October 18, 2013

Using Evidence from the Text to Support Answers and My New Avatar!!!

Today is my lucky day!  I was fortunate enough to be one of the first five people to comment on Educasong & Educlip's Avatar Giveaway, which means I got a FREE avatar!  I've been wanting one for the longest time, so I'm thrilled to finally have one!  I sent my school picture from last year (since this year's wasn't my fav...ha) to Sarah, and she whipped my avatar up in only an hour or two.  And, it's adorable! All of her clip art is super cute and affordable.  Check out her TpT store!  

To spread the love, I am having a flash freebie on my newest product, "Using Evidence from the Text to Support Your Answers-Poster Set"...So, click on the picture below to grab it for FREE!

The new Common Core Standards for Reading Literature and Reading Informational Text require students to "Quote accurately from a text..." to support their answers.  These posters have sample answers using writing prompts.  You can post them in your room during the year to refer to when students are answering comprehension questions.  They're also great for a test review! :)

October 15, 2013

Our House...In Progress!

My husband I are building a house!  Not us, technically, but you know what I mean ;)...It should be ready in time for the holidays!  I am super excited!!!  We have been picking out paint colors, furniture, and tons of other fun decorative pieces.  I have literally been to more furniture stores in the last couple of weeks than I have been to my entire life! I can't wait to see how all of our purchases come together {The suspense is killing me!}...So while I impatiently wait, I'll be distracting myself with school related work, advising Student Council, taking some more grad. classes, working on TpT products, and frequently looking at Pinterest posts and Etsy items!

Here's a pic. of our former hole in the ground...

This was the house partially framed...

And finally, the house completely framed....

October 04, 2013

OTES Resouces

I'm linking up with Farley for October's Currently...

If you teach in Ohio, you are probably stressing out about the new evaluation system (referred to as OTES).  I know I was before my first observation! It is really important to be prepared for your pre-observation and post-observation conferences.  The following resources will help you stay organized for your conferences, while showcasing the evidence you have collected for each of the seven standards.  

I have put the OTES resources on sale for 20% today and tomorrow.  Good luck with your evaluations! :)