Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Instagram fun and a Context Clues freebie!

What did y'all think of #TeacherTalkTuesday? I had lots of fun looking at all the pictures and liking like crazy! If you are not on Instagram you should totally join! 

You can find me here:

Search TheTeacherDiaries on the app :)

I want to share with you a little creation I've been using to help my kiddos with context clues.

Right now I am working with those that did not pass the STAAR the first time around. I want them to be able to identify the clues within the reading passages and see how said clues will help them when they come across a word they don't know.

And because I love you. you can snag them for FREE here!

 You can also use them as part of a bulletin board display! :) 

I reviewed them and then left them on the table in case they needed to see them again.  I also had some big magnifying glasses out for them to use BUT I left them at school and didn't take a picture. 
I will get better at taking pictures, I promise. 


Hope you're enjoying your Tuesday Night! :) 

I'm off to take one last peek at #TeacherTalkTuesday! 

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Instagram Crazy!

 I am still here y'all and I am back today to join What the Teacher Wants and Apples and ABC's as they host this linky to introduce #TeacherTalkTuesdays on Instagram! I have been on Instagram for a good while but mostly used it to make my pictures pretty so I could post them on FB or Twitter. Ha!

But now I am super excited for this! 

Here is a little Instagram 101:
*It is like Facebook, but with only pictures (used mostly on smart phones)
*You can make your profile private if you want
*You can make write a caption under your picture and comment or like photos
I haven't figured out how to make a new account on my phone so my personal account will now become TheTeacherDiaries
My account is currently private but if you'd like to follow, I will happily accept you! :)

Here are a few of my favorite pictures:
Love my kitty!

 David Cook! <3 

You know I am obsessed!

Be sure to link up with either What the Teacher Wants or Apple and ABC's to join the Instagram fun.

I am off to put the final touches on this!

Have you seen the number of diary readers?! You know what that means! SO EXCITED!

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday, friends!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Blog Makeover!

Short and sweet today. :) 
I gave my blog a fabulous, little makeover! I'd been wanting to make it over myself but I had no idea how. When I googled, I found some tutorials but I found them very hard to follow. Some had 864, 906 steps and I usually gave up by step 5. Too complicated.
   Until I saw Jessica from Mrs. Stanford's Class had a blogging 101 tutorial series. SO EASY TO FOLLOW! Like ridiculously easy! 

I have media buttons now and I am loving my new blog button!  

Thank you, Mrs. Stanford! 
Thank you.  :)

If you just started a blog or want to give yours a little face-lift, check out her blogging 101 series. 

I cannot believe tomorrow is Friday. I thought STAAR testing would drag this week out but it did quite the opposite!

Monday, April 1, 2013

Let's Get Acquainted and Currently!

Another fun linky from Mrs. Reed at Flying into First Grade!

 This week is a favorites survey so here are a few of my favorites!

Favorite places to shop:


Favorite TV Shows:

Favorite Snack:

Oh my goodness, these SO are good!

Favorite Sweet Treat:

HEB's Creamy Creations Dulce de Leche Ice Cream 

There are no words to describe how GOOD this is!!

Favorite Scents:

 Pure has a sweet, clean smell.

SJP NYC by Sarah Jessica Parker smells like strawberries!

Favorite Hair Product:

Aquage Uplifting Foam

I have to tell you about Aquage because this stuff is AMAZING! I have thin hair and when I wear it straight (I have wavy hair) it just falls flat. Yuck! But not with Aquage! It gives my hair serious volume. No other product has done this for my hair. It's expensive but worth every penny!

Time for April's currently! (April already?!)



The 5th graders I tutor will take the STAAR test tomorrow. I wanted to give them a little treat and encourage them to do their best. They were a hit! They're nervous and this calmed their nerves a bit. One group even started calling me 'Miss Smartie Pants'! Ha! You can read about them here.


My BFF, Lucy, is getting her gallbladder removed as I write this. I'm not worried, I know she's in God's hands and He's got this. I'm just waiting to hear from her how it went.


I am a bit obsessed with dinosaurs! I've seen this move 465, 867 times and I cannot wait to see it in 3D! It'll be the first movie I see in 3D! Sad, I know. :)

I need a trim but I don't want to do it myself or I'll end up with bangs like this...
I haven't been blogging or selling for very long so I don't feel like I have much advice to offer as I am still learning. I spent months visiting blogs, grabbing freebies here and there. I thought about starting a blog of my own and selling on TpT but I was plagued with every beginner's questions: Will anyone read? Will anyone buy? I can now answer YES! You never know how a simple activity or product will bless someone or 20 little someones. So if you're thinking about starting a blog or selling on TpT, my advice (and Nike's) is 
Just Do It!

There's a wonderful community of educators that are more than happy to help.

Mrs. Stanford from Mrs. Stanford's Class is a perfect example. She is having a blogging 101 tutorial series right now!

Be sure to link up with Farley and Mrs. Reed!
I'm off to read on how to cutify my blog! :D

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