
4. Favorite store...
5. Fill-in-the-blank: I can't live without _____.
6. What kind of school do you teach at? Public, charter, private, independent?
7. How many students are in your class?
8. Website you visit every day without fail.
9. One thing that's on your bucket list.
10. What's one thing you are focused on becoming better at as teacher?
11. How many teachers are at your school, and how many are male vs. female?
12. What's one thing that made you feel lucky/blessed/happy today?

Now off to bed before I fall asleep while typing!