All Things GOLD: Teacher Gift (plus free download)

Are you looking for a small gift to give your teacher friends for back to school?  I thought “wouldn’t it be fun to surprise friends with some little gold nuggets?  ie:desksupplies !  YAY!! And of course, one for my kid’s teachers!  Right now, gold is so hot and so fun, I just had to snag some of these gold supplies and share them!

I made a little fun tag, that you can get HERE to attach to a gold bag I bought from Michael’s.  I bought the gold sharpies from Michael’s too.  Other supplies are from Target.  And I made those little paperclip bookmarks.  I just tied fun ribbon to the end of them and voila.


I hope you are having fun getting ready to go back to school!!  xoxo, April


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How I Stepped WAY Out of My Box This Summer…

Oh goodness!  I stepped WAY out of my box this summer?  How come????

Well, I decided to tackle something I never ever thought I would: I created a video guide on how to organize your Reading and Writing areas.  Crazy –huh?!  I asked a TON of you, what do you need–and this my friends, kept coming back.  And truth be told, I am here for YOU.  So, I dug deep and decided to step out of the comfort zone.

If you’ve read my blog for awhile, you know I love to organize so I thought–why not?  Let’s go for it!  I started back in June and I’ve been at it since.  For a few weeks it went to my awesome video editor and last week, it was time to put it all together!  EEK!

Sometimes we go into our classrooms, thinking: Where do I start?  What do I do first?  I want to help you get pass that super quickly–to know exactly what to do and what to do after that.

The video guide has an introduction video, 6 Modules, and a recap video.  There are checklists, inventory lists, quotes, resources….a ton of printables. YAY!

This is an ACTION video.  Meaning–you’ll take ACTION after every module.  So, get ready!  Are you looking to make your life easier, then this is for you!!!  Please check out the description for all the details in the Video Guide’s listing HERE.

Let me know if you have any questions!!! xoxo, april

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Are you getting ready for Back to School?  Have you already started?  I can’t believe how fast time flies.  I feel like I say that all.the.time!  It is SO true.  Back to School means The 4th annual Teacher Style Giveaway is here!! WAHOO!!!!!!  I am so incredibly excited to bring this back for another year.

And boy! This year we have some AMAZING prizes!!  I really wish I could enter.  HA!!  I so want the card to Loft.  Did you know they have a teacher discount?  Don’t forget to ask them about it next time you are shopping.

Can’t wait any longer?  Wanna know the prizes?


$100 Target Gift Card

$100 Loft Gift Card

$100 Nordstrom Gift Card

$50 Baublebar Gift Card

$150 Vera Bradley Handbag


This year, the entire giveaway will be on Instagram.  Fun! It is SO simple to enter.  You do have to have an IG account–sorry to all those who don’t.  I will say that Instagram has been REALLY really fun. And I think you would enjoy joining. I love seeing teacher “in real life”.

This year, we also had 10 hosts! I loved it!! #sisterhood  So happy we were able to come together to make FIVE teachers REALLY REALLY happy about going back to school.


Head to Instagram to learn all about the details and how to enter!!

The contest started Wednesday and ends Sunday, August 16th!

Thanks so much!

xoxo, April

Liz Parce - I am following all of the people but I don’t know how to leave a comment on instagram to tag a friend… Not too tech savy!

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More Teacher Planner Fun

Some fun is going on at the Organized Chaos Blog! ***a fun link up going on***  Can you guess what it’s about?  Planners.  Teacher Binders.  You know.  Just a love of mine-ha!.  I BIG puffy heart organization.  If your here, I’m gonna guess you do too! 😉   I love reading about how others use their planners and so I thought you might like to know too.  I am passing along the link in case you were interested!!

I am going to link up this post with the preview video of the teacher binders.  Hopefully, others will get a chance to see what is inside my teacher binders too.

Thanks so much to Elizabeth for hosting and inviting me!!  I know this is short and sweet ~I’m hoping the video will give a good sneak peek!!

xoxo, april

Elizabeth - Yay April! Thanks so much for linking up! I love all of your beautiful planners and binders- the rainbow colors especially make me smile :) Thanks for sharing and so glad to connect with you!

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Free Welcome Sign UPDATED!

Raise your hands if you love owls?  If you do, this one is for you.  A few years back, I created these free welcome signs with an owl theme.  I am happy to share: THEY HAVE BEEN UPDATED!!  YAY!!  I know, no need for yelling but I’m so excited to bring them to you again this year.

So, this post is going to be short and sweet!

Just head to my store HERE and download.  I made some for PreK-5th grade (sorry all other grades)Thank you!!!

xo, April

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Must-Have Back to School Supplies {and a FREEBIE!}

This one is for all you Texas friends out there!  Let’s combine SCHOOL SUPPLY FAVORITES with the ONE PLACE THAT HAS IT and what do you get?  HEB!  I gotta tell you–I love, love, LOVE HEB. For those of you outside of Texas, HEB is a grocery store but not JUST any grocery store, not only is it the store.ever but it also has WAY more than groceries.  Crazy-huh?  I know you might shop at HEB for its’ fabulously fresh produce or its’ wide-selection of meats but did you know it also has many must-have back to school supplies?  Which you can get to at the blink of an eye (because we all know there are HEBs everywhere)!  Yes, please!

a modern teacher school supplies HEB

What are on the list for must-haves this year?

I think these dry erase crayons, pencils, and markers are a bit of a game changer if you ask me.

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If you are a primary teacher, they have primary composition books which are definitely a must-have. And they are on sale!  YAY!

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Of course, they have all the tried and true school supplies, like markers, folders (with prongs!), scissors, manilla paper, colored map pencils, glue, and construction paper.  Perfect for anything you need to add to your classroom. Someone asked on Instagram about the quality of the colored map pencils.  I LOVE them.  If you are new here, you’ll find out that I’m pretty picky when it comes to 3 things: planners, clothing, and supplies.  From pens to glues, I really look at the quality.  In fact, I was just using these last night to map out August’s plans.  Can’t go wrong.

a modern teacher back to school supplies HEB

What I really love are the crayons (on sale, limited time).  If you’re like me, you want to welcome kids with a little something but also something useful.  You also know that some kids…actually a lot, don’t have simple crayons at home to complete their homework.  To start the year, I love to give a simple crayon box.  Everyone loves crayons–right?  At HEB, you can snag some crayons up, print out this free download gift tag, and you’re good to go.  A little gift and something they can use all year long….setting that tone for the entire year.  {high five}  (click HERE for tag)

My experience with HEB is always a good one and the fact that I can hop in the car and get to one at a moment’s notice is so valuable to me and my family.  If I need something for school, they have it, and it’s an easy trip.  I will also say that I’m a bit biased because HEB was my very first job. Checker April.  Most of us in Texas start at HEB, it’s a family tradition as we like to say here.  I’m proud to support them.

Head there for all your back-to-school needs Texas friends!

xoxo, April


This post is sponsored by HEB.  All opinions are my own.  I only share what I think is the highest quality for teachers and parents.


April - I’ve lived in TX for a year now and had never heard of HEB. So I checked the website, and the closest one is 96 miles away…bummer, huh?

Barbara Balius - i LOVE shopping at HEB in Houston! Thanks for the heads up on the sale! - Oh no! TOTAL BUMER! Well, is there a Central Market close to you? Central Market is also owned by HEB. Same great stuff. Good luck! - No problem Barbara!

Amber Danhauser - I teach in Texas AND I work at HEB on the weekends! Love it!

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#25DaysofColor with Astrobrights PLUS a Free Download

Oh how I love color.  Ever heard of the phrase: “Live Life in Color”? I LOVE this phrase.  Color is a game changer.  No boring beige here.  You won’t find that in my classroom or my home.  I live in color.  I create in color.  I learn in color.  Are you that way? I can guarantee you, your students are the same way too.  Color can make learning a more fun and impactful experience.

Now, I’m sure you have heard of Astrobrights-right?  Astrobrights by Neenah Paper is the creme of the crop paper company for the classroom.  All of the cardstock you probably use is from Neenah Paper.  Well, this week kicked off an amazing collaboration between teachers and Astrobrights. For 25 days, Astrobrights Papers will feature a project using a different color of its paper, providing ideas and inspiration on how to #ColorizeYourClassroom because folks, color should be in the classroom!  Color paper can add creativity to everything in the classroom.  The best part: you can join the fun too!!  Post your own project using Astrobrights Papers with the hashtags #25DaysofColor and #ColorizeYourClassroom for a chance to be featured as the Colorize Your Classroom project of the week. YAY!!

For me, I had SO many ideas to incorporate this bright and pretty paper, I had a hard time deciding which one I would share. Of course, if you know me, I tend to always be thinking of ways to organize and make something pretty-ha! Pretty Paper + A Modern Teacher = Match Made in Heaven if you ask me. So here you go, a management idea for Back to School because before you know it, it will be here.

#25DaysofColor #ColorizeYourClassroom A Modern Teacher

At the beginning of the school year, as teachers we have a HUGE responsibility to get kids home the right way.  Whether they are riding the bus or walking home, it is our job to make sure they get to the correct bus or the correct line to leave the school to walk home.  If you teach one of the younger grades, chances are the kids need some help to accomplish this big job.  One of the easiest ways to help with this responsibility, is to make transportation labels or passes.

After one of the back-to-school or meet-the-teacher nights, you’ll know how each student will get home.  Make a badge or sticker for them and have them wear this at least the first week of school.  This way you both are familiar with the transportation.  A badge and a sticker are ways to identify the transportation easily and if you use a badge, easy to use the next day.  However, if you use a badge, I would suggest not giving this to them until the last 30 minutes of school because they will want to play with it all day.  Ugh.  None of that please.

#25DaysofColor #ColorizeYourClassroom A Modern Teacher

First, download the transportation tags.  And you are in luck because I am sharing these transportation tags for free.  Yes, just head to my store HERE and download!


Then you can print them on this pretty paper.  I am using the Astrobrights Solar Yellow a “bright, bold and instantly likable” color.  I love how I can easily see this color on a child’s clothes.  Definitely stands out {bold!}  Perfect for taking on this HUGE responsibility of transportation.

#25DaysofColor #ColorizeYourClassroom A Modern Teacher

Now, either put them in a badge holder OR make a sticker.  A couple of years ago, I bought the “Creative Station” and wow! So easy to create stickers and very affordable.

#25DaysofColor #ColorizeYourClassroom A Modern Teacher


#25DaysofColor #ColorizeYourClassroom A Modern Teacher


#25DaysofColor #ColorizeYourClassroom A Modern Teacher


That’s it!

#25DaysofColor #ColorizeYourClassroom A Modern Teacher

For more ideas on how to Colorize Your Classroom, be sure to follow #25DaysofColor, Astrobrights Papers and visit !

#25DaysofColor #ColorizeYourClassroom A Modern Teacher

Don’t forget, there are 25 days of ideas!!  So, the fun won’t stop here.  You will find 2 more days of inspiration from A Modern Teacher on Instagram and Facebook.  Come see more ways on how you can #ColorizeYourClassroom. Then over the next 19 days after that, look for my teacher-blogger friends to share even MORE ideas.  Have fun!  How do you #ColorizeYourClassroom?  I can’t wait to see everyone’s projects!!

xo, April

Laura - I love your tags! I am wondering where I can get the badge holder from, as well as the string? - Hi Laura! You can pick up badge holders and lanyards from any of your favorite office supply stores. I bet you can also find them on Amazon! Hope this helps!

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Winner Announced!!

The #teacherscapturesummer camera giveaway is over and the winner has been picked!!  Drum roll please….


Congratulations to Angela P.!!!  She has already been contacted and has responded so we are sending goodies her way!!

Thank you to everyone for entering!  AND thank you to all the sponsors for making this possible!!!!

Plus, more giveaways will be coming up this summer, so stay tuned!!

And if you are looking for a freebie—sign up for my newsletter to receive exclusive freebies and this resource:  (I will send it to you within 3 days).  You can stay updated on ALL the giveaways and more freebies!!  Have a great week!!  xo, April

Michelle Scotese - Congratulations Angela!!!

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Capture Summer Memories ***HUGE Giveaway**

Today marks the official First Day of Summer and it’s Father’s Day!!  WAHOO! YAY! CELEBRATE!!  Lots of reasons to take pictures, am I right?  So, a bunch of us bloggers put together a Camera Giveaway so you can capture ALL the summer memories and BEYOND!



There are some AMAZING products here:

First up the CAMERA:  This camera is a DSLR camera that takes some pretty awesome pictures.  I’m not a professional photographer (though I would love to be-haha) by any means but the images always come out SO CLEAR and CRISP.

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Next up is the additional, BONUS lens.  This lens!  Ah, I LOVE this lens!  This lens is what gives your pictures that amazing blurred background with crisp images in the forefront.  You just switch out the lenses and voila!  It is SUPER easy!  If I can take these pictures, I know you can too!  Here’s an example.  Here is a picture without the lens:

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This picture is of my son at the playground (taken a long time ago–almost a year–before I had the lens).  Notice the background is clear too.  Can see the trees and all of the equipment. (still great clear shot with the camera)



and here is a picture with the lens:

We took this picture in the Spring during Bluebonnet time here in Texas.  Still crisp, but notice the trees are completely blurred.  I just love the effect.  It is how we see things with our eyes.  We focus on one thing and then everything in the background is blurry.  LOVE IT–Don’t you??!


Two more pictures to show you the effect.  Here we are playing with the bubbles.  Something I’m sure you’ll definitely do this summer!!


And one more of my youngest.  I did nothing to this picture except adjust the exposure just a tiny bit (after it was taken). It almost looks like a professional took it (well, almost-ha).  But really, the pictures you take are amazing and it is essentially foolproof.  Like I said, if I can do this, so can you. It’s all the lens.  :)



And last is the Jo Totes Camera Bag:

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Perfect to store all these goodies!

Whatcha waiting for?  Enter today!  Contest starts today and ends in one week, Sunday, June 28.  Now, just a little warning, there are a lot of us sponsors so we can make this amazing for you. So, hang in there while following everyone. This is a $655 valued prize. To enter, you just have to follow in ONE way from the sponsor.

Good luck!!  Thank you to all the sponsors and thank you for supporting A Modern Teacher!  xoxo, April

PS  Are you looking for a way to get organized this school year {and beyond}?  Check out the Teacher Binders in my shop on TpT.  This will be my 4th year to offer them and they are the best ones yet!



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Dayne carpenter - I would love to use this summer and also in my class room

Elida Ruiz - This is a great idea and opportunity! Thank you!

LeAnn Hendrickson - i love getting ideas and resources here! I am going to be teaching 5th grade this year after 8 years in 4th.

Tiffany Richter - I’ve wanted a camera like this for a long time!!

Christina Kingston - Awesome idea! Here’s to wishing everyone luck!

penny husher - Love to use this for my school!

Amanda - Thanks for the chance to win!! I could really use this on my first cruise that I’m taking this summer with my family and in my pre k classroom (moving down from 1st!!!) starting this fall!

Billie J Carlton - This would be awesome!!! Love TpT!!

Marian Dawson - i would love to win this.

Denice - would Love to win this. Love the bag and I especially love the camera. Hate having to use my cell phone as a camera

Susan kruger - I would love this camera for field trips and special activities in my classroom.

Paula Bumgardner - would love to win this! Thank you!

Melissa Janson - Would love to be able to capture moments with my family.

Sophia Alexander - I love TpT I have so many materials!!

Lara Kernan - I teach fourth grade and I love this site!

rebecca wirtzberger - What a beautiful camera bag! Love it!

Lus Bugarin - Love to take pictures of my students and family

Susan Wardle - I’d love to have such a great camera to supplement the technology I already use in my classroom.

Susan Watts - This will be great for all of my science experiences both in and outside of the classroom!

Becky - This would really help next year with the digital stories I want my kiddos to create next year!

Sandra - I love this teacher’s site!

Sandra - This site is very useful for me. I would use the camera to takes pictures for the classroom year book.

Stacey - I’d love to win this!!

Jennifer Reese - this is a fabulous giveaway! Thank you!

Roxi - What a wonderful opportunity! THANK YOU! I was planning on changing my current Canon DSLR which is 6 years old (!) so if I get to be the very lucky winner, it will be just perfect.
Thank you guys!

Roxi - I do not have an Instagram account…am I disqualified then? :(

Daina campbell - Would love to have this!

Alice Derrick - Fabulous give away

Debbie Rolfe - I would love to win this camera! It would be so wonderful to be able to take clear pictures instead of having to use my phone. I make each of my children a scrapbook of the years activities and they would be so much nicer with pictures from a Great Camera!

Erin Kilrain - Love the camera and the bag!

Scott F - This would be great to win.

Pam - This is awesome! Would be wonderful for taking pics of my sweet kiddos!

Rebecca Krusee - That’s awesome!

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Grendelia Balandran - I love taking pictures of my children’s experiences in my class outside and inside

Stephanie - I would love to win. We are required to take pictures of the students for our parents and i would love to have this material to do it. Thanks

Lourdes Aguilera - I would like to win this camera because it will be used to capture many pictures of my family favorite places and precious and unforgettable momments.

Lisa Harris - Yay! Looking forward to learning new things and getting new ideas and projects. Thanks!

Leah Lesnieski - I will be teaching first grade this year. I love teaching in little land.
I would love to win this camera! I can only imagine all the great projects that we could create using this awesome camera!

Lisa - This is such an awesome giveaway! I bought two of your planners this year because I liked both covers too much to decide on just one! (my husband thinks I have a planner problem) I would love to win this camera! Crossing my fingers!!!

Debbie Price - Thank you for setting this up.

Kerry Hernandez - I think this camera would really feed my inner shutterbug! I’m moving to a new school and a new grade next year and I would use this camera to document my new beginning that I super excited about! Thanks for the opportunity to be considered for this great prize!!!

Zahra - I would love this camera to keep times in memory. Thanks Tpt

Marie Altemus - I love teaching 2nd grade and could use a better camera! - Good luck on your new beginning! Thanks for entering. - Lisa – Thank you so much for your support. Good luck! - Isn’t the bag great?!?! Good luck! - What a great thing to make a scrapbook of each year! Love that idea! Good luck! - Aw…Thanks Sandra! That is so sweet! Good luck! - Hi Roxi. No, you will not be disqualified. You just don’t get an extra entry for connecting on Instagram. You are still in the running though. Good luck! - Have fun on your cruise! What a great family vacation! Good luck!

Melissa Machan - Oh I would SO love this camera! Thanks so much for the opportunity to win. I have been saving up for a camera like this. Fingers crossed :)

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Florri - Great way to document ur summer to share with students

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DIY: Throwback: Chartstand

I thought this week I would share a little  DIY THROWBACK!  I don’t want you to miss this super easy project.  It’s easy.  Promise.

I use things like this stand all the time for reminders, share work, share directions, showcase pictures, etc.  And my taste in scrapbook pages never ends.  Love to make new ones because this is SO easy.

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How to Make a Mini-Chartstand for under $3.00:



scrapbook paper

giant clips

spray adhesive

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Cover the clipboard in the scrapbook paper of your choice using spray adhesive.

Decorate it however you would like.

Then just hot glue the GIANT clip to the back of the clipboard.  It allows it to stand it straight up.  That’s it. Remember, I don’t do projects that have more then 3 (okay maybe 5) steps.  But 5 is tops and it has to be REALLY worth it!

chart stand a modern teacher

Have fun making mini-chart stands!

I’m on my way to another fun project next week with a little Monday Made-It!  Having fun with this linky party.  Right up my alley.

xo, April



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Tonya - I love this idea, and I have all of the necessary supplies to create these. Hmm…I guess I know what I’ll be working on next! :)
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Tara - LOVE this idea!!! So cute and has soooo many uses!!! Thanks for linking it up:) I have recently fallen into the scrapbook paper trap:/ It’s a deep pit to fall in to…lol!!

Diana - Going to go buy stuff tomorrow to make some for the classroom. What a great idea!! Thanks for sharing.

Jennifer Jones - Love ideas like this! So pretty! Thanks for sharing. You blog is perfect for me. I will follow you wherever I can. I am new to the blogging scene myself. :) - Wow. Thanks Jennifer! Good luck on the giveaway and your new blog.

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