Must Have Writing Strategies Book

I recently picked up a new book that I now consider a must have for all teachers! I seriously wish I would have gotten a copy back when I was in college. The strategies are that good! This post contains Amazon affiliate links for your convenience. If you use these links, the items cost the same but I receive a small commission for referring you.

This is the book I ordered:

The reading strategies book is so amazing that I wanted to take a plunge into the writing one. Well, it DOES NOT disappoint! I am especially loving how it's organized. As you can see below, it lists the skills that you are looking for and then you can just go to that section of the book.

I think most of us are used to those books that you need to read from cover to cover to get anything out of them. This is not that kind of book. You can read any part that you need at any time. Do you have students that use the word and too much? Just open up to page 330 and voila! Just open it up and teach! It even includes anchor chart ideas for you. I couldn't ask for anything better! My only regret is not having picked it up earlier.

Want to see more in-depth pictures?  I'm including a few below so you can take a closer look.

I will be keeping this in my classroom and am considering spiral binding it for easy reading. Want a copy of this book? Grab one by clicking on the button below or any of the images above.

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End of the Year Certificates | Classroom Certificates

A few years ago I took a class that was so much fun! At the end of the course we were given certificates. Something about that certificate made me so happy! I even ran out and bought a frame for it. Ever since then I decided to make certificates that I could award throughout the year. My kids have LOVED them so much! My originals were in black and white and could be printed on neon paper.

This year I decided to tackle a project I've had on my list for a long while. I added full color versions to my certificates set. While I was at it, I went ahead and added promotion/graduation certificates as well as birthday ones!

I'm going to be printing up all my birthday certificates this summer so that they are all done and ready to go for the year. I always feel so terrible if I forget my kids' birthday stuff. I'll just have these filed away and ready to hand out. It's a great way to make their day even more special!

You can find these editable certificates in color AND black & white in my certificates pack.

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Summer Time Happy Planner

It's summer time for this teacher! I shared these pictures on my Instagram and I had lots of questions about my new planner. I decided to blog about it here with all the details. This post contains Amazon affiliate links for your convenience. If you use these links, the items cost the same but I receive a small commission for referring you. 
Many teachers asked about this calendar. It is included in my calendar set that is updated for free for LIFE. You can find it by clicking HERE.

This is my summer checklist from my checklists and teacher forms pack. Every page is editable so I edited it for summer time. Many of you asked why I was working four hours each day during the summer. This is mostly on TpT work. During the year I work on resources but I don't have much time because I'm usually so #teachertired after a full day of school. That means that summer is my TpT work time. I'm trying to keep it down to four hours a day. I know that might sound like a lot but trust me, that is cutting down for me. This summer I want to make sure I make time life too and focus in on health. 

The next question I had was about how I got these pages into my planner. I bought this paper punch that makes it so easy to get the pages in there! Click on the image below to check it out or purchase.

This punch is meant for the big planner that fits regular copy paper! So I just print my pages out, hole punch them, and stick them in the planner! 

And now to take a inside look at the planner I went with. There were a bunch of designs in the standard size but only two designs for the big one. I'm hoping that they will one day have more options for us.

So the cover of this one caught my eye. It comes with stickers, washi tape, and sticky notes in this pack.

 This is the first page.

Behind that is a year long calendar.

Then you'll find this page for sub info. 

 This cover sheet for you is included for every month.

The Happy Planner has a two page calendar spread. You might wonder why I added an extra calendar in here. I'm planning on using one for school events and one for general life events. I used to keep two planners for that reason but having two planners was a hassle! I'm a fan of two calendars instead. 

The lesson planner is dated already, which I love! The layout has spots for seven subjects.

 After that you will find checklist pages. I don't use them because I'm required to keep grades electronically. So I'll just remove them. Something that I love and can't do with a coiled planner. 

 In the back you'll find a folder. I like this so I can save things in there when needed. 
There are pros and cons to every planner. I have been team Erin Condren for the past few years and I loved my planners, especially their colors, layouts and covers. I just wish I could have some flexibility with it. If you're looking for flexibility, the Happy Planner might be a good fit for you. 

If you'd like to get this planner, you can pick it up below on Amazon. You might want to do what I did though. I used a 60% off coupon from Joann's over at Michael's. 

Hope this helped you if you are trying to make your choice on a planner! 

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