Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Back to School Goals, Winners, and PA Blog Hop Freebie!

I'm linking up with I Heart Recess for her Back to School Goals Linky!

Personal: Killer B and I decided that we should spend more time out and about on the town, and less time in front of the TV. So we're making it happen!

Organization: My organization goal is huge. As I've mentioned before, I'm moving rooms. Right now all of my teacherly possessions are in one of three places. In boxes stacked in my new classroom, in boxes stacked in closets in my spare bedrooms, or spread all over my living room. Sooo much to do.

Planning: I read Teach Like a Pirate this summer and (what I'm writing here sounds uber-snobbish, forgive me) I couldn't help thinking throughout the whole book that it was full of great ideas that I already knew. I suspect a lot of you readers out there felt the same way. BUT, that being said I would recommend it to other teachers. I think it serves as a great reminder of why one should teach, and how one should plan. I'd like to make sure that I try to implement these ideas even more than I have in the past this coming year. 

Professional: One of the big things I could improve on is filing ideas. I am awful at saving my ideas for the future. I have my lesson plans from prior years, but there are so many little things that I don't write into my plans. Inevitably the next school year comes around and I think to myself, "What was that alternate for 'Class-yes' that we used last October? It was so fun...aargh!" 

And my math games and centers are a mess. I have a clean slate with my new grades and room, so I want to start filing the right way (with future years in mind) this year!

Students: My goal is really just to have a classroom for my students where they feel safe and happy and want to come each day. The rest will follow.

Motto: Of course, I believe it is key that an educator loves what he/she does. If you aren't loving it, something needs to change.

On another note, I have some winners for my 350 Follower Giveaway! I've already notified you through e-mail! Congratulations! I'll be putting together something bigger for 500! 

A while back I had the pleasure of meeting some great teachers from around my state in person. It's funny because I felt like I already knew many of them from reading their blogs! 

Among the discussions ranging from blogging tips, math workshop, and stories of some of our favorite teaching moments, Wendy brought up the idea of a Back-to-School Blog Hop to showcase us PA Bloggers and reward our readers with some freebies! Of course, we all love before you knew it, Andrew had whipped up our blog hop button and we were on our way!

The freebie I'm contributing to the hop is inspired by a pin I saw on pinterest that linked back to the fun Keepin it Kool in Kinderland blog. Last year I attended a workshop and while I was out my kids apparently told the sub they were not who they actually are. Not a huge deal, kind of funny, but preventable and possibly ripe for problems. Never again!

Click the image to get it!
So I whipped up this editable powerpoint template for making a photo class list to stick in my sub binder! Type in the names, drop in the photos and "send them to the back" behind the frames, drop in a digital paper to make it look fancy, send it to the back, and wah lah! 

So, now that you've grabbed up my freebie, dropped a healthy rating on it on TpT, (and maybe decided to hit the "follow me on bloglovin' button), head on over to the next stop on the hop, which is with Wendy from Read With Me ABC!


  1. Nick,
    I feel very fortunate to be one of your giveaway winners! I had a great time really looking over your TPT products - - you have awesome ideas!! (I'm very excited).

    Your Goals for this school year could (and should) be mine! New room, need. to. organize., and How to Teach Like a Pirate is my next read! (It was recommended to me to read it pretty close to going back to school - - because it is very energizing).

    Thanks Again and congratulations on your blog and everything that goes with it!


  2. Great goals, Nick!! I love the bucket list idea:) I agree 100% with your student goal too. This is SO true!!
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  3. Hi Nick. I was just reading your comment about the postage and came over to your blog. That's when I realized that I had read your blog already this morning. I remember because I was thinking "who is Killer B.?" Now I realize that this is your wife. Thanks for following my blog - I'm already one of your followers - see if you can find the watermelon slice - that's me!

  4. Like the goals, especially the less TV! I need to work on that too! Thanks for the freebie!
    A Tall Drink of Water

  5. I can't wait to hear how the "No TV" nights go. THe hubs and I need to add that to our list of goals too. The photo class list is awesome! :)

    Read With Me ABC

  6. I'm your newest follower! I am a fellow fourth grade teacher and I LOVE the idea of no-tv nights!

    Fourth Grade Lemonade

  7. I forgot to mention that I pinned your Class List freebie. :)

    Read With Me ABC

  8. Thanks for the photo class list. An AWESOME idea that will be oh so useful for those little trickster children. :)



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