Teaching in High Heels

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Drum Roll Please....

Alysia please email me so that I can put you in contact with Shelley and you can receive your AWESOME goodies!

Thank you all for participating in this giveaway...for those of you who did not win...don't forget Shelley is having a sale on her Mental Math Strategy Collection. You can visit her TpT store by clicking here.
Don't forget to also visit Shelley's fabulous blog Teaching in the Early Years...you'll find sooo many resources and freebies...you'll be glad you stopped by.

Thank you Shelley for sponsoring this giveaway...it was SO. MUCH. FUN!!
Oh...and maybe you can send us Texans some of your cold Canadian weather...it was 86 degrees here in my neck of the woods...and it's almost November! Uggghh! Oh well...maybe it'll get cold sometime soon...hopefully before Christmas.

Have a happy Sunday everyone!!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Happy Saturday!

Hey ya'll Happy Saturday! 
I hope everyone is having a FABULOUS weekend!
Yesterday marked the end of the 1st 9 weeks of school and thus the end of the 1st quarter...it went by in a flash I tell 'ya! I know that the 2nd quarter will go by even faster with all the activities going on in 1st grade..pheeeew! I'm out of breath just thinking about it! 

So this weekend will be a busy one...catching up on grades and report cards, and getting lesson plans ready for the next two weeks. But I can't do all that work without having a little fun with my family first! ;)

Don't forget to enter Shelley's great giveaway it ends tonight...you may do so by clicking here.
The winner will be announced tomorrow morning. 
Good luck!

P.S. My 'lil ole blog was nominated as a Top 25 Teacher Mom Blog...I'd really appreciate it if you voted for me...pretty please, with a cherry on top? Thank you!

Click here to vote. 

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Giveaway! (and a Freebie!)

Hey ya'll don't you love the weather now..crisp and clean in the early morning...and in the low 80s by the afternoon? It's finally cooled down a bit here in southern Texas...and boy, oh boy...did we need cooler temps! Soooo glad I can finally wear my long sleeve blouses in the morning now! It was actually 48 degrees this morning and it felt A.MA.ZING! Can't wait for more days like these...I'm definitely keeping my fingers crossed!

So...in celebration of cooler temps here in toasty Texas...my sweet Canadian friend Shelley Gray has offered to do a giveaway on my little 'ole blog...don't 'ya love that?! I certainly do! 

Shelley Gray authors the blog Teaching in the Early Years and oh. my. word...it is FABULOUS! If you haven't been there you need to get over there ASAP! She offers so many resources, teaching tips and even has some great videos to explain her mental math strategies and how she organizes her learning centers. Like I said, FAB.U.LOUS!
Shelley has been so generous in offering to giveaway all six addition units from her Mental Math Strategy Collection. The set includes the following units: "Counting On", "Doubles", Doubles Plus One", "Making Ten", "Making Multiples of Ten", and "Front End Addition". 
Doesn't that sound AWESOME?!?

Shelley is an awesome teacher and mommy...and her TpT resources are fantastic! 
Each unit in her Mental Math Strategy Collection consists of everything that is needed to teach the strategy in full, including independent seatwork or partner activities, centers, and whole-class kinesthetic learning activities. All of this wrapped up in 6 addition units...couldn't have asked for more! 

And as if that's not enough...Shelley has made a sampler pack of these units just for you! Anyone who enters this giveaway is a winner!! Woohoo! Thank you, Shelley!

Okay...so I know you want to enter this amazing giveaway...here's how to do it...

1. Follow Shelley's blog Teaching in the Early Years
2. Follow Shelley's TpT Store
3. "Like" Shelley's FB page

Leave a seperate comment for each entry...for 3 chances to win. 

(As always you must be a Teaching in High Heels follower to win)

This giveaway will end on Saturday, October 22, at midnight. 
The winner will be announced on Sunday, October 23. 
Good luck everyone!


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Saturday, October 15, 2011

The End of Molasses Classes

I'm sure everyone has heard of Ron Clark..he's the author of 


in 2001 he received Disney's Teacher of the Year Award, he was also Oprah Winfrey's pick as her "Phenomenal Man". Ron Clark is a remarkable educator who founded the Ron Clark Academy and is truly making a difference in the field of education. 
In his newest book The End of Molasses Classes he gives parents and teachers inspirational tidbits that will help us grow smarter and healthier children. I LOVE the fact that he has dedicated this book not only to educators but also to our children's 1st teachers...their parents! 
I have recently finished reading this book...and I would like to take a moment to reflect on the parts that have impacted me the most. 
I truly believe in Ron's 12th solution: Set the tone for a love of learning. 
As teachers we need to instill that love of learning in our children. We need to be the model student and let them know that just because we are the teacher does it mean that we have stopped learning...we will never stop learning! I love, love this quote from his book, "the real lesson we need to teach our children is that the man who can actually find the answers to any questions presented to him is the true genius." Doesn't that make a whole lot of sense!?! We do not need to be a walking encyclopedia and know every answer to every question...especially not in today's high-tech world. What we do need to know is HOW to find the answers to our questions...LOVE it!
I would highly recommend reading this book...it is full of inspiring stories and extraordinary advice for both parents and teachers...advice that if followed will make us a great role model in the lives of our children.
Thank you, Mr. Clark...for writing such an AWESOME book! 
P.S. TBA is hosting a book study...feel free to drop by and join in the discussion!

Disclaimer: I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review and opinion. The opinions expressed in this post are my own and have not been influenced by the company or the free product provided.