Monday, July 30, 2012

Monday Made It

Good morning, y'all!  I am linking up with Tara at 4th Grade Frolics for another Monday Made It!  
I'm not sure where I orginally saw this idea, probably on someone's blog from Monday Made It or on Pinterst.  Yesterday while shopping at Target's dollar bins, I came across these award necklakces.  I purchased 5 packs, which gave me 10 necklaces. Using Microsoft Word, I created a circle the same size and added the text "Ask me what I made on Mrs. Geren's test!"
I orginally wanted to use patterned scrapbook paper but it all seemed to clash with the red, white, and blue so I chose to use red and blue scrapbook paper instead.  I think the kids will love wearing these.  I'm not sure how I'll implement it, but I am thinking it will be used for 100's, A's, and/or for those students who usually make C's or D's and they finally make an A and are so excited.
Next, I created labels for my baskets for my supplies.  I used my NEW HANDY LAMINATOR (can you tell I love it?!?!).

I also created four labels for my new book baskets. 
I am also linking up with Amanda at Teaching Maddeness for her New {School} Year Resolutions party!
Resolution #1:  Create and stick to a consistent small group schedule.  This is an area of weakness for me, but I am determined to do a better job this year.  With much more resources available this year, I am wanting to do a much better job with my small groups.

Resolution #2:  Stay organizded.  Since I am getting rid of my teacher's desk and working for my small group table, I think this will help me stay organized so I don't have a desk to pile papers on.

Resolution #3:  Keep school at school.  With this, I mean it two separate ways.  First, when I've had a bad day and Johnny has drove me almost crazy, leave it at the door when I come home.  Second, leave school work at school as much as possible.  When I am home I want to focus on being a mama to my son.  I don't want to be distracted by school work.

Resolution #4:  Figure out some plan to manage my time more effectively with my masters work.  I am currently getting my masters degree online.  I began last school year and did 90% of my work when Easton went to bed, which put me getting very little sleep most of the time.  I was exhausted.  I'm not sure how I will change that because I have vowed not to make this masters degree coursework take time away from my son, or as little as possible.

14 comments :

  1. Love your "Ask me.." necklaces. They look so olympic like. And you will never be sorry about the laminator! I've had the same one for 7 years and it's still going strong. If you are near a Sam's, the pouches there are 200 for $20. I haven't seen them cheaper anywhere else.

    And good luck keeping those resolutions. I plan to join that linky when I get back from vacay.

    Oh, and I'm your newest follower.

    Kristi
    Learning's a Hoot

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  2. I purchased that laminator recently and love it! I also bought pouches at Sam's Club and am almost through my first box!

    Brandi
    Success in Second Grade

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  3. Keeping school at school is so hard. Do you ever feel like you never really leave school? I know I do. Good luck with your resolutions!!!

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  4. Love the medals!! I have done ask me medals before- just for skip counting so students could do it and become more fluent. They were so proud of themselves!

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  5. Thanks for linking up, Lana! Love the "keep school at school"...I'm really going to try for that this year, too (both ways!)

    Those necklaces are precious! What a great idea!

    Amanda
    Teaching Maddeness

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  6. Love your resolutions for the upcoming school year! The laminator...i have the same one and I simply love it! Friends were not shocked when I told them that I purchased my own last summer! :) When you have a chance hop over to my blog...I am a Newbie on the blog arena. I enjoy your site.

    Debbie
    Teise's Tidbits

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  7. My husband would love it if I adopted your #3 resolution. Sometimes it is so hard!

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  8. I just got a laminator, too! Isn't it wonderful??? :)

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  9. I love your award necklaces! I also recently got a personal laminator, and I love using it!

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  10. Cute "medals"! It is a nice twist on the buttons.

    EmilyK

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  11. We had the same idea this week! I chose the buttons instead of the medals, but I can see the medals lasting a bit longer than the buttons! Anywho, they're such a great idea!! :)

    Leslie
    Miss R's Room

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  12. I covet your laminator!!!! I think that will be on my list to purchase for next year!

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  13. Love, love, love the necklaces! Going to Target in the morning! You will love your laminator so much that you'll buy another one: one for home and one for school...you'll see! Like Brandi, I have found Sam's Club to be the least expensive for laminating sheets. I am a new fourth grade blogger as of Saturday and would love to have you stop by. I'm excited to be your newest follower!
    Joanne
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

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  14. I love the Olympic medal theme of your buttons. So cute!
    Amanda
    The Teaching Thief

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