Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Keeping track of classroom expenses

Oh my word! I have an app you NEED in your life! 
I'm obsessed with Evernote. If you don't use Evernote it's pretty much the bomdiggity when it comes to taking notes, writing checklists, and creating reminders. I use it for grocery lists, lists of upcoming activities in my classroom, etc. You get it. If it's not in Evernote I probably won't remember it.
Well, the makers of Evernote have a new app called Scannable. Scannable allows you to keep track of documents and export them into Evernote. Just think about how handy this would be with beginning of the year shopping...

Simply snap a photo of your receipt in the Scannable app then you can export it to Evernote where you can have a "Classroom Expenses" note set up. Tax time rolls around and BOOM all your expenses are in one place!

*But wait, there's more*

You can use this app to keep track of student work and your notes on student progress! Take snapshots of student work, your notes (GREAT for Post-Its), tests, handwriting samples, etc. Goodbye copy count worries! How fabulous is that?! All those important papers in one spot and you don't have to worry about copies crammed into your filing cabinet.

Have a great week everyone!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Currently March

Is it March? Could have fooled me with this crazy cold weather!
(I'm not complaining though- I kind of like the cold weather and sweaters, mittens, etc.)

I'm excited to link up with another Currently from Farley! I flat out missed the February Currently so I've been anxiously waiting for this one.

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LISTENING: to the washing machine wash the 50th load since Friday. The baby had a nasty stomach bug all weekend complete with projectile vomit so I've been cleaning and sterilizing and washing everything that got hit. Then I got the stinkin bug yesterday afternoon. Feeling much better today.

LOVING: The writing going on in my classroom is just awesome. I've been doing some oral writing using Whole Brain Teaching and I just love the results. The kids are so excited to use hand gestures and what they are writing is just fantastic!

THINKING: I need more pens. Flair pens are good for everything. My current set is on its last legs. 

WANTING: Remember a couple of weeks ago when we had a three day weekend? I felt so rested on Tuesday when we went back to school. Plus I had time to get to everything on my weekend to-do list. I wish every weekend was a three day weekend!

NEEDING: no more stomach bugs in this house. I've had enough.

SPRING BREAK PLANS: Spring cleaning is a must. My closet is way out of control. But I'm mostly excited to spend time with family!

I love reading the other Currently posts from everyone. Have a great week at school!

Popplet Lite

We had so much fun using an app called Popplet Lite while we learned about Abraham Lincoln and George Washington. You may be familiar with Popplet. It's and app as well as a website that allows for making webs. You can have a whole class working on a Poppet on the website which can be really cool. 

But to start off Popplet Lite is a great tool. It's free too! 

It takes just a few taps on the screen to create a bubble. Students can type inside the bubble or draw using their finger. You can also import pictures. So easy! We did one as a class first then I allowed students to create their own Popplets. Some of my students had such a good time that they even went home and created their own Popplets on family, their favorite books, etc.

This is a great tool to use in science and social studies and students feel successful! Below is an example. It turned out too cute!

Friday, January 2, 2015

Currently January

It's 2015 and I'm hoping to be back to blogging on a more regular basis. But I have a really fabulous reason for not blogging... this little angel!

Amber James joined our family October 24 at 7:45 in the morning. 
Being a mom is so wonderful- who knew your heart could be this full?!

It's been a few months but I'm excited to be back linking up my Currently for the month of January. I like getting a peek at other teachers real life outside of school.
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LISTENING: Well, with a baby it's literally taken me hours to write this post- HA! When I started I was watching the Ducks (GO DUCKS) play Florida State and it hadn't gotten ugly yet. Now we're watching Alabama and Ohio State. Love me some football!

LOVING: We are up in Seattle for a couple of weeks. My husband made a quick trip up here a few weeks ago and surprised me by putting up our Christmas decorations. We keep it simple here with a decorated mantle and glass ornaments on little twinkly fake birch trees. LOVE!

THINKING: I am so blessed! We love our sweet girl and I hardly remember what life was like before her. My husband is the best father and right now he's rocking the baby right now- swoon! 

WANTING: time to slow down! Maternity leave is almost over and I keep looking back at pictures and can't believe Amber is almost three months old. December just flew by too! I never made a single Christmas cookie - which my pants thank me for I'm sure.

NEEDING: I feel like I put this in Currently way too frequently, but seriously my desk is a horrid mess. Piles of crap everywhere. It's on the top of my to-do list when we get back from Seattle.

YES- I really like being organized. Give me something monogrammed or color coordinated and I'll knock your socks off. I have the Erin Condren Life Planner and it's been a big help keeping baby appointments and my appointments and my husband's traveling schedule straight. 

MAYBE- I will master Photoshop. It's a love/hate relationship. I'm sure once you get the hang of it it's not so bad but I get so frustrated that simple tasks take so many steps. GRRRR. I WILL figure it out darn it! 

I WISH- I could be a stay-at-home mom for a year! I love teaching, but I would love to stay at home for a year. Teacher dream!

Can't wait to catch up and see what everyone else is up to!


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