Sunday, August 28, 2011

What I Did This Summer: The Teacher Edition!

Since we're getting hit with Irene, I'm actually taking some time off from teacher tasks.  I've been working nonstop for a number of weeks now and summer vacation is SO VERY QUICKLY coming to an end. (I don't really do well with vacations.)

I'm going to celebrate some of my summer accomplishments by stepping away from the work world and instead share them with the internet world...mostly as a friendly reminder to myself that I have, indeed, been working hard and it's OKAY to stop for a minute. :D

What I Did During My Summer Vacation

1. Redid my ENTIRE CLASSROOM (and, of course, personalized EVERY poster, label, and sign).

2. Completed 1.4 million Pinterest and PT Projects.
 3. Wrote a Classroom Procedural Handbook.
 4. Wrote a Classroom Handbook.
5. Updated (more like completed redid) my entire classroom website.

6. Typed up EVERY Skill, Strategy, Story Title, Genre, Question of the Week, Big Question, Spelling & Vocabulary List, and Story Summary (WITH Family Discussion Questions!) for EVERY STORY in our new Reading series! (Steal some of these goodies here and here!)
7. Started a Teacher's Notebook store and made a handful of Classroom Theme Packs.
8.  Completed 2 ..maybe 3....okay 6 Vistaprint orders.

9. Shared a LOT of requested items on PT!

10. Started blogging!  (<--Hopefully no link is required...??)

...And much more!  Now, of course I squeezed in some family time and a little bit of fun as well, but the regret is starting to set in.  So, although I hope everyone is staying safe and doing well with Irene passing through, I'm taking a moment to be thankful for the day off (and Redbox)! :)  CHEERS!


  1. WOW! You have been busy! But everything looks fantastic - I LOVE your classroom.

    Runde's Room

  2. Thank you Jen! You have to stop giving me all of these compliments--it's going to my head! You have ALSO been busy! I check in with you daily. :D

  3. Your classroom blog looks AWESOME!!! I'm so super impressed!! I love it!! I hope mine turns out half as cool!
    Thoughts of a Third Grade Teacher

  4. Do you have more info. on your DOT binders?? How/where did you make your classroom site?
    Thoughts of a Third Grade Teacher

  5. Hi Julie! Thanks for the comments! :) My classroom blog is one component of my classroom website! (We start blogging later on in the year!) I designed my classroom website through (I chose this because it's pretty easy to use and I could use all of my own graphics--this was pretty much the selling point for me!)

    The DOT binder (and all associated info) can be found there as well. The link is below! If you check out some of my other blog posts, you'll also find one on Student Organizational binders. Both links are below! Enjoy perusing!