Friday, December 30, 2011

11 in 11!

Joining in for this fun end of the year Linky Party!







11. Favorite movie you watched:

I am a huge Harry Potter fan and this was the first time I went to the midnight show on opening night. My son, daughter (armed with their wands), and I attended a show where they showed Part 1 at 9 PM and then went right into Part 2 at midnight. It was so much fun to be surrounded by all the Harry Potter fans and the energy. We really enjoyed all the costumes various people wore. Loved the Harry Potter 3D glasses we got to bring home as a souvenir!





10. Favorite TV series:
Well TV is just not the same since LOST went off the air. I guess the show I would pick as my favorite this year was Mad Men. I had never watched it before so last summer I rented the Season 1-4 DVD's and found out what all the hype was about. It is a great show and I can't wait for it to return in March!




9. Favorite restaurant:
My tried and true favorite is Charlestons here in Omaha. Get to go for every birthday and Mother's Day!

My favorite restaurant on vacation this year was  The Dolphin View in New Smyrna Beach. It was so nice to sit outside eating the fantastic blackened Mahi Mahi while watching the dolphins swim in the bay as the sun set!


8. Favorite new thing you tried:
While vacationing in New Smyrna we tried boogie boarding. My son especially loved it! It was great fun and kind of tiring!



7. Favorite gift you received:
Well it wasn't exactly a gift in the traditional sense but my Senator, Senator Mike Johanns, was able to get tickets for my family to attend not just 1, but 2 space shuttle launches! Sadly the first launch in April of Endeavour was scrubbed as we boarded the bus to the viewing sight so we missed it, BUT we returned on July 8th for the final shuttle launch ever of Atlantis. After an almost scrub at 30 seconds on the clock and questionable weather it was a go and my dream was realized!


6. Favorite thing you pinned:
Well I am just getting into Pinterest. I have been pinning for The Teaching Bank products and have pinned a few things personally but not a ton. Actually I have tried to stay away from it on a personal level because I just know it will zap away so much time!

5. Favorite blog post:
Going back to number 7, it would have to be my post about our successful shuttle trip:
The Space Shuttle Experience Part 2! It's a GO!

4. Favorite accomplishment:
See Number 5 & 7!



3. Favorite picture:
Need I say more?


2. Favorite memory: I think you can guess!


1. Goal for 2012:
I have many goals for 2012. I even started today in fact! I opened 529 college savings plans for my kids and an IRA for me! Planning to pay off the cars and use that money for future investing!

For The Teaching Bank my goal is to update all of my novel units with additional activities and align them to the Common Core Standards. I also hope to add some new products and expand on my blogging and collaborative networking with my colleagues at TpT.

On a personal level I hope to lose this blasted 15 lbs that have snuck up on me! I want to look good for our family vacation in May! We are headed to Disney World for a couple days and then taking a Disney Cruise to celebrate our 20th anniversary! I enjoy the planning of a vacation almost as much as going on them so I have some fun to look forward to in the next 5 months!

So that sums up my 11 in 11! Thanks Kristin for the opportunity to join in the linky party. It was fun to look back on the year!

Happy New Year everyone!

Join in the New Year Blog Party!

Secondary Solutions is having a great New Year Blog Party! It's a party for all 5-12th grade teachers. Link up your blog and find some great new ones to follow!


Secondary Solutions

Check it out!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas from The Teaching Bank!

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas from The Teaching Bank! Here is the Bonus Christmas gift I mentioned yesterday!
The Complete Harry Potter Seven Book Novel Unit set, The Magic Finger Novel Unit, Sideways Stories from Wayside School Novel Unit, Multiplication Facts Made Easy Unit, Frindle Novel Unit, All Aboard Sentence Building Center, The Chocolate Touch Unit, Division Facts Made Easy Unit, The Last Holiday Concert Novel Unit, Long Vowel Center, Alien Text Talk, Scrabble Math & Literacy Center, and Mr. Popper's Penguins Novel Unit for 50% off through Christmas Day!






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Friday, December 23, 2011

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me...

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me...
The Magic Finger Novel Unit, Sideways Stories from Wayside School Novel Unit, Multiplication Facts Made Easy Unit, Frindle Novel Unit, All Aboard Sentence Building Center, The Chocolate Touch Unit, Division Facts Made Easy Unit, The Last Holiday Concert Novel Unit, Long Vowel Center, Alien Text Talk, Scrabble Math & Literacy Center, and Mr. Popper's Penguins Novel Unit for 50% off!





I hope you have enjoyed the 12 Days of Christmas Sale! Please come back tomorrow and check for one more bonus Christmas deal!



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Thursday, December 22, 2011

On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me...

On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me...
Sideways Stories from Wayside School Novel Unit, Multiplication Facts Made Easy Unit, Frindle Novel Unit, All Aboard Sentence Building Center, The Chocolate Touch Unit, Division Facts Made Easy Unit, The Last Holiday Concert Novel Unit, Long Vowel Center, Alien Text Talk, Scrabble Math & Literacy Center, and Mr. Popper's Penguins Novel Unit for 50% off!





Don't forget to check back again everyday between now and Christmas for more great deals!


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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me...

On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me...


Multiplication Facts Made Easy Unit, Frindle Novel Unit, All Aboard Sentence Building Center, The Chocolate Touch Unit, Division Facts Made Easy Unit, The Last Holiday Concert Novel Unit, Long Vowel Center, Alien Text Talk, Scrabble Math & Literacy Center, and Mr. Popper's Penguins Novel Unit for 50% off!



Don't forget to check back again everyday between now and Christmas for more great deals!



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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

On the ninth day of Christmas my true love gave to me...

On the ninth day of Christmas my true love gave to me...


Frindle Novel Unit, All Aboard Sentence Building Center, The Chocolate Touch Unit, Division Facts Made Easy Unit, The Last Holiday Concert Novel Unit, Long Vowel Center, Alien Text Talk, Scrabble Math & Literacy Center, and Mr. Popper's Penguins Novel Unit for 50% off!



Don't forget to check back again everyday between now and Christmas for more great deals!



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Sunday, December 18, 2011

On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me...

On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me...


The Chocolate Touch Unit, Division Facts Made Easy Unit, The Last Holiday Concert Novel Unit, Long Vowel Center, Alien Text Talk, Scrabble Math & Literacy Center, and Mr. Popper's Penguins Novel Unit for 50% off!



Don't forget to check back again everyday between now and Christmas for more great deals!


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Saturday, December 17, 2011

On the sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me...

On the sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me...


Division Facts Made Easy Unit, The Last Holiday Concert Novel Unit, Long Vowel Center, Alien Text Talk, Scrabble Math & Literacy Center, and Mr. Popper's Penguins Novel Unit for 50% off!




Don't forget to check back again everyday between now and Christmas for more great deals!

Friday, December 16, 2011

On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me...

On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me...


The Last Holiday Concert Novel Unit, Long Vowel Center, Alien Text Talk, Scrabble Math & Literacy Center, and Mr. Popper's Penguins Novel Unit for 50% off!!



Don't forget to check back again everyday between now and Christmas for more great deals!


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Thursday, December 15, 2011

On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me...

On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me...


Long Vowel Center, Alien Text Talk, Scrabble Math & Literacy Center, and Mr. Popper's Penguins Novel Unit for 50% off!



Don't forget to check back again everyday between now and Christmas for more great deals!

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me...

On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me...


Alien Text Talk, Scrabble Math & Literacy Center, and Mr. Popper's Penguins Novel Unit  for 50% off!



Don't forget to check back again everyday between now and Christmas for more great deals!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me...

On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me...
Scrabble Math & Literacy Center for 50% off!



Scrabble Math & Literacy Center at Teachers Pay Teachers 

Scrabble Math & Literacy Center at Teacher's Notebook 

Don't forget to check back again everyday between now and Christmas for more great deals!

Monday, December 12, 2011

On the eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to me...

On the eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to me...


All Aboard Sentence Building Center, The Chocolate Touch Unit, Division Facts Made Easy Unit, The Last Holiday Concert Novel Unit, Long Vowel Center, Alien Text Talk, Scrabble Math & Literacy Center, and Mr. Popper's Penguins Novel Unit for 50% off!



Don't forget to check back again everyday between now and Christmas for more great deals!


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For the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me...

Celebrating the 12 Days of Christmas! Check my posts everyday from now until Christmas Eve to find the product that is being offered for 50% off!


For the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me... 
Mr. Popper's Penguins Novel Unit for 50% off!
 
 
Don't forget to check back everyday between now and Christmas Eve for the new daily sale! 

Happy Holidays from The Teaching Bank!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Article Worth Reading!

Came across a very interesting article today and I think it is worth reading for everyone, not just educators. Actually maybe even more so for non-educators!


Thoughts?????

I'd love to see it a requirement of all school board members/administrators/politicians that they have to pass any test that they want to impose on any student. I bet we'd see a drastic reduction is standardized testing and a true understanding of what "teaching to the test" really means!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Looking for some Holiday and/or Winter Ideas?

The time between Thanksgiving and Christmas can be so busy in the classroom. We also have to deal with shortened weeks, holiday program practices and performances, holiday parties, and worst of all the pre-holiday energy that makes the students extra antsy this time of year!

It's hard to start any big units because you don't want the holiday break to fall mid-unit so short activities that are fun, colorful, yet reinforce important skills become all the more valuable in the month of December!

I have added some items to my product line to hopefully make this time of year a little easier for you and more fun for your students! Check out the new offerings:

Literacy Center Activities for Grades K-2:






Holiday Cookie Hard G and Soft G Sorting Center and Holiday Cookie Hard C and Soft C Sorting Center are manipulative activities to help reinforce the Hard/Soft G and Hard/Soft C sounds.






Building Snowmen with the H Brothers Center! TH, SH, CH, WH Blends




Building Snowmen with the H Brothers Center is a manipulative activity to help reinforce the TH, SH, CH, WH consonant blends/digraphs.


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Math Center Activities for Grades 1-4:
 Holiday Cookie Shopping~Money Counting/Making Change Math Center



"Holiday Cookie Shopping" is a fun manipulative Math center activity to give practice with adding, subtracting, money counting, and making change.









I hope these activities can make your holiday season a little easier and brighter!

Happy Holidays from The Teaching Bank!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Attention Elementary & Middle School Teachers…Exciting $100,000.00 Bowling To Teachers® Class Room Grant Give A Way!

Got an email today that I think is worth sharing:

Attention Elementary & Middle School Teachers…Exciting $100,000.00 Bowling To Teachers® Class Room Grant Give A Way Sponsored By Kids Bowl Free® & Over 950 Participating Bowling Centers

Here Are Just A Few Details About Bowling To Teachers…

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4.  After you enter your name, email and information please share this with your friends and family members who may be teachers too.

Go to for more information and your chance to enter: