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Thursday, May 8, 2014

National Fake Mustache Day (A Bit late)

Ok, first off a disclaimer, National Fake Mustache Day is February 24. It is now May. I am a little late. ok maybe a lot late, but I wanted to show you some of the fun we had in class. Now onto the fun!
It's national Fake Moustache Day! In my class it is always a big deal, mainly because my classroom theme is Mustaches, Mustaches, Mustaches! I have them everywhere. labels, pictures, stickers,stamps. It is the perfect way for a male teacher to theme their room and have some fun.

Because I teach history,  we start the day off with the history of the moustache. This presentation goes through different types of moustaches and whey they rose to prominence. Even some people who wear these beautiful creatures...umm yes I just said that.

Afterwards, I passed out a fake moustache to each student. They got to choose which 'stache they got and what color. This was a lot of fun seeing them in their 'staches and being silly.

These are the different types that come in one package. I bought them from here. 

The kids loved them!

We created characters of people who would have worn that type of moustache and wrote a description of that character and where they would be and what they would sound like. It was so fun to read these as a class  and a great way to practice description.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Changes in my room

So I know it is almost the end of the school year, trust me I know, but I couldn't help but feel like my classroom needed some sprucing up. 

Me and the family took a run to IKEA and BAM! magic in my classroom. I was able to get a bookshelf which is super functional and cute too!  The accessories pull it together and I have already had a teacher comment on how nice it looks. My favorite is my awesome elephant! The kids love it too.

Best of all I love it and it is helping me as we all limp to the finish line.


ps. While doing this i discovered I have a unusual amount of post it notes.  Hmm, what to do with these?

Monday, December 30, 2013

What is your favorite blog?

As I sit around during Winter Break, I finally get to start reading some of my favorite blogs that I have missed during the school year so far. There are so many amazing teachers out there who are doing amazing things and I can't wait to share them with you!

5- Middle School OCD

Middle School OCD

This is a great blog for us Middle School Teachers, Ms. OCD (Susan) has tons of great ideas and is always willing to share.  Not only does she have some rock star math ideas like her Post It Note Division (yes you should check it out, it is as cool as it seems) her organization skills are awesome as well. While you are there, check out her Behavior Expectations post as well.

4- 2 Peas and a Dog

2 Peas and a Blog

Us Middle school teachers are sometime hard to find on the web and I have personally struggled to find resources and information relating to the students I teach. 2 Peas and a Dog has worked to make that easier for us! She has put together a Middle School Blog Log for teachers to find each other and the resources they need. check this out and the other amazing resources she has posted!

3- Life in Middle School

Life in Middle School
Lauren has done a great job at bringing education and technology together to a perfect blend. Her ideas are great and she is is always ready to share. Her Teacher Planner Notebook is a great example of that. She has brought together some many great resources to create an amazing planner and provide a great resource for teachers. 

2- To Engage them All


Ok, get ready for this site. Are you ready... ok It is amazing! I have never seen a history teacher be more passionate about bringing history to her students. She takes each day to involve her students in History. Her Grudgeball game is a hit in my class, and I am sure in many others. Just take a moment to look through her blog and get caught up on all the awesomeness that is there.

And finally, my favorite blog of the entire year (or of my entire life) 

1- Love, Teach

Before you sit down and  read her blog, make sure you stop by the bathroom to avoid wetting your pants. This  blog is written by a teacher at a low income school in a large city and her experiences and positivity are amazing.  She is hilarious and super inspiring for me as I move into a low income school in a big city. Please go through and read and comment over there. Any post you click on is good but here is a list of my top 13.

12- Why Teachers are Complete Pyscos

11- Things Non-Teachers say to Teachers

10- Penis Ok.  (Yes it is School Appropriate) :) 

9- The Time I Gave My Administrator a Packet Full of Profanity.

8- I Do Not. Need. Dental Work.

7- Do you have a Question about the Cheeto on the Floor?

6- From the Mouth of Babes

5- Things My Students Wrote In Their Letters To Their African Pen Pals

4- The Top Ten Things I Wish I'd Known as a First-Year Teacher

3- Shit I just Can't Handle

2- If I Ran Professional Development

1- Shut Down.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

The End of the Year is here!

It's that time of year, where our old one ends and a new one begins. This new one will be full of lots of surprises for me and my family. I am excited to share them with you soon!! I hope that you have a great holiday and see you next year!!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Wordless Wednesday

The Vancouver Daily Province the morning of Monday, April 15, 1912. 

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Wordless Wednesday

The surrender of the German 6th Army en masse at Liezen, 1945.