Do you make treats for your staff (or students) at the holidays? I have to admit that I have *sometimes* done this - and many times meant to do it! To celebrate Teacher Pay Teachers #TpTCyberSmile Sale - I have created a Holiday Tag Freebie. My entire store is 28% off Monday and Tuesday - use the code SMILE.
How do you organize your lesson plans? I typically use the old plastic sheet protectors in a 3 ring binder method. I have a divider for each grade and keep everything in chronological order. I created my notebooks (one K-2 and one 3-5) one summer years ago and have been so happy ever since.
As I've been working on creating lots of new products for my TPT store, I've thought about how fun it would be to create spiral bound books of lesson plans. This would make a great gift for an intern or colleague as well! As luck would have it, I won a free spiral bound plan book from Appletastic.com and was able to create one spiral bound book with up to 100 pages.
What I Loved
Shelly and her husband, Aric, were so lovely to work with. They were fast communicators and the turn around on my book was super fast. Aric even noticed that a couple of pages were a bit fuzzy and asked me to send better quality photos to make the book easier to read. Overall, it was a really wonderful experience!
Even Better If...
The process would have been even better if there was a way to send smaller PDF files and indicate page order. I use free adobe reader so I don't have a great way to stitch together different PDF files. I also would have loved a way to add jpg cover pages for some of my lesson plans that don't have covers in the files.
The quality of the book is wonderful and it has that nice spiral bound professional look. These are not the spirals that you can make using the spiral machine at your school! Here are some photos if you'd like to take a look.
For those of you who are stateside, Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you have a wonderful holiday full of laughter, family, and food.
Happy Veteran's Day! Thank you to all our current and former service members who sacrifice so much for our country. I was lucky enough to visit a local elementary school and take part in their Heroes Day yesterday and met many service members who had come to visit. I teared up when I heard the kids sing their thank you song. It was a great visit.
It is fitting that I am headed to our state conference today, on Veteran's Day, because I will be presenting about supporting National Guard and Reserve Families. I am far from an expert but I organized a professional development for my district and wanted to share what I have learned. You check out all the resources we gathered here on our Padlet. I am also included my conference presentation below (may not be visible on mobile). Some of the slides are unique to the student information system used in North Carolina and may not be applicable elsewhere.
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