bloglovin switch!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 / 1 comment
hi all!

since google reader is going bye-bye, here is the option to start following me through bloglovin

I am linking up with Tori over at Tori's teaching tips to help spread the word about the move!

Head on over for some easy step-by-step directions for making the switch {whether you are a blog writer or blog reader} and click on my bloglovin link above to start following me through bloglovin!

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It's no secret... #teacherslovetarget

For teachers, Target is like heaven on earth.

It is where we find our cutesie clothes, home candy, & all things teachery {helllllo dollar spot!}.

All on a teacher's budget.

I personally make up excuses 2-3X per week just to take that 5 minute trip out to Target, just because I just never know what I will find.

I love to walk up and down the aisles and find those bright red taggies that shout "Buy me! I'm on sale!" And, although at the time I see the item I have no idea what I could use it for, I have to buy it because it is so gosh darn CHEAP!

Since Instagram has because such a large part of the teacher bloggie world, I got this little idea!

What if we documented our super finds through Instragram by the hashtag #teacherslovetarget so other teachers could see our goodies incase they had a Target trip in their near future.

Thus I spent all night creating this....

So, if you find yourself at Target, OR if you have already discovered something fabulous at Target.. SNAP a photo and post in on Instagram and be sure to use the hashtag #teacherslovetarget to show off your goodies to the world!

Likewise, if you are a teacher looking for some good finds, search #teacherslovetarget and explore!

Feel free to copy the photo into a post on your own blog to spread the word! With the summer giving us lots of time to prepare for the next school year, this is the perfect time to be on the look out for bargains!


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Saturday isn't just for Kate Spade...

Thursday, June 20, 2013 / Leave a Comment

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DIY Chevron Corkboard {tons of pics!}

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 / 1 comment
I don't think it is a secret that I love all things CHEVRON. 

I'm a bit obsessed, but not too obsessed to spend a bazillion bucks on something I could easily make myself. Here are the easiest directions I could come up to make this cutie. 

It's so big and perfect for a classroom to hang up important notes, artwork, cards, etc. 

Since it can't be in my classroom yet, it's resting for the summertime in my home office. 

I had most of the supplies on hand already and just had to run to Michael's to get the cork board & paint (3 for $1 woo!)

What you'll need: 
corkboard roll {I used 24" x 48"}
craft paint
paint brush
duct tape
yard stick

{step one}

You are going to draw a grid on on your corkboard. Mine was 24" by 48" so I just measured 4" x 4" sections and traced the yard stick with a PENCIL.

 {step two}

Use scissors to cut precise pieces of the duct tape so the ends go from corner to corner.
It doesn't matter how you do it, as long as it is consistent throughout the whole zig-zag line. 
I would put tape down, draw a line with my pencil for where I needed to cut, pull up, cut, and put back down on the cork.

This is the longest part - it took me about 20-25 minutes to do because I have OCD.

 {step three}

 Once you have all your tape secured -- paint like crazy! I put about 3 coats to make sure it was really white. Corkboard tends to soak in paint, so one just isn't enough!
  {step four}

 Once the paint is pretty dry, un-peel the tape and touch up any mess-ups using a butter knife. 

I let mine dry in the sun on the deck for the day and inside overnight.

It looks super cute on the wall, don't you think? 

I hope this tutorial is easy to understand. 

Let me know how it goes if you try it! I would love to see it on Instagram! {@teachingspecialthinkers}

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Working together for the benefit of the students: Collaboration in the classroom from a special educator’s point of view

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 / Leave a Comment
Happy Birthday to me!! As a SPED teacher, I have been given the opportunity to work with a ton of different teachers. Sometimes these relationships can be challenging at first until you get to know and understand each other, while sometimes you click with each other like peanut butter and jelly!
Come visit me at All Things Upper Elementary to read all about my tips to working together for the benefit of the students. There are lots of FREEBIES to download! :)
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Lock in Success - Student Gift for soon to be Middle Schoolers!

Monday, June 3, 2013 / 10 comments

My 4th grade students are leaving me to embark on a new journey at the middle school.
At the middle school, they will have lockers so one of the items they have to purchase for next year is a lock.
So here was my end of the year graduation gift to them!

These were super easy to make and they loved them! I just printed out the card, cut two slits it the middle and put the lock through the slits.
I'm linking up with 4th Grade Frolics for my Monday Made-it!
Today is the last day for students! Summer is oooh so close! :)

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