12 June 2017

My 5...Correction 6 Favorite Things- Totally Unrelated to School

This post is all about me.
Sometimes you just want to share about great products that you use and love. Here are some products or websites that I've started to use this year and have shared with friends, family and now YOU!

1. Plexus- Yes, I started taking Plexus 3 months ago. Plexus gives me lots of energy, a great mood, the ability to not get hangry in between meals and has cut of cravings for me. Before Plexus I would drink between 3-4 sodas each day. While on Plexus I've been able to cut the sodas completely out of my day. The best part of Plexus has happened this month. They have 3 new products and the one that I have experienced so far is the new Slim. It takes so good and gives so much energy! I am absolutely floored by the difference that the New Slim is making in my life.
If you'd like to try Plexus but are unsure where to start, know that I started with the Triplex

If you'd like more info about the products or are interested in ordering check out the website below and feel free to message me with questions.
Plexus Info/Shopping

2. Ok, other life-changing revelation has been this amazing bra from True and Co. The True Body V-Neck Bra. It is so comfy! No underwire and looks great with t-shirts. I appreciate that it has FREE returns and even comes with a package for you to use if mailing it back. After trying this bra on, I kid you not, I immediately called my sister to tell her. Now, that's love.  Find it HERE

3. This year, I decided I needed to splurge on my skin and find the best moisturizer for myself. I found that I really enjoy Image Skincare. Specifically, the Ageless Cleanser and Vital C Anti Aging Serum. My skin loves this stuff! I order mine on amazon, but I think you are "supposed" to buy them from a salon retailer.

4. I've had a few people recently compliment me on my make up and ask which brands I use. Well, I use a mishmash (This is a word. I googled it, just to make sure) of things. I'm always interested to see what everyone is using, so I thought I'd share the whole shebang (yes, I googled to make sure). 

Foundation- IT Cosmetics CC Cream
Concealer- Make Up Forever Full Cover
Blush/Highlighter- Smashbox Spotlight Palette
Primer for eyeshadow- Mac Prep and Prime
Eye Shadow- I like Urban Decay
Lipstick- Burt's Bees (this color is Blush Basin)
Mascara- Urban Decay Perversion

5. Erin Condren Life Planner - Erin Condren's Life Planner allows me to get excited about organization with the easy lay out and fun colors. 

You can get a $10 coupon code emailed to you by creating an account with my referral link:

6. I was going to end this post with 5 things, but I just can't leave out eyebuydirect.com They have the best glasses for the outright best prices. I am questioned out in public by strangers and by my colleagues constantly about where I purchase my glasses. 
The post at the top shows me wearing their "Chilling" frames, they start at $15! Below I'm wearing their "Palette" frames (sadly, out of stock, but they started at $9!) with my teacher bestie on the last day of school. I also ordered sunglasses, but I don't have a picture yet. 

Use the link below to get $10 off your first purchase.

or use this Code to get $10 off

I hope you've enjoyed reading about some of my favorites. I admit that some of these have referral links that I earn $10 if you use, but honestly I'd share about these products and websites with anyone regardless. 

15 May 2017

Teacher Appreciation 2017

I work at the best school ever and we are spoiled during Teacher Appreciation Week. Here's a recap:

The Friday before was Pay Day and my principals always perform a "Pay Day Song"

We each received a golden ticket to have lunch provided each day during Teacher Appreciation Week.

We were greeted by Willy Wonka (my princiapl) and an oompa loompa (assistant principal) as we entered the school the following week. 

Here was our crazy Willy Wonka Schedule for the week:

The Super Secret Staff Adventure reveal was terrific. Our principal rented the entire skating rink for us to skate and play laser tag!

During "Violent" Violet we popped balloons with scissors and found prizes on the inside. I won jeans for the rest of the school year! 

As the Media Specialist, you really don't get the Teacher Appreciation gifts from students compared to a classroom teacher, but I truly enjoyed some sweet letters and a homemade gift. 

Overall, I feel extremely appreciated!

01 January 2017

DonorsChoose Introduction and Tips for Success

I have had 53 DonorsChoose projects fund and would love to share the steps to creating an account, creating a project and some tips for success along the way!

10 December 2016

My First Half of the Year as a Media Specialist!

My First Half of the Year as a Media Specialist

This is my first year as the media specialist at my school after last year's media specialist retired. Something you should know, I am attending school online to gain my media degree while being the media specialist this year. 

So, my thoughts so far...

Let me just start by saying, as a classroom teacher, I was absolutely in my prime. I could not be more comfortable than when I was in front of "my" class teaching reading, science, math, social studies, having a class meeting, reading a book aloud, or laughing at a student's joke. 

As a media specialist, I am able to find that same comfort. The main difference is that "my" students do not consist of 20 students, but instead consists of all the 750 students of the school. They all know my name and smile as they come to visit once a week during their specials, and also during the week as they finish their library books and  visit to check out new books, or in the hallways. I feel that I am making such a huge impact on the entire school opposed to my one classroom. I am still able to teach and laugh with students each day.

So, to the question I hear constantly, "Do you like being a media specialist more than being a teacher?" I'd like to truthfully answer that they are both enjoyable in their own way, but I feel that I am making more of an impact on the entire school as a media specialist.

There are so many things that I enjoy about each day, but here are some that stand out.

I really enjoy Coding Club and using Code.org with students.

I enjoy going into classrooms to Co-Teach with Technology and teach teachers as well as students about technology. So far we have learned about Google Classroom, Storybird.com, Plickers, Galileo, Online Research, Google Docs, Sway, Adobe Spark, Blabberize and Popplet. 

I've enjoyed inspiring students to be creative inventors. Here are some examples of their Cardboard Challenge projects.

I've enjoyed my media courses at West Georgia. Here are some of my presentations and coursework thus far.

I learned to make a screencast. It's not perfect, but I enjoyed learning how to do it.
This screencast is a tutorial of how to use Voki.com 

I created a Digital Story about the Imagination Stations in the media center.

I wrote reviews for online reference sites.
This was an extremely time consuming task, but also extremely informative.
You can see this on my weebly site created for my college course. It's a student account, so I'm not sure how long the link will work now that the course is complete.

I also gave my school website a makeover using smore flyers.
School Website

I also use smore for monthly newsletters to the faculty and as a tutorial for how to use new technology.

I learned to use Canva for creating clip art and flyers. I created one about FERPA.

All in all, I've learned and enjoyed so much thus far. I look forward to continuing to soak up everything as a media specialist.

04 November 2016

Technology Recap from GAETC 2016!

Let me start by saying, I absolutely love GAETC!
The Georgia Educational Technology Conference is a 3 day event with session after session of phenomenal technology tips and tricks for you to use in your classroom. The hardest part of the conference is deciding which sessions to attend, because you will want to go to many that occur at the same time. One of the best aspects of the conference is that everyone is constantly tweeting about what is happening in their session. So, you almost feel like you are in multiple sessions if you use twitter and search the hashtag #GaETC16 

The Keynote Speaker, Josh Stumpenhorst, was inspirational. I enjoyed this video he shared:

Failures can be just as exciting as successes during innovation!

Now I am going to attempt to recap new things I learned while at GaETC in no particular order.

1. I learned about an app Groupme during a session about Media Specialists and Classroom Teacher Collaboration
This is a Group Text Messaging App
Basically, this app can cut down on your emails. As a Media Specialist, I can create groups of grade levels and talk to this grade levels easily on groupme. I like this idea, because not everything needs to be sent in email and email can become a bit cumbersome to check and respond. 

2. I went to the Georgia Media Specialist of the Year session. This session was great, because 10 media specialists were able to share about their program. I mainly was excited to follow each one on twitter. 
A few ideas that I gathered from this session include:

Jennifer Rice @theredheadjen shared
Having a Camp themed Family Reading Night with tents and having students read to parents using flashlights.
A Dr. Seuss Reading Cafe during Read Across America Week- Have 4th/5th graders read Dr. Seuss books to younger students.
Consider having an illustrator visit.

Heather Morin @hmmorin shared
Media Center Imagination Station can include: ozobots, littlebits, meccanoid, spheros, magnatiles, sewing, quilting, sewing, crocheting, scrapbooking, pic monkey, stop motion animation, solo cups for building towers, dominoes, use laminate film to create 3-D hologram projectors with this link-

3. How to Draw Your Own Clip Art, Illustrations and Avatars! by Tony Vincent
I actually sadly did not attend this session, but could tell that it was amazing based on all the tweets about it. So, I investigated and found Tony Vincent's youtube video about this topic and I am so happy that I did. This makes my creative self happy.

4. I attended a session about Putting the T in STEAM by @giftedkidsrock and @jaimevanderg
From this session, I now want to know more about using Scratch with Makey Makey, how to get Captain Planet Ecosystem Kits, how to get the Google Team to visit your school, Run Marco, The Foos, Build Academy, and Little Alchemy.

5. Digital Storyboarding with Microsoft Sway by Suzy Lolley @lollytchr  I went to a session about SWAY. We have Office 365 in our district and I've seen SWAY as an option, but have not used it. SWAY is Powerpoint meets Smore... Teachers and students can use SWAY to make presentations, reports, and more.
I like that you can embed videos and even tweets into your SWAY.
Also, SWAY does lots of work for you. When you type the title of the work, SWAY will give you suggestions for things you can use.
Here is a link to one a found online. 

6. Google Classroom by @lesliefisher
This is a really big deal. Google Classroom is pretty amazing and Leslie Fisher did a great job explaining how to use it. Here is her slide presentation.

7. I also attended Left Overs w/Leslie @lesliefisher
She teased us with an upcoming Classhub that allows you to view your student's screens, send alerts, block apps, send webpages, etc. to their BYOD it will be available in Feb/March 

She showed us Knight Lab and the 4 programs featured on there. They each look pretty great.

The funniest thing I learned about was lmgtfy.com (let me google that for you). It's for when someone asks you a question that you then have to google to find the answer and basically they could've googled it. It's for being snarky...
For example, someone asks, "What time do the Green Bay Packers play?"
You can then send them this by going to lmgtfy.com

I also learned about Adobe Spark and want to explore this web-based program even more!

8. The last session I went to was Chrome Extensions by Chris Craft @crafty184
I especially liked VideoNot.es where students can take notes while watching a video.

His presentation can be found here:

This conference reminded me of how much I enjoy Twitter! I've neglected it lately, but have plans to start enjoying Twitter again. It's truly the best place for up-to-date professional development, by following educators and sharing ideas.

GAETC is the perfect time to run into your old colleagues and incredible teacher friends!
Follow this incredible teacher @MrsTeuchert

Follow this marvelous media specialist @AGeigerman

My husband (teacher as well, @SuperDScience ) was also able to attend. We helped with the Meals of Hope while at GaETC!

2017 Dates are already set!