{NBPTS} My best tips for candidates!

Working on your National Boards? I have been getting a lot of emails lately, so I wanted to take a minute to write about some of my best tips and advice for getting started (or pushing forward!) If you are a candidate in EC-GEN, MC-GEN, EC-Literacy, or MC-Literacy I highly recommend you check out The Power of Accomplished Teaching website. When I worked on my boards I was the ONLY person in my state that year to do so. I had ZERO local support and had NO idea where to even begin. A little bit of research landed me on The Power of Accomplished Teaching website and I'm so glad that it did. Without the support of this site and the NBCTs behind it there is no way I would have certified in just one year. There is a small annual fee to join, but the resources you gain there will be invaluable … [Read more...]


{GIVEAWAY} Celebrating 200 fans on Facebook!

This week we made it to 200 fans on Facebook! Thank you so much for your support of my blog Learning is a Journey! To celebrate this milestone, I will be giving away your choice of 3 products from my TeachersPayTeachers store. All you have to do is enter to win below! a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]


Classroom Awards & Google Reader

It's the end of the year and time for Classroom Awards! How do you recognize your students at the end of the year? Last year, I wanted to recognize my students for their individual efforts and unique personalities. I created my Classroom Awards & Certificates for Primary Students and they are available in Chevron, Stripes, and Polka Dots! I love having the families join us as I give out these awards. I always describe the award and tell why I have chosen the particular student who is receiving it. The students LOVE trying to guess who is going to receive each award! This year after our awards ceremony, I had the sweetest grandfather thank me for doing individualized awards. He said he knew it meant so much for his grandson to be recognized as the "Marvelous Mathematician" and he could … [Read more...]


Summer Bucket List!

I am so excited that Summer is almost here! I'm joining in with the Summer Bucket List linky party hosted by A Cupcake for the Teacher, Miss Kindergarten, and A Modern Teacher. The most important item on my Summer Bucket List is to spend time getting to know our little girl. I am almost 9 months pregnant and have a c-section scheduled for June 3rd! We are so excited about welcoming our baby girl into our family... most of my time this summer will be spent navigating the waters of new motherhood! My husband and I have a lot to learn, and thankfully we have all summer to figure it out! As soon as I can, I want to begin running again. I continued running up until week 26 of my pregnancy and then my feet began to swell. For the past 3 months I've only been able to fit into one pair of … [Read more...]


Moore Relief Effort

Teachers from all over the country have come together to help out with the Moore Relief Effort! Donate to the relief effort through Teachers Notebook and receive up to $1500 in teacher resources. I have donated my Literacy Centers for Parents: Tips & Tricks for Learning at Home. There are so many wonderful resources that have been donated! What a great way to help out the tornado victims as all proceeds will go to local relief efforts! Click on the photo below to donate today! … [Read more...]


Daily 5 Book Study: Chapter 5

Chapter 5 was all about Read to Someone and Listen to Reading. **Please note that the following is only my opinion and thoughts on how I implement D5 in my classroom. These thoughts and ideas are not endorsed by the 2 sisters or their publisher Stenhouse. I am learning so much from our book study! I have implemented D5 for two years in my classroom, however this year I want to follow the format exactly. I have had several DonorsChoose projects funded that aid my students in implementing the following portions of Daily 5. The sisters begin this chapter by laying out the framework of lessons for Read to Someone. These lessons consist of: EEKK, Voice, Check I Read, You Read How to choose books Choosing your classroom spot How to choose a partner Coaching or Time I love … [Read more...]


Giveaway at Miss Nelson’s Blog!

I'm participating in the 500 follower giveaway at Miss Nelson's blog! I will be giving away $15 to my web store, Polka Dot Parlor! There are other bloggers giving away TpT packets, gift cards, and much more! Click on the picture below to check it out! Don't forget to follow my blog on Facebook! I'll be having a giveaway of my own when I reach 100 fans! Some of my favorite items from my web store include: PSA Essentials personalized stampers! These are great to use for address stamps, personalizing books or other items, and gifts for friends or family! Personalized tumblers! If you love monograms, this is the tumbler for you! Personalized cell phone case! These cases are very durable and can be personalized any way you choose! … [Read more...]


Daily 5 Book Study: Chapter 4

Happy 4th of July everyone! I hope you are having a wonderful day celebrating with friends and family! I woke up super early to go downtown Atlanta for the AJC Peachtree Road Race. A spot in the annual 10k is a coveted thing around Atlanta and I was SO excited to finally participate after living here for 5 years! Out of the 60,000 runners, my favorite was this sweet, elderly man whose T-shirt read: "I'm 91 years old! Eat my dust you slowpokes!" We'll be going to the Braves game later tonight for the game and fireworks! On to Daily 5! **Please note that the following is only my opinion and thoughts on how I implement D5 in my classroom. These thoughts and ideas are not endorsed by the 2 sisters or their publisher Stenhouse. 3 Ways to Read a Book Chapter 4 was all about setting up Read … [Read more...]


Giveaway & How To Follow My Blog!

I am so excited to be participating in a giveaway with Corinna from Surfin' Through Second! Many of you know how much I LOVE Hawaii and guess what? Corinna is lucky enough to live there! I love reading her blog and learning all about her life on the island. Corinna has just passed 250 followers and is celebrating with a Tropical Summer Giveaway! Be sure to stop by her blog to see what items you can win! I'm giving away a copy of my beach themed "Where Are We?" cards. These cards are perfect for hanging outside your classroom door so that others will know where to find your class. There are 24 cards included, along with different variations to best fit the needs of your classroom/school. There are many other bloggers participating in this giveaway! The best part is that every item has a … [Read more...]


Daily 5 Book Study: Chapter 3

Our Daily 5 book study is moving right along! I am so excited to read Part II as the sisters go through setting up each part of the Daily 5. **Please note that the following is only my opinion and thoughts on how I implement D5 in my classroom. These thoughts and ideas are not endorsed by the 2 sisters or their publisher Stenhouse. Thank you to Jana from Thinking Out Loud and Melissa from Mrs. Freshwater's Class for hosting this chapter! I enjoyed reading Chapter 3 as it reminded me of the great importance of classroom routines. The Sisters emphasized that these daily routines should be practiced all throughout the year! Many times as teachers, we model something for the students and then forget to practice the skill over and over again. In the coming school year, I want to take … [Read more...]