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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Organization Ideas Blog Hop

I am so glad you are here!  Have you been hopping along and getting tons of ideas?

Some people consider me a bit OCD, but I promise I am not :) I like to find things fast. Patience is not one of my virtues. Looking for something must be quick and efficient.  This is why I never shop anywhere where I have to find clothing my size through racks and racks. Not for me.

When it comes to my classroom. I like to know where things are so I can use all my time as efficiently as possible. There. I call myself efficient and OCDish.

Well... let me me share with you how I keep some things organized in my classroom (if you could see my house, you would never believe it, embarrassing!).

I think every teacher gets some kind of file cabinet, right?  If not, hear me out, go get one.  They house millions of files and wherever you need something, there it is! You have to put it back where it belongs though. That is the hard part. I know!  I have a pile of folders (not pictured) that require my attention one of these days. 

My new curriculum uses a daily worksheet for every subject. Here's where the kids place their assignments after WE check them together.  I then proceed to check (quick glance at it for the second time) and then straight to my grade book.
My advice: Do not let those piles pile up or you will regret it. I have to enter my grades daily (due by the following Monday), so there is no chance for me to misplace them.  I used file 13 (AKA the garbage can) before, I cannot do that anymore. I miss file 13.

What to do with all those supplies you have? Store them in boxes...clearly labeled of course.  I have a nice closet where I story all my goodies. 
I though of buying some clear containers (all matchy, matchy) so I could see what is inside, but nah, boxes are free!

Craft supplies galore?  No problem. Do the same thing. Boxes and labels. Crafts coming right up!

You know those forms you use all.the.time?  Well, mine are stored in this file folder thingy. The front folder holds all of my originals and the rest hold all of my forms ready to go whenever I need them. 

I am able to plan my week pretty easily. Lesson 80 on Monday, Lesson 81 on Tuesday, and so on. I guess these are the benefits of teaching homogeneous groups and basals :)  My daily trays help me whip my planning in about 15 minutes. Tops. #dontbejealous

I also like to hide things behind closed doors (my closet). So, a shoe organizer, hanging hooks and voila super duper use of the space. 

My kiddos do not use browsing boxes this year.  I actually order chair pockets (future post). But I thought I could share some labels I made. Freebie anyone?

Please download HERE

Oh!  and continue on with First Grade Frenzy. 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Fill it Up with 100... {100th Day of School Freebie}

I am blogging at Primary Powers today.  Come and visit to pick up a quick idea for the 100th Day of School.

Hope you like it!

Monday, January 19, 2015

TPT Feedback

This past week I read this fabulous blog post from Jen. She is the creator of some super cute clip art. I hope you have met her before. She blogs HERE.  I have not met her personally but she sounds like the kind of person I like to be real friends with :)  You gotta love her honesty and humor.

I will confess that I am one of those who leaves feedback all the time, maybe a day later (or two) from my purchases but I always do.  Freebies are no different.  I have never been really good at leaving something substantial (I am working on that), but I do like to say a bit more than Thank you.  Do not get me wrong, I rather get a thank you than nothing at all, but a bit more is always better, right?

It is heart breaking to see your rating go down after a not so perfect 4.0. and all you see is Thank you. It feels like a punch in the stomach, but again, it is better than no feedback at all.  Please know that your comments mean the world to us. Let us know how we can earn that 4.0 if you are not satisfied with your purchase.

I have recently looked at all my sales, and the amount of feedback I have received.  There is a huge discrepancy between both numbers.  I am here to beg bribe  you to check your purchases and freebie downloads from my store.  In exchange, you can...

Beginning tonight 01/19/15 to Sunday 01/25/15 all of you who visit my store, and leave feedback (purchased and/or freebies) will have the opportunity to win my entire TPT store. I will write your user name on a piece of paper and on Sunday, I will ask my daughter to pick a winning name. I will then send you all my paid products via e-mail. 

Can't wait to write your name down :)  

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

My Home Sweet Home

I did promise to share some pictures with you.  Mexico City is and always be my home.
The kids and I had the chance to visit after four years.  I had been there alone during our spring break but I wanted to spend Christmas at home for a change. Tickets were not cheap at all and I can honestly tell you I had the most fabulous Christmas. Simple. Family. Food. Traditions...who needs anything else?

Let me share some things with you in case you are new to my blog:
- I was born and raised in Mexico City (yes, the polluted, extra populated city south of the border).
- I took my first plane ride 8 days after I turned 18.
- I was ignored by the American flight attendants (I do not blame them) because on the first flight I could not stop crying, and on the second flight... not sure why.  Let me put it this way... I could not put a sentence together in English, so they probably noticed that.
- I have lived in the United States for 20 years. Summer or 1994 marked a huge year for me.
- I am still an 'alien'.  I have not applied for citizenship so every time I fly I must show my green card (which by the way is not green) and my Mexican passport.
- My entire family lives in Mexico.  My mother's youngest sister and her family live in KY, where I lived when I came to 'visit'.
- No, I did not cross the river. A big airplane took me here :)
- I still struggle with being an ESL learner.  I am sure you have noticed :)
- My ESL brain does not seem to grow much and that is frustrating.
- I learned English slowly!  Prepositions and idioms still get me! Hubby laughs a lot (and corrects me too!).
- My family is not bilingual. Which makes it exhausting when my mother visits or when any of them go with me to Mexico.  I must confess I like talking about them behind their backs. I do it. I am not ashamed.  Some times they drive me crazy.
- Mexican (real Mexican) food is amazing and I miss it very much.
- I get super depressed when I return (guilt, sadness, name it). Feeling blue is part of the price I pay. I can't wait to feel better. Right now I just want to shake it off!

We were there for 11 days.  We did not ventured out much but we did make it downtown to see some things my son wanted to see (thanks to his history teacher).

Let's get the pictures show you more.
My son read about 'the eagle' that marks what the Incas saw as a sign to build their city (his words).
The second picture is La Cathedral. Beautiful. Old. Full of faithful followers.

This one is EL Palacio Nacional.  The president's office is here. His residence is else where, in a fancy location.

We walked for a bit and reached this 'tallish' building. La Torre Latino.  The second picture was taken after we went all the way up.

44 stories high. Best view of the city.

Here's El Palacio Nacional again from high up. I had to admire the traffic, which is really not that bad compared to other big avenues.

Bellas Artes is a beautiful building - think opera and classical music.  The picture on the right is a busy shopping area. We were there minutes before and it was packed.  Two days before Christmas. Do not recommend it.

Lastly, food!  I ate so much. I lost weight. Unbelievable!  Churros and shrimp cocktail...heaven. Pure heaven.

I will take my good camera next time.  It was hard to get good pictures with my hubby's camera that does not like me.  Half of the pictures we took have been erased. I guess I must go back...soon!

I also got the chance to see three of my high school friends (two ex-boyfriends and my BFF) after 20 years!  We talked so much and we have so much more to share! I must go back, alone :)

An amazing trip for sure!

Have you been to my home town?