Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Linking with Love!

I'm joining Tessa at Tales from Outside the Classroom for her Linking Up with Love Linky.
She has the cutest blog with great ideas and what a great idea to throw a linky party right before the month of LOVE :)  So the party is about who you love, what you love, and the products you love.

Who I love?
Well other than Maksim Chmerkovskiy (what a name) from dancing with the stars....

LOL! Hahahahahaha  On a serious note, I love my two boys!

I also LOVE MYCUTEGRAPHICS.  That is where I get all my clipart including the one above!

I am a media specialist so I am exposed to so many children's books so I have to share the LOVE with two of my favorite books especially for this time of year.  I love:
He is just too cute! and his stories are adorable to.  The students really love them and get into them.  I can't seem to keep them in the library.
Another fav of mine is 
This story is sooooo sweet and the illustrations are adorable.  I love this book because it also shows students how character changed over time!  Here is a link to the packet I made to go along with the book and character change.
 And of course I can't leave out a Valentine's Day packet for that special day of LOVE.  And a shout out to TPT for all their LOVE!

So share the love and get on over to Tessa's Blog to show yours.

Monday, January 21, 2013

I love YouTube for learning!

Recently I shared with the teacher librarians in my county the YouTube videos I use to make teaching easier!  I was surprised the response I got from how many of the teacher librarians had never thought of looking on youtube for helpful links.  I want to share them here.  After Christmas break I wanted to spend time reviewing with the students behaviors and expectations.  I found two videos on YouTube that really touched on the most important expectations I wanted to review.  Hope you enjoy!
Teach my alligator library manners!
Sammy the shelf marker!

Thursday, January 17, 2013


So just wanted to make a confession about my experience so far with Teacher Notebook versus TPT.  If you are trying to decide which one to use, I will tell you, I really like the lay out and look of TPT better.  I feel like it gets more traffic than Teacher Notebook as well.  It has an easier platform to upload your materials.  Teacher notebook wants you to upload your digital file and then you have an annoying box you must wait for and press ok before you can move any further.  Then you must upload a preview of the file.  Again, you have to wait for the upload to complete and press ok to the annoying box before you move on.  The annoying box is the one that says your file was uploaded successfully.  Once you have uploaded those files, then you must add an image file?  Yes, and wait for the box to pop up before you continue.  With Teacher Pay Teacher, you upload one file and it generates preview pics for you.  You do have the option to upload a preview image, but I LOVE the quick upload.  TPT also ask you to put one descriptive message about your product where TN wants Item Description and Social Network Description.  Ugghh.  So in short, at this time, I just feel like TPT is the better option over all.  The look and layout is easier to navigate and not as busy.  Well, there are my two cents, hope it help.  What are your experiences?

Wednesday, January 9, 2013


Made this real quick to assess my 2nd grade students on searching skills.  I needed something to see whether they really understand how to search for books or not.  We will see how it goes.  There are five different printables so that all the students are not searching in the same place.  Hope you can use this as well!