Monday, September 17, 2012

Freebie labels!

Is anyone else OVERWHELMED with the year so far? I am! My room isn't quite how I want it to be yet, and I'm trying to get ahead (okay, who am I kidding? CATCH UP!) on planning and such. Our school day was extended this year, and while I'm LOVING the extra time, it's wearing me out a bit.


Well, folks, these are probably superduper late for many of you, but maybe they'll be helpful for some of ya!

I've created six labels to label notebooks/folders for your kiddos, plus a bonus label for birthday books. (I give my students a book for their birthday. Many of my students don't have books at home, so I try to give my kiddos books for their birthdays, holidays, as rewards, etc.)

Click on the picture below to grab yours!

(Note: These can be printed on 4x3.33" labels. Make sure the page sizing is set to "none" so the labels print correctly.)

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Revamp Your Classroom - FOR FREE!

Oh boy. That about sums up the past few weeks. Things have been CRAZY around here. We are already in week 4 (!) of school, and I won't lie - I'm still trying to get things ready for the year. Long story short - we've had major changes in the length of the school day, how preps work, and all the Common Core fun we're all adjusting to. Let's just say - I'm exhausted! ANYWAYS... I felt inspired to post because I had a DonorsChoose project funded today! Woo hoo!
Math game organizer... Yippee!!!
To those of you who are unfamiliar with DonorsChoose, it is a website that links donors to classrooms in need. All US public school classrooms are eligible to post projects. You request materials you need or want for your classroom from a variety of websites (Lakeshore, Quill, and Best Buy are my faves), write a short essay about why your students should receive donations, and VOILA! Within a couple days, the project is posted and ready to get donations.

In five years, I've had 38 projects funded, almost entirely by strangers. We've received awesome donations, like whisper phones, BOOKS, a field trip to see a Mo Willems play, netbooks... Great essentials and fun things I could never afford to buy myself.

Here are some tips for getting funded:
1. Keep your requests small. DonorsChoose recommends less than $400... But really, I think less than $200 is best (ALL of my requests under $200 have been funded). So if you can request items in smaller sets, do so.

2. Time your requests with corporate partnerships. Sonic is donating hundreds of thousands of dollars this month, so it's the perfect time to post a project.

3. Write really awesome thank you notes. Bind student thank yous, or create a neat presentation for them. Many donors will come back to help you with future projects.

4. PR! Use Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest to share your project with family and friends.

If you've used DonorsChoose, what have you requested? Do you have any funding tips to add?
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