2012 Really Good Education Blog Awards and My Image was Chosen!

         My blog Oodles of Teaching Fun was nominated in the 2012 Really Good Education Blog Awards by Really Good Stuff and is now a finalist in the Middle School (4-8) category. I am so very excited and I have my fingers crossed that I might win. Voting begins on Monday, June 18th and ends on Friday, June 22nd, 2012.  The blog in each category with the most votes will be the winner. I would appreciate  it very much if you would vote for my blog by click here Thank you for reading and hopefully voting! 

      I must be lucky today. I entered IDEA Paint’s social media image giveaway. You were to take a picture of an area you would paint with IDEA Paint. IDEA Paint turns any surface into a whiteboard. I took this picture :

Click on Picture to Like! 

        You can help me win this too with a simple like! The picture with the most likes receives a kit to paint an area. I oober excited! Thank you guys! 


Pinterest Items I Plan to Make!!!

             I spend way too much time on Pinterest. I find my self looking at it on the computer and on my phone. So of course I have find items I would like to make for my classroom. Below are some of the items I plan to make for the new school year.

Project #1

          I am going to make these dry erase photo frames. I plan on using white frames with the zebra theme. I’ll post pictures when I get them done.

Project #2
            I am decorate my clipboards like this. I plan on using zebra themed duck tape. I’ll post pictures when I get them done. 
Project #3
            I plan on using the great template they have provided on the link(click on picture) to create a banner for my classroom. I think I ‘m going to have my banner say “Welcome to Reading Class” or “Reading Rocks”. Which one do you think I should do? I’ll post pictures when I get it done! 
         What projects are you going to be doing this summer? I have so many going on at once. I really need to stick to one, but I believe my ADHD is not letting me. 


I've Got Spirt….How About You?

           I have been named the new cheerleading coach for our school. In planning for the upcoming school year for cheer I started searching the Internet for resources. Sadly, I found very little. So I thought I would share the items I created. Hopefully, some of my blog friends are also cheer coaches and these items will help them to. Click on the links below for the freebies!

Cheerleading Tryout Score Sheet
Cheer Squad Contract
Cheerleading Tryouts Information

          I have other materials that I use for my cheerleaders as well. If you need anything, please let me know.  


Working In My Room Update With Pictures!

              I returned to my classroom today to start on a few projects. For some reason I cannot just work on one project, I need to work on many. Over the last few years I have collected many different baskets of all shapes and sizes. I have decided I would like all my baskets to be the same color, so I purchased some plastic spray paint in black.

     This is what they look like so far. I started with six baskets, so now I only have about twenty more to go. The second project I was working on I found an on Lady Bug Teacher Files. She puts contact paper on her tables to make them all look alike. Since I have a variety of tables with different shades of wood, I decided I wanted to try the contact paper idea. 

      Please ignore the mess in the picture, but this is what it looked like when I finished putting the contact paper on top. I am going to put black electric tape on the sides. What do you guys think? Should I go with black contact paper instead, since my colors are pink and black?


Sparkle Box Is An Amazing Free Website for Teachers


      So I have been looking for zebra themed materials all over the internet. While looking, I found the website Sparkle Box. This site has a lot of free resources, such as word cards, writing frames, banners, calendar sets, printable bookmarks, and many others. Everything on the website is free! There are a lot of resources, so I have not been able to look at everything, but I am very excited to do so.


Theme For The New Year & a Freebie To Go With It

          So I have been thinking about what theme I would like for the classroom. I have decided on black, pink, with zebra. I am so excited about the theme. I have been on Google all day looking for ideas. I found a zebra label template on Real Classroom Ideas. Using their template I created labels for my Reading Street Leveled Reader baskets. (Click here to get them). I plan on creating many more items for my classroom and share them with all my blog friends. What themes are you planning on using in your rooms this year?


Gradebook! Paper or Online?

             I lived through my first overnight experience and the zoo with my niece (3) and my nephew (11 months). We had all kinds of fun, but I need a nap or five naps. So now I have time to blog about my classroom. I used paper grade book my first year of teaching, but after a technology training I feel in love with an online grade book. I have been using an online grade book for the last two years and I plan to continue to use it. I use Jupiter Grades to record grades, track absences/tardies, and record individual notes about each student. There is a free version that works great. You can record grades and attendance for as many different classes as you need. You can print rosters, report cards, progress reports, seating charts, and other reports. The records are accessible from year to year.

          I am wondering if anyone else uses online grade books. If you do what programs or website do you use? I am looking forward to hearing from everyone!


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