Thursday, July 16, 2015

Hand Signals- 1,2,3 FREEBIE



Yep, every morning... this is Jay...


At least he was on a schedule right?  And not running in room yelling- "Mrs. Johnson, can go to the bathroom!"  

That's what happened the first year I used hand signals in my classroom.  I LOVE THEM!!  The lesson to teach them takes about 2 and a half minutes and they've got it!  No more interruptions when you are in the middle of a great book and that kid raises his hand (yep, you know which one).  You think to yourself, he is going to have something really great to say about the book we are reading- he made some sort of connection and then BAM! He says, "Can I get a drink?"  REALLY??  RIGHT NOW??  

So now, he just gives this sign...


You shake your head yes, because let's face it- he's not really listening anyway because he is dying of thirst.  

I used to use 5 hand signals and realized that I didn't want them to ask me to get a pencil every time they needed a pencil- I was beginning to feel like a bobble head nodding my head all of the time.  And the other signal was for EMERGENCIES...
Did you know that a hangnail is now an EMERGENCY- YEP- That's how my class rolls...

So now there are only 3! 


If you haven't used Hand Signals, I encourage you to give it a try- and why not because these are FREE in my store!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Teacher Toolbox! Finally!

Ever since I saw this idea a few years ago, I have been wanting to make one.  I FINALLY decided it was time to just do it.  I really figured it would be one of those Pinterest FAILS- you know what I’m talking about right?  When you see the cute little Cookie Monster cookies on Pinterest and it looks so easy but when you try it, it doesn’t look a thing like Cookie Monster- more like a blue blob with eyes



That’s what I thought would happen, but it was super easy and didn’t take that long to do!  So, here is my before picture.  I saw a Facebook post by Erica Bohrer the other day and decided to give it a go!  I bought the Toolbox at Menards but you can order one HERE from Amazon.



After printing the cards that I bought in Erica’s store, I decided on the 23 that I wanted and then I made my own for the last storage compartment.  I was a little OCD when it came to choosing the ones I wanted- I wanted 6 of each color- yes, don’t judge





Then I added Modge Podge to the back of the cards and glued them on the front of the compartments.  After drying, I did one final coat over top the front of the cards to make them stay a little better and be more durable!

Walla!  It worked!  It wasn’t a Pinterest FAIL!  So, if you have been thinking about making one, I say- Give It a Try!  It was pretty easy!


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