August 12, 2016

Mouse and Earbud Storage... A Solution!



Are you a 1:1 classroom with mice (the technology variety) and earbuds everywhere? They drive me C-R-A-Z-Y! If so, these labels hold a solution to the organization dilemma.

When our district went 1:1 with Chromebooks I struggled with how to store the students' mice and earbuds. I had the students wrap the mice and place them in a bin. They ended up tangled in the bin and it was a giant mess. It was a similar story with the earbuds. Often lost or on the floor waiting to be stepped on. I searched my go-to, Pinterest with no luck. I couldn't find a storage container that could hold both the mouse and earbuds. To keep the earbuds tangle free I hot glue two clothes pins together and have my students wrap the earbuds.


Check them out here

Look at its organizational beauty!



These drawers are an investment, but they will last for years! Coworkers use tupperware containers, but those need to be replaced each year, which adds up.

These labels fit the Akro Mils 24 drawer. The labels are 4 inches X 2 inches. They are editable so you can change the color and the font. Make the labels match your classroom colors!


                              


Happy organizing and cheers to one less thing to drive you crazy!

November 28, 2015

Monday Must Haves

Have you heard? The TPT Cyber Monday (and Tuesday) sale is almost here! I've readied my store, now it is time for the fun part...shopping!



Use the promo code: smile to get up to 28% off!


Here are my top four wish list items:


#1 Mission Bundle
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#2 Gold Rush Web Quest

#3 Rocks and Minerals Depth and Complexity

#4 Paragraph of the Week

What are your Monday must haves?



August 31, 2015

Made it Monday

On one of my Periscope adventures I watched Lindsay Paull from Miss Johnston's Journey talk about her blank space in her room and how she turned that space into a vinyl chalkboard bulletin board. Super cute idea...just wouldn't work in my classroom. I'm in a portable with AC (PTL) and the walls only hold staples. After browsing pins and seeing this pin from Lessons with Laughter I had some 'pinsperation' and I knew I could make this for my door!


Here is my version for the first few weeks of school. Let me tell you, it's not as easy as it looks. The vinyl is awkward to hang and it gets air bubbles for days. My coworker commented on how nice she thought it looked and I told her it is a Monet. 

Tai: What's a monet? 
Cher: It's like a painting, see? From far away, it's OK, but up close, it's a big old mess. 



Clueless anyone?!




Each roll of vinyl cost about $5 (with a Hobby Lobby 40% off). All in all the door only cost me about $10 (hubby-to-be used his coupon too!) 




I hope you like it!

Check out 4th Grade Frolics for more Made it Monday ideas.

August 10, 2015

Blog Relaunch!

Not only has my blog been revamped, but so has Caitlin's at Teach Inspire Change. She is hosting a HUGE giveaway in celebration of that. There are many raffles you can enter. Take a look! All of the raffles are divided into categories. Enter one or enter them all! There is truly something for everyone.




My product is in the upper elementary bundle! I am giving away my newest product, my September Wacky Writing packet. September 5th (also my birthday!) is Cheese Pizza Day... Who knew? Get your students writing with these non fiction prompts.
Good luck!

August 8, 2015

A blog post for... Me!

Every year at back to school time I wander through the aisles and ask myself the same question "Is that a good price?" I never can remember what I paid for single subject notebooks and the paper report folders the previous year. I usually buy three spirals and a paper folder for each student. I'm a mean teacher... No you can't bring your own folder! Then they wont all match! I feel like this ecard. Must be the type A teacher in me.

Anyone with me? 

So today while at Walmart I decided I needed to write this info down. Where better than the blog?! I know it wont get lost (like paper) or deleted (like a note on my phone).

Here is my breakdown of what I thought were the best deals for Southern California:

Staples: 
Single subject notebooks - 25 cents
Paper folders - 15 cents
Labels - $13 but 30% coupon in the aisle

Walmart: 
Single subject notebooks - 17 cents
No paper folders :(    (they had them last year) 
The good mechanical teacher pencils (you know what I'm talking about) - $1.97
Single Elmers glue stick - 97 cents
Scissors - $1.47
12 pack of neon student pencils - 97 cents

I still had to go to two stores, but now (hopefully) I'll remember that I wrote this HERE! 

In August in burns even more! Am I right?!

August 6, 2015

Random Act of Kindness

A random act of kindness that happened to be was similar to Miss Monica's over at iheartgrade3. I was in the Starbucks drive through towards the end of the school year. That particular day I had a half day planning day with my team. It was my turn to buy the coffee, so I had three coffee orders and two breakfast orders. I think my total was an arm and a leg about $20. I approached the drive thru with my gold Starbucks card (and was prepared to add more $ to it) when the barista told me that the person in front of me had paid for my order. I was flabbergasted. I had heard of it happening before, but I had never had it personally done for me. Whether that person paid for mine because it was a chain of events set forth before them or they started it, it was such a thoughtful gesture. I continued the chain of events and paid for the person behind me. Hopefully they did as well. This goes to show you that just buying someone a cup of joe could make their day. How will you be kind today?


July 18, 2015

Five for Friday...errr Saturday {July 17th}




I am linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching to bring you my Five for Friday...now past midnight, so Five for Saturday! I have now learned the importance of drafting this post in the beginning of the week. 

On Thursday my fiance and I booked our wedding venue. Save the date {July 2, 2016} The venue we I wanted (lets be real, he doesn't really care about too much about the details) is highly sought after due to the price and do it yourself mentality. You out source EVERYTHING, which is awesome because it is so personalized and kind of a nightmare because you have to hire everyone. Overall, it will work for our theme (country chic) and our budget. 







 I joined the bandwagon. Ashley Schroeder posted on her instagram about how she organizes her clip art and fonts. I was curious about how you big names do this. Of course to learn how she does it you have to join Periscope...so I caved. You can find me @theyoungandeducated. Butttt. I'm not doing anything except cyber stalking and giving hearts (if you've watched a scope - I think thats what they call it- you know what I mean, jellybean). You can watch Ashley... She's doin' something. Also, turn off the chat, it's annoying.


(now I am - kind of)

I participated in my first flash Friday freebie...It was a flop. Haha. Too early in the game, not enough followers, I don't know. I was reading an instagram post (#addicted) and Techie Teacher Turtle said that in a scope she watched they talked about the importance of supporting each other. Therefore the hashtag #littlefishteacherblogger was born. I'm just a small fish blogger. However, not giving up on this social media aspect of this. 


Check it out in my store

I ordered my Erin Condren planner this week. I am super excited for 3 reasons
1) It is so pretty (I love teal)
2) They have cool date stickers to put inside
3) This is my last year as Ms. Wilson... Next year Mrs. Cahill!


On Sunday the soon to be Mr. and I leave for Cancun for a week. Almost all of July we have been on the go. I can't complain because we have been having such a great time. I just wish my washer hadn't quit on me right as I need to pack! It's like it knew! Grrr. Thankfully my dad is Mr. Fix it and is 90% finished with it.