June 2013 - Ideas By Jivey: For the Classroom

Happy Sunday!! I am so excited to link up with Collaboration Cuties for BACK TO SCHOOL Mentor Texts, as well as Kristin at iTeach 1:1 for Tune into Technology (which I'm late for...)!
Like Stacia, I can't narrow my favorites to just one. It's almost impossible really. :-P

The first book I want to share with you is Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco. If you've never read this book, take it from me, read it to yourself FIRST before reading it aloud to the class. A few years ago, someone told me it was a must-read book, so I borrowed it from a teammate and read it to my class. I almost could not finish the book I was crying so hard. My kiddos of course were very sweet and loving and some of them even shed a tear or two. But perhaps if I had read it first, I wouldn't have been such a blubbering mess! :-P It definitely made an impression on my kids... the next year, they had our reading specialist read the book to them as part of her mini-lesson, and she had some of my previous year's kiddos. They piped up when she started and said, "oh! This is the book that makes Ms. Ivey cry!!" Ha!!

Anyway, if you haven't read the book, it is a story from the author's childhood. Patricia Polacco has dyslexia and had a very hard time learning to read. In this story, Trisha is excited to learn to read thanks to her grandmother, but when she struggles and the kids call her a dummy, she starts to believe it herself. Her fifth grade teacher, Mr. Falker, changes all of that. He sees her gifts and helps her believe in herself.
And if you don't think you can make it through the story without blubbering like I did, you can have your students watch the story read to them on Storyline Online! Have you heard of this site before? It is awesome! Actors read some of our favorite picture books aloud!

There are several of my favorites on this site, including one that Stacia featured- Enemy Pie, and also my next favorite book to read during the first week of school: Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox.

This story is the sweetest! A little boy, Wilfrid, lives near a retirement home and likes to go visit. He keeps hearing people say Ms. Nancy has lost her memory. He doesn't understand what that means so he starts asking. People describe memory as a metaphor, so he brings things he thinks are memories based on their descriptions, like a puppet for something that makes you laugh... which reminds her of the one she owned that she used to entertain her sister... all of the things he brings actually does bring back her memory. :)
This is the first book I read to start Writer's Workshop! We use it get seed ideas, and to introduce ourselves to each other. Here are some freebies for you to use with your own kiddos. :) Click here or either of the images below to download them. Once again, Google has discolored the clip art, but I promise it doesn't look like that when you download!
Speaking of Writer's Workshop...
July will have a new Workshop Wednesday topic! 
(Thank you to Amanda for helping me in my brainstorm.) ;-)
July's Workshop Wednesday topic is:
TOOLS for preparation of our workshops!
This might be resource books you are reading this summer. It might be the way you set up your rotations. It might be the way you set up notebooks. Possibilities are endless really, but we want to focus on that "before the start" step of Workshop models rather than "the start" with students.

Just like June's Workshop Wednesday, you can link up any time in July! You can link up every week if you want... I will be posting every Wednesday, but you don't have to! Workshop Wednesday will return to its weekly routine in August!

Don't forget to enter my bloglovin' giveaway! Today is the last day!!! I will be picking 3 WINNERS- there will be one GRAND PRIZE winner who receives JIVEY'S BIG BOX OF FREE STUFF plus their choice of ANY UNIT FROM MY TPT STORE! What's in the box?? You'll have to wait and see! But I can promise you, it's some of my favorite things! The other two winners will also get to choose ANY UNIT FROM MY TPT STORE

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The Collaboration Cuties and I were getting a little jealous at all the cool meet-ups happening. I know Atlanta is no Vegas, but what do you say we have a little meet-up here? :)

We like any reason to put on a cute dress and eat some delicious food, so we have reserved some room at the Swan Coach House on July 20 at 11 AM to do just that!

Will you join us? Please RSVP by clicking on the button. 

If you aren't sure right this minute and want to RSVP later, there is a direct link at the top of my sidebar. 

Whether you live in Georgia or in one of the nearby states, we hope to see you there! Summer is the perfect time for a road trip right?? :)

Thanks so much to all of you that pinned my new font set! Here are the winners! :)

And now for EARLY July Currently!!
I absolutely love doing NOTHING on a Saturday morning! (Except blogging, obviously. Ha!!) The puppies are usually pretty happy about it, too! But I am going to get moving and head to Hobby Lobby. Who knows what I might get there?? 

I can't BELIEVE it's almost July. We go back (before the kids) on July 31, and I am not at ALL counting down to THAT. I love my job, but I love my summer.

I also want to work on NEW TPT products, but I look at some of my old ones, and they don't live up to my current cuteness standard. I will be revamping. Don't forget to check your purchases for that notification!! I wish they notified us via email or TPT inbox!! 

Speaking of email, please make sure you have followed the steps under my techy tips to remove your no-reply blogger. I love talking to you when you leave me a comment, and it always makes me sad when I can't!!

Now go link up with Farley!

Good morning!! Can't sleep... So I'm blogging. Totally normal right??
Oh no!!! Another Friday?? I'm running out of Summer Fridays!! :(

Well anyway, I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching to tell you about my week! I've been a busy little bee!
I started re-reading Notebook Know-How by Aimee Buckner this week.
I've read it before, but I really want to focus on writing this year more, and I thought that would be a good place to start "preparing" my brain. It's totally working too. I love the ideas she offers right out of the gate to prepare students to write in Writer's Workshop. She gives examples of mini-lessons and mentor texts she uses to start the year. Later this week, I'm going to do a quick run-down of the ideas I'm loving from her that I will be implementing. Maybe it will help you, too! What books are you reading this summer to prepare for next school year?
Have you checked out what is, I'm pretty sure, THE biggest organized giveaway ever?!?!? Just by following all of us on Bloglovin, you have the opportunity to enter (and win!) 150+ blogs' giveaways!! Believe me, I've entered (fingers crossed!), and I've found some new blogs to follow too!! (As though I don't have enough. LOL!)
 I made my Third Mentor Sentence Unit this week!

I've posted a bit this week about it (sorry- just soooo excited!), so I won't go on about it, but I WILL remind you that all my Mentor Sentences Units are on sale in my TPT store, but today is the last day of the sale!! Also, I've had a couple people ask so I thought I'd say it here, too - once you get started with the first unit and get the routine down, you do not have to do all the sentences in order. :)
I got my planner!!!! Nooo... it's not an Erin Condren. But I'm still SUPER happy with it!! I bought it from A Modern Teacher back during the TPT Teacher Appreciation Sale because I LOVED the chevron!! I took it to Office Max so I could get it bound and have a clear plastic protective cover put on it.

I also loved that I could personalize it. I added each week's dates to it before I printed it. I also moved the pages around to fit what I wanted- like I wanted the calendars mixed in with my planning pages, not in their own separate spot.

Look how cute the calendar and at-a-glance pages are!!! (sorry for the crappy iPhone pictures)

Something else I worked on this week was creating some more fonts! I've been making them in *ALL* my free time over the last few months (because we have so much!), and I've finally packaged them up so that you can buy them to use personally or commercially! I will add fonts to the set when I create new ones, so if you buy the set, you will always get the new ones (as long as you remember to go check in your purchases for the revised download)!

But, you know me!! I have to give them away to some of my awesome followers!!

Pin it to Win it!! 

Please visit the product at my TPT store, and press "Pin It" on the product page.
Once you've pinned Jivey Fonts Set (from TPT, not from this post), copy the link to your pin and paste it in a comment below. Don't forget to leave your email address if you are a no-reply blogger!! (And if you are a no-reply blogger, and you want to fix that problem, visit my Techy Tips at the top of my blog!) I will choose winners this weekend! :)

You can get two of the fonts that are in the set for free! Just click on either (or both) of the font posters below and it will take you to the download! I appreciate feedback if you download, please! :)

I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!! :)

I found out about two sites that I SO wish I'd known about when I went back to school for my Specialist degree last year! I thought I'd share them with you in case you were heading back to college... or maybe you've got kids going to college! The first is Campus Book Rentals.

Renting textbooks instead of buying them? Genius! Right now, you can rent any book for $29 in their summer sale! Like I said, I so wish I'd known about this a year ago. Textbooks might be one of the most outrageously priced things out there! Maybe we need to write some textbooks! :-P

But, for those of you that didn't rent, and didn't sell your books back- here's a deal for you! YOU can rent your books out to other students and make at least two times as much as you would just outright selling them back to the bookstore! It's called Rent Back!

I'll definitely be doing this with some of my books that I still have from my classes. The best part is, you don't have to deal with shipping the books, you just get paid every time they get rented!

Hope this helps you out! Now, go clean out your bookshelves! :)

Hi fabulous followers!!

You have probably heard by now that Google Reader is going away on July 1st.  Well, Google Reader may be going away, but I don't want YOU to go away, so I hope that you will consider following my blog through Bloglovin'!  I know that change is hard...so I thought I might sweeten it up for you a little bit!

I am doing a giveaway for all of my fabulous followers that take the leap and switch over to Bloglovin'.  You may have already switched over!  In that case, this will be an easy entry!

If you have not yet switched or are not following my blog through Bloglovin', then there are a few easy steps to follow.  You can go to my sidebar (that's the column on the right over there that shows my followers) and you can click the button that says, "Follow this blog with bloglovin'."  Or, you can go into the Rafflecopter below and click the link in the first entry, and that will take you to my blog on Bloglovin'.

You will need to set up an account with Bloglovin' so that you can follow me.  Please be sure to leave your Bloglovin' username in the Rafflecopter entry. Since I can't see the list of all of my followers (yet), I am asking that you "like" this post on Bloglovin' after you become a follower. I can see who has liked the post, so that will be a way for me to verify the winners!

If you want to go ahead and move all of the blogs you follow from Google over, you can go to this link and it will take you through the super easy steps.  BUT, please go to my Bloglovin' link and make sure that you are following me through Bloglovin' since there have been some glitches with the imports.  To be sure, make sure that the blue button at the top of my Bloglovin' page has been clicked (it should be gray with the word following- if it's blue, please click it to follow!)

So, if you follow me with Bloglovin', please enter my giveaway!!  I will be picking 3 WINNERS- there will be one GRAND PRIZE winner who receives JIVEY'S BIG BOX OF FREE STUFF plus their choice of ANY UNIT FROM MY TPT STORE! What's in the box?? You'll have to wait and see! But I can promise you, it's some of my favorite things! The other two winners will also get to choose ANY UNIT FROM MY TPT STORE

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Happy Tuesday! I had a few people ask me about how I created my Editable Sub Binder. It was actually the first time I had TRIED to create something like this, so I thought, perfect time to share! Tried It Tuesday! :)
I'm also linking up to Erica's Getting Started on TPT Linky!
**This tutorial is also now listed under my Techy Tips, with some other great tips too! Make sure to go check them out!**

First, create your product that you want to make editable. I use Powerpoint (and I LOVE it!!) to create my products. This tutorial will only really help you if you already know your way around Powerpoint... sorry!!
Once you have your product made, you'll want to save it as a ppt for later in case you need to edit, but you also need to SAVE AS JPEG.
It will ask you if you want to save only that slide, or all slides. You want to save ALL SLIDES. This will put every slide, as a JPEG, into a folder for you.

Once you've done that, open a new blank Powerpoint document. Change your slide settings under Design to match what you just created (mine was standard, portrait) then click Format Background (also under Design). Under "FILL" you'll want to click the button next to Picture or Texture Fill, then choose File to insert your pictures from the files you just made by saving your powerpoint as a JPEG.
Select the first page (probably called Slide 1) and press open. It will insert the picture as your background- it will fill the page. Nothing can be edited on the page you created because it's a JPEG, and your user won't accidentally click on it and move it because it is now set as the background. Repeat this until all of your pictures have been added into the backgrounds of new slides.

To make it editable, you will want to add text boxes.
I typed into the text box what I thought they should do there, as well as set the size of the font to match the rest of the document.

I also needed to add tables to some of the pages, which are editable as well with text.
Once you have added text boxes, tables, etc to all the pages, you will want to SAVE AS Powerpoint- NOT PDF! This keeps it editable!
Then, because some people might want the PDF file to hand-write on instead of the PPT to type into, delete all the prompt-text you typed (keep your tables though!!) and nooooooow you can SAVE AS PDF.
I hope you found this helpful! I promise it's not as daunting as it seems... it just takes a bit of time. :) This would also be a great option for people who want to share or sell their Powerpoint Slide Shows they have created, but don't want people taking "certain liberties" and changing things... ;-)

Make sure to go link up what you've tried with Holly, and see what everyone else is up to, too!

Also, reminder, Workshop Wednesday this week is *GASP* cancelled (Shhhh, it's ok. Keep reading!) because of a surprise... stay tuned! Make sure to come back tomorrow and see! :o) Of course, you can always link up to any week's post from this month if you'd like to share some Pinterest finds!
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