Preparing to Exhibit at TMSA2014!

Many of you know I have gone to several conferences and presented here and there but I have NEVER had the opportunity to be an exhibitor. When Michele Luck of Michele Luck’s Social Studies asked me to help her in my home state of Texas you better bet I was there!

You may wonder what we are doing as a part of being an exhibitor. Michele goes around and represents Teachers Pay Teachers to let other teachers know about the amazing resources that they can find out there. She opens it up for TpT authors to jump in and be a part of the group by sending in little goodies for teachers to help market their stores.

You can see from our first day of work, we were hard at work preparing goodie bags (you can see some in the background) containing roughly 20 different teachers materials. Talk about assembly line processes at it’s best!

TMSA Goodie Bags Prep

After about 3 hours of work on Tuesday we were able to completely stuff around 200 bags. It then took another 6 hours on Wednesday (I slept in a bit so I didn’t help the entire time) to complete the stuffing of 500 total bags, use a sticker to tape them down and then pack them up in the boxes. And VOILA we are done and ready to take them to the exhibit table for Thursday-Saturday!

TMSA Goodie Bags 2

Make sure you are following me on Instagram (@4mulaFun) so that you get regular updates from the Texas Middle School Association Conference as well as Facebook for some more short updates over the next few days.

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Made it Monday: Winter Fred Icebreaker and Conference Prep

This past weekend while preparing for my latest Interact with Me and Engage Me workshop in San Antonio, Texas I was chatting with my blogging buddies Jamie and Meg about a way to get the teachers back in the mindset of learning as it as the first day back from the winter break. Hey, I remember that day and how it was always the hardest for me to get motivated.

After some quick discussion on finding something interactive and engaging (since that is what I talk about first in my workshop), it was set that I had to do the Save Fred activity. Well, since it was Winter, we had to winterize it a bit.

Save Fred- Winter EditionSave Fred- Winter Edition Rules

Once we went over the guidelines the teachers were able to look into the cup on their table and take out each of the supplies.

Winter Fred Icebreaker- It's FRED!

1 Gummi Worm per group because you only have 1 FRED!

Winter Fred Icebreaker- It's Fred's Life Preserver

1 Gummy Lifesaver per group because you only need one life preserver

Winter Fred Icebreaker- It's Fred's Boat

1 cup per group because there is only one boat

Saving Fred- Winter Edition- Paperclips

4 paper clips per group to use for the Saving of Fred

I will tell you that this is not only a great thing for teachers to do but it is also a great activity for you to use in your class to help get your students to think outside of the box. Check out MissMathDork’s post about how she used it in her classroom this year.

And you have to see how much the teacher’s enjoyed this. I was walking around and enjoying every minute of the discussions they were having.

Save Fred IcebreakerSave Fred Icebreaker 2

I will be posting more about the workshop later this week. Feel free to use the Saving Fred Winter edition pictures above if you want to use it in your classroom.

Monday Made It

I’m off to link up with Monday Made it over at Fourth Grade Frolics and check out what my other blogging teacher friends have been up to in the last month.

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Pinteresting Middle School Teachers

Hello Bloggy Readers,

TWELVE middle school bloggers have gotten together to share with you their favorite Pinterest boards geared towards 6th-8th grade teachers.

We hope you enjoy this variety of ideas. Be sure to check out our other Pinterest boards while you are there.

Happy Pinning!

Kristy from 2 Peas and a Dog recommends this middle school Pinterest board:
Middle School Freebies

You can find other great things by Kristy by following this link:
2 Peas and Dog Blog

Pam from Desktop Learning Adventures recommends this middle school Pinterest board:
Hot off the Presses Latest Middle School Releases

You can find other great things by Pam by following this link:
Desktop Learning Adventures Blog

Ellie from Middle School Math Moments recommends this middle school Pinterest board:
Middle School Math

You can find other great things by Ellie by following this link:
Middle School Math Moments Blog

Jennifer from 4mulaFun recommends this middle school Pinterest board:
Success in Secondary

You can find other great things by Jennifer by following this link:
4mula Fun Blog

Sidney from Teaching is a Gift recommends this middle school Pinterest board:
Gifted Teaching Ideas

You can find other great things by Sidney by following this link:
Teaching is a Gift Blog

Kate from Kate’s 6th Grade Classroom Cafe recommends this middle school Pinterest board:
Grade 6 Tricks of the Trade

You can find other great things by Kate by following this link:
Kate’s 6th Grade Classroom Cafe Blog

Stephanie from The Creative Classroom recommends this middle school Pinterest board:
Anchor Charts

You can find other great things by Stephanie by following this link:
The Creative Classroom Blog

Jamie from MissMathDork recommends this middle school Pinterest board:
Math is Real Life

You can find other great things by Jamie by following this link:
Miss Math Dork Blog

Kim from Teaching Math by Hart recommends this middle school Pinterest board:
Number Sense

You can find other great things by Kim by following this link:
Teaching Math By Hart Blog

John from An Educator’s Life recommends this middle school Pinterest board:
Reading Ideas

You can find other great things by John by following this link:
An Educator’s Life Blog

Erin from Miss Lifesaver recommends this middle school Pinterest board:
School Stuff

You can find other great things by Erin by following this link:
Miss Lifesaver Blog

Tammy from Teaching FSL recommends this middle school Pinterest board:
Magnificent Middle School

You can find other great things by Tammy by following this link:
Teaching FSL Blog

Looking for other Middle School ideas? Check out the Middle School Blog Log

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One Little Word 2014: Making Progress

Since January 2011 I have participated in the One Little Word project started by Ali Edwards. Ali began this project a few years prior as a way to focus and dedicate ones life for a year to see the world around you in a different perspective.

That first year my word was Simplify and boy did I do a lot of that during that year. Not only was there physical purging from my house but there was also emotional purging as well. Definitely a year that allowed me to realize that in life it really is the simple things that matter the most.

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January 2012 came and my new word was Open. After moving to a new piece of land in the country during the prior year I was totally out of my natural element. I needed to be open to what was to come and allow myself to take it in one piece at a time. That year was a very challenging year for my little family but we made it through it and we moved right into 2013.

Last year it was really hard for me to choose a word that spoke to me because I was going through so much emotionally so I really didn’t settle on a word until mid to late January when Change became evident. Hubby and I had moved back to town, we still owned our property 75 miles away, I started a new job, hubby started a new job and we were back near my family and that was just in January. The year proved to be full of changes and now that I have just wrapped up 2013 I am not hesitant to say that it was probably the best year of our marriage so far. We truly  have embraced each change and been blessed beyond measure.

Persistence_OWL_2014

With all that being said, now it is time for a new word for 2014. As I sat down thinking about what my goals for 2014 were I kept thinking about hard word, determination, and the passion that I have right now and how i want it to continue. With that my word- Persistance- was born. Being persistent is more than being stubborn and bossy (although I do that well), but it is also about making sure things don’t fall through the cracks and staying on target with any project that I start. It’s so important as a business owner to keep the mojo going right along side the motivation but also just as important to take time for myself. 

I am hoping that the blessings from 2013 continue into 2014 so that I can continue to pass them on to others in a grander scale.

Have you thought of a word that might mean something to you that you want to guide you through this year? Feel free to share it with me as I love hearing from others and seeing what they have chose and why. If you have blogged about it, leave a link so that I can take a peek!
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Math in Real Life AND Giveaway Winner AND More!

It’s the first Wednesday of January AND January 1st which means it’s time for our  linky – Math IS Real Life and time to wish you a HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!  If you joined in on our Countdown to 2014 Giveaway, stick around, we’ll be displaying the winner at the end of post!

If you want to see how the linky works, or just want other real world math ideas, check out our Pinterest Board of all the posts so that you can look back and find some great ideas and REAL pictures to use in your classroom!  

If you are linking up, please include the below picture AND a link back to all four of our blogs – feel free to use the 2nd image and the links listed below!

 
A monthly REAL WORLD math blog link-up hosted by
 
   ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~How often do you walk into the grocery store and your cart looks like this?

Beginning to Shop

Maybe not necessarily the Starbucks in hand but no list and no clue as to what you need but you know that you need groceries. Yep, this was me. Hubs and I had decided we were going to purge all the crap in our house and start fresh with healthy food because we are determined to get healthy so that we can get preggers.

Well, as I’m walking through the aisles, I start adding stuff in keeping a mental track of how much I am spending because I know how much money I have budgeted to spend. I also want to make sure I get the necessities to fill our pantry and fridge.

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Eggs were a staple necessity. I plan to make some Doggie Crack this week (SO MUCH cheaper than buying dog treats- and healthier) as well as making some Hot Chocolate Brownies that we got on clearance after Christmas (yes, they aren’t healthy but he is taking them to work to share).

Healthy eating isn’t cheap but in the end junk eating isn’t either.

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As you can see my basket is filling up. I got all the ingredients I needed for one entirely new meal for us- Crock Pot Hawaiian Pizza (Paleo friendly) as well as some of our last minute treats for New Year’s Eve (Totino’s Party Pizza and Pretzels for him- OJ to go in a Wine Mimosa for me).

Now, how does this relate to Math in the Real World? Well, first I had to stay in budget but also get realistic items for my family to eat and survive for the week. I will probably have to grab a few things but I hadn’t meal planned out the week persay so I was pleased to be $25 under budget when I checked out.

cartwheel

Second, I wanted to share with you the magic of using apps to help you shop. I have recently started using the Cartwheel App because we shop at Target and in just 2 months I have saved over $50. They are all things that I would purchase normally so that definitely makes me happy!

So maybe add to your resolutions this year to find ways to save some money here and there. I know that is definitely part of our goal for 2014 to lead us into a fantastic 2015.

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Thank you to each and EVERY one of you who joined in on the giveaway each day to enter and gather up some great savings! I have loved reading all of your comments and really I do plan to go back and respond to more of them.

Without further ado…

Countdown to 2014 Giveaway Winner

So if you are Lauren O’Rourke and you left a blog comment, you will be getting an email from me today to determine if you would rather a $25 gift card to Teachers Pay Teachers, Amazon or Starbucks!

And because I love my followers so much and I don’t want you to miss out on anything that you might need between now and the start of the second semester….

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Countdown to 2014- Final Day

Oh my goodness, we are on the FINAL DAY of the Countdown to 2014 Giveaway! Make sure you have grabbed all the possible opportunities today to enter to win the $25 Gift Certificate.

Countdown to 2014- Day 4 Giveaway

First of all, EVERYONE has a chance to win a $25 Gift Card from your choice of Teachers Pay Teachers, Amazon or Starbucks to start your year right.

And on top of that, we have added in some great specials each day for you to take advantage of as well.

5 days of deals

With today being the FINAL DAY, I have a one item at a WHOPPING 50% off and I know that so many of you have this on your wishlist (over 500 at my last look) so I am hoping that many of you are able to score this today!

Solve and Snip Bundle Grades 2nd-8th

Don’t forget to stop by Jamie and Meg’s blogs as well to be entered to win their giveaways as well!

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Countdown to 2014- Day 4- Giveaway

Thanks for joining me again on Day 4 of the Countdown to 2014 Giveaway! You have just as many opportunities today to enter to win the $25 Gift Certificate.

Countdown to 2014- Day 4 Giveaway

First of all, EVERYONE has a chance to win a $25 Gift Card from your choice of Teachers Pay Teachers, Amazon or Starbucks to start your year right.

And on top of that, we have added in some great specials each day for you to take advantage of as well.

5 days of deals

Can you believe that today I have 2 items at 40% off? I must be crazy!

Rational Numbers Bundle

Proportions Unit and Pacing Guide_Cover

Don’t forget to stop by Jamie and Meg’s blogs as well to be entered to win their giveaways as well!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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