Throwback Thursday - with a FREEBIE and a SALE!

I'm linking up with Cara at The First Grade Parade today for Throwback Thursday!

I'm highlighting a post on easy student affirmations that I wrote around this time last year. :) Instead of having the Yellow Table or Table 1, Table 2, etc. this year, I named my tables using my Student Affirming Table Labels. It was incredible how well my student responded to this simple switcheroo!

Check it out!

--------------------- Originally posted on July 13, 2012----------------------------------------------

Not too long ago, I had the opportunity to attend a training called "Engaging Brains, Engaging Learners" with Dr. Rick Duvall. I learned a TON about student engagement and brain science in the classroom. What I appreciated most was that we weren't just sitting and listening all day. He had us practicing the principles he wanted us to promote in our own classrooms.

{BONUS: I got to spend the day and have lunch with my bloggy BFF, Mandy!}

I also came away with a couple of fabulous freebie ideas! :) I have one of them ready to share with you today...

I'm sure there are many of us out there in the blog-o-sphere who use table or group numbers/colors to organize our students. Last year, I had table colors: the green table, the blue table, the purple table, etc. I even found these nifty Dixon pencils at WalMart that matched my pencil pails.

Well, this year I'm adding a little something special to each table.

One of the things Dr. DuVall mentioned was an easy way to add student affirmations to each day. I made a sign for each table (with a few extras to cover all the colors) that I'll hang from the ceiling just above each table. You could also post them on the wall or on the tables themselves.

Instead of calling "the green table" to line up, I'll call "the FANTASTIC table" to line up.

Instead of calling "the blue table" to come and get their book totes, I'll call "the AWESOME table" to get their book totes.

Dr. DuVall used this with a teacher in his school who was having a hard time with classroom management and motivating her students. He said the change in her room within a week was remarkable. If you call up an "awesome" group of students several times every day, eventually they will believe and know that they really are AWESOME! :)

What I {LOVE} about this strategy is that I still get to color coordinate my tables and supplies, AND it's an easy way for me to bring a big dose of positive energy into my classroom every day. Plus, your students will learn synonyms for "good" that will *hopefully* show up in their writing as well! :) I also think it fits in perfectly with Habit 1: Be Proactive. If we want our students to choose their actions, attitudes and moods we need to set them up for success!

To grab these, just click on the picture below!

I hope everyone is enjoying their holiday! We have had lots of RAIN here in Georgia - our city's fireworks have already been cancelled for tonight, so I'm not sure what our plans will be now. Make sure you stop by my TpT store - I'm having a sale today and tomorrow, 20% off!

Monday Made It: Baby Shower Edition

Please do not mistake this post as a profession of my craftiness.

I can use clip art and fonts to make just about anything look cute. However, my "crafty gene" is somewhere lost in my DNA with my green thumb.

Anyhoo - when I found myself making some cutie-patootie things for my teaching partner's baby shower, I knew I had to jump on the Monday Made It bandwagon while I could!! :)

So, because I am missing the "crafty gene" I volunteered to find some fun shower games that we could play. See what I did there?

You know what I'm talking about.

The shower games.

I have had a love/hate relationship game with them.

I mean, there are only so many times I can look at a melted Milky Way in a diaper - right? :)

Through a few of my fabulous bloggy friends, I happened upon The Ruby Spikes Guide to Hosting a Baby Shower That Doesn't Suck. Now, we didn't have a co-ed shower but these games would be fun whether the boys are there or not!

I was inspired by a few Google searches as well, but I came up with something I thought might be fun to share today!

Who's Your Mama?

The first thing I made was a game called "Who's Your Mama?" The guests had to match up celebrity mamas and their babies! I even asked my friend to send over baby pictures of her, her husband, and their mamas. It was really fun to see everyone trying to put the baby mamas with the right kiddos. :) It was such a hit, I think I'm going to do it again for another friend who is having a boy. I think I'll make that one a "Who's Your Daddy?" edition just to change it up!

I also whipped up a sign for the diaper message station. I'm sure you've seen this before...

Late Night Love

I bought a bunch of newborn diapers, a *new* set of fine point Sharpies, and a heart shaped basket. I put the Sharpies in a glass vase with light purple and clear stones. I even had a 50% off coupon for Michaels, so I got the markers for a steal! Lots of the blogs I read said you needed to use permanent fine point markers - the Crayola markers will rub off on the baby's legs!

We also used purple ribbons and clothespins to hang up the diapers as people finished them. It was such a fun way to honor my friend and her sweet baby girl!

I know it's not teaching related, but I did want to share the goodies I made with you. We work in buildings full of women! :)

Click on the image above to download the Who's Your Mama? PowerPoint - I made it editable so you can insert your own baby mama (or daddy) images!

You can also click on this image to get the Late Night Love printables. I included a "mama-to-be" and "parents-to-be" in case you're hosting a co-ed shower. :)

Hope this finds you savoring your summer vacation - I know I am!