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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Virtual Sharing

Social Media can sometimes get a bad wrap. But, for those of you who are risk-takers, dreamers, or just plain curious, it can be a wonderful educational resource. Since my journey started, I have made some wonderful connections and the professional impact is beyond words. Each day I come across a gem or two and I try my best to share them. This Blog Is Why I am ending the year with some virtual shares that I hope everyone can take advantage of in some way.



                                       (I can see us now on that first day back!)
                   

                                             (Thank you @edutopia)




Back to school activity: Post photo and ask "Which one doesn't belong?"
                                                 (Courtesy Ayodele Harrison)
                               


Just for administrators. Don't want to leave anyone out!
                                                          




Blogs from A-Z
A- A is For Administrator
B- Breakfast Club
C- Chicken Soup Is For The Mind, Body, and Soul
D- DonorsChoose
E- Empathy
F- Forty and Fitness
G- Grant Writing
H- Hour of Code
I- I Wish I Had Thought of That (Repost)
J- Jeopardy in the Classroom
K- Keys to a Successful Hour of Code
L- Lessons Learned
M- Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (MIE)
N- Need a Gift Idea?
O- Oh, The Places We WANT To Go!
P- Principal Presents
Q- Quitting the Profession
R- Recharge Over the Holidays
S- Skype-A-Thon
T- Twelve Days of Twitter
U- Update: Oh The Places...Here We Come!
V- Virtual Sharing
W- What's New in 2017
X- Xtra, Xtra...This Challenge is DONE
Y- Year End Review
Z- Zebra Print, Red Velvet, and FREEBIES

Xtra, Xtra...This Challenge is DONE

I finally made it!! This Blogging Challenge is complete. Thank you for hanging in there with me. What a motivating way to make sure I keep blogging and I am happy for all of the events, shares, and holidays that gave me content to blog about! This last one will be short. This Blog Is Why I just want to leave you with two time-sensitive requests:

1) Hopefully by the time you read this, the link you clink on below will say "Hooray! This project is fully funded." Here is the story: Recently, Burlington Stores funded a project that would provide EVERY student in my class with a new backpack. Of course, they had limited funds, so I did not want to be greedy. I only budgeted for the 20 students in my class. Now, the backpacks are on the way and guess what?! Yes, teachers, I know you guessed it. I have a new student and no extra backpacks. This project is to get extra backbacks in case I get any more newbies down the line (and some supplies to go in them because there is a minimum dollar amount on projects, remember I am not greedy). Your support is greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Extra, Extra! We Need Backpacks
(Click here to support)

2) Midnight...well 11:59 tonight (December 31, 2016) is the deadline to take advantage of Early Bird registration for the Tomorrow's Classrooms Today Conference at Rider University (May 20, 2017). Yes! I will be presenting at the conference. Hope to see you there.

Register Here


Blogs from A-Z
A- A is For Administrator
B- Breakfast Club
C- Chicken Soup Is For The Mind, Body, and Soul
D- DonorsChoose
E- Empathy
F- Forty and Fitness
G- Grant Writing
H- Hour of Code
I- I Wish I Had Thought of That (Repost)
J- Jeopardy in the Classroom
K- Keys to a Successful Hour of Code
L- Lessons Learned
M- Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (MIE)
N- Need a Gift Idea?
O- Oh, The Places We WANT To Go!
P- Principal Presents
Q- Quitting the Profession
R- Recharge Over the Holidays
S- Skype-A-Thon
T- Twelve Days of Twitter
U- Update: Oh The Places...Here We Come!
V- Virtual Sharing
W- What's New in 2017
X- Xtra, Xtra...This Challenge is DONE
Y- Year End Review
Z- Zebra Print, Red Velvet, and FREEBIES

Zebra Print, Red Velvet, and FREEBIES

If you are an educator, then I know there are two things we all love: Food and FREEBIES. Well, in this post I will combine the two. Yep. You got it. Free Food!! This Blog Is Why I love celebrating my birthday, but free food makes it even better.

My family and friends really came through this year during the holidays. They know that I love anything with zebra print and red velvet cake. I was a happy girl. My way of showing appreciation and spreading love?  For the past two years on social media, I share a post with restaurants that have birthday freebies. Well, since you all are now in my family and friends, I will share it here as well. Do you know any that I missed? Please share and I will add to my list for next year.
             

BIRTHDAY FREEBIES: I'm eating free all day on my birthday...lol
**New** Jason's Deli $5 off (eClub signup) 
Baskin Robbins-free ice cream scoop (join email club)
Dunkin Donuts-free coffee
Dairy Queen-free... blizzard
Pinkberry-free froyo
Hooters-free wings
Denny's-free breakfast
IHOP-free pancakes
Olive Garden-free appetizer or dessert coupon (eClub signup)
Waffle House-free waffle
Which Wich-free sandwich (Vine Club signup)
Jersey Mike's-free 8inch sub & drink (join email list)
Zaxby's-free chicken slider sandwich w/Zax sauce (email club)
Arby's-free sandwich w/purchase of sandwich (email signup)
Ruby Tuesday's-free burger (join Birthday club)
Starbucks-free drink (Rewards club members)
Texas Roadhouse-free Sidekick ribs or appetizer (email signup)
Firebirds-$10 off (eClub signup)
Nakato's-free cake & picture





Blogs from A-Z
A- A is For Administrator
B- Breakfast Club
C- Chicken Soup Is For The Mind, Body, and Soul
D- DonorsChoose
E- Empathy
F- Forty and Fitness
G- Grant Writing
H- Hour of Code
I- I Wish I Had Thought of That (Repost)
J- Jeopardy in the Classroom
K- Keys to a Successful Hour of Code
L- Lessons Learned
M- Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (MIE)
N- Need a Gift Idea?
O- Oh, The Places We WANT To Go!
P- Principal Presents
Q- Quitting the Profession
R- Recharge Over the Holidays
S- Skype-A-Thon
T- Twelve Days of Twitter
U- Update: Oh The Places...Here We Come!
V- Virtual Sharing
W- What's New in 2017
X- Xtra, Xtra...This Challenge is DONE
Y- Year End Review
Z- Zebra Print, Red Velvet, and FREEBIES

Friday, December 30, 2016

Year End Review

For many, 2016 has left a bad taste in your mouth and you are eagerly looking forward to what lies ahead in the new year. Celebrity deaths seemed to hit an all-time high. As I was preparing this post, I looked over the list compiled by NBC News and was surprised at some of the faces that flashed before me on the screen. The loss of Alan Thicke, Craig Sager, Florence Henderson, and Prince (just to name a VERY few) will forever leave a hole in our hearts. I was listening to a television show that was recapping the year and the question was, "Which celebrity death hit you the hardest?" The answer overwhelmingly was the death of Prince and one of the anchors chimed in, "I didn't think he would ever die. He was supposed to live forever in my mind." But, switching gears, This Blog Is Why the end of the year is a time for reflection and a time to look forward to a new start in the new year. Happy New Year!

In this post, I really want to focus on my 3 Big Take-Aways:

1) The top 3 posts from This Blog Is Why:
       Breaking the Ice
       Blogs On The Go
       Recharge Over The Holidays

I just want to say that these next two come from 4 Pillars Agency, Horace Mann Companies. Over the holiday break, I had a great time playing a game of Jingle, Jingle, Bells (similar to Duck, Duck, Goose) on Facebook. In a photo finish, I won $75 from the contest (some of which was donated to projects on www.DonorsChoose.org). Be sure to check out @HoraceMann services in your local area.
                              Jingle Jingle BELLS contest (video link)
Thank you,
@melinda.quiroz.4pillars

2) Setting goals with your students using the 2017 goals sheet (link below).
                       New Year's Resources (freebie)

3) Will you join me in keeping a jar full of good events in 2017? I think this is a great idea!

What's New in 2017

Facebook LIVE feeds seem to really take off in 2016. At the start of this new feature, I got a little annoyed with seeing them pop up on my timeline (insert eye roll here...I really need emojis in my blogging options). Now, Live feeds can be found on just about every Social Media platform. Well, you know the old saying: If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. Sooooo, I am excited to announce that in 2017 I will host my own LIVE channel. This Blog Is Why I hope you will join me because I would love to chat with you.

Link for MsClassNSession LIVE

(Video Announcement)


                   



Blogs from A-Z
A- A is For Administrator
B- Breakfast Club
C- Chicken Soup Is For The Mind, Body, and Soul
D- DonorsChoose
E- Empathy
F- Forty and Fitness
G- Grant Writing
H- Hour of Code
I- I Wish I Had Thought of That (Repost)
J- Jeopardy in the Classroom
K- Keys to a Successful Hour of Code
L- Lessons Learned
M- Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (MIE)
N- Need a Gift Idea?
O- Oh, The Places We WANT To Go!
P- Principal Presents
Q- Quitting the Profession
R- Recharge Over the Holidays
S- Skype-A-Thon
T- Twelve Days of Twitter
U- Update: Oh The Places...Here We Come!
V- Virtual Sharing
W- What's New in 2017
X- Xtra, Xtra...This Challenge is DONE
Y- Year End Review
Z- Zebra Print, Red Velvet, and FREEBIES

Lessons Learned

This post has been baking in the oven for quite a while. And it has taken on many forms and a variety of topics. While this was not my original intent for the post, as the year winds down I am looking back through some of my favorite memes/quotes (I love memes!) and decided to share them with you. This Blog Is Why there is always a lesson to be learned, I hope you find a great takeaway here.





















Blogs from A-Z
A- A is For Administrator
B- Breakfast Club
C- Chicken Soup Is For The Mind, Body, and Soul
D- DonorsChoose
E- Empathy
F- Forty and Fitness
G- Grant Writing
H- Hour of Code
I- I Wish I Had Thought of That (Repost)
J- Jeopardy in the Classroom
K- Keys to a Successful Hour of Code
L- Lessons Learned
M- Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (MIE)
N- Need a Gift Idea?
O- Oh, The Places We WANT To Go!
P- Principal Presents
Q- Quitting the Profession
R- Recharge Over the Holidays
S- Skype-A-Thon
T- Twelve Days of Twitter
U- Update: Oh The Places...Here We Come!
V- Virtual Sharing
W- What's New in 2017
X- Xtra, Xtra...This Challenge is DONE
Y- Year End Review
Z- Zebra Print, Red Velvet, and FREEBIES


Thursday, December 29, 2016

Quitting the Profession

As of late, I have seen many posts, chat discussions, and articles focused on why teachers are quitting the profession. This topic resonates with me because I have been there before. Just frustrated. Tired. As a result, I left teaching for a year to search for a different path. Of course, I was brought back to my true passion (and found a new one along the way)...education. This Blog Is Why while I am not ready to leave my profession, I empathize with those who make that choice.

So what are some of the key reasons? Please see the article below from nprED for more details, but the main ones from their view seem to be: money, working conditions, and (or lack of) preparation.

What Are The Main Reasons Teachers Call It Quits? (article)

Are teachers (educators) struggling to keep up with the workload? Is this a contributing factor to the rising number of teachers exiting the profession? A TES blog post explores this issue:

The Teacher Workload

Finally, what do other educators cite as reasons teachers leave the profession (or consider leaving)? Check out some comments from a chat group discussion. The list here was quite extensive, so I will only name a few:

*Stress
*Politics
*Low pay
*Lack of support/respect
*Student (mis)behavior
*Personal reasons
*Emotional burnout
*Harassment/Bullying
*Creativity stifled
*Workload exceeds work hours
*Lack of compensation/incentives
*Negative school culture
*Lack of opportunity for promotions
*Better employment opportunities
*Unnecessary and redundant paperwork
*Unsupportive administration
*Overworked, unappreciated, and underpaid

Educators, as you keep pushing forward and fighting the good fight (as Brad Currie would say), please remember these 10 Things When You Feel Stuck:

                                          (Video Courtesy www.TheLawOfAttraction.com)


Blogs from A-Z
A- A is For Administrator
B- Breakfast Club
C- Chicken Soup Is For The Mind, Body, and Soul
D- DonorsChoose
E- Empathy
F- Forty and Fitness
G- Grant Writing
H- Hour of Code
I- I Wish I Had Thought of That (Repost)
J- Jeopardy in the Classroom
K- Keys to a Successful Hour of Code
L- Lessons Learned
M- Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (MIE)
N- Need a Gift Idea?
O- Oh, The Places We WANT To Go!
P- Principal Presents
Q- Quitting the Profession
R- Recharge Over the Holidays
S- Skype-A-Thon
T- Twelve Days of Twitter
U- Update: Oh The Places...Here We Come!
V- Virtual Sharing
W- What's New in 2017
X- Xtra, Xtra...This Challenge is DONE
Y- Year End Review
Z- Zebra Print, Red Velvet, and FREEBIES







Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Update: Oh The Places...Here We Come!

I know in the past I have shared with you my new love for www.donorschoose.org, an amazing resource for teachers to get materials for their classrooms. Well, if you are familiar with the site (even if you are not) please note that they are not just a source for classroom materials. Teachers can also post projects for field trips, class visitors/speakers, and professional development. This Blog Is Why I am happy to tell you all about my new favorite DonorsChoose Giving Community #CaringClassrooms!

Recently, I collaborated with my grade level team to post a field trip project (see previous blog post; Letter "O"). This project's cost was over $1,000. The largest amount I have tried to raise to date. Of course, it was a task. I tried every avenue that I could think of and even those that were shared with me by colleagues/my PLN. When the project finally got a red clock and time started winding down, I got nervous (insert appropriate emoji here). And then, the wonderful Caring Classrooms community came to our rescue! On my birthday (the grade level project was in my name, talk about pressure), I received a message that our project would be posted on the giving page and guaranteed full funding. That was enough to satisfy me and I was no longer in panic mode. But it gets even better. The project posted around 8PM on my birthday and by 10AM the next day...full funding. Talk about results. AMAZING!



Here are a few additional comments from our donors:
"I love your project idea! From one Caring Classrooms teacher to another, best wishes in this new school year."

"My family loves plays and Dr. Seuss too. Enjoy!"

"We love reading our new baby boy Dr. Seuss-good luck in your production!"

"I love this project. I hope you and your class enjoy the show. It's a wonderful idea to give an experience as part of learning."

"As a retired 1st grade teacher, I know how much this will mean to your students. Enjoy!"

"Happy Birthday! Hope complete funding comes before midnight!"

"Good Luck!"

"Good luck and happy birthday!"

"Happy Birthday"

"I love this project!"

"Happy Birthday! Thank you for supporting projects on the Caring Classrooms giving page! We have added your project to our page, and guarantee it will fully fund! That's a great way to celebrate your birthday with your students!"

Finally, I want to thank the MANY donors who have contributed to my projects this year (2016):

Neukom Foundation                    Caring Classrooms                Amelia (Jackson Heights, NY)
Duke Energy                                AT&T                                    Nicole&John (CA)
E20 and Jonathan Nalder            Chrissie Devinney                 Warner Brothers Television
Advancement Courses                Burlington Stores                     Tammy Golihew
The Wright Family                     Vanessa Jacobs (mom)            Bill&Melinda Gates Foundation
Pam Hubler                                 Jessica Lawson                        Marilyn Lowe
DonorsChoose.org                      Charlotte Sills                         Stephanie Brown    
Mrs. Griffis                                 Hillary Hobbs                         Christina Fastaia
Nicole Evers                               Helen Mitchell                         R. Reid
Sarah Thomas                            Gail Roof                                 Dr & Mrs. Carlisle (Rock Hill)
Shannon Porter                          Francie Kugelman                   Nick DeMaster
MsClassNSession;-)                  Tanika Wallace                        Andrae Daniels
Linda Barlow                             Julie Landis                             Frank Jackson
Necole D                                    Jerome Jefferson                     Lynn Wade
Justin Brown                              Anonymous donors (NY, SC, GA, OH, AR)
Bill&Melinda Gates Foundation Teacher2Teacher
Angela Watson (TheCornerstoneforTeachers.com)

Giving Pages
https://www.donorschoose.org/MsClassNSession
Chester Park COLT's Giving Page


Blogs from A-Z
A- A is For Administrator
B- Breakfast Club
C- Chicken Soup Is For The Mind, Body, and Soul
D- DonorsChoose
E- Empathy
F- Forty and Fitness
G- Grant Writing
H- Hour of Code
I- I Wish I Had Thought of That (Repost)
J- Jeopardy in the Classroom
K- Keys to a Successful Hour of Code
L- Lessons Learned
M- Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (MIE)
N- Need a Gift Idea?
O- Oh, The Places We WANT To Go!
P- Principal Presents
Q- Quitting the Profession
R- Recharge Over the Holidays
S- Skype-A-Thon
T- Twelve Days of Twitter
U- Update: Oh The Places...Here We Come!
V- Virtual Sharing
W- What's New in 2017
X- Xtra, Xtra...This Challenge is DONE
Y- Year End Review
Z- Zebra Print, Red Velvet, and FREEBIES

Recharge Over the Holidays

Today, on Facebook, a memory popped up from a year ago where I shared an infographic (at least that's what I'm calling it!). It was a timely reminder called "12 Ways to Recharge Over the Holidays" and I think we all need this as the new year approaches. I know what you're thinking. Why am I working and blogging during MY holiday? But for me, blogging is my therapy. Now, when you see me take a blogging break, that's when you know I am somewhere stressing over something and THEN, I will probably need to refer back to this post. This Blog Is Why we all need a little reminder to recharge our batteries.


#1) No problem. Of course I am going to sleep in. But if I don't, plenty of naps on deck.

#2) If I must. Only because that's the only way to get to Nakato's, my favorite Japanese restaurant.

#3) Right now I am reading for pleasure The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae

#4) I love spending time with my family and loved ones during the holidays. Great time to catch up!

#5) Exercise?! No thank you. (See #7)

#6) I love arts and crafts. Soooo...we turned the fridge into a snowman.



#7) That's more like it. I am going to eat these 3 (yes, I said THREE) birthday cakes.

#8) Nerf gun wars at our house. Sorry if I offended anyone, but you should try it. Lots of laughs.

#9) Does "Inspector Gadget" count?? (Kid in me.)

#10) Check.

#11) Double check. No, triple check.

#12) This Blog Is Why...HEY! How did that get on the list??

Happy New Year!

Blogs from A-Z
A- A is For Administrator
B- Breakfast Club
C- Chicken Soup Is For The Mind, Body, and Soul
D- DonorsChoose
E- Empathy
F- Forty and Fitness
G- Grant Writing
H- Hour of Code
I- I Wish I Had Thought of That (Repost)
J- Jeopardy in the Classroom
K- Keys to a Successful Hour of Code
L- Lessons Learned
M- Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (MIE)
N- Need a Gift Idea?
O- Oh, The Places We WANT To Go!
P- Principal Presents
Q- Quitting the Profession
R- Recharge Over the Holidays
S- Skype-A-Thon
T- Twelve Days of Twitter
V- Virtual Sharing
W- What's New in 2017
X- Xtra, Xtra...This Challenge is DONE
Y- Year End Review
Z- Zebra Print, Red Velvet, and FREEBIES

Keys to a Successful Hour of Code

This post is part of a two-part mini series. First, there is so much to tell about our school's first Hour of Code event. Second, I have several letters of the alphabet to fill in my Blogs A-Z! Don't forget to check out my original post (Letter "H") for your planning needs as you prepare for your next coding event. This Blog Is Why you can get organized NOW for your next Hour of Code event.

First, you must start planning early. For a successful event, there will be many details that you can easily overlook. So, give yourself enough time to work out the kinks and avoid too much stress. You want to secure a location for the event. Decide if you want to have a kickoff assembly or some other way to get students and staff excited about the coding activities. Finally, make it special and have fun!

Is that it? No! But those are the highlights. When I began planning our school's event, I knew that I wanted to have special events and media coverage (shout out to our principal for taking care of this). So, I used the templates provided by www.code.org to draft invitation letters. I emailed these (for quick, inexpensive communication to school and community leaders). The excitement of getting confirmation from leaders and community members fueled my passion for this cause/event. If you are not a planner or not that organized, no worries, just make sure you connect with code.org (website) early. They will supply you with all the materials you need: stickers, lesson plans, posters, certificates...YOU NAME IT! Our theme was Coding Cafe and teachers used a Sign up Genius (http://www.signupgenius.com/)to pair up with other classes to share what they learned about coding during the week. The comments from students and teachers during the week and seeing the reactions of our guests made all the work worthwhile.


Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Oh, The Places We WANT To Go!

It's the holiday season. A time for giving. In my last two posts, I focused on gift ideas from teachers to students and from administrators to teachers. Now, I want to focus on a special group of first graders and I need your support. This Blog Is Why your donation matters. Please, help us meet this goal.

Since August, I have used the assistance of DonorsChoose to fund a variety of projects in my classroom. We have started a Genius Bar, which is now our class theme, with the purchase of two iPad minis complete with zebra cases. We received art and math supplies for our Guided Math instruction. We also received headphones for every student in class to help minimize the noise level in the Genius Bar. And most recently, through the generosity of Burlington, we will receive a backpack for each student in January. The last DonorsChoose project standing for us is a field trip project that will send our entire grade level to a production of "Seussical" in Charlotte, NC. We are $622 away from our goal.

Last year our students put on a production called "Let It Grow" and they visited the Children's Theater of Charlotte. They learned all about the behind-the scenes work that goes into putting on a production. Students created costumes, learned songs, and prepared a performance that was attended by a crowd of family, friends, and other community members. My class recreated a famous scene from the hit television show "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" (check out the clip, if you don't remember). What a fun time!


This year, students will create skits based on our favorite Dr. Seuss classics. The field trip project will help to ensure that all students are able to visit the theater without worrying about the cost of the trip. I would love for all of our first graders to have this experience...for free. So far we have 10 donors. Here are a few quotes from some of our current supporters:

"I hope you reach your goal. Dr. Seuss was always a favorite in my house when my daughter was young. I can still recite Green Eggs & Ham from memory. My daughter even named her 1st dog Sam."

"I hope you enjoy the show."

"Hope this helps reach your goal!"

"Have fun on your trip!"

"We are so happy to help you learn."

"Your kids deserve it."

"Because I can't wait to see this happen."

I am looking forward to making costumes, learning lines, and seeing this new group hit the stage. The trip to Charlotte is always fun, too. When you see eyes light up at seeing tall buildings and hear the ooh's and ahhh's as we ride through the city, it makes it all worth it. The best part are the cheers when we pass by Bank of America stadium (home to the Carolina Panthers). Each class has already selected a book. I can't wait to share some great photos from this year's event with you!

To A Seussical We Will Go
(click here to donate)

Blogs from A-Z
A- A is For Administrator
B- Breakfast Club
C- Chicken Soup Is For The Mind, Body, and Soul
D- DonorsChoose
E- Empathy
F- Forty and Fitness
G- Grant Writing
H- Hour of Code
I- I Wish I Had Thought of That (Repost)
J- Jeopardy in the Classroom
K- Keys to a Successful Hour of Code
L- Lessons Learned
M- Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (MIE)
N- Need a Gift Idea?
O- Oh, The Places We WANT To Go!
P- Principal Presents
Q- Quitting the Profession
R- Recharge Over the Holidays
S- Skype-A-Thon
T- Twelve Days of Twitter
U- Update: Oh The Places...Here We Come!
V- Virtual Sharing
W- What's New in 2017
X- Xtra, Xtra...This Challenge is DONE
Y- Year End Review
Z- Zebra Print, Red Velvet, and FREEBIES


Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Principal Presents

You can read this title a couple of different ways Principal Presents...like gifts or Principal Presents...like TADA!!! Either way this blog is all about ideas for principals who want to share a little bit of holiday cheer. But, don't get confused. This is not about buying gifts for administrators. This is a list of their ideas for how to celebrate the faculty/staff that supports them each and every day. Another great share from one of my social media groups. I love my PLN! This Blog Is Why I am celebrating my 50th post on THIS platform and I hope you share the love. Happy Holidays!

Do you have any new ideas? Share them in the comments below.
Administrators share Holiday gift picks:

*Lottery tickets/handwritten note
*Personalized writing pens
*Wireless portable speakers
*Dinner (cook or cater)
*Coffee cups
*Blanket/Throw with school logo
*Hot chocolate bar
*Staff shirt
*Gift Baskets w/personal letter
*Amazon gift cards
*Bath and Body hand sanitizer, soap, and lotion
*Movie tickets
*Jewelry (my personal favorite gpihandmade.com)
*Mrs. Prindables caramel apples from QVC
*Starbucks gift cards
*Coupon book which includes: free jean pass, dress down, extra 100 copies, skip a meeting, oops I'm late, Wild Weekend Pass (for late lesson plans), My computer ate my HW (late pass for assignments/paperwork) etc.
                                           
                                                                 (Save a Teacher today!)

Blogs from A-Z
A- A is For Administrator
B- Breakfast Club
C- Chicken Soup Is For The Mind, Body, and Soul
D- DonorsChoose
E- Empathy
F- Forty and Fitness
G- Grant Writing
H- Hour of Code
I- I Wish I Had Thought of That (Repost)
J- Jeopardy in the Classroom
K- Keys to a Successful Hour of Code
L- Lessons Learned
M- Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (MIE)
N- Need a Gift Idea?
O- Oh, The Places We WANT To Go!
P- Principal Presents
Q- Quitting the Profession
R- Recharge Over the Holidays
S- Skype-A-Thon
T- Twelve Days of Twitter
U- Update: Oh The Places...Here We Come!
V- Virtual Sharing
W- What's New in 2017
X- Xtra, Xtra...This Challenge is DONE
Y- Year End Review
Z- Zebra Print, Red Velvet, and FREEBIES

Monday, December 12, 2016

Need a Gift Idea?

This blog post should be called "The Heart of a Teacher" but...well, you know! It's Blogs A-Z and the letter "T" has been taken. When I saw this topic take off in one of my social media groups, I realized just how much the holidays bring out that special generosity that teachers have. I also gathered some great ideas that I am happy to share with you. Either these ideas are right on time (maybe you are out shopping now) or they can be placed in your teacher arsenal for next year. Please share with your colleagues. This Blog Is Why even though you may be stessed, tired, and ready for a break, there is always time for a little retail therapy. Happy Holidays!

What are some of YOUR favorite gifts for students? Share your new ideas in the comments below. Check out this list:

(Scholastic) Books/crayons
*Coloring book/crayons
*Candy canes
*Socks
*Pencils/Pencil with name on it
*Cookies/Punch party
*Hot Dog lunch (with chips/drink)
*Pizza party (cupcakes/juice)
*Puzzles
*Erasers
*Bookbags
*McDonald's gift certificates
*Wendy's frosty coupon
*Hot chocolate/Gloves
*Crossword puzzle/word search books
*Homework pass
*Coupon book: (sock day, eat lunch with a friend, home work pass, free pencil, write with a pen for the day, 5 minute break, bring a stuffed animal, etc.)
*Hat/scarf sets
*Matchbox cars
*Dollar Tree teddy bears
*Mug filled with crayons
*Remote control cars/bracelets
*Santa hats
*$2 bill
*Handwritten card/candy cane
*Baked goodies
*Personalized ornament (teacher name/year)
*Free 1-year subscription to Lego magazine
*Lip gloss, Fingernail polish, earrings, perfume, cologne, gift card
*Gift bag with hot chocolate, little Debbie's treat, candy cane, pen, pencil
*Holiday bag filled with small notebooks, pencils, books, erasers, a picture of the child and teacher on a foam frame with a magnet, and treats
*Use bath tissue rolls and stuff with candy, erasers, and tiny toy sets from Dollar Tree; wrap and tie them off with ribbon
*Pencil pouch with names written in glitter (pencils and candy inside)
*Mug filled with apple cider, hot chocolate, candy, pens, and mechanical pencils
*Snowman Soup-packet of hot chocolate, some mini marshmallows and a candy cane (graphic below)


Blogs from A-Z
A- A is For Administrator
B- Breakfast Club
C- Chicken Soup Is For The Mind, Body, and Soul
D- DonorsChoose
E- Empathy
F- Forty and Fitness
G- Grant Writing
H- Hour of Code
I- I Wish I Had Thought of That (Repost)
J- Jeopardy in the Classroom
K- Keys to a Successful Hour of Code
L- Lessons Learned
M- Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (MIE)
N- Need a Gift Idea?
O- Oh, The Places We WANT To Go!
P- Principal Presents
Q- Quitting the Profession
R- Recharge Over the Holidays
S- Skype-A-Thon
T- Twelve Days of Twitter
U- Update: Oh The Places...Here We Come!
V- Virtual Sharing
W- What's New in 2017
X- Xtra, Xtra...This Challenge is DONE
Y- Year End Review
Z- Zebra Print, Red Velvet, and FREEBIES

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (MIE)

What is an MIE Expert? You may be asking yourself this question. For me, it has been a wonderful opportunity to meet and connect with other educators who have a drive to learn, grow, and bring exceptional resources into the classroom. Even though, I have been named an MIE Expert, that does not mean that I know it all. It has just opened doors for me to learn more about the ways I can help my students achieve more and channel their inner genius. This Blog Is Why I am proud to be an MIE and I encourage more educators to take advantage of what the program has to offer.

One of the best parts about the program is the Educator Community. You have access to free courses, lesson plans, and other professionals who share your passion. I love working to earn badges and certificates as well. You can check out all that the community has to offer and the guidelines for becoming an MIE Expert by clicking on the link below. Applications are accepted from May 15-June 15 each year. Good Luck!

Microsoft Educator Community

I also have two celebrations to share. Below you will find an article in our local newspaper about my selection as an MIE Expert. As an added bonus/surprise, I also received a letter in the mail from one of our state Senators. It feels great when someone recognizes your hard work and passion. Thank you, Senator Creighton B. Coleman!



Blogs from A-Z
A- A is For Administrator
B- Breakfast Club
C- Chicken Soup Is For The Mind, Body, and Soul
D- DonorsChoose
E- Empathy
F- Forty and Fitness
G- Grant Writing
H- Hour of Code
I- I Wish I Had Thought of That (Repost)
J- Jeopardy in the Classroom
K- Keys to a Successful Hour of Code
L- Lessons Learned
M- Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (MIE)
N- Need a Gift Idea?
O- Oh, The Places We WANT To Go!
P- Principal Presents
Q- Quitting the Profession
R- Recharge Over the Holidays
S- Skype-A-Thon
T- Twelve Days of Twitter
U- Update: Oh The Places...Here We Come!
V- Virtual Sharing
W- What's New in 2017
X- Xtra, Xtra...This Challenge is DONE
Y- Year End Review
Z- Zebra Print, Red Velvet, and FREEBIES