Friday, June 14, 2013

Five for Friday Flashback- New Digital Background Papers! You can win them!


We are here for our first summer link up to Kacey for:


And, holy cow, I just realized it's already June 14th.  Wow.  Ok.  I'm not gonna panic that my summer is flying!!

I haven't linked up before now because I couldn't really find 5 things to really talk about but I'm going to try to today.

I wanted to say thank you to all of my sweet blogging friends that checked on me this week to make sure that I was surviving the teacher training that I was giving.  It really means a lot to know that I have friends who I've never met in person but are so encouraging and supportive.  I was a nervous wreck on Monday but was able to read some sweet comments and emails and it really helped me get my head together.  I'm so thankful that we started this blogging journey!!

The "staff development" I was "leading" was called math institute.  Basically, 5 teachers watched me teach 24 students (who I had never met before Monday) math for 3 hours each day.  I was modeling for the teachers what their math instruction should look like (lots of math talk, getting the kids to give evidence or proof for why something is true, lots of uncomfortable wait time while the kids thought, how to teach calendar, and how to do guided math and centers).  We used lots of manipulatives and tried to take the students through CRA (concrete, representational, and abstract thinking in regards to math).

It can be nerve-wracking to have teachers watch you, but I had 5 great teachers who were very open-minded.  I didn't have any Negative Nellys or Debbie Downers, so I was very blessed in that aspect.  We had a lot of good discussion during our debriefing (where they talked about what they saw and how they might apply it).

I had a lot of A-HA moments while doing this.  Obviously, we don't have 3 hours to teach math, so teachers focus on skills and algorithms but the Common Core is going away from that.  This was meant to show what math instruction should look like and to encourage teachers to try it.  I think it went well, but I can't get in the teachers' heads, so I'm not totally sure.

Now that this is behind me, I feel like my summer can start!

I've been doing some online shopping.  Have you heard of Very Jane?  It's probably the worst best thing I did to have those deals sent to my inbox each day.  I've gotten some really cute stuff from there!

I got this skirt in mint.  I can't wait for it to come in the mail!  And I just found out about another website like this called Sassy Steals.  I think I'm in over my head.

I started reading

Product Details

I posted about the first two chapters HERE if you'd like to see what I think so far.  But, I definitely recommend this book!  If you haven't read it, you still have time to order it and read it with us!
So, once I got home from doing all of this staff development, I wanted to just do something fun!  So I did!  I made some digital papers!  I went totally overboard, but oh well.  It ended up being 62 papers because I just couldn't stop!

These are the colors.  I have pages and pages to show previews, but I didn't want you to have to scroll through all of that!  So, if you want to see all of them, you can go to our TPT store and download the preview.

I'm slightly obsessed with mint and chevron right now (obviously!).  So, I'm going to give you the mint chevron paper for free!  All you have to do is click on it to make it big in it's own window, then right click on the paper and click Save Image As and it should save as a jpeg.  :O)

Freebie Fridays

But, if you'd like the whole pack, you can go to our TPT store and grab it up!


You can pin it to win it!!!!!!

Here are the rules:

1.  Pin one of the pictures of the PAPERS.
2.  Leave a comment with the Pinterest ID in the comment (all you have to do is copy the URL after you pin it to your board and then paste it into the comment section)
3.  Be sure to leave your email address so we can send it to you when you win!

I'll pick 2 winners and announce them on Monday!

Thanks for entering!
:O) Amanda


  1. Glad your class went well...the audience definitely affects how it goes. Glad they were good.

    OH MY GOODNESS, you are talented! You could definitely teach a class about making digital papers! I love the shades you chose, too.

    Pinned it here:

    Fingers now crossed...hurry up, Monday!

    tokyoshoes at hotmail dot com

  2. I'm glad your class went well!!

    You must have read my mind because I was looking for digital polka dot papers! I love that entire pack. :)

  3. Thanks so much for the freebie paper! I'm reading TLAP for the book study as well and am thorougly enjoying it.


  4. Hi girls,
    Love your papers and how brave you are and talented you must be to teach that inservice. Good for you!!! I love your new papers and I totally get the whole Very Jane addiction. I am a bit obsessed and if weren't for tpt my hubby would be really mad at the things that arrive in the mail. LOL
    Luv you girls,

    Traditions, Laughter and Happily Ever After

  5. Thanks for the paper freebie! I'm in love the with polka dots so all the paper is great!
    Polka Dot Lesson Plans

  6. Glad your PD went well! I love incorporating those kinds of things into my math instruction, but sometimes it's really hard to pack it all into a short time. I would love to hear what a typical 'day' looks like in your room for math! :)

    Luckeyfrog's Lilypad

  7. Love your new papers! Congrats on your successful PD!

    Lucky to Be in First

  8. Ohhh no...Very Jane...very bad! I already see several things I need! I'm not even going to click on the Sassy Steals link!
    The professional development sounds like a huge success! Congrats!
    Fabulous Fifth Grade Fun

  9. Love the papers!

    Fifth in the Middle

  10. Sounds like your week was quite productive! Glad the PD went well!!
    I seriously want those papers! :) Thanks for the freebie too!
    Learning to the Core

  11. I visited Very Jane. My husband doesn't thank you...(lol) will put a small hole in his pocket! I pinned your digital papers.



  12. I'm glad that your PD went well and that it is over!! I hate giving PD's very nerve wracking. I have been eyeing the Very Jane deals as well, but thus far I have avoided buying anything.

    Here is my pin:
    Thanks for the chance to win!

    Literacy Spark

  13. LOVE the paper, especially the mint cheveron!
    Tamra and Sarah
    First Grade Buddies

  14. I never have understood why we can stand in front of 22+ kids everyday and sing, dance, and generally act silly, but in front of 2 or more adults, and we get butterflies in our stomach.



    I love the mixed dot papers!!!

    Crystal Shepherd
    Lamppost in a STEM classroom

  16. Okay. First thing's first.
    Leading a teacher inservice/training - hard enough, but I've done it enough to be pretty good at it. I still get so nervous though.
    Teaching 24 new kids - hard enough, but after 10 years of teaching, I can do that too. Still get nervous the first time.
    *Teaching 24 new kids WHILE other teachers watch you AND you are training them.. WOW! You are THE WOMAN!
    This actually sounds like the BEST kind of training though, and certainly the kind I would love to sit through. Those teachers must be SO lucky to get to watch you. And what a compliment that is on YOU! So glad you survived :)
    Loooooving the digital papers!
    Here's my pin:
    Congrats on making it through the training!

  17. Cheers for a successful pd, that must have been a lot of pressure! You sure seemed to let off steam on those papers! Good luck shopping or not shopping! :)


  18. Glad that your PD went well. It can be nerve wracking to teach in front of other teachers. I get those emails from Very Jane too. So many cute things calling out to be bought! :)
    Conversations in Literacy

  19. I am so glad your training went well. I would be a nervous wreck too! It is so much harder speaking in front of adults. Why did I click on those deals links?! I have a feeling I am about to make a lot of purchases.... :)

    Eclectic Educating

  20. Girl, you are rocking them papers!! And WHY did you share those links?! I will not click... I will not click... :-P
    ideas by jivey
    Follow Me On Facebook! :)

    1. Oh and :)

  21. I love Very Jane! I just bought a necklace the other day! I do love those skirts!!

  22. Hi Friend! Glad to see you can now enjoy your summer. We've been MIA lately trying to finish up the school year. Lots of changes going on in our school! LOVE your polka dots! :)
    Theresa & Robyn
    Pinkadots Elementary

  23. So glad your workshops went well! Were the students fourth graders? I'm nervous to go look at Very Jane-I don't need any more addictions! Love your new paper!!!!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  24. Wow!! Reading about your math workshops makes me so nervous for you! But at the same time, I wish I could have been there to learn:) I know you would be amazing to see in action. I bet it was a great stress relief creating all those beautiful papers! They are amazing:)
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  25. So glad your PD went well! I would have LOVED to be one of those 5 teachers. I really thing that is the best way I learn.

    Here's my pin :)I LOVE the new papers!

  26. Loving the mint and chevron combo!

  27. I'm glad to know I'm not the only one looking at the date, June 14th, and thinking.....I WILL NOT PANIC!! There is still plenty of summer left!! Lol

    Here is the link to my pin


  28. You do some great work when you are doing some stress relieving :)

    Elizabeth epolston at rowland dot k12 dot ca dot us

  29. Love your blog!

    Here's my pin:

    Here's my email:


  30. Hey girlies! I absolutely love ALL your papers and own most of them....these are fantastic!

    Stephanie Ann
    Sparkling in Kindergarten

  31. Here's my pinterest URL link: I love the papers! All of the colors are great! Thanks!

  32. My newest obsessions this summer are fonts and blogging...papers may just be joining that list :) I too am saddened to see the calendar days rolling by so quickly. How come the calendar doesn't move this fast from August through May???

    Shenanigans in 6th Grade Math

  33. I'm catching up on my blog reading after having family in town...I'm really glad to hear your week went well! It is always so nerve racking to teach in front of other teachers. I'm glad you can enjoy your summer now!

    Hunter's Tales from Teaching


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