Think Win-Win! with DonorsChoose!

Ok y'all!
My classroom needs a projector!
This old lady's eyes are tired of squinting!
and it's causing crow's feet, too
so half my DonorsChoose project will be funded IF the other half is funded this weekend!
awesome, right?!
So here's my win-win offer
I will match ANY amount you donate to our project with credit to my tpt shop!
Now, I know my shop isn't Neiman Marcus, but maybe there's a few things you'd like??
It's a win-win! You make a tax deductible donation AND get products; we get to see things!
Just email me at after your donation (Aug. 22-24 ONLY) and I will get you your stuff!!
Thank you!

Teacher Week! WHO I am!

Welcome to Blog Hoppin's Teacher Week!!!
I love this little "all about the teacher" time each year!
We have a fun line up for you, too!

I kinda feel like I have talked about myself enough last week, but here's a little more info!
I look just like my mom, don't I! I even teach in her old room now! That picture is a few years old, but it's too great not to use!

I am the epitome of the oldest child! and I married an oldest child. I know I could not have married a youngest! No offense to my little sis or anything!

And I also want to show you a little freebie from Melissa from Inspire Me ASAP that I use to teach the kiddos a little about me! Check out her first test of the school year post!
I can't very well talk about me without talking about my boys. No matter how much I am ready for them to go back to school...I adore them! Though with the screaming and fighting going on right now, they're making it very difficult!
Jackson-the oldest, never disobeys, adult pleaser, typical oldest!
Jake-the bain of my existence! because he is hubs and I rolled out into one mighty little human. Smart mouthy, always the victim, very independent and prefers to be alone, very intelligent, and lips to die for!
Drew-another stereotype here! Our youngest is the life of the party! He wants everyone to laugh all the time! Happiest kid on the planet!
I love reading about birth order! It's like someone wrote this about my kids!

Well, now I can't wait to read about the rest of you guys! You can link up your post on Blog Hoppin'!
and here's the schedule for the rest of the week!
Tomorrow is classroom reveal day!

Wishlist Wednesday Word Sorts!

This magical little product came out of necessity when we were asked to use Words Their Way in 2nd grade. I loved WTW, but I had only used it with fourth graders and I had been trained in grad other words...that professor's Words HER Way! I am all about fidelity when my admin asks me to do something. Especially in the beginning. Let's face it, when it comes to research-based programs...they are based on research folks! Who am I to question decades of research!
So anyway, I made anchor charts with my little 2nd graders each time I introduced a new word sort. We do a sort each morning (I have my schedule in this product). I got the hang of having 4 different spelling groups on four different patterns down pretty quick with this method!
Then during word work time, students chose a sort to practice prior to the activity. There are partner sorts and individual sorts.
This file has all the anchor charts, center or task cards that explain the sorts in student friendly terms, and suggested use and schedule.
I am actually working on updating the look of the file, but not the content! So if you purchase it now, you'll get the updated look in a few days! and it's on sale NOW!
and just so you know, these sorts go with ANY spelling list! Not just WTW!!

read more about Words Their Way in my classroom

I guess I was into owls when I made this!

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Meet the Teacher Blogger Linky!

I'm linking up with Stephanie at Falling into First for Meet the Teacher blogger!

I'm the blonde one! with my beautiful sis!
SO a quick little bio! I'm Rachel, the tattooed teacher. I by no means have more tattoos than a few other teacher bloggers I know, but they are not public about it! haha! I am starting my 12th year teaching! that sounds crazy! It's my 5th year teaching 2nd grade. Before that I was all about 4th grade! I love the little guys in 2nd! seriously! they are like sponges and love me no matter what!

Here's a little Q and A I had with myself!

Q&A Session

Q: These are a few of my favorite things…
A: flip flops, Diet Coke from McDonald's, crime tv

Q: If you weren't a teacher, what would you want to be?
A: magazine layout! No writing, just playing!

Q: Three little words that describe you.
A: distractible, spunky, oversharer

Q: Finish this sentence, “___________________, said no teacher EVER!!”
A: I LOVE paperwork

Q: It’s your birthday and you can invite anyone {dead or alive} to the party. Who are you inviting?
A: Oh! Abraham Lincoln, MLK Jr., Miss Frizzle...wait, just one? No! the more the merrier!

Q: If someone wrote a book about your life, what would be the title?
A: Breakfast at McDonald's

Q: You get to pick one superpower. What is it?
A: invisibility-I'm super nosey!

Q: What’s your favorite quote or saying?
A: Listen with the intent to understand, not the intent to reply. -Stephen Covey
let me explain this one-I DO NOT do this which is why it is now my quote...I'm working really hard on this one! and if you have never heard Stephen Covey's voice, you are in for a treat! I wish I had seen him in person! Here's one of my favorite videos!

Q: If you HAD to sing one song on American Idol, what would it be?
A: Like a Prayer or Lodi Dodi. It's a toss up really!

Q: Are you a morning person or a night owl?
A: neither. I'm a 9-5 girl. Before that I'm still sleepy and moody. After that I'm too tired to care!

Q: What’s your favorite resource that you’ve created in your TPT shop?
A: all of them! even if it needs sprucing up now! If I don't love it, it's still on my Mac!

Q: Share something we might not know about you!
A: I am a firm believer in the Oxford comma.
Some may call me "comma happy" or "snooty comma user", but my English teacher taught me well!

this blog may not support consistent capitalization or punctuation in general, but fully supports the Oxford comma

I hope you link up with Stephanie, too!

Show Us What You Bought Linky!

Come on over to Blog Hoppin' and link up!
just use this little sign from Krista in your post!

I'll start with the pure decor fun stuff!
Three things that I believe I cannot live without...and oh so cute!
each one of these ladies has an amazing sense of design and style! so uber talented!

and now for some academia! 
each of these ladies truly knows what a good product needs! and are very thorough!
Student Scrapbook from Erica
this is a perfect portfolio for the year! Parents will love it too!
Final blends and digraph posters and activities from Katie King
I am posting these behind my guided reading table and making the mini ones for groups!
Shades of meaning activities and 411 Short reading articles from Jen Jones
I want to use these with my higher readers-they are relevant and very well written!
2nd Grade Math interactive notebook from Blair Turner
obvious one here! This product was highly recommended to me by our 3rd grade team!
and I'm always looking for ways to kick off the year with Daily 5!

and what are a few things I already own (or made) that I recommend?
Pair up my genre posters (the colorful or bold set) with Michelle's Focus Board-perfection! 
I am cutting labels for mine right now!

another file that I get lots of use out of is my word sort pack! you can use the ideas with any list! and I know I am on my third different required program where I teach!

Need some spelling, you say? Well, aren't you in luck! My sweet friend Amanda JUST posted this bad boy! A complete differentiated spelling file!

need some writing? well, well...I have used these for awhile! Jamie combines a love of writing with the curriculum that shall not be named into some amazing products! with tons of options!

Need some borders for your own products? who doesn't need new borders! Snag Bubbly's newest set (Julia borders) which I have used on all my new products! Cause they're awesome! 

what? there's a sale?

haha! just kidding!
of course I know about the sale!
and seriously...don't forget to use the promo code!
I actually forgot one time and thought I was going to cry!

adorable sign from Krista of course!

Happy Shopping!
I'll be showing you what I snagged later on!

Currently August

It's Currently time!

Unfortunately, that also means it's AUGUST!
which also brings the TpT B2S sale...
so I guess it all evens out!

I think it's mostly self-explanatory, but
listening-my oldest has taken over my office with his Minecraft. I I'm not talking idle Minecraft on the Xbox here. Like they are all on headsets on their little Macs bartering, yelling, and whatever else 15 year olds who never leave the house do on Minecraft. Part of us wishes he was a tad more social, but I'm also very thankful he is a kind, considerate, homebody! Teenage years are certainly scary!
loving-if you follow me on IG, you know I started seeing a nutritionist last Wednesday. 
Funny story-they gave me a binder divided into weeks to set goals, record food, etc. As soon as hubs saw it he fa-reeked! He thought I was pregnant! bahahaha!
anyways-I've had to cut out all sugar, starches, alcohol, and fruit. Need 100 grams of protein per day. yada yada. Week one I lost 5 pounds. Just started week two and I swear by DAY 2 I noticed how different I felt. I really get what all that crap was doing to my moods and body!
So my goal is to go from 153 (were I started and the most I have ever weighed...including pregnancy!) to my old 120 lbs. It's a 12 week plan with weekly visits and since there is money involved, I am much more apt to stick with it! My decision was tough because I was embarrassed. I hated seeing pictures of myself and couldn't wear almost any of my clothes. Even my arms had gotten too fat to wear my tops. It was time. and it is hard. But I feel so much better!
thinking-I really and truly took this summer off. I notice the more years I teach, the less I feel I need to do. That is until a month before school and I start seeing everyone's ideas! Oh well! My Silhouette will just be busy!
I think the rest speaks for itself!
Happy August!

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