May 31, 2016

How to Make a Reusable, Interactive, "Math About Me" Anchor Chart



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I made this SUPER CUTE interactive "Math About Me" anchor chart for the beginning of the year last year:


I had to make a new one for this fall since my name is changing (EEEK) and I decided to kick it up a notch.

Making these interactive anchor charts is A LOT of work. The measuring, organizing, taping, etc. makes this anchor chart design more time-consuming than usual. Why do it more than once? THis year, I decided to make my chart interactive AND reusable!

1. Size and cut your flaps. 

I cut regular cardstock (8.5 x 11) in fourths.



Astrobrights Card Stock is my fave.

2. Space the flaps accordingly and evenly. 



3. Mark the corners once flap placement has been perfected.



4. Laminate flaps. 



5. Create your chart.

Include ONLY the title and topics - things that won't change over the years. Feel free to use my ideas!



6. Laminate chart.



7. Tape the flaps on under the topics. 



8. Use an Expo or Vis-a-Vis marker to write your math problems on the flaps and the answers under the flaps. Ta da!



I use Vis-A-Vis because it wipes off easily with water or a wet wipe, but it won't come off when a student touches it with curious little fingers!

  

Finished product for the upcoming year:


Good luck! I'd love to see your finished products... Tag me on Instagram!

May 26, 2016

"Out of Office" Automatic Emails for Teachers


Step away from that email, sista. It's summer, and you deserve a break the constant *dings* of emails entering your school email inbox.

My school actually encouraged us teachers to set up an “out of office” automatic response that will be sent each time we receive an email during the summer. I love that they are okay with me ignoring rarely checking my email for two whole months.

I couldn’t come up with an appropriate out-of-office email for a teacher on summer break, even after Googling. Thus, I decided I would create my own. Please use as you wish.



IF YOU WANT TO BE BORING


Greetings,

I will be out of the classroom from [ leave date ] to [ return date ] and will have limited access to my email.

If you need immediate assistance, please contact the front office at XXX-XXX-XXXX.

Best,
[ your name ]


- - - -


IF YOU WANT TO BE TEACHERY


Hello students and parents!

I will be out of the classroom from [ leave date ] to [ return date ] and will have limited access to my email.

If you need immediate assistance, please contact the front office at XXX-XXX-XXXX.

Here are some fabulously fun educational resources that you can access at home this summer:
Keep on reading,
[ your name ]


- - - -

IF YOU WANT TO BE POLITICAL


Hello!

I will be out of the classroom from [ leave date ] to [ return date ] and will have limited access to my email. I’ll get back to you when I return from my "summer off."

In the meantime, check out this article on Edutopia: The Myth of Having Summers Off

Still don’t think I deserve a summer vacation? This may change your mind: Why Teachers Deserve Their Summers Off

Sincerely,
[ your name ]


- - - -


IF YOU WANT TO BE CORNY


Hello!

I will be out of the classroom from [ leave date ] to [ return date ] and will have limited access to my email. In the meantime, check out these jokes:

Q: Why did the boy eat his homework?
A: Because his teacher said it was a piece of cake.

Q: What object is king of the classroom?
A: The ruler

Q: What is a math teacher’s favorite sum?
A: Summer!

LOL - [ your name ]

- - - -

IF YOU WANT TO BE SASSY


To Whom It May Concern:

I will be daydreaming from [ leave date ] to [ return date ] and, for the sake of my sanity, will not be checking my email.




See you in August!
[ your name ]

- - - -


IF YOU LOVE BUZZFEED


Hello!

I will be out of the classroom from [ leave date ] to [ return date ] and will have limited access to my email.

In the meantime, find out what I’m up to by checking out these articles on Buzzfeed: What People Think a Teacher's Summer is Like vs. What It's Really Like and 26 Signs You're a Teacher on Summer Break.

Best,
[ your name ]


- - - -


IF YOU WANT TO GET REPRIMANDED


IT'S SUMMER. I DON'T KNOW YOU. YOU DO NOT EXIST.




- - - -

Use at your own risk and HAVE AN AMAZING SUMMER!

Ignore your email, but keep up with me on Instagram @schoolandthecity or by following me on Bloglovin'. XOXO

May 20, 2016

A Teacher's Ode to Coffee

(in the form of a spelling test during the last full week of school)


1. Town
I went to the Starbucks in my town this morning. Town.

2. Mouth
I drank the coffee using my mouth. Mouth.

3. Frown
Without coffee I would frown. Frown.

4. Tough
Waking up so early was tough today. Tough.

5. Crown
The Starbucks logo lady wears a crown on her head. Crown.

6. Couch 
I could take a nap on a couch. Couch.

7. Ground 
I could take a nap on the ground. Ground.

8. Cloud
I could take a nap on a cloud. Cloud.

9. Grown 
Sometimes grown-ups need coffee. Grown

10. Shout
When I drink coffee I want to shout with joy. Shout.


Bonus Word: 

Grande Peppermint Mocha, No Whip