Wednesday, March 15, 2017

How to Make Your Computer Screen Look Beautiful

Hello, hello! I'm not sharing teaching tips today, but I am sharing a tip that I think will help you become a more productive teacher ;) Because, let's face it...we're all more productive when things look cute/pretty/insert another girly adjective here. I've even been known to take my personal laptop into school instead of using my work one. The reason being that I've customized SO MUCH on my personal laptop to help myself enjoy doing the part of my job that doesn't involve interacting with kids. It's silly, I know .. I'm just that person. 

The tip I'm sharing for productivity today? How to make your computer screen look beautiful! It's easier than you think! And I promise that once you've customized, you'll feel like you can get down to business... and you might actually want to! 

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Customizing Color Themes in Powerpoint and Excel


I'm totally aware that there are many people who will already know to customize their color themes in Powerpoint and Excel, and I should probably be less excited to share that I just found out how to do this.... but I'm sharing anyway :)

So I ask... Did you know that you can customize your color themes? My first thought was - "You mean I don't have to look at those dull default colors that Powerpoint picks anymore???" And my second thought was .. "Woah, what a time saver!"

Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Power of Positive Affirmations

Hello blog friends :)

I feel like it has been way too long! I've been one busy teacher (you know the feeling). It was report card "season", then I became obsessed with teaching myself how to make fonts, and now using those to create fun products for the classroom! I'll be sharing one of those today for free because I know you love freebies as much as I do!

Last year I was fortunate enough to be part of the district's Math Leadership Team. It was exciting to know that I was taking part in helping to shape the future of math instruction and curriculum for our little ones. On top of that, it was an incredible learning opportunity. Everyone on the leadership team was enrolled in Jo Boaler's online course with Stanford on Growth Mindset and How to Learn Math. I became fascinated with this idea and how to foster this mindset in my students. If you want to learn more, I suggest reading Carol Dweck's book, Mindset.

One strategy I have used to help build my students' growth mindset is positive affirmations. It's such a simple strategy. If you're already doing this, you know how powerful it is... and if you aren't, I hope you'll give it a try :)

Saturday, January 21, 2017

What You Do Matters: 3 Aha Moments from this Week


This week I had some awesome "oh my gosh, they're actually learning something important" aha moments that I'm eager to share with you! Don't you love when that happens?! As teachers, we want to know that what we're doing matters, that we're helping our students become amazing people and learn worthwhile life lessons along with academic content. I hope you read this and a) realize that what you do matters, b) you have your own aha moment, and/or c) you get some ideas to implement in your classroom!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Make Your Meetings Productive and Enjoyable!

Click the image to get some cute note-taking pages!


Ok, I know what you're saying... Meetings? Enjoyable? Those two things do not usually go in the same sentence. But maybe they can if you have cute paper to write on! 

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Blog Makeover!


Hello Readers! So.... I'm jumping on the Blogger bandwagon! I've been seeing so many teacher bloggers share their blogspot blogs and had to check out what all the hype was all about. Wow! I can do SO much more customizing on blogger! Want to know how I did it?? 
This morning's productivity brought to you by Coffee ;)

Be a Goal Setter in 2017!