Sunday, January 1, 2017

Teacher Blogger Retreat 2017

We are ready to roll out the red carpet and announce that we are opening registration for the

And you WILL NOT want to miss what we have planned for you this year!
Are you ready to be treated like the red carpet star that you are?
Need a weekend of pampering to escape from the “work” of teaching?
Need to be re-energized and fall in love with teaching all over again?
Ready to shine and be recognized for the teaching-star that you are?

Then come walk the red carpet with us at French Lick Resort!
French Lick is an incredible resort is located in southern Indiana, but it is within 3 hours of Cincinnati, Nashville, Indianapolis, and St. Louis!

And let me tell you...they are ready to pamper us again!  

Here are the details...
WHO:  YOU are invited!
WHAT:  Spring Blogger/Follower Retreat!
WHEN: March 17, 18 & 19, 2017
WHERE:  French Lick Resort & Casino - French Lick, IN
WHY:   To meet new friends, share blogging & TPT tricks & tips, 
and just have fun! {LOTS and LOTS of FUN!}

Join us for the whole weekend, or just a day!
Here is a peek at some of the things we have planned…

Friday, March 17th
·       OPTIONAL:  Many attendees gather and socialize at the beautiful West Baden Hotel.  Come early and join us! 

Saturday, March 18th

Blogger Meet-Up Luncheon:  Get-to-know-you luncheon, teacher product giveaways, and “Teacher Tool” gift swap game

·       Keynote Speaker:  None other than PRINCIPAL GERRY will be there to uplift, inspire, and create a room full of laughter

·       Teaching, TPT, Blogging Round-table and Workshop Sessions:  We will send out a survey asking for topics of interest and we invite you to submit a round-table proposal as well. 

·      Dinner Reservations at Resort Restaurant/s:  (OPTIONAL) Meet up for dinner at one of the resort’s casual, but classy restaurants.

·     Since everyone who is a teacher knows they went into this profession for the fame and fortune (ya, right!!)……We will be rolling out the red carpet for you as we invite you to dress up as your favorite star, pose for the paparazzi, and fabulous fun with friends!  (Heavy hors d’oeuvres, non-alcoholic beverages, photo booth pictures and party favors included.  There will also be a cash bar.)

Sunday, March 19th

·       9:30 am - Sunday Breakfast/Brunch:  (OPTIONAL) Meet at the resort’s famous breakfast buffet for our last gathering of good food, good conversation, and goodbyes!

The cost for attending this event is $75, which includes your lunch and beverages, a portion of the room fees and our Saturday night social event (including food and non-alcoholic drinks).  This is the ONLY required fee for the entire weekend!  The rest of the event (hotel fees, if you choose to stay on site, and the remainder of the meal fees will be on your own, based on your choices!).  If you live close, you may choose to drive in for the day.  This fee needs to be paid by Feb.12 to guarantee your registration.  Also, note that due to the increasing popularity of this event, registration may have to be limited due to size.  (More details for payment will be posted on our private FB meet-up/retreat group page.)

Wondering if this event is something you might be interested in?  Check out what some of last year's attendees have to say...

Hannah F.Last year was my first year at French Lick and I was so nervous! I remember driving up there and imagining all the things that could go wrong! (of course) But, when I arrived I was overwhelmed with the kindness of every single person there. Everyone felt like they belonged and they did! The whole weekend was full of fun activities that helped me grow as a teacher and as a person. I made so many brand new friendships that I will carry with me forever. I remember driving away feeling refreshed and so ready to get back into my classroom! This weekend will refresh your love for teaching from the very instant you step into the hotel! “

Heidi N. "It was so refreshing to be surrounded by like minded teachers!  I left the weekend with new perspective, new ideas, and a lot of new friends!"

Maja A. "Last year's meet up inspired me to do so many new things, I finished out the school year strong with the things I learned from the other teacher/bloggers there!  I am so excited for this years meet up!"

Are you ready to sign up for a star-studded weekend of fun?  Simply click HERE to register for the event.
Questions?  Feel free to contact us at

Saturday, September 10, 2016

A Guided Reading Must Have!

 Magnetic Letter Trays!

problem:  Prepping for guided reading can be time consuming to get the exact letters ready for each kiddo, it's hard for them to find the right letter quickly, and clean up can be chaos.

solution: Organizing them on magnetic trays!

You will need...

I have included free files to help you make your own magnetic letter trays!

If you don't own a Silhouette Cameo...

You will need clear Avery Full Sheet Stickers.  Simply download pdf, print, cut to the size of the tray, and stick!
Click picture to download pdf.

If you own a Silhouette Cameo...

First, I cut just the consonants using black vinyl and taped it to the counter.
Then, I cut the vowels out and, using a ruler, placed them on the same sheet with the consonants.
 Next, place your transfer paper (or clear contact paper) on your vinyl and transfer the letters.
 Make sure the transfer tape overlaps a little on the bottom.
Peel back the top to expose the first row of letters.
Next, place in the tray and stick (overlapped transfer tape) the bottom of the tray.  This will help it to stay in place while you position the top.
 Press entire sheet down to ensure a good fit.  (The vinyl backing is still on the rest of the letters.)
 I flip mine around and slowly pull vinyl backing off...
 pressing down as each row of vinyl letters is exposed.
 When all the letters have been pressed down, you can remove the transfer tape!
Add your magnetic letters!!
When it's time to clean up, just collect and stack the trays!  Can I get an amen?

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

How to Make 3D Shapes Using HUE Animation Studio!

How do you integrate 3D shapes, a 3D printer, and HUE Animation Studio software?
By making a time lapse video using HUE Animation Studio!!
3D Cone
3D Cylinder
3D Pyramid
3D Earth

How to Make Cute Stickers in Your Erin Condren Planner

Erin Condren...LOVE!
These are a few of my favorite things...and then I don't feel so bad!  
Okay okay, you might not break out into songs from The Sound of Music but you will flip for making your own stickers!
After you have your schedule set, you need to find clip art you love!
DIY tips to organize your Erin Condren Teacher Planner!
You can find this adorable clip art set from Educlips here!
I would go INSANE (too late) trying to cut these out perfectly so I print these out on Avery Clear Full Sheet Labels!
 Then I just create a powerpoint and line up each picture, print,...
cut them into squares,...
 peel off the backing...
DIY tips to organize your Erin Condren Teacher Planner!
 ...and press onto my page!  Look Russ!  No lines! (Yep!  I'm a National Lampoon's fan!)
DIY tips to organize your Erin Condren Teacher Planner!
You can also use a Silhouette Cameo cutting machine!  It's a lot easier (and fun) to use!  
They will email you a coupon code to enter when you checkout!

Saturday, June 18, 2016

HUE Animation & Composite Shapes

and first grade!
What do all these things have in common?  
Check out how my class using HUE Animation Studio in the classroom!  
Watch first graders (yep, 6 year olds) make stop motion animation videos!
My firsties have been studying composite shapes!  (Don't be embarrassed!  Here is the definition of composite figure!)
They have completed lots of "research" on making composite shapes!  
They especially loved using the app 

Students use pattern shapes to create their own design, use an outline, or compose larger shapes on the ipad!
After they have created a composite shape, the student composes the shape using our classroom pattern blocks on the table.
Here is the really amazing part that HUE didn't forget can reverse a sequence of images!!!!
Not excited yet?  
Let me explain.  
After the student composes their composite shape out of pattern blocks, they take a picture (press the space bar).  
Then they take one shape away, take a picture.  
Take another shape away, take a picture.  
Over and over again (I feel like I'm singing a Nelly song to you)!
Next, highlight all the frames with the images the student took for that shape and simply press,
"Reverse frame ordering."
Viola!  The shape looks like it is magically building itself!
You can imagine how much of a hit this was during math stations!  Everyone on task and engaged in learning!  
Things that make you go ahhh!
Enjoy our video!!

Want more ideas on using
HUE Animation Studio in your classroom?