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Teach Like a Pineapple and a GIVEAWAY!

About a couple of weeks ago, Melanie (from Schoolgirl Style) and I hosted a Teachers CREATE Workshop.  It was SO.much.fun. The theme for that particular one was "Teach Like a Pineapple".  We had bright colors with pops of pineapples, flamingoes, and flowers galore....

Teacher Appreciation Week, $100 Giveaway, Sale, and Addition!

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!!  To celebrate, I have teamed up with a few other bloggers to bring you a BIG giveaway!  We are giving away one $100 gift card to Teachers Pay Teachers !  Oh ya!! On top of the $100 giveaway, there is a HUGE sale on Teachers Pay...

BIG Announcement! Teachers CREATE!

Happy Day friends!  I have a super, exciting, BIG ANNOUNCEMENT! Think classroom decor ideas, organizational ideas, hands-on projects to use in your classroom...food, friends, all in a fun city like Waco...It's my honor to announce "Teachers CREATE !®" Melanie and I...

Exclusive Freebie! Spreading Kindness in the Classroom

Spreading kindness in the classroom can happen in many, many different ways. If you remember, I wrote a post for Oriental Trading about setting up a kindness challenge. Well, today Nicole is sharing with us another way to spread kindness in the classroom.  I love her...

Water Cycle Craft and Kick Off of the Brightest Teacher 2017!

KICKING OFF THE BRIGHTEST TEACHER CONTEST 2017 Today I am helping kick off the Brightest Teacher Contest of 2017!!   I’m partnering with ASTROBRIGHTS® Papers to bring you a contest you don't want to miss! Keep reading to find out the details on the contest at the end...

Valentine’s Day Clip Cards and Sensory Bin

We've got another awesome Valentine's Day idea AND FREEBIE from Heather of Recipe for Teaching. She's got a couple of great ideas for your students this Valentine's Day. Enjoy! Recognizing and identifying numbers 1-20 is an important skill for my kindergarten...

Unlock the Love

Here is another awesome Valentine's Day idea from Jessi of Cooties and Cuties. This is a simple but incredibly engaging game you can play with your students. Hope you enjoy! Hi, it’s Jessi from Cooties and Cuties, and I am so excited to share my favorite Valentine...

Color Your Own Valentine Gift Tags

I am so excited for this week! Since it's the week before Valentine's Day, I am having some guest readers share their awesome Valentine's Day ideas! Today, is a super cute free printable from Laura of Celebrate in Detail. Enjoy! Hello, let me introduce myself! My name...

New Year’s in the Classroom

Hi again, it’s Jessi from Cooties and Cuties, and I’m so excited to be back sharing ideas for the New Year! The New Year is such an exciting time, but the first day back to school after winter break is never anyone’s favorite. We’re all exhausted from holiday...

A Quick Look Back, 5 Year Birthday Bash, and a Look Forward

Five more days until 2017!!  OH YA!!!  I couldn't be more excited about moving on to the next year! Five years of "A Modern Teacher"!  YAY!!  I am also thrilled to be celebrating five years of this blog and business! I could never have imagined my life changing so...

Finding Frosty: a Top Secret Mission

Ready for a Top-Secret Mission to do with your kids? Finding Frosty is a mission you won't want to miss! I am excited to have Lexi back for another creative idea! This one is super helpful because you can complete during inside recess! This is Lexi from Twinkle Little...

Easy Penguin Winter Craft

"Oh the weather outside is frightful, but my dear, you're so delightful!...Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!" Are you singing?  Don't you just love all the holiday and winter songs? I sure do! It doesn't snow here in central Texas but that doesn't stop us from...

It’s a Plaid Thing!

Plaid is all the rage right now.  From administration sending plaid goodies to their staff to "let's all wear plaid days".  Everyone can't get enough of the plaid.  It's a plaid thing. And I love it!  So, naturally, I'm going to be sending plaid scarves to my teacher...

Quick and Easy Student Gifts with Trolls!

"Can't Stop the Feeling! Got sunshine in my pocket and good stuff in my feet..." Boy, lately I've been singing allll the songs. HAHA! Well, tap your toes, and wave your hands in the air because Lexi is here to share a fun idea for a student gift!!   My kids are...

Easy Class Reward: Pajama and Snow Day!

Looking for an easy class reward through the winter months?  As you might know, pajama day is an easy class reward you can implement right now.  Well, mixing it up a bit with a snow day theme just adds to the excitement and engagement of trying to earn the reward. The...

Santa Cam! Classroom Management During the Holidays

Here Comes Santa Claus, Here Comes Santa Claus, Right Down Santa Claus Lane... Are you singing with me?  Well, I'm singing because we have a guest today!  I'm so excited to introduce to you Jessi from Cooties and Cuties!!!!  Today she will be sharing some ideas on...

Astrobrights Brightest Teacher Classroom Reveal

Astrobrights has done it again! Maybe you remember the post I shared back in March announcing a "Brightest Teacher" contest. And maybe you remember the winner announced in May.  Well, the winner, Markeda Brown, received a full classroom makeover.  Isn't that amazing?!...

5 Simple Tips to Plan Lessons (Without an Official Team)

I've shared a ton about how to plan lessons.  If you've followed my blog for awhile, you know I love to participate in team planning.  However, every year wasn't always unicorns and rainbows.  So, what do you do when you don't have a team to plan with? Here are 5...

It’s a Planning Party, $20 Gift Card Contest, and MORE!

There are a few things going on this week.  Scratch that! This is probably the busiest week in the online world for teachers!  Lot of fun happening! And the Planning Party is the perfect place to start. However, I didn't want you to miss out on everything so I thought...

Planning Your Classroom: Owl Love Style!

Owls! They will never go out of style.  Owls symbolize wisdom, insightfulness, and are illustrated with so much charm and wit. If you choose this as your classroom theme, then you could go on for years, adapting it up to meet the needs of different grade levels and...

Classroom Planning: Calming Colors in the Classroom

Maybe you need a spa-like retreat for your kids.  Maybe you need *very* calming colors for this year.  I've got you covered. Virtual High Five!  You know, I've been thinking a lot about all that goes into classroom planning. So, I thought I would find some classroom...

Classroom Planning: Color My Classroom!

Bring me all the colors!  I LOVE this theme. Color My Classroom brings pops of color with nothing too overpowering.  Yes, yes, and YES!! This theme is so versatile because you are not married into one specific look and it speaks to both boys and girls. Plus, you can...

Classroom Planning: Fixer Upper Inspired Design!

Tell me you love Fixer Upper. You do?  Is it your favorite? Or at least one of the top 3? If it is, then you've come to the right place because today's post is all about using elements of my favorite tv show in the classroom planning process. Don't know what the heck...

Get Things Done During the Summer

How do you get things done during the summer? With all the fun to be had, it is hard to make time to actually get things done.  Now, I'm not saying all of you shouldn't be relaxing and really enjoying your break.  That is a MUST.  Non-negotiable. 🙂 I just want to...

Lesson Planner for A Modern Teacher :: Purposeful Planning!

Hip Hip HOORAY!!  TOMORROW is THE day! A Modern Teacher Lesson Planner will be up for sale for all you Early Birds who are ready for purposeful planning!  Presale begins Tuesday, May 2!  I am SO excited to share these with you!!.  Are you ready? Let's get started! I'm...

#TeacherDIY :: Displaying Student Work

As the summer approaches (YAY!), you might be thinking of DIY projects to put on the to-do list. It's time for a little come-back to the DIY projects on AMT!! Time for a little #TeacherDIY! (p.s. let's use that hashtag on Instagram to all share. Yes?)  Ok, so a few...

Mother’s Day Craft :: She is THE Queen Bee

As a mom, sometimes I wish I could just wear a crown and everyone would be reminded that I need to be treated like a queen. Ha! I am sure there are many of us who feel this way. Well, your little students can solve this problem. Moms can wear these Queen Bee Crowns...

30+ Ways to Feel Prepared in the Classroom (Plus Free Printable)

I know what you're thinking. I KNOW being truly, truly prepared in the classroom is hard and quite possibly impossible.  When you have 25+ students coming to you with so many varied backgrounds that are really, completely out of your control, things are bound to come...

Do YOU Think You Can Feel Prepared for the School Day?

A couple of weeks back on Facebook and on Instagram, I asked friends how they felt when they are prepared for the school day.  The responses I received were so interesting.  It got me thinking.... Can you *ever* feel truly, truly prepared for the school day?  Well,...

Valentine’s Day and Friends! (A Fun Playlist!)

I love February.  If you have read the blog for awhile you know I never grew up thinking Valentine's Day was about the romance kind of love.  In our house, we celebrated the friendship kind of love (agape love).  Mom always gave us small tokens of her love.  We sang,...

Differentiating Can Begin with these 3 Steps {and a Contest}

19 kids. 1 me. No aide. No parent volunteer. Just me. So many levels, so little time. How in the world would I keep Jake engaged yet Johnny learning the foundational skills he needs? Let’s just call these: DAILY THOUGHTS of A TEACHER. At least these were my...

For All You Parents Out There

There are 5 things I believe a teacher would love to have, hands down. This post is more about spoiling a teacher *just a bit*.  Nothing crazy big. Now, parents, just a reminder: we didn't get into this job for the money. We know that. We know we aren't going to get...

Make It Modern, Instantly

Beautiful. Inspirational. Quick. Connect. Four words I think of when describing Instagram.  I seriously can't tell you how many times I get up and just GET THINGS DONE because of this little APP.  I mean, hey, we all need some inspiration to get things moving and for...

Text to Self Free Download with The Relatives Came

Just a super duper quick post.  This morning on Instagram, I posted a picture of "The Relatives Came" by Cynthia Rylant.  It is one of my most favorite books.  I think it is great to teach personal narratives.  Then someone reminded me that it is also great for...

Astrobrights Papers Colorize Your Classroom Challenge

Wahoo!  Astrobrights Papers' Colorize Your Classroom Challenge is back!!  Do you remember the amazing projects shared on ColorizeYourClassroom.com last year? ColorizeYourClassroom.com gives teachers a go-to source for inspiration and ideas on  how color can help...

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...

#TeacherStyleGiveaway!!

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...

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...

#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...

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...

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...

DIY: Planner Stretchy Bands

Starting the summer off right with a little DIY!!!  And I'm kickin' off my very FIRST Monday MADE-IT today!!!!  Can you believe that?  All this time MMI has been going on, I haven't been able to participate.  Well, not any more!!! I am starting with a very simple DIY....

Classroom Crashers! :: Primary Press

Are you thinking about your room for next year?  Some of you might be!  You might be gathering ideas, dreaming already... Well, my friend, Vickie, from Primary Press has a cute classroom set-up!  In the past she went with primary colors and polka dots.  So super cute....

Winner of the IHEART Teachers Giveaway

  Almost Friday! YAY!  Just a quick post announcing all of the winners of the IHeart Teachers Giveaway!  This one was a fun one friends and SO many prizes.  We have Leigh from The Applicious Teacher to thank for all of her hard work in organizing the entire week!...

Battle of the Binders and a couple of giveaways!

If you follow on Facebook , you know I am starting a "Battle of the Binders" this week.  YAY! What is "Battle of the Binders"? Every Tuesday I will post (over on Facebook) a competition between 2 binder themes. You vote for your favorite in the comments and then on...

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! FREEBIE, SALES, GIVEAWAYS, OH MY!!

WOW!  Hold tight! This week is going to be AMAZING! In a fast and furious manner, here is what is going on this week: #WEHEARTTEACHERS 2015 is happening!  Over $10k in prizes!  I know, CRAZY!  We are coming together to support each other, give back to each other, and...

A Little Video

Just a quick post today. Many of you were wondering about the inside pages of the Personal Planner for Teachers. What is REALLY inside of it? So, I put together a little video with some help from my friend, Adrianne.   There are 2 main parts to the personal...

2015 Spring Lookbook

Hey Teacher Friends! Is the sun shining in your hometown today?  I hope so!  Here in central Texas, it is out!  I LOVE this time of the year.  School is winding down, summer is just around the corner.  It is warm enough to get out in the sun--a place I always want to...

Giveaway Winner Announced! plus some updates

Well, what do you think?  Did you like this year's new designs?  I truly, truly hope you do. More importantly, as much as I love creating the designs, I truly hope this is a functional planner and organizer you can use on a daily basis in your classroom.  I want it to...

Schoolgirl Style All-Time Favorites!!

I know, just one more day!  WAH!  These past 2 weeks have been SO FUN!  Really!  I know--just a tad bit...ahem...crazy but all worth it!!  It is truly an honor to share with you something you can use in your classroom and REALLY give you more time to TEACH! Today's...

Polka Dots and Chalkboard Teacher Binder: Planner & Organizer

Did someone say polka dots?  Ah!  This one is my favorite too (well, Sunshine is first but this is right there too 🙂   So classic and modern all at the same time.  The black and white will go with anything and the chalkboard....well, classic. Just like in the...

Sunshine Teacher Binder: Planner and Organizer

So, this one.  This one y'all, is my favorite.  I don't know what it is about gingham but I absolutely love it.  I have since I was oh...6.  Seriously.  I always have gingham ribbon, gingham dresses, shirts, quilts, pencils....you name it.  It reminds me of all things...

AMT Print Shop is HERE Again!

Ready for some fun? Allright Teacher Friends, have we got some fun planned for you! Think confetti. Think balloons. Think cake. and what about a beverage of choice? cue music Now, we are ready for this party to begin.  You ready?  (Are you nodding your head?) The AMT...

Top 5 Bags for Teachers {I asked, You Answered}

Happy Sunday!  Time for a "I Asked, You Answered" post!  If you are new, I compile a list of teacher ideas and favorites from questions I ask on Facebook or Instagram.  I have a ton of fun learning from YOU and passing along this wealth of knowledge with OTHERS.  This...

I Asked, You Answered! Top 13 Guided Reading Tools

Happy Wednesday!  How is everyone's week going?  Mine is super busy (a good kind of busy) with Valentine's Day.  Plus, my daughter is a flower girl in a wedding this weekend.  Super sweet!  Can't wait to show you a picture on Instagram. As you might remember I started...

LOVE this *GIVEAWAY*! {Love is in IPAD AIR}

What do you LOVE?  Maybe your significant other?  Maybe your kids?  Oh wait, maybe those extra long planning days?  You love a lot of things --am I correct? I know I do. I love all of the above and starbucks and Random Acts of Kindness and FIXER UPPER and carnations...

Valentine’s FREEBIE and Classroom Treats

2 years ago I wrote this post HERE sharing some ideas on celebrating Valentine's Day in the classroom.  I had so much fun putting it together and I know so many of you are new here, I decided to bring it back and make sure you have the FREEBIE.  Especially if you love...

A SALE and Classroom Crashers! :: A Year of Many Firsts

Happy Saturday!  Coming to you today below some cloudy skies...definitely different than the past week.  It was super sunny and 80 degrees here in central Texas!  I don't normally post on a Saturday but I'm SUPER excited about a couple of things! 1.  Having a SUPER...

February Meal Planning Ideas

The winners  of last week's giveaway are Karen F. Rachel C., Maria B., Libby B., Sabrina, Cherie, and Lori R. Please send me an email and I'll send the Valentine's Owl Craftivity your way! amodernteacher@gmail.com Thank you!  And now.... Time to make meal-planning...

February Fun and a Giveaway!!

February is just around the corner.  Swoon!  I know so cliche but really I LOVE February.  I actually have more craft projects in February then any other month. That includes December.  So of course, my heart skips a beat with the mention of projects...and crafts....

Top 12 Comfy Shoes for Teachers {I asked, YOU answered!}

A while back I started a new series called, "I asked, YOU answered."  Not too long ago, I asked on Facebook, "What comfy shoe do you love to wear to school?" I mean, being on your feet all day long takes a toll.  And if you teach the primary grades, you are burning...

Ready for 2015! {Super fun announcement and a giveaway!}

3 years!  3 years friends!  I can't believe it! It has been 3 years since I started A Modern Teacher.  Wow!  And shortly after, I opened my shop on Teachers Pay Teachers and my life and my family's life have changed in SO many good, GREAT, wonderful ways. I could go...

Classroom Crashers! :: A Day in First Grade

Ah...the crisp cool air. The leaves changing to different colors: Fall.  And it is almost over. I can only imagine what it would be like to live it a state that has all of those beautiful colors and more. ..OR maybe snow right now? Um--maybe not. 🙂  Meet a teacher...

TIME-SAVER {My first Stitch Fix!} Enter to win

This is a little different than my normal posts. And I'm excited to share! This blog is all about helping teachers find ways to simplify and maximize their time. From planners to lessons to meal-planning, I truly want to help you find ways at home and at school to...

Books Online APP Review {Farfaria}

Interested in an on-line library?  Yes, please! When asked to do a review on a new APP with picture books by Farfaria, I just couldn't turn it down.  I am sure you share with me an obsession for books!! We just can't turn down an opportunity for our kids to read.-...

November Meal-Planning for Modern Teachers!

You have a lot on your plate (pun intended).  Time for someone else to do the planning!  It is time for another meal-planning post.  Can't believe it!  Can't believe November is here.  That means holidays are here.  Like now.  WOW!  You can do it.  Just a few more...

Have some demanding students? {Demanding Dudley}

I LOVE when picture books have a lesson.  Ok, am I kidding?  I love ALL picture books.  Well, most of them.  And for some reason, ahem, all the books I read I turn into a lesson.  I know, I know, Teacher April thinks like a teacher all.the.time.  Can't help it. So,...

Math Management Super Quick Tip {for those dreaded copy limits}

Around here, most schools have a copy code or copy limit.  Do you have one at your school?  I became a somewhat of a crazy-copy person....always trying hard to minimize the number of copies I made.  Well, actually, our whole team had to become that way.  Whether we...

Tieks Review

On your feet all day?  Why of course you are.  You are a teacher.  One of the many reasons why I loved small group teaching is because I got to sit down.  Ha!  Yes, right? I mean, there are a number of other reasons but boy, walking around, up/down, redirecting one...

October Classroom Management Tools

"You are so brave!"  This is one of the many sayings on the encouragement cards, included in my new "Monthly Themed Classroom Management Tools".  It's October and you might be feeling like the honeymoon is over.  Do you feel that way?  Maybe most of your kids are...

Easy Meal Planning for Modern Teachers {October}

Recently I started writing a new series of posts to make things a little simpler on the home front: Easy Meal Planning.  I wrote a little bit about the background HERE.  Basically, each month I stick to a rotation every week.  Based on my family loves, what's in...

5 New Favorite Fonts

Raise your hand if you are a font snob. C'mon.  Admit it.  You want to create something for your students in a better font.  Maybe you want to present something to your students in a different way.  Maybe you don't want to get too fancy on something and need...

I asked, YOU answered :: Favorite Guided Reading Resources

Guided Reading.  I posted a question on Facebook this week thinking I'd be flooded with great GR resources.  To my surprise, many people didn't have a favorite. What?! I started some research and {{ Wow, folks!}}  : slim pickings on GR goodies.  There are some great...

Classroom Crashers! {and how you don’t have to break the bank}

Between the Back-to-School Nights, making lunches, and getting the new routine in motion, this house has been pretty busy.  A good busy.  How about you?  Did you survive the 'back-to-school time'? Well, I have a fun Classroom Crasher to share with you today!  This...

Menu Planning for Modern Teachers {September}

I love this picture: Some times this is exactly how I feel.  Do we HAVE to eat again?  HA!  Seriously though, I love food.  I usually plan my day around food events...whether I am cooking or we are going to a restaurant or  I am celebrating someone's special event....

Literacy Love :: Grandparent’s Day Freebie

Last year I started a blog series called "Book Love".  Well, I love alliteration so I've changed it to "Literacy Love". (you know us teachers!)  Just some quick posts about some of our favorite book finds.  This weekend we celebrate Grandparent's Day.  How fun!  My...

Teacher Style 2014 Winner!

Hey y'all!!!  This is just a quick post about....drum roll please....the winner of the Teacher Style 2014 Giveaway is Jennifer W.!!!! Jennifer, thanks for entering.  I sent you an email!! Thank you soooo much to everyone for entering.  Your support means so much to...

Classroom Crashers!

Classroom Crashers is baaaaack!  Two years ago, I featured some fun, amazing classrooms around the www AND non-blogger classrooms.  It was a way to share some inspiration from teachers all over the world.  Well, after some requests, it's coming back!!!  Super SUPER...

Teacher Style Giveaway 2014!!!!

Head Back to School in STYLE!  I am incredibly excited to team up with Melanie, Adrianne, and Maria for the third year of fun, fun, fun!  It is time to treat yourself just a little bit-right?!  RIGHT!  We are having a contest right here, starting today, for some...

Teacher Survival Kit

Oh.my.word!  I won the Michael's #create2educate contest yesterday!!!  It all took place on Instagram.  I may or may not have had a cold beverage to celebrate. {wink} Seriously, this was fun to put together.  For winning, I received a gift card to spend at their...

The Teacher Life Map

Here we go! After 3 years of creating digital planners for teachers, I am now embarking on a whole new addition and adventure. I am incredibly thrilled to share: The Teacher Life Map.   Let's start with a little story (because every teacher loves a good...

Treats and Sweets (and the place to find it)

It's a Sweet Strawberry Birthday Party!  Is there a teacher out there who wants to have fun with themed treats for birthdays, incentives, and everything in between?  Me! Me! Me!  For my daughter's 3rd birthday,  Oriental Trading Company contacted me about helping us...

Such a Treat! DIY Teacher Gift {and a Freebie}

Some of my favorite things.... 1. sharpened pencils 2. my grandmother's kitchen 3. french fries and a chocolate shake.together 4. magnolia trees 5. handwritten notes and cards I've been doing a little organizing lately and you know what?  I love cards.  I love, love,...

St. Patrick’s Day Freebie

Two years ago, (wow--two years already--I still can't believe it), I created this simple, simple outline for St. Patrick's Day.  Well, today I am bringing it back.  With March just around the corner and this beautiful spring-like weather in my neck of the woods, I...

Pete the Cat for Valentine’s Day at Target {Book Love}

I've been talking a lot here on how books inspire SO many parts of my life (even started a little series on 'book love').  More parts than I ever realized before this blog.  I think all teachers are that way.  Wouldn't you agree?  We are constantly making connections...

Seeing Your Year in a Big Way

The overall picture.  Do you like to see the big picture?  Or do you like to see the steps and then the big picture?  I am one of those people who have to see the big picture and where I'm going before I can set some goals on a daily basis.  It's nice to know where...

Book Love :: Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch and winners announced

As you know, I am a children's book addict.  As crazy as this sounds, I tie books into almost every aspect of my life.  I didn't really realize it until I started this blog.  All of a sudden I became very aware of my obsession with children's books.  I use them to...

DIY: Easy TV Screen Sliding Doors {AMT at home}

Happy Friday! It's cold here in central Texas.  We actually got some sleet and schools are closed.  In fact, the city has pretty much shut down. {Don't laugh too hard you northerners!}  I plan on doing a little organizing around the house.  And hopefully, a little...

DIY: Upcycling Architectural Pieces in a Playroom :: PLAY!

Happy Post-Christmas!  Did you survive and get everything you wanted?  I sure hope so!  It goes by so quickly~don't you think?  Loved the day and the entire Advent season but BAM it's over.  And really that is ok with me.  Really.  Now, are you getting ready for the...

Merry Christmas 2013!

Hi to all of you out there! I haven't been able to blog in awhile.  Boo.  I think about y'all often but have just been so busy!  3 kids 5 and under are really kicking my rear.  It is all good though. I can't believe it is already Christmas Eve.  Are you ready?  I am...

Tips on Organizing and Creating a Ready-to-Read Playroom

With the anticipation of a new addition to our family, we knew the season of a playroom in our life was not over...and would not be for quite some time.  So, we set out to create a space our kids would love to play, create, and read in.  Being a teacher, I really...

Simple Advent Calendar {Repurpose Crates}

Non-teaching related but oh-so-fun.  Have you seen all the Advent Calendar Ideas on Pinterest?  Wow!  There are so many good ideas out there.  I wanted to change up our calendar {one of those cheapy chocolate ones} and have some fun with it.  So, I came up with this:...

Classroom Crashers :: Black and White {and Purple!}

Thanksgiving is next week!  Yay!!  Are you ready?  We won't be doing much which is kinda nice.  And I'm not kidding.  It will be nice to have a semi-low key Thanksgiving. But I can't wait to see some of my family.  Most of them have not met our new addition and happy...

10 Tips for Teachers Taking Maternity Leave

While I was "off" with my new baby, it got me thinking about everything involved when taking maternity leave while teaching.    Unlike most professions, very detailed preparation is involved before leaving... from outlining procedures and systems you have in your...

21 Free November Printables and THE FEAST

  November is here and that can only mean one thing ~Turkey Time!  Thanksgiving is on everyone's mind.  No wait...Thanksgiving BREAK is on everyone's mind I'm sure. To keep your students engaged, I rounded up 21 freebies for you to use.  I think these activities...

Throwback Thursday #4 {Teacher Book Character Costumes}

Next week is Halloween!  And as you know, I am taking October for some time for the family and our brand new baby.  Can't wait to share pictures. I will be back in November with some new content so hang tight.  {don't leave} Today, I thought it would be fun to share...

Throwback Thursday #2 {Happy Reading!}

As you know, I am taking the month of October to spend some quality time with my family and my brand new baby.  I hope y'all hang around til November when I'll be back with some fresh and new posts (God-Willing).  I love this little blog and can't wait to get back to...

Throwback Thursday #1 {Celebrate October!}

If you read my post from last week, you know that I am taking the month of October to highlight some past posts while I spend some much needed time with my family and our new baby.  Hang tight though!  God willing, I will be back here in November with fresh, new...

Creating Routines at Home {Parent Resource}

  Happy Friday afternoon!  Just a little post to show you what I've been working on....So, mornings at my house have been...well, let's just say, a little challenging.  My positive questions, use of timer, and redirects have only been getting me so far.  As...

Grandparent’s Day is only a week away! {Owl Always Love You!}

If you read my post from last year, you know my grandparents (besides my kids and my husband) are my favorite people.  I even named my daughter after my grandmother.  Although 3 of the 4 have past on, my memories of playing, learning, just being with them continue....

Monthly Curriculum Map Free Printable {editable too!}

Do you know I have had this Monthly Curriculum Map on my computer since June???  Can you believe that?  I had it 95% done but the Teacher Lesson Planners took over my life this summer {in a very good way} and I never got to share this.  It is about time!  Time for a...

Super BIG Teacher Style Giveaway!

You might remember last year, Adrianne from The Tutor House, and I hosted a giveaway for going back to school in style.  Well, we can't wait to share with you this year's giveaway.  It is even bigger and better than last year! We even have Maria from Kinder-Craze and...

DIY: Rope-Wrapped Pencil Caddy and a Quick Tidbit

Ah...the dreaded pencil problem.  I think pencil sharpening is my biggest pet peeve.  I did come up with a plan to have this as a classroom job and only sharpen before school started and at the end of the day but still...boy do those things drive a teacher crazy! All...

Teachers on Pinterest

It is no secret that I love Pinterest.  When I discovered Pinterest, a little over 2 years ago, I fell in love.  It has since been the spring board for gifts the last two years, decor for parties, DIY projects, and of course, learning activities and resources.  I even...

The 2nd Annual Back-to-School Guide is HERE!

It is here:  Back to School Time!  Say what?!!  I can't believe it is already August.  And I can't believe some of you have already started school.  For those of you who haven't started, are you ready?  Well, I have something to help you get ready.  I am super proud...

Papers Galore? No problem! Organize it!

Allright-how many papers are put in your hand in one day?  Be honest.  Oh maybe just a gazillion. Right?!  My gosh, teachers have so much paperwork. I remember (many, many moons ago) one of my mentor teachers gave me some great advice.  If something is in your hands,...

They are here!

Finally!  I have been working on these for months now and I am happy to let you know the 2013-2014 Modern Teacher Planners are HERE!!!!  I can't tell you how excited I am to share these with you.  I've tweaked and tweaked and tweaked, more than I'd like to admit, to...

15+ St. Patrick’s Day Freebies and Fun Ideas

I don't get to do this much but there are some fabulous freebies out there for St. Patrick's Day!  So, I decided to collect a few for you (Kinder-3rd) and link them all in one place.  Hope it helps.  Enjoy!For Kinder-First Grade, check these out:Addition and...

St. Patrick’s Day Freebies

Got a little freebie to bring back today!  I say bring back because I originally posted this last year.  My son had so much fun doing it, I thought it would be worth the reminder. It is a Leprechaun Glyph!  Perfect for kinder or 1st grade.  And my little preschooler...

Happy Reading!

Awhile back I had a reader ask how I teach reading.  I could talk forever about reading.  I LOVE teaching reading.  However, I thought I would sum up my favorite resources and my reading block for you in one little post.  Please remember...Reading Block is dynamic (as...

{LOVE} Your Books!

Happy February!  Now Valentine's Day is really right around the corner.  And if you haven't guessed by now from THIS POST or THIS POST, I love Valentine's.  One of the things I love and want to pass along...is the love of reading and books.  So, I came up with this...

January Teacher Expenses {Freebie}

Expenses!  Ugh!  It is a necessary evil.  {Just kidding} {No REALLY...} I know...I know...money comes out of your own pocket to help create a successful learning environment.  You're a teacher.  That is the way it is.  Now, I will say that over the years, (and it...

Classroom DIY: Valentines Bookmark

Today I am over at Classroom DIY.  I am happy to contribute to this blog...full of ideas on DIY Projects for the classroom. A perfect collaboration blog for me!  Y'all know how much I love DIYs! This month I am sharing a valentine bookmark I created last year.  You...

Valentine’s Classroom Party! and Freebie too

Sap.  Such a sap.  Yup that is me.  Growing up, my mom never pushed Valentine's Day as a "in-love" kind- of-day.  It was more about celebrating the people you love and their love for you {and God's love for me}.  Mom always made it a special kind of day with a very...

DIY :: Words to Remember

A little bit over 2 years ago, my grandad passed away.  It was a heart-wrenching time for me..the oldest of all the grandchildren.  I still have days when I struggle with him just not physically being here.  BUT I do know where he is and that makes me smile.Since his...

Owl Always Love You

Owls are everywhere right now.  And rightly so--they are just so darn cute!  So many companies are coming up with these modern colorful owls and I love it!  How about you?  Do you like owls?Well, with Valentine's coming up soon, I really wanted to create a craft...

December 2012 Classroom DIY

Have you checked out Classroom DIY?  I am happy to contribute to this blog...full of ideas on DIY Projects for the classroom.  I know you are probably swamped right now but that holiday class party is right around the corner and if you haven't snagged the reindeer...

December Checkoff Printable Freebie

Need some more JOY this week?  I hope this free student checkoff/gradebook printable will do just that!  How do you organize your grades?  I always recorded grades on paper and on the computer.  I'm just a paper, pencil type of gal.  I looved the conveniences of an...

Santa Letter Freebie

Ho! Ho! Ho!  So many fun...I mean FUN activities out there to do with your students!  Of course, one of everyone's favorite traditions is to write a letter to Santa.  One of the ways to incorporate another skill into letter writing is to include writing with...

Reindeer Gift Tags-FREEBIE!

What will you be giving your students this year for Christmas?  I've always done the same thing.  Usually a coupon of some sort, a small goodie bag, and a BOOK. But, I've never had a Silhouette so I thought, why not cut some gift tags?  I made these gift tags, which...

make a list and check it twice

Ho!Ho!Ho! Allright teacher friends!!!!  No, it is not December.  But you know what...the holiday season is right around the corner!?!  What?! My favorite time of the year.  And it all starts with Halloween{which is in 1 week my friends-woa!}.  And in 2...

Synthesizing Story Map Freebie!

Synthesizing!....putting all our thinking together.  It is funny how little kiddos learn 'big' words.  You hear them talking and you think to yourself... "did they just say that?"  Does this happen to anyone?????  I will hear them say something like:*  I just used my...

Celebrate Halloween!

Today I wanted to make sure everyone here checked out my post over at Classroom Celebrations!I am sharing ideas on celebrating Halloween in your classroom.  Even if you can't celebrate too much at your school, I am sure you can incorporate some ideas based on the read...

DIY, Guided Reading Classroom Management

Happy Monday!  Sorry I missed you on Friday.  I had a little DIY to share and then I remembered about my contributing post to Classroom DIY TODAY!  So, head on over there for a new DIY Project that will take you less than 15 minutes!!! And on to today's post...a...

Classroom DIY: Mini Stand

Happy Friday Friends!!  I found this fun freebie that I thought I would share with you today from SmilingColors.com   I just think they are so fun and true!!!!I'm also over at Classroom DIY today.  If you haven't checked it out I highly recommend it.  Tons of ideas on...

Are you awake? We have a guest!

Please share some sweetness today for one of my blogging friends, Angela.  I met Angela about 6 months ago when I first started this little blog.  She is an amazing person.  I find inspiration from her all the time.  I encourage you to send her some love, check out...

Classroom Crashers:: Kindergarten Room

Crash time!  Today I get to share with you a Kindergarten Classroom.  Jen has a fun blog called Jen's Kinder Kids where she has highlighted before and after pictures of her class.  I loooove before and after images.  So be sure to check it out!  Here are 3 pictures...

5th Day of Freebies-Daily Scheduler and Gradebook

Happy Friday night!!  Here are two freebies: a daily scheduler with times and a gradebook.  It was made by popular request! It is not editable, just good 'ole handwriting. This too comes in 3 popular designs.  The gradebook is pretty simple..use it for grades or just...

4th Day of Freebies-Labels!

Pretend it's Thursday.  A day late. Ugh!  Good news is...there will be 2 posts today. 🙂  So 2 freebies in one day.  I'm going to keep the writing short and sweet.  Right to the freebies today!!!Good news Cindy H.!!! I finally have the labels for science and social...

3rd well..4th Day of Freebies-Binder Covers

Awhile back I posted some binder covers in the bright pink polka dot designs.  Well, I got SO much response...positive feedback and a request for some in different designs.  So, here they are!! This packets includes a very general common core binder cover, science and...

2nd Day of New Freebies-Teaching Journal

Do you use a teaching journal?  I know what you're thinking...time to write something down? Heck no! Well I, my friends, don't have a great memory.  So what I do is not a typical journal...it is not like a personal journal.  I don't go on and on about my day.  Nope. ...

A Week of New Freebies!

This week before all the craziness starts (August will be here!!!), I decided to offer you a bunch of new freebies.  This is really different for me.  Blogging everyday??!  While, yes, I do loooove blogging, I do not have time to write a quality post everyday.  I am a...

It’s So Bright!

Today I am over at Schoolgirl Style for a little DIY.  Here is a sneak peek.  Come on over and grab a freebie!And I'm joining in Maniac Monday for the weekly freebies on Classroom Freebies! Come get your free printables on Schoolgirl...

Classroom Crashers! :: Connecticut

Oh. my. word. Are you ready for an amazing Classroom Crasher?  I am extremely excited to share with you a classroom from Connecticut!  Mrs. C emailed me with her fabulous website, ready and willing to share.  I couldn't wait to pass it along to you.  Mrs. C has been...

Curls and a Smile! We have a guest!

A bunch of us decided to swap blogs for the day!  Yay!  So, we have a guest.  And I'm thrilled Lynda is here....(and check out my post over at Teach 123!)Hi everyone!! This is Lynda from Curls and a Smile and I am so happy to be share my ideas with all of you as I...

Math Journal Labels-Free!

Teachers label everything.  Ok, not EVERYTHING but teachers label a lot.  Over my 11 years of teaching, I have seen so many ways to label.  From taking a picture of the item, name badges (you know those cute ones from the teacher store that are suppose to be used for...

DIY Reading Tools

K.I.S.S.  also known as 'keep it simple stupid'.  You knew that---right? For me, that is the only way I will do a project.  I just don't have the time...between the kids, hubby, extended family, and everything else in our life...it has to be simple.  period.  And most...

Memorial Day Free Printable

Happy Memorial Day!  Thank you to all the men and women who have served our country and are currently serving this great nation (including my dad and grandpas).  I have a lot of pride in America and although I have been blessed to travel to other countries, I am...

Father’s Day Craftivity and Printable

Dads Rock! If you read my post last week, you know that there have been many years that I didn't have the students make a Father's Day gift.  For lots of reasons...mostly time, I just couldn't fit it all in!  Now that I have my own children, I don't ever want to miss...

Craftivity: Volunteer Appreciation Gift

Happy Monday!  I hope everyone had a great weekend!  I am super excited about this little craft I have to share with you because it is quick and easy.  I think any parent or volunteer would love being the recipient of one of these masterpieces.  I can see it sitting...

Craftivity: I loved you in an INSTANT! Mother’s Day Gift

Do you use Instagram in your classroom?  I have been using it for personal reasons and now I just created an account for this blog!  I mean...only one picture is up but there are more to come. 🙂  You can find A Modern Teacher HERE.Personally, it has been fun and...

Modern Teaching Mondays: Time for Kids

  Non-fiction is my favorite.  I know, it’s fun to get lost in a fiction book.  For me, though, I love non-fiction.  I love learning new information and trying new things.  In third grade, we do a lot of non-fiction reading.  Do you use Time for Kids? My students...

Happy (early) Valentine’s Day!

(I know..I know...a little early..)But you need some love too-right??!!!!! Here’s a Valentine’s FREEBIE just for you! Something to give to your students…A personalized bookmark that is super-easy and dirt cheap.Valentine’s Day is (besides Christmas) my favorite...

Book Study

More from Debbie Miller…For the past 2 weeks, I have been highlighting Debbie Miller’s book Teaching with Intention.  In the first post I explained the outline of this ‘book study’ and some questions to ponder as you read the first 2 chapters.  Last Monday, I wrote...

Teaching with Intention

A Debbie Miller Book Study            This is the 7th week of A Modern Teacher! Yay!  I’m super excited about where this little blog is going and from your comments I am extremely happy that I can help.            I have a lot in store for this little blog.  Thank you...

Mottos

5 Modern Teacher Mottos1.        “If you’re not having fun, you’re not doing it right” JFKSo true! Who says you can’t laugh while teaching.2.       There’s no such thing as a perfect teacher.  The perfect classroom, the perfect lesson plans….blah!  Get real.3.  Apples...

Goals

Happy new year 2012!I wish I was big with goals.  I really do!  I envision what needs to get done and then I love setting it all up…the when and how…you know, map it all out.  And it’s good…for awhile.  Then life happens.  Things that are beyond my control (did I...

Survival

Kids getting a little hyper…ants in their pants??  “It’s the most wonderful time…”  No, it really is.  Here are TOP TEN IDEAS on how to stay sane and have fun before the holiday break:Top ten ideas to survive the days before winter break1.         Guest...

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