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Five For Friday – New School Year!

I finally feel like I have my feet on the ground after a whirlwind start to the school year. Teaching a new grade level at a new school has been an amazing experience, but has also left me very sleepy and slightly intensely scatter-brained. For this week’s Five for Friday Linky, I’m giving you a peek at some of the highlights that made this week a turning point in my ability to think straight at the start of the school year. One It all started with last weekend when I spent some QT with a few friends and visited a really neat local bookstore where I found a Roald Dahl book I didn’t already own (didn’t think that was possible…but now it’s mine)! I also went on a long bike ride around town with my husband. It was like a brain cleanse to get away from school work and breathe in some

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Core Inspiration Library Organization Tips

Back To School Week: Day 3: WHY My Organization Tips Work

Organization is my jam. It’s hard to say what I enjoy more; the therapeutic process of organizing every nook and cranny of a space; or the satisfaction I feel when I walk into a room or open a cabinet and see the organized glory within it. Although I do, indeed, love every aspect of organization; there are a few super organized areas in my classroom that make my heart skip a beat. FIRST: The Supply Cabinet One side of this little beauty is designated for art supplies and the other for math tools. Everything is stored in precisely labeled bins and drawers so nothing gets lost. Not only is this cabinet pretty enough to leave open all day long; it is easy for me,  my students and my parent helpers to navigate. That’s right, the kids are welcome to help themselves to anything they need in this cabinet. It’s amazing

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Core Inspiration Classroom Library

CORE INSPIRATION CLASSROOM REVEAL 2014-2015

It’s Day 2 of Blog Hoppin’s Back To School Week 2014. Today is all about where I teach my students each day.  Keep in mind, I am teaching a new grade level in a new district this year, which means a fresh start with classroom decorating. This also means my classroom is not as complete as I would like it to be for the first day of school tomorrow. I know it is definitely a well-stocked, well-organized learning environment that is ready for my students to walk in and begin their second grade journey. I also know there are a few things missing because they are on back order and it is making my inner OCD shine through hard core. With that said, I will give you a quick overview and hold off until early September (when the rest of my classroom library bins arrive) to give you a detailed overview like I

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Back To School Week: Day 1: WHO A Bit About Me

It’s officially Back To School Week! Like many of you, this is one of my favorite weeks of the year. In celebration, I am linking up with BlogHoppin’ for their Back To School Linky. Today’s topic: Who. ME that’s who! I’m going to break my life down into a list of the top 10 most important things about me (rather the first 10 things that come to mind). I am starting my sixth year as a teacher. My teaching experience is mostly in third grade, with one year as an intern in fourth.  This year, I am making the move down to second grade at a new school in a new district. I am sure these little eight-year-olds will fill my life with countless moments of entertainment and I can’t wait to meet my new little crew on Wednesday! This year, I created a website called Teacher Creator’s Toolbox. It

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Decorating Your Walls for Back to School

Five For Friday: Unpacking My Classroom…Check!

Okay, I’m trying something crazy here. I am morphing my classroom progress post into a Five for Friday post…let’s see how this goes!! One To start my week, I unpacked my classroom and I am happy to report it was a total breeze! Taking time to clean and pack everything neatly when moving out made moving in tidy and quick. Here’s the process I used to get the job done: I took a peek inside each box, dropped it in the area of the room where the contents would be stored. Then, I unload the contents of each box one at a time. If I had a spot to put an item, I stashed it! If I wasn’t sure exactly where it should be stored, I placed it one a table close by (pretty simple). Once everything was unpacked, I got those empty boxes out of sight. It’s amazing how

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Beginning of Year Lap Book

2014 Back To School Product Swap

I have been looking forward to sharing this post with you all week and the time has finally come thanks to the Back To School Product Swap! I had a great opportunity to review a fabulous back to school resource; the Beginning of The Year Lapbook, designed by my friend and colleague Mrs. D. You can check out everything she’s got going on with back to school at her blog Mrs. D’s Corner. When I discovered she sent me a lapbook, I jumped for >JOY< because 1. I’ve been admiring all the schnazzy lapbooks on Pinterest but still didn’t have any in my possession and 2. I wanted an interactive project for the first days of school, Well folks, Mrs. D made it ridiculously easy for me to decide exactly what that project will be (the back to school gods must be on my side this year)! I’ve been working on creating

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classroom supplies packed in boxes

The Back To School Panic Is Upon Us

It happens every year. Everything is chill. Summer is strolling along, you know the end will come eventually, but it’s allllll good. You kick back with your feet up, take a sip of your favorite summer beverage, think about how maybe you should get a pedicure today, and scroll through your Facebook feed. What’s this?! Everyone has pictures of their classroom set up progress, the shopping cart full of supplies they just bought at Michael’s, the Ikea furniture that’s taking days to assemble. Frantically, you begin making lists. You will have night terrors about the infinite number of books you have to level and wonder how you’re ever going to be ready in time for those kids to walk through the door in only a few short weeks.  Yes, that time has come. Amazingly enough, even with all the stress and lost hours of sleep, things come together in the end and that

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Math and writing join together for rigorous math practice

Five for Friday

Today I’m linking up wtih Doodle Bugs Teaching Five For Friday linky for the first time ever. This is something that I have wanted to add to my weekly routine for a while and I finally took the leap. Let’s see how this goes… ONE I am already feeling my annual time-to-decorate-my-classroom giddiness. Every year I seem to feel it earlier and earlier in the summer…I have issues. This year is ridiculously early but I am going to blame it on the fact that I delivered all of my goodies to my new classroom at my new school. That’s right folks! I moved to a new school and will be teaching second grade this year. I have a long road ahead of me in the decorating/organizing/classroom nesting department but this beautifully clean slate makes me so eager to start! TWO I just finished my third of eight Write To Explain Math Task Card Collections for second

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TPT Seller's Conference Recap

  Well, it took me two days to recover but I am back (mentally and physically) from the first ever Teachers Pay Teachers Conference! The mental recovery was far more intense than the physical after a weekend filled with tons of nerves, amazing learning, new friendships and awesome memories. I am still in awe of how welcoming and friendly our community of TPT sellers is. I attended the conference solo so I really had to put myself out there in order to reach my networking goals. By about 5:00 PM, I was totally exhausted (like just-finished-the-first-day-of-school exhausted) but I kept my social butterfly engine running until the late evening hours and boy was it worth it! My favorite memories from the trip were: Meeting TPT founder Paul Edelman and TPT’s top seller Deanna Jump.   These two life-changing moments happened before 8:00AM. Apparently that was the time I stopped taking pictures

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Workin' On It Wednesday – VEGAS Giveaways

First of all…boy does it feel good to be back and blogging! My little side project turned in to a rather huge, time-consuming focus project and took me away from blogging a bit longer than anticipated. J To get back in the swing of things, I am linking up with KinderGals and their Workin’ On It Wednesday Linky. In preparation for my trip to VEGAS!!!! for the TPT Conference next week, I am putting together some schnazzy giveaways to help promote my newly-launched site Teacher Creator’s Toolbox. To get the word out about the site, I will be giving away three free all-access passes to TeacherCreator’s Toolbox, along with some branded swag at three of the conference sessions. Wrapping gifts is one of my favorite things to do so it’s been great to take a step away from working on the computer to wrap these little beauties! If you aren’t attending the TPT Conference this year,

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Teacher Creator's Toolbox: A Sneak Peek

These last few weeks I haven’t been blogging as much as I’d like to but I’m here to give you an update. Most important thing you need to know: I’m not abandoning Core Inspiration…but I am taking a blogging break. I was recently inspired by some fellow teacher creators (crazy thing is they don’t even know they inspired me) to create a website. I’m going to hold off on giving away details for now but I will give you a little peek and let your imagination run wild. My goal is to have my website Teacher Creator’s Toolbox launch on May 1, 2014 (I hope publishing the deadline here will help me stay on track)! I will take a break from blogging until then so I can devote my time to this exciting project. I appreciate your patience with me until then and can’t wait to reconnect with you in early

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Report Cards, Goals and Conferences, Oh My!

Spring parent teacher conferences are coming up next week, which means we are busy giving our end-of trimester assessments, entering grades and writing report card comments this week. It’s definitely the time of year that I realize I am NOT built for a desk job as I get all antsy sitting in front of my computer screen for hours on end. Fortunately, each year this process seems to be slightly more efficient than the previous as I built my collection of handy resources for report card and conference season. Here are a few of my faves for helping parents feel involved in their child’s success in the classroom and informing them about what their child’s next steps will be in preparing for fourth grade. If you want to: Streamline your parent-teacher conference communication and scheduling… Use this: Parent Teacher Conference Scheduling Tools If you want to: Stop getting stumped on how

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Five For Friday – New School Year!

I finally feel like I have my feet on the ground after a whirlwind start to the school year. Teaching a new grade level at a new school has been an amazing experience, but has also left me very sleepy and slightly intensely scatter-brained. For this week’s Five for Friday Linky, I’m

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Core Inspiration Classroom Library

CORE INSPIRATION CLASSROOM REVEAL 2014-2015

It’s Day 2 of Blog Hoppin’s Back To School Week 2014. Today is all about where I teach my students each day.  Keep in mind, I am teaching a new grade level in a new district this year, which means a fresh start with classroom decorating. This also means my classroom is

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Back To School Week: Day 1: WHO A Bit About Me

It’s officially Back To School Week! Like many of you, this is one of my favorite weeks of the year. In celebration, I am linking up with BlogHoppin’ for their Back To School Linky. Today’s topic: Who. ME that’s who! I’m going to break my life down into a list

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Decorating Your Walls for Back to School

Five For Friday: Unpacking My Classroom…Check!

Okay, I’m trying something crazy here. I am morphing my classroom progress post into a Five for Friday post…let’s see how this goes!! One To start my week, I unpacked my classroom and I am happy to report it was a total breeze! Taking time to clean and pack everything

Read More »
Beginning of Year Lap Book

2014 Back To School Product Swap

I have been looking forward to sharing this post with you all week and the time has finally come thanks to the Back To School Product Swap! I had a great opportunity to review a fabulous back to school resource; the Beginning of The Year Lapbook, designed by my friend and

Read More »
classroom supplies packed in boxes

The Back To School Panic Is Upon Us

It happens every year. Everything is chill. Summer is strolling along, you know the end will come eventually, but it’s allllll good. You kick back with your feet up, take a sip of your favorite summer beverage, think about how maybe you should get a pedicure today, and scroll through your

Read More »
Math and writing join together for rigorous math practice

Five for Friday

Today I’m linking up wtih Doodle Bugs Teaching Five For Friday linky for the first time ever. This is something that I have wanted to add to my weekly routine for a while and I finally took the leap. Let’s see how this goes… ONE I am already feeling my annual time-to-decorate-my-classroom giddiness.

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TPT Seller's Conference Recap

  Well, it took me two days to recover but I am back (mentally and physically) from the first ever Teachers Pay Teachers Conference! The mental recovery was far more intense than the physical after a weekend filled with tons of nerves, amazing learning, new friendships and awesome memories. I

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Workin' On It Wednesday – VEGAS Giveaways

First of all…boy does it feel good to be back and blogging! My little side project turned in to a rather huge, time-consuming focus project and took me away from blogging a bit longer than anticipated. J To get back in the swing of things, I am linking up with KinderGals and

Read More »

Teacher Creator's Toolbox: A Sneak Peek

These last few weeks I haven’t been blogging as much as I’d like to but I’m here to give you an update. Most important thing you need to know: I’m not abandoning Core Inspiration…but I am taking a blogging break. I was recently inspired by some fellow teacher creators (crazy thing

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Report Cards, Goals and Conferences, Oh My!

Spring parent teacher conferences are coming up next week, which means we are busy giving our end-of trimester assessments, entering grades and writing report card comments this week. It’s definitely the time of year that I realize I am NOT built for a desk job as I get all antsy sitting

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