Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Playing Around with Blog Design

So I decided to try my hand at tweaking the design of this blog, hence the new header, button, etc.  I'm not totally wild about this here version, but I'm enjoying the process. I anticipate changing it multiple times over the summer until I land on something I love.

Meanwhile, I'm turning to the interwebs to help me figure out how to customize things, so I want to give a shout out to some of the resources I'm using across the summer. First up, Megan from I Teach, What's Your Superpower? is doing a summer series on blog design that I highly recommend if you're interested:
Also? The Blog Baby, Blog link on her site is a fantastic resource. I'm particularly partial to this lady, as she designed the first two versions of Wild Rumpus, and exhibited incredible patience given my fickle ways. Plus? I got to meet her in person and she's awesome:
So go there, and if you don't feel like fiddling, have her design a blog for you! Check out her design site at A Bird in Hand Designs. She's amazing:
As I play around with it a bit more, I'll continue to share resources. Right now I'm trying to figure out how to reduce the space between the post title and the actual body of the post. I'd also like to eliminate the border around the main part of the page. I'll love you forever if you want to share tips. Meanwhile, if you have other suggestions for resources, please add them in the comments!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Teacher Freebie Redux

Two summers ago, when Pinterest and teaching blogs appeared on my horizon, I was thrilled to discover the plethora of free teaching resources out there. So many generous teachers are blogging on these interwebs, and I have certainly downloaded my share of their great resources. This summer, I thought I would periodically post some of my past freebies for all of you. So here you go--today, it's all about reading:

Looking for a graphic organizer to help students keep track of multiple main ideas?

Kids having trouble with finding main idea(s) with to begin? Here's a graphic to support your teaching for how to determine importance in reading:

Just click the images to go to the original blog posts where these freebies were posted. That will give you a little more info about how I used them in my classroom.

Happy Monday!
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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Summer Reading

It's that time again, and I couldn't be happier about it. This pile of books belongs to me and my two boys, and represents a small portion of what's on the menu this summer. I'm elated to report that they no longer argue with me over "having to" get their summer reading done each day. I don't know when this shift happened, but it's a teacher's Christmas miracle, is what!

Since my students were lovely enough to give me many a gift card this year, we went on a little book buying spree the other day in preparation for the weeks ahead.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Classroom Makeover: Wall Stuff

It's been a couple of years since I did a full-on classroom makeover, and it's starting to look a little shabby. And I don't mean Shabby-Chic. Visions of an update are dancing in my head, though it will have to wait until summer. Until then, this Ikea Kvissle wall magazine rack is just one of my new obsessions.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

The Simples Love a Picnic

Yes, the author/illustrator of this book is my dear friend. But I swear to the entire universe that it's fantastic. So fantastic, that I'm giving away a signed copy to one lucky teacher/reader.