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Celebrating 5000 Followers by Giving Away $50!

I'm thrilled to have recently surpassed 5000 followers in my Teachers Pay Teachers store!! Come and celebrate with me!

I'm thrilled to have recently surpassed 5000 followers in my Teachers Pay Teachers store!! I am also getting closer every day to 10,000 fans joining me on my Facebook page! What better reason to celebrate?!

I'm thrilled to have recently surpassed 5000 followers in my Teachers Pay Teachers store!! Come and celebrate with me!

I will be choosing two winners this Sunday. One will win a $25 Teachers Pay Teachers gift card and the other will be able to choose any items totaling $25 from my store! All you need to do to be eligible to win is find some hidden words in my Teachers Pay Teachers store.

I'm thrilled to have recently surpassed 5000 followers in my Teachers Pay Teachers store!! Come and celebrate with me!

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Thanks to Educlips for the balloons!

Inexpensive Back to School Gifts for Your Students

It is just about time to welcome students back to school! First day jitters are a real thing for many students, so I like to greet my kiddos on the first day with some sort of small gift. I feel like it sends the message that I am so happy to see them and I'm excited for our time together. These gifts don't need to be expensive. Here's a round-up of some of my favorite inexpensive (or free!) welcome back gifts for students!

It is just about time to welcome students back to school! First day jitters are a real thing for many students, and a small gift from the teacher may be just the fun thing to put your students at ease!

 These fun glow wands are always a hit with my students!! Just print, trim and tape to the end of a small glow bracelet!  Psst... these are also a great way to encourage your students during testing time!


This adorable gift will definitely leave a mark on your students!


These goldfish tags will make your kiddos the coolest in the school!


Wish your students a Marvelous & Magnificent year with these cute printables!


These tasty chocolate-covered apple pretzel treats would be a hit with every kid I know!


If you're a creative type, or have a daughter who is into making friendship bracelets, your students would definitely knot turn these down!


These treats would be super for a superhero-themed classroom!


Everyone could use a new pencil! Why not grab some cute ones at the dollar store and add these little tags?!


You could welcome your students with a BANG with these fun tags on a package of Pop Rocks!


If you have a little time on your hands and want to tackle a REALLY cute idea, check out these Rolo pencils! They are awesome!!


These are perfect for those little packages of wedding bubbles! How can bubbles NOT put a smile on your face?!


Not seeing anything here that is just right for your classroom? Check out tons of other resources and ideas on this Pinterest board:


Until next time!

3 Easy Ways to Prepare For a Stress-Free Back to School

Summer is here! Sit back, relax, and... wait... you're planning for the new school year already?! Teachers don't let school go easily, do they?! Don't feel bad... I personally start thinking about the new school year before the current one is even done. (Is that bad??)

In my 18 years in the profession I've come up with THREE must-do items to prepare now for a stress-free back to school season!

Are you a teacher on summer vacation? Heading back to school is probably on your mind, even if you have weeks to go, so harness that energy and get these THREE things done now to make for a stress-free return to the classroom!

The Great Homework Debate - Is It Worth It?

Homework - to assign it or not. Is it useful? Does it actually benefit students? The debate rages on and most people I know don't really have the answers.
Do you assign homework in your classroom? The debate rages on - homework or no homework? I'm breaking down the advantages and disadvantages to assigning homework, and providing an easy low-prep solution!

How to Dig Yourself Out of an End-of-the-Year Rut

Are you a teacher facing your final weeks and days of the school year? You'll want to check out these tips for reducing stress and staying positive as the year winds down!

It's true. I'm done. I am 13 teaching days away from the end of this school year and I have so little left in me that some days I don't know if I'll make it through dinner.

This has been a challenging school year. 20 students with a very diverse set of academic needs, students who struggle with coping skills and self-esteem, the death of a classroom parent. I'm not the first teacher to juggle all of this in a single school year, and I won't be the last, but sometimes all of this becomes overwhelming.

So... how CAN we dig ourselves out of this rut of complete exhaustion and find a way to enjoy these final weeks? I've got some suggestions for you!

Celebrate Amazing Dads With 10+ Easy Father's Day Gifts

Mom has had her special day and now Dad's is on the way! Check out these precious little treats for Dad, or any special man in a child's life!

Celebrate Dad, or any special man, on Father's Day with these adorable gift and craft ideas. All these ideas are inexpensive and easy for creation at home or in the classroom!

6 Ways to Save Your Sanity at the End of the School Year

The end of any school year is tough no matter what sort of teacher you are or what kind of class you have, but with nearly 18 years of teaching now under my belt, I have learned a few things that will save your sanity at the end of the school year!

Are you a teacher heading into the end of the year? You'll want to save these 6 ideas for how to save your sanity at the end of the school year!

10+ Fun, Inexpensive Ways to Say Goodbye to Students

It is the end of the school year. The kids are done. We were done a month ago. Saying goodbye is important, but let's face it... we are out of money AND energy for anything too spectacular. I'm here to help. Take a peek at these fun, inexpensive ways to say goodbye to your students!

How do you say goodbye to your students at the end of the school year? Check out these 10+ ideas for inexpensive gifts for kids with love from the teacher!

Taking Photos to Make Classroom Pack-Up Simple

As teachers in North America wrap up the current school year, I'd like to end this year's Teacher Tips Tuesday with a great end-of-year tip that I go back to time and time again. TAKE PHOTOS!

Looking for tips to make heading back to school simpler? Check out these 4 things you can do at the END of the school year to be better prepared for a new beginning!

Having photos to refer back to when you're setting up your classroom in the fall can be a HUGE time saver! Here are a few things that you should definitely take photos of as you go...

Teachers Supporting Fort McMurray Fire Relief

Relief Fund for Fort McMurray

On May 1, 2016, a wildfire began in Alberta, Canada. That fire has rapidly swept across the area, fueled by high winds and warm temperatures. The devastation is unimaginable. Take a moment to digest these numbers:

Easily Build Telling Time Into Your Everyday Routine

Telling time is something many of us are tackling in our classrooms right now, but it can easily be made part of your regular daily routines and discussions throughout the year.


The Cutest Mother's Day Art Project Ever!

We completed our Mother's Day projects today in preparation for wrapping tomorrow and they are ADORABLE!!

Mother's Day Directed Drawing
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