Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Teachers are Hungry!

If you're anything like me you come home from a hard day teaching hungry but way too exhausted to cook a great, hot, decent meal. I always want some comfort food but I end up on the couch with my husband sometimes with a bowl of cereal. Sometimes with something we just heated up. Or...uggghhhh....we waste way too much money eating out. (I feel so guilty when I do that!)

I'm always trying to find something easy but not have the same old, same old all the time. I recently decided to get an Instant Pot and I am glad I did. That has helped tremendously! I love it so much that I decided that I would share my experiences with it on my blog for other teachers.

I love how simple it is. I went looking for recipes and there are TONS! Everything can be made in this thing! Today I would like to share with you a very, very simple chicken recipe my husband chose. He liked this one because it only has three ingredients.

When we made it we added some Lipton Onion Soup Mix potatoes on the side (see photo). The next day we had leftovers and had other things with it that we had in the cabinet.


It was easy and tasted great! Here is the recipe:

4 Chicken Breasts (boneless)
1/2 cup Dijon Mustard
1/2 cup Honey

Add the chicken, mustard, and honey to your Instant Pot. If it's way too thick add 1/2 cup of water. Cook for 10 minutes on high pressure (20 minutes if your chicken is frozen and not thawed). When the timer is up, press "Cancel" and use the Quick Release Valve.

Remove the chicken from the pot. You can discard the liquid or you can use it as a sauce. (To make a sauce, select the saute function on your Instant Pot and add about 3 tablespoons of cornstarch. Whisk constantly until thickened.)

When I stored the leftovers I actually used the leftover liquid to keep the chicken in until the next day. This kept it moist.

Today my husband and I are trying a chili recipe. I'll let you know how it goes!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Getting Connected With Your Students

If you are anything like me, you want to get connected with your students right away. And you want your students to feel at home and appreciated in your classroom. Having an activity in place for your kids that sets up the school year with these connections can create a positive teacher-student relationship!

During my 18 years as an elementary teacher, I have worked in an inner-city school as well as a high-poverty school. And if anyone needs these activities these children do! A great idea is to have your students bring in framed photos of  their family or even their baby pictures. One year, I had a bookshelf designated just for these pictures and the children loved being able to see and share throughout the day. But why not take it a step further? So I did. I brought technology and writing into the mix and the children jumped on the activity without missing a beat!

Each child was paired up with a partner. Partners photographed each other holding their photos. (I used our ipads for this.) After printing, we use our photos to write poems. These poems can be written in the style that you are learning at that time. (Examples can be haiku, acrostic, or cinquain.) After writing and revising we move on to the final draft which the children compose on Microsoft Word. This is an excellent opportunity to teach your students this program! They will love the different fonts and color choices! After printing I display their work on a bulletin board. I guarantee you that your students will want to do this activity again. And what's great about photographs is that you can incorporate them in other activities throughout the year!

Monday, September 19, 2016

My School's Bulletin Boards

I thought it would be nice this year to share, not just my beginning of year bulletin board, but my coworker's bulletin boards too! We have a very creative group of faculty and staff who care deeply for our kids and wanted them to feel welcomed! My favorite is the first one. We had it ready for 'Meet the Teacher Night' and each child colored a paper Smartie and received the candy also. I hope you can find some great ideas for your own bulletin boards.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

The Best Pencil Sharpener Ever is Awarded to...

I know you have been anxious all week to find out who has won the Best Pencil Sharpener Ever!!!
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Congratulations! Markisha! You have your choice of the colors pink, green, red, blue, and black!
In addition, I am giving a free product away today! 
Thank you to everyone who entered!

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Win the Best Pencil Sharpener Ever!!!

Have you ever heard of the Best Pencil Sharpener from Classroom Friendly Supplies? If not, you are in for a treat!

When I started teaching 17 years ago I tried different pencil sharpeners in my classroom. There was the old fashioned metal ones the schools provided that were attached to the wall.  I tried countless electric ones. And I even tried giving the kids the little handheld ones. None of these were very effective and were more frustrating than nothing else. I was always asking other teachers what they were using but they were in the same boat as I was. As the years passed and social media made it easier to share with other teachers I was able to ask around for better ideas. That's how I found out about this wonderful pencil sharpener! I saw another teacher posting about it and swearing its effectiveness. She had even posted a video. I was so excited! I ordered one and couldn't wait for it to arrive. When it did I tried every kind of pencil I could. The worst to the best. And you know what? It sharpened them all! Hooray!

A lucky winner will win one of these great pencil sharpeners! And what's great is the winner will get to choose the color! That's right! The winner chooses the color to match her/his classroom decor. I love that!

Here are the colors available for the contest:
pink, green, red, blue, and black

So who is ready to enter? 
Each one is worth 1 entry except one is worth 5!!! So the more you do the more chances you have to win! Winner will be announced September 18th! Good luck! 

Please Note: The winner must have an United States mailing address. Thank you for your cooperation with this rule.

Please make sure you follow the directions on each entry. 

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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Win a TpT Gift Card!

It's 'Back to School' time which means we are all working hard to get our classrooms ready for our little ones! Last year I had a combination class but this year I am excited to say that I am back to teaching just solely 2nd graders. Hooray! So let's have a celebration and a contest!

If you would like to enter for the giveaway visit my store and post below a product you would love to have. Don't forget to include your email! Good Luck!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Appreciation Posters

It's the end of the year and it's also time to appreciate everyone that has helped in our classrooms and schools this year! I have a few different things I like to do for those people that have helped my kiddos throughout the year. This year our school wanted to show our appreciation to two wonderful ladies who volunteer at our school pretty much all day every day! Below you'll see photos of what my class made and your class can make them too! They are so easy and fun! Just have the kids cut out circles, write their names at the bottom with a permanent marker and then draw their faces. Talk about cute!

Sunday, April 10, 2016

It's Butterfly Time!!!

Do you teach life cycles in your classroom? Each year my class and I study the life cycle of  a butterfly. My teammate across the hall studies the frog. We love to peek in at those tadpoles and they love to peek in at our caterpillars! This year I ordered 10 caterpillars and they are currently eating and eating and eating! Just like in the beloved story, 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar', they are becoming very FAT caterpillars! We check on our caterpillars everyday and record our observations.

We will learn all four stages of the life cycle. As a teacher I am tight on time, as I'm sure you are too! So I try to integrate different subject areas together. I love to mix writing in with science and do so by using this little flip book below. Just have your students fold and cut on the lines shown. Write about each stage under the flaps. Your fast fiinishers can color the front pictures when they are done. To grab this freebie CLICK HERE.

To see my other Butterfly Life Cycle Resources click the pictures below.