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A MUST Make For Teacher

How does registration work at your school? Registration day for my school district is a week before school starts. Parents come every year to register and re-register their children and find out who their teacher is. As you know, this will be my first year teaching. I am very excited about getting to know my students and their families. I believe it's very important to have a positive relationship and keep all lines of communication open. To help with this I have made something VERY cool to keep with me at registration day! Teacher friends be prepared to be amazed!

Ta Dahhhhhh!

Let's start on top and work our way down. Have you ever signed up for coupons and promotions via text? The app "Remind101" is like a "teacher" version of this. I can send parents text messages like, "Tomorrow is the last day to turn in permission slips for the field trip Friday" or "Enjoy your SNOW DAY tomorrow!" ((<--Come on, you all know we love those!)) What I love about this app is that I wont have the parents numbers, and they wont have mine. Genius! You can get more information on this wonderful app here

Next I designs a QR Code with my contact information. I put the schools address and phone number, with my work e-mail. I would say a good percentage of parents have smartphones. This is a quick and easy way for them to get my contact information programed right away. To make your own QR code go here

I plan on pulling this out during parent teacher conferences as well. Just in case I get new students or parents updated their phone :)

So tell me...what do you think??

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I'm also linking up with 4th Grade Frolics for Monday Made It!

Monday Made It!

I am happy to report that I was able to save the ugly cardboard mailbox! I finished them just in time to link up with 4th Grade Frolics!
Here is the BEFORE...

And here is the AFTER!

I'm not going to lie...I am in LOVE with my new mailbox cubbies! I'm glad I was able to save them because these babies are pretty expensive. I think I saw one on Amazon for around $60! 

Here is how I saved mine. First I took off all the wrapping paper and construction paper. I also tried to peel off the stickers that were already on it. I then bought spray paint from Michaels. I used a 50% off coupon and my 15% teacher discount. At first I got 1 was not nearly enough. This sucker took 3 cans of spray paint! 

After spray painting it, I put some contact paper on it. I got the fabulous chevron contact paper from Amazon. You can get it here. (They also have a promotion, buy 4, pay for 3!) Applying the contact paper took me the longest because I am a perfectionist. 

Next I printed out the numbers on card stock and taped them down. I got them from Amy Lemons  "Get Your Chevron On" pack on Teachers Pay Teachers. I also used some of the tape to secure the contact paper better on the edges and make the cubbies more sturdy. 

I'm so excited with how it came out! What do you think? Anyone else out there obsessed with CHEVRON like me?? Oh, and if you like this weeks "Monday Made It" just wait until next week! It's quick, you will need it and I bet you already have all the supplies...oh yeah...what a build up ;)

Drum Roll For The Daily 5!

I just finished reading "The Daily 5." Oh my goodness it was SO good! I read it in 2 days because I could  not put it down. I cant wait to implement it in my classroom next year. I need to re-read it though because I still have some questions. 

For example, do you implement one "Daily 5" at a time, and then introduce another as they are mastered? Or do you start teaching all the Daily 5, a few minutes at a time? I guess I was confused because the Daily 5 will take at least an hour and a half each day, so am I teaching that one skill for that long until it is mastered? Am I making sense? haha 

The next book I plan on reading is "Teach Like a Pirate." I just ordered it last night so it will be at my house when I get back home. I also requested "The CAFE Book" through my library. 

I think the best thing about summer is being able to read GREAT books! Anyone have some other recommendations for me?

Raise Your Hand If You're Irish

Growing up my family spent a lot of time in upstate New York at my grandparents cabin. To get to this little piece of heaven on earth we drove 4 hours off Long Island, through the city and through many small towns to get to our cabin nestled in the Catskill Mountains. One town we passed through was very proud of their Irish heritage. I cant tell you the name of it because I don't remember it other than it being, "Irish Town." 

One time on the way up to the cabin driving through this town my dad said, "Raise your hand if your Irish!" 

Three hands shot up. My dad's, my brothers and mine. My mom just looked at my dad and rolled her eyes. 

I remember my brother calling from the backseat saying, "Mom...raise your hand!"

My mom went on to explain that she couldn't raise her hand because she was not Irish, and that we were Irish because our dad was Irish. 

Well, that was just too much for poor little K to handle. He burst into tears exclaiming, "Mom, I want to be what YOU are!"
Clearly, to this day we find this story hilarious and constantly torment remind my brother of it. 

Happy St. Patricks Day everyone!