Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Featured Teacher Tuesday



This week our Featured Teacher is Heidi Martin from Droppin' Knowledge!

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Heidi Martin is a 1st Grade Teacher & Whole Brain Teaching Staff Member!  She is also a mother of a 13 year old daughter (lord help her), a newlywed, and expecting a baby boy in January!

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Heidi has been a teacher for 4 years at a priority school in Racine, WI.  You can read all about her teaching journey HERE!  She was voted 2nd best teacher in her county last year & recently won 3rd Runner up in the Thred-Up – Raise a Hand for Teachers Campaign!  Heidi has a passion for helping under-privileged students & loves to watch her First Graders grow into leaders.  Through Whole Brain Teaching, Heidi teaches her students to become teachers & run a self-managing classroom.  Whole Brain Teachers like to call it “teacher heaven”!  You can read all about Heidi’s WBT Journey here!

If you want to learn more about Whole Brain Teaching, join Heidi for WBT Wednesdays on her blog and Blab.IM show! Just search WBT on Blab to find upcoming & past shows!

Besides running her blog, Heidi is also a TpT Author!  You can find her store at Droppin’ Knowledge with Heidi Martin. Some of her newest products include…

These packs are perfect for working on sentence structure while team-building at the same time!

To see how she uses these in her classroom (and see other versions available), CLICK HERE!

Her **BEST SELLER** is her Editable Newsletter Templates!

This comes in a PowerPoint format so all you have to do is add your own text!

Now, how about some FREEBIES?

For 2 days only (November 17th & 18th), you can get a copy of Heidi’s Add the Room activity ~ November Edition! & the Add the Room DECEMBER edition for FREE!

A favorite forever freebie are Heidi’s “Author Check” cards!
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Get more Freebies HERE!

Thank you for checking out this week’s Featured Teacher!  Have a Happy Thanksgiving and we will see you back on Tuesday, December 1st to meet Elisabeth from Literacy and Lattes!

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Featured Teacher

Our Featured Teacher this week is Misty Savario from Krazyaboutteaching!

Misty Savario is a 1st Grade teacher in South Louisiana (Cajun Country.)  She is a married mother of 2.  Emily who is 15 and Tyler who is 12.  
Misty has been teaching for 8 years and was honored to be chosen as the 2009-2010 Teacher of the year.  She is an ITEC and Lead tech showcase teacher.  She presents at tech conferences on a local and state level.  She was also a tech guest on the Global Edventures blab.  She is one of the hosts of The Teacher Blab Show on blab.im and on Teaching Tech on blab.im/iteachtvnetwork.  
Misty loves to teach others about her tech tips on Periscope.  Follow her on her twitter handle:  emtysmom
You can follow her on

Check back next week for another featured teacher!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Featured Teacher Tuesdays!

Grab your beverage of choice and settle in for another exciting round of Featured Teacher Tuesday!  

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This week our featured teacher is Amber Unger, a first grade teacher who shares real estate with the Milwaukee Brewers, Green Bay Packers, lots of cows, and many beer breweries.  Yep!  You guessed it; Amber is a proud educator in Wisconsin.  She is in her 7th year of teaching: 4 years in Kindergarten, 2 years in ESL, and 1 year in first grade so far.  Amber never thought she would find a grade level that made her happier than Kindergarten, but she quickly learned this school year that first grade is the place to be!


Her “home” away from home looks like this:
And she shares her real home with these men:

Amber has been blogging since 2011.  You will definitely want to stop by her blog, Mrs. Unger's Unbelievable Elementary Experiences, for years worth of great teacher tips, student-centered ideas, and fun photos!
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You will also want to swing by Amber’s Teachers Pay Teachers store, as all of her products are free!  Amber has a dream to find TIME to make products that she feels are worthy of selling, but until then - enjoy the freebies (currently 59) in her newly updated TPT store.  Here are a couple of examples:

You can also follow Amber in these ways, too:

Be sure to stop by our Featured Teacher Tuesday linky party next week to learn about another fabulous first grade teacher: Misty!  (Can you believe next week is November already!?)

Monday, October 26, 2015

Math Monday: Fact Families ... with a Halloween twist!

Happy Math Monday!
For those of you who haven't heard, I am teaching a first/second grade combo class this year. My math block is crazy busy with lots happening! Groups are going on with small group instruction and lots of hands on things!

My second graders have been working on fact families this past week. Here's a peek into what we've been doing.
These ice cream scoop cards were a huge hit! I made this into 3 sets of centers!
I love these Halloween Fact Family booklets!  Perfect for after centers to check what they know!
These pictures are some of the activities from my fact family unit. Click on any of the images or here to see the product on TpT.

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This was part of our review today in class. I just slipped the pages into my dry erase pockets so I didn't have to worry about laminating! Click on the image to go to TpT to download this great freebie!

Have a great week!

Friday, October 23, 2015

Featured Teacher Tuesday {on a Friday!}

Welcome back for another installment of Featured Teacher Tuesday!

Do you use songs in your classroom? If not, now’s the time to start! 


Jenny Kramer, also known as “Miss Jenny.” Her “Edutunes” make singing with children as simple as pressing “play”—No musical experience necessary!

Jenny began creating her “Edu-tunes” nineteen years ago, after learning about theresearch. According to study after study, children learn more, remember more, and ENJOY learning more with educational songs. Along with teaching full-time for almost two decades, “Miss Jenny” has piloted her songs with 80 teachers and 1500 students South Bay Union School District in San Diego, CA. She has also given professional development speeches across the U.S. for the Bureau of Education and Research, the Institute for Educational Development, and Staff Development for Educators. Her work inside the classroom, along with her work with other  professionals, has helped her to make the songs truly teacher-friendly, fun for kids, and effective as learning tools.

Jenny just created a NEW “Halloween” song, along with lots of materials to promote literacy. Preview her new song HERE or CLICK HERE for her giant DELUXE “Halloween Literacy Fun” package, including the song and dozens of additional materials—currently on sale for 50% off!

Miss Jenny’s “Edutunes” educational songs help children to learn every aspect of thecurriculum. Common Core 1st Grade Math teaches EVERY SINGLE first grade standard in 38 songs. You can listen to song samples by clicking HERE!

Her Phonics Time CD-book set teaches everything from simple letters and sounds to advanced phonics concepts through 28 songs.

Ready for some FREEBIES?

Miss Jenny has posted the “Magic E” song from Phonics time for FREE!

She is also giving away her “Butterfly” song and packet for a limited time!

This fun song—complete with motions—makes high-level concepts comprehensible to young children.

***Miss Jenny has started giving MONTHLY $25 TpT Give-Aways. You can enter to 

win in 5 ways: 

1. Follow her on TpT
3. Follow her boards on Pinterest.
4. Follow her on YouTube, where she has over 1,000,000 views!!! 
5. Check out her BLOG.

Finally, send a note in response to her blog, or to missjenny@edutunes.com, to let her know you want to enter 5 times.

Happy Singing!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Featured Teacher Tuesday: October 13


Liana Davis is living her dream as a first grade teacher. All her life, she has dreamt of teaching little kids to dream big and love learning, and her dream has been a reality for 4 years now! She teaches with the core concept of providing social justice to students that were just like her when she was a child. An immigrant, a non-native English speaker, and from a family that lived modestly.  She knows that every student has the capacity to learn, and she harnesses that ability to see her students shine. To read more about her teaching philosophy, you can read it HERE!

Only two of her 4 years teaching have been in first grade, but she couldn’t imagine teaching anything else. She loves the unscripted feel of first grade.  Besides first, she has also taught Kindergarten, and high school English.

Liana is also a newlywed. She got married in January 2015 to her college/bible study sweetheart.  If you would like to see pictures from her wedding, CLICK HERE! At that time, she was teaching high school English, and she didn’t spend quite as much time cutting, pasting, and creating fun activities for a primary classroom.  With so much free time on her hands, March 2015, she decided to sell on TPT. She was always creating products for her classroom, and she thought why not share them with the world!

If you know Liana, then you know that she never sits still, much like every other teacher who takes on the task of teaching full time, blogging about it, and creating products for Teachers Pay Teachers. 

To find Liana’s store, CLICK HERE!

Other than teaching, blogging, and TPT, she loves to spend time with her family in Los Angeles, and explore her new city with her new husband in San Diego.

Liana’s most popular product is the Book Report for Grades 1-3.

Her latest two products are Unit 2: Addition Math Printables and Fall Fluency, Phonics, and Writing Activities.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Featured Teacher Tuesdays: October 6

Hi! I'm so excited to share Featured Teacher Tuesdays! Each Tuesday check back to see another first grade teacher to be showcased! Find someone new to follow, along with some great products, and even greater freebies!

This week’s featured teacher is Samantha Gibby and Lisa Fain they are The Primary Sisters!
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Just like their name says, they are two sisters who teach first grade at the same school in a small town in NC. They feel so blessed to get to teach with each other every day. Their TPT adventure began last summer. As they were sitting in a hot tub at the Outer Banks, they began to think of resources they needed to best compliment their words their way spelling instruction. You can check out some of the their short vowel word work packs in their TPT Store.
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So since July they have been busy creating products, and they said no one told them how addicting it can be. Especially when colleagues come in and say, okay this is great, thanks for making this! Even though they are far from their first TPT million, the excitement of creating materials that meet their students needs has been the force that keeps them going. Samantha and Lisa are married and both have 3 children. Their oldest sons are in college at NCSU and Appalachian State, but they are still busy with their other teenagers who cheer and play football for their local high school. They enjoy being active in their churches, traveling, feeding the football team each Friday night and surfing the internet. They feel so blessed to be on this awesome journey and are thankful for the wonderful teacher friends they are making along the way. These sisters are always looking for ways to make learning fun and hands on. One of their newest products is a Halloween themed Boo game working with sight words and math printables working with sums up to 12. Check them out here.
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Enjoy these freebies. Students will love these hands on CVC word wheels.
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AND Sight word Roll Say Keep is a great addition to any literacy station
Roll, Say, Keep Game with Dolch Words

Follow The Primary Sisters!
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Check back next week for another Featured Teacher Tuesday!