Sunday, June 30, 2013

Area & Perimeter with the U.S. Flag...and Currently!

Gosh, it is hard to believe that today is the last day of June!  Where oh where has another half-year gone?

With July 4th almost here, I wanted to share a product I created last year to practice area and perimeter using the United States Flag.  I have included an Answer Key.  Click on the image to check it out in my TPT Store.

"This product contains 30 area and perimeter questions based on the United States flag. The questions range from basic area and perimeter calculations, to converting back and forth from feet to inches within the questions, and to higher-level, critical thinking questions that will lead students to more deeply analyze their answers. 

I've based the calculations on standard, accepted flag-making specifications.

The final question asks students to design a flag for their school, determine dimensions, divide the flag into parts, and then calculate the area and perimeter for the entire flag as well as its parts."

AND...Currently is here a bit early this month.  Head over to check out the rest of the party over at Farley's!

Seriously, I never get tired of House Hunters!

My sister-in-law, Diane, her husband, Mike, two of my nieces, Francesca and Alena, and one of my nephews, Caden will be here for a visit from Denver.  We haven't seen them in about a year or so.  I am so excited for them to come.  They are all under the age of 10 so we are sure to have a ball!

I'll be going to Indianapolis for Scentsy Family Reunion {convention} in a little over a week!  Can't wait to see what all the fuss is about.  Plus, I've never been to Indianapolis...or anywhere in Indiana for that matter.

The beach is not happening, but I sure would love a few days there.  Too many other things are going on right now.  Sigh.

My to-do list continues to grow and grow.  I MUST get some things 'to-done' soon!

As a blogger, if you're not being yourself and enjoying what you're doing, why in the heck are you taking time out of your day and away from your family to do it???  

Enjoy :)

Thursday, June 27, 2013

A New Hat {and it smells good}

Hello and welcome back to Making It As A Middle School Teacher!

I have a short video for you today to share a 'new hat' I've recently began wearing.

It's a fun one and it smells really, really good!

I'll still be here...and one other place that I'll share with you in the coming days.

I'd love for you to follow along with me in my new endeavor.

AND ----  Don't forget to follow me on bloglovin'!

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Enjoy :)

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Feedback is Fantastic for Teachers, Too!

When I create a product for classroom use, I never know if other teachers will like it or find it useful for themselves and their students.  OR if they will hate it and consider it a waste of time!

Receiving feedback on Teachers Pay Teachers gives me some insight as to how I'm doing.

Any feedback, good or not so good, is very beneficial.  However, there are a few messages from time-to-time that really warm my heart and remind me why I do this.

I knew I wanted to link up with Christina over at Bunting, Books, and Bainbridge for her Fabulous Feedback party.  She'll be hosting this every second Friday of the month.

Here is feedback from two customers that I wanted to share this month.

THE best feedback to me is when a teacher has already used my product in their classroom AND the students loved it!  That's what drew me to this particular feedback.

I had so much fun making this game.  Fraction Fiesta comes in two versions {4 - 6 grades and 7 - 8 grades}.

I also appreciate feedback that shows the teacher has thought about the product and how they can use it in their own classroom.  To me this shows a genuine interest in my products.

Picnic Probability was created after I saw the need for more practice in my own classroom!  I think I have as much fun designing for cover image as I do creating the actual product.

So the way this works is that if you are either of the two buyers above, contact me by email at  Then you can let me know another product you would like me to send you...FREE!

Enjoy :)

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Summertime Reading

It is a beautiful Saturday here in sunny, small town Georgia.  I should grab a book and head out to the deck!

{Here's a couple of images I whipped up about books.  Feel free to pin and/or download.}

Summer is always a great time to enjoy some extra reading time...for us and for our students.

I have a few things to share with you today with that in mind.

If you are STILL teaching {moment of silence}, these will be a great find for you right now!

If you are on Summer Vacay, go ahead and download now for use next year.

First up, I have two FREEBIES for you.  Click on each image to download from my TPT Store.

I also have a paid product I created for summertime reading.  Check it out here.

What about your summer reads?  Do you have some planned?  Have you already marked a couple off your list?

I'm going to read this one first...

If you've already read that one, have you tried this companion book?

I'd also like to read...

As for non-teaching books, I can't wait to read...

I've read two other books by Hosseini and loved both!  As a 7th grade Social Studies teacher whose curriculum involves the Middle East, these are great books about real life that give a better understanding of the culture.

I wasn't quite a teenager yet in 1974, but this one sounds really interesting!  {No pun intended.}

One of my favorite reads from last summer is...

This one was rather odd, but I couldn't put it down!  I loved it!

I'd love to hear some of the books on your lists!  Please leave me a comment about the book you're most excited about reading this summer.  {Teaching related or not.}

By the way, here are two of my Pinterest boards related to reading.  Hop on over and follow these or my entire Pinterest profile {even better}.

Enjoy :)

Friday, June 14, 2013

My Very First Five for Friday

Hello and Happy Flag Day!

For the first time ever, I am linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for her fun Five for Friday post.

I've been stalking these posts for a while and I'm super excited to join in.  However, I haven't done anything teaching related lately, so you'll see some behind-the-scenes images.  :-)

1.  Mr. Making It and I spent the day at the shooting range.  Got to keep my skills sharp!  I have always enjoyed shooting.  It's been a while since we had a chance to go.

2.  I got a much needed hair cut on Tuesday!  It's great to be back in the short hair universe.

3.  Since becoming a Scentsy Consultant, I have been so thankful for the fun I get to have AND the extra income in can generate.  Here's a party set-up at a former co-workers home and my Scentsy Family Reunion {Convention} t-shirts that came in the mail this week!

4.  My new Grace Adele purse and clutch arrived and I was like a kid on Christmas morning!  I share some pics once I took them out of the beautiful wrapping later.

5.  Hello?!?!  Can anyone hear me?  That's what my TPT store has been saying lately.  I have not posted any new products in quite some time.  It's about time to change that!

I spent the day shopping and having lunch with my youngest son and his girlfriend.  So hard to believe Austin is 19!  The years have gone by so quickly.  

I hope you had a fabulous Friday as well.

Enjoy :)

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Bloglovin', Anyone?

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If you've been keeping up with blog readers, you know Google Reader sadly went away.

I've been using Bloglovin' and...I love it so far.

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CURRENTLY Getting My Rear in Gear!

And man, oh man, was I feeling uninspired!

I've only blogged a handful of times since January and I updated you a couple of times about taking a little hiatus.

Apparently, that little hiatus turned into a rather loooong sabbatical!  But that's OK.

My REAR is now in GEAR!!!

So, on to June's Currently hosted by the lovely Farley over at Oh' Boy 4th Grade.  {Confession:  I have been closet-stalking my favorite blogs from time-to-time and I have missed taking part in all the Currently posts.}

Yikes!  As I've been typing this post, the thunder...and lightning...and rain rolled in and parked right over my house.  Big storm!

I am so enjoying Summer to the absolute best of my ability.

Pizza.  A White Pie to be exact.  There's this local pizza joint named American Pie that makes this ooey, gooey, cheesy Alfredo sauce pizza that is!  I think I'm going to have to brave the storm and go get one.

I couldn't decide if the mani/pedi fit better as a want or a need.  I went with both since I've been stretching the last ones out, way out.  It's time.

For my Vacay Essentials I went for a little alliteration.  Always one of my favorite tools!  Of course I must have family and/or friends.  Who want to vacay along, right?  I've got to have fun which can range from time on the beach to a museum tour.  I'm pretty eclectic like that.  Lastly, I can't live without my f{ph}one.  I'm hooked.  Helplessly.  That's all I want to say about that.  ;-)

Head over to Farley's and check out the other Currently posts.  Even better, join in the fun yourself!

Back to my sabbatical...

If you've followed my blog for a while, you know that I lost both my parents within a 53-1/2 week period of time.  That was hard, especially with the circumstances of my Daddy's death.

I've struggled.

Add to that a couple of rather tough teaching years in that same time frame.

Add to that blogging and creating teaching products.

Add to that the normal everyday stuff that makes up life

You get the picture.

I think I finally gave myself enough time...this time.  In the past, I've always felt guilty about not keeping up this end of the bargain {and I do miss it when I'm away} and I would make myself get back into the grove before my mind, body, and soul were all ready to participate.

So many ideas have wiggled their way into my brain and they are ready to come to life in my computer and find their way to you!

If your school year has ended, I hope you are having awesome days at home.

If it hasn't, I hope you are making the most of the last days with your students.

Until next time...which will hopefully be a much, much shorter span of time...

Hugs to you!
Enjoy :)