Sunday, August 26, 2012

Barbara's Back...With Birds & a Rap!!!

The last Sunday of the month is here which means that the awesome Barbara is back!  She never ceases to amaze me.  Every single post hits home in some way or another!

Sit back and enjoy yet another great one my buddy, Barbara....

Happy New Year from Barbara at The Corner on Character! 
How's it going so far?

I bought this t-shirt this week 'cause one of my new year's resolutions is to help my eighth grader manage the angries better. I've explained to him that he doesn't get to choose his feelings because our feelings choose us (You've heard that before, right?), but that what he does get to choose is how he responds to those feelings. Sometimes the upbeat ones like happy, glad, and confident choose him, and he's positively exuberant and such a joy to be around. Other times, the feelings aren't as pleasant, like ashamed, frustrated, and worried. Sometimes he gets downright angry. Not a lot, but when he does, it can feel insurmountably overwhelming and incredibly out of control. In fact, I've seen him get stuck for hours, unable to shake it off. So we've worked together to create a list of healthy ways to manage our anger and he settled on the ones that work best for him. To put those go-to strategies into one spot, I wrote this Anger Buster Rap
Set a pat, pat, clap beat and give it a try, then encourage your students to personalize it by substituting their anger-management faves:

The Anger Buster Rap

by Barbara Gruener
When anger chooses me,
here's an important fact:
I always get to choose 
exactly how I'll react. 

I don't need to fight or

shout, pout and cry 'cause
I have some healthy strategies
for management to try. 

I can write or draw or count to ten,

I work it out or go outside to play, and then
I take deep breaths and maybe take a walk,
then email, text or call my best friend to talk.

So when anger chooses you,

and it will, that's a fact.
Just try these healthy ways
to get you back on track.

 What have you resolved to do better this year?

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Ultimate Middle Years Giveaway and Blog Hop!

Middle School Teachers unite!!!

We aren't the majority in the teaching blog world, but we are massively awesome and dedicated to our profession, out blogs, and our readers!

Two of these bloggers, Krystal from Lessons From The Middle and Ann Marie from Innovative Connections, have put together a phenomenal idea...The Ultimate Middle Years Giveaway and Blog Hop.  You'll need to visit their blogs for more complete information and details, enter the Rafflecopter, and find your Official Blog Hop Challenge Form.

Innovative Connections

I have donated a $10 Shopping Spree in my TPT Store for the giveaway.  Feel free to take a look around to plan which items you would choose if you're one of the winners!

I'm very excited to share another great blog participating in this event with you today.

Teaching Rocks!

Teaching Rocks! is headed up by three talented teachers from Ontario:  Loriana, Lisa, and Elita.  They each bring different experiences, insights, and ideas to share with other teachers! From lesson plans to activities, resources, informational sites and books, personal experiences – they have it all! Visit them at ‘’, follow them on Twitter (@TRConnect), browse through Pinterest (TRConnect), visit their TPT store (TeachingRocks), or see their page on Facebook! Teachers learning together and growing together…working hand in hand to build a solid foundation! That’s what brought them here! 

My absolute favorite resource from them is their Essential Teacher Binder.  It is a collection of teacher resources to help you organize both your teaching and your classroom. This kit has over 70 pages of printables to keep you organized, including birthday postcards, desk nameplates, unit planners, weekly planners, a substitute teacher form, a classroom inventory chart, a PD log, a parent contact log, and classroom decor! There are six themes to choose from!

Here are all of the wonderful bloggers participating in the Blog Hop portion of this event!

Good luck and enjoy.   :)

Making It {and smiling},

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Three...YES 3...Back-to-School Bashes!

Whether your new school year just began or you're just getting into the mood, bask-to-school time is here!!!

I have some great opportunities to share with you!

At my TeachersPayTeachers Store, Making It Teacher, ALL of my products will be 20% OFF Sunday and Monday, August 12th and 13th.  When you use the Promo Code BTS12, you will receive an additional 10% OFF...for a total 28% discount!!!

Over at my Teachers Notebook Shop, ALL of my products are also on sale for 30% Promo Codes Needed!  This sale starts today and run through Monday, August 13th!

Don't forget...I'm hosting a Thirty-One Back-to-School Blog Hop Party!  Click on this link,

and click on the My Parties Tab.  You'll see Back-to-School Blog Hop listed.  Choose that party to shop and place your order.  Be sure to check out the Monthly Specials as well.

Once you place on order, you can enter my Rafflecopter to win a $31 Thirty-One Gift Card from me!  This event lasts until August 31st!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Enjoy :)

Making It {and smiling},

Friday, August 10, 2012

Fun Friday ~ All My Crafty Friends Part 1: Classroom Signs

Happy Fun Friday!

As you read this post, I'm finishing up my 1st week of school.  Teachers went back on Monday and students returned yesterday.

I hope I'm having a Fun Friday!  ;-)

Over the Summer, I became aware of several blog buddies, teacher pals, etc. who are very crafty.

After purchasing from them and receiving such great products, I wanted to share their work with you.

So this mini feature was born...

This week I'm sharing an adorable classroom sign created by Hadar from Miss Kindergarten.

Hadar, who happens to be super sweet, has a great little Etsy Shop, Outfitted and Inspired, where she sells these beauties... lots of different styles that she will customize just for you!

This one just happens to match my classroom decor and color scheme to a T.  This is our motto this year.  I absolutely LOVE seeing this in my room each day!

Head over and get yourself a FUN sign for your classroom!!!

Enjoy :)

Making It {and smiling},

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Drumroll Please......We Have a Winner!

Last Friday I announced an wonderful giveaway here on my blog for an Back-to-School Gift Basket filled with over $200 worth of products from Discount Office Items.

I enjoyed reading each and every comment you all left in response to the Giveaway questions!

Now, what you've all been waiting for.....

I used to select a winner from all the comments you left.

Lucky number 18 just happens to be Malinda!

Congratulations, Malinda!!!  I've just sent you an e-mail about what to do to claim your prize.

Thanks so much to everyone who entered!

Short and sweet for tonight.  I just finished my 3rd 11-hour day of Pre-Planning and I'm tired.  Students come back tomorrow!

Enjoy  :)

Making It {and smiling},

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Tech Tip Tuesday ~ PowerPoint Series: Adding Clipart

Welcome back to another Tech Tip Tuesday!  This week my PowerPoint Series focuses on how to add clipart and photos to your presentation.

Enjoy :)

Making It {and smiling},

Monday, August 6, 2012

Pre-Planning & Stuffing

That day has arrived!


It's our official first day back {although many of us have been in for a couple of days here and there already}.

I wanted to share some before and during pictures with you from the days I went to my classroom about a week ago.  Hopefully there will be extremely noticeable changes to share each day this week!

{opps...forgot to add the pink border}

I can assure you this will look much, much better in a few days!  :)

Now as for the Stuffing...

I'm leading off an event over at Leanne's blog, Creative Classroom, called Top Teachers Stuff Your Files!

Each day a different teacher will share lots of great things to Stuff Your Files with and get you prepared for an awesome school year!

Head on over and read my poetry I wrote just for the event...and get some free stuff, too!

Enjoy :)

Making It {and smiling},

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Thirty-One Bags, $31, & 23 Freebies! ;-)

I tried...I did.

I really wanted to carry the 31 theme all the way through, but I just couldn't whip out 8 more free products in 2 days!

Can I get an A for effort?

I am tickled pink to be part of the Back-to-School Blog Hop this year so I wanted to have lots of good stuff for you in this post.

First up...

I'm having a Thirty-One party to get you ready for the start of a new school year while being organized and in style!

There are so many wonderful items to choose from in so many adorable patterns.

Click the image below to go to my Consultant Page.

From there you can see the catalog and August monthly specials for the Spirit Collection.

When you're ready to place an order, click on My Parties and select Back-to-School Blog Hop to place an order.

Just be sure to choose to have your items shipped to yourself.  I will send an order off a couple of times during the month of don't worry about having to wait too long to get your goodies!

Now for the $31!

At the end of the month, I will randomly select a winner to receive a $31 Thirty-One Gift Certificate from me!

You can enter for each separate item you purchase.  If you choose monograming, that will count as an extra entry as well!  {Monograming is on sale this month for just $5!}

I'm not asking that you do any following, liking, etc....this is completely based on what you purchase.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

AND the freebies...

In my TPT Store, I have 23 different FREE items ready for you to download!  Take your pick or pick them all!

Click here to go to my store and take a look around.

A few examples you'll find include:


Thank you so much for stopping by on the Blog Hop today!  Make sure you check out a new post from other bloggers each and every day in August.

Enjoy :)

Making It {and smiling},

Saturday, August 4, 2012

I {heart} Erin Condren!

There are some things in life that just make me Happy with a capital H!

Erin Condren has become one of them.

At first, I was hesitant to spend the money {they aren't a Dollar Store item} on a planner, but anyone I knew who had an Erin Condren planner loved it and said they would buy another one.

Add to that my certified OCD brain with a need to be uber organized and my love of all things cute and fun...I couldn't resist!  I had to at least see for myself what all the hoopla was about.

So after a couple of weeks of waiting for my personalized Life Planner to be printed and delivered {and a FedEx guy who delivered my precious little book to another house and took an extra week to find it again}, the box finally arrived!

Then I opened it and I knew I was hooked!  When the inside packaging is a pretty as a present, that makes me all warm and fuzzy!

And here is my beautiful Life Planner...

A few days later, I had the urge to order the Teacher Planner as well...since I was already filling up my Life Planner with - life!  There are 5 of us here in my house, along with 4 dogs, 1 cat, 1 chinchilla, and 1 African Sideneck Turtle who summers in my office instead of starving in my classroom over the summer!  We all have work, school, extra-curricular, my 3 little businesses on the side, and appointments that range from doctor, dentist, eye doctor to hair and nails to vet and tire rotation!

Back to the computer I went to order a matching Teacher Planner {and a Weekly Planner for my family and one for my blog}!

Thankfully, the FedEx guy did not make the same mistake this time!

Here they are...

I feel more organized than ever!  My mind is more relaxed about what's going on everyday...and that, my friend, is worth the price of a Erin Condren Planner!!!

So when I got an e-mail containing a $10 OFF coupon code for a Lesson Planner from Erin Condren, I knew I wanted to pass it on to you.

These images are from the e-mail.

If you've considered ordering a Planner, this is a great offer to take advantage of!

Enjoy :)

Making It {and smiling},