Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Introducing: Reflection Connection

Deep breaths, everyone. A new school year is nearly upon us! Over the course of the 2017-2018 school year, I invite you to join me and fellow educators in participating in a monthly Reflection Connection. During the first week of every month, I’ll be posting a question that encourages you to reflect upon your experience as an educator – whether you’re just starting out or a veteran teacher. I’ll do the same and write my reflection in the post. In order to grow as teachers, I feel that it’s important to periodically reflect, question ourselves, celebrate our successes and identify our challenges. We’ll get to know ourselves better through the process and find encouragement and support through others that will join us in the journey of reflecting and connecting!

The first entry of Reflection Connection will be posted on Wednesday, August 2nd.  I invite you to write your reflection in a journal or even in the comments below the post. See you then!

~The Teacher’s Prep

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

DIY: How to Create Your Own Whiteboard Magnets

Designing my classroom for the next school year is one of my favorite school-related summer activities. I love searching the internet for fun themes and inspirations to bring fresh life to my classroom walls while mixing in some of my own DIY ideas, too!
Today I'm excited to share how to create your own whiteboard magnets to fit any classroom theme or design! This particular DIY is easy and fun - two must-haves for this crafting beginner! (I'm staying away from power tools and glue that sticks to you for life.)

Let's get started!

1. Hot Glue
2. Package of Felt Stickers
3. Foam Board
4. Magnets
(I used ProMag Flexible Magnets - 8 pc., .75 in, 19 mm)
I purchased the felt stickers, foam board and magnets from Michaels for $5.61 after the Teacher Discount. (Thank you, Michaels!)
*The best part about this DIY is that you can choose any type of felt sticker that fits the theme of your classroom. You can even use embroidered patches if you'd like. They're a bit more expensive.*

Peel the paper off of the back of the felt sticker.
Carefully place the sticky side down on a piece of thin foam board. This will help to add thickness to the magnet so it's easy for you to pick up and move around your whiteboard.
Cut around the shape of your felt sticker. Try to get as close to the sticker as possible so that the foam board isn't visible from the front.
Place a dab of hot glue on the back of the future magnet and place a magnet on top of the glue. Pinch the magnet to the sticker for about 30 seconds.
Let your magnet sit for about 15 minutes to ensure that the hot glue has dried completely.
Voila! Your whiteboard never looked cuter!
If you try this DIY, I'd love to see your pictures! Share them with me on Facebook: The Teacher's Prep or Instagram: @teachersprep and I'll try to guess your classroom theme!
~The Teacher's Prep

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy Fourth of July (and a SURPRISE store sale!)

Happy Fourth of July, my friends! I hope you and your families have a wonderful time celebrating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence (and eating lots of delicious summertime treats). :)
In between all the festivities, stop by my store on TpT to snag 20% off every American History resource in my shop on July 4th and 5th!
Here are a few that might interest you!  Happy Fourth of July!
Check out the interactive notebooks! There is a whole set being created for American History in my shop!
For every paper interactive notebook, there's also a Google Drive version.
Have you tried using skits in your classroom? My kids LOVE them. (P.S. - The Declaration of Independence one on the left is FREE!
Teaching Civics next year? There's a full set of paper and digital interactive notebooks in the shop as well. :)
Happy Teaching!