Sunday, June 28, 2015

Dare to Dream

A second part of the TpT Seller's Challenge was to think about what my TpT's goals are. This took a bit of thinking, and contemplating. Why am I really doing this?
Pay off student loans and other debt:  
I paid for undergrad, and grad school all on my own that has left me with some hefty student loan payments. While I know I would never trade my degrees or experiences for anything, I do know that I would love for this debt to GO AWAY! Alas, it will not. I have to make 120 payments before anything is forgiven, and the sooner that I can stash up some cash to ease the burden- yay! Also, my husband and I were forced to get new vehicles within a short amount of time, and shortly before we bought said vehicles we purchased our first home. WOMP WOMP! Tom was involved in a head on collision totaling his car, and I was left with a car that decided it was going to burn oil. Another WOMP. 
Supplementing my teaching income:
While my district got a new contract that led teachers to a pretty hefty raise, teaching is still not known for it's amazing income. I work really HARD, as do all of us, and I think that I can share what I do with the rest of the educational world and make teachers jobs easier. I think I create pretty awesome things, and I just want to share that with others!
Traveling:
Tom (my handsome husband) loves to travel, and we don't get to do it enough. We love seeing new things, experiencing the awesomeness that the world has to offer us, and seeing all the things there is to see. We have recently kind of set a goal to see as many US National Parks as we can, and that is going to cost us! By selling the things I make on TpT, that is going to be (hopefully) possible! 

What goals did you set? What do you want to achieve? Why? I'd love to see your goals! :)


Friday, June 26, 2015

Question of the Day

Hi!
Happy Summer!! I hope you're enjoying the heat, and the SLEEP as much as I am. If you're like me, then sleeping is your jam. I have one heck of a time yanking myself out of bed in the summer. I have to be sure to schedule workouts in the AM- or you won't see me until late in the afternoon... Any who! WAY back when, I blogged about these daily writing prompts. Little did I know... I would want MORE, my students would want MORE, and my fellow educators wanted MORE! So I made them!
 I updated this whole packet to include a THIRD week of writing prompts. The third week is great because it scaffolds onto the other weeks. It takes our students more in depth into the writing process, encouraging them to be more thorough with their writing. 
It prompts more, and has higher expectations out of the students which is JUST what they need! With my students, these prompts were able to draw more out of them. The third set asks a lot about their favorite thing, and what kiddo doesn't love to talk about them self? I only had a could of students struggle, but once we started talking and prompting, they were able to quickly (and easily!) come up with all sorts of things to
write about. With the help of these prompts, my students were able to grow as writers, and publish a well written narrative that meets several of the CCSS. 

I am also participating in the TpT Seller Challenge hosted by some of the awesome-est teachers around. The first week's challenge was to redo or makeover one product that you have made in the past, and this is the one I chose.

If you're interested in participating in the challenge, hop on over to Third in Hollywood to participate! Now I am a week behind (whoops) because I had a family emergency, but I am back in action! Check out this updated product here, or in my store! 

What did you update for the challenge?? I'd LOVE to see it! Link up in the comments!!