September 29, 2014

Meet and Greet with Secondary Sellers on Teachers Pay Teachers

Back when Teachers Pay Teachers was new, it seemed like the majority of sellers were focused on the secondary market.  But, things have changed and elementary took over in a BIG way.  But, we secondary sellers are here creating amazing resources that can be put to immediate use in your classroom.  Let's get the word out and share our awesome resources for those in secondary.
Meet and Teach - Making Meaning with Melissa

Brain Waves Instruction, Literary Sherri, and Getting Nerdy with Mel and Gerdy have compiled 3 FREE Meet and Teach e-books profiling SECONDARY teacher-authors and sharing print-and-teach resources from 25 TpT stores in each e-book.  The e-books center around ELA, Math & Science, and Humanities (Social Studies, Art, Foreign Language, and more ELA).  In them you'll find a 'meet' page completed by each seller that includes responses to 5 prompts.  You'll get to learn a bit about each seller like their favorite book or things that make them happy.  Then, each seller provided you with a 1-page resource that you can use in your classroom tomorrow.  These e-books are filled with awesome teachers, little insights into each sellers' life, and resources that are easy to implement in your classroom.  They're pretty amazing.  Of course, you don't have to take my word for it, you can find them here, starting with mine:


I've included my ICE-T paragraphing structure and practice...I bet you'll find it useful!





Download each free e-book and you'll get a chance to meet and teach resources from these teacher-authors: 




September 21, 2014

Sunday Scoop

Two blog posts in one day!  I haven't even managed to do two in a week yet!

Here's my Sunday Scoop, as I'm linking up with the 


Hope this is a great week for you!

World Gratitude Day

Today is World Gratitude Day?  Did you know there was such a thing?  I sure didn’t, but I have to admit that I wish it would take off.  I think that most people could do with a little more gratitude and appreciation for the many gifts they have.

So, thinking about all the things that I’m grateful for, I decided to share five of them with you.

1.  My family.  I am a mommy to two boys, ages 6 and 7 ½, and a stepmom to an 18-year-old son.  These guys (and my husband) are the lights of my life.  Motherhood was something that I had always dreamed of, and I can tell you that this is better than I ever imagined.  I have smart, funny, kind, athletic, sweet and bratty boys, and I wouldn’t change a thing!  Plus, I am blessed with amazing, giving, and supportive parents and in-laws, too.

2.  My health.  Lots of people take health for granted, and I admit that I do that more often than I should.  But despite some health challenges (I’ve lived with congenital heart defects my whole life and have had many open heart surgeries, two high-risk pregnancies, and a terrible head-on collision), I’ve always bounced back well and have been thankfully healthy.

3.   My home.  I feel blessed that we live in a popular beach community that has so much to do.  It’s a fairly tight-knit community, so we’ve met great friends, and I love living in a place that has beautiful weather, great schools, and opportunities for my kids to thrive.  Plus, it takes us less than five minutes to get to the beach!

4.  Vacations.  I love getting away with my family.  We own an RV, and have taken several cross-country road trips, camping along the way, and despite the cramped space and close quarters, those trips are some of my best memories.  This summer we took the boys on their first Hawaii trip, and had a blast.  And we’re lucky to be frequent river goers and now have a permanent place there to call home.

5.  Teachers Pay Teachers.  This site has allowed me to channel my creativity in a way that’s not always possible in my regular teaching job.  Additionally, it’s allowed me to meet and interact with so many bright, interesting people.  And, the extra income is such a blessing!  I have had the best month ever in my five years here and I’m thrilled!


To show my gratitude, please enjoy this new product for free (for 48 hours).  I will change the price back to $5 on Tuesday, 9/23.  And I would be so grateful if you would leave me some positive feedback.



September 14, 2014

Hello again and a Sunday Scoop

Hello there!  I remember this place, the blog I started right when school was about to start...  Well, I haven't been keeping up my end of the deal, but I'm working to change that.  I now realize that adding a new task to a super-busy time of year may have been a little too ambitious, but I'm figuring out how to make it work.  Especially now that my kids and I are back into the school routine.

For now, I'm linking up with Teaching Trio to share my Sunday Scoop.  Head on over to check out what other bloggers have coming up in the week ahead.


Until next time, have a great day!