Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Back to School Bash 2015!


That's right, my friends! It's that time of year. Back to School Bash 2015 begins tomorrow where we will introduce you to all of the amazing prizes and sponsors. Then you can enter to win big beginning on July 31st. This year we have over $5,000 in back to school swag! No, no...you read that right! $5,000!!! People love them some teachers y'all! 

So join me and some of my blogging besties below for some amazing giveaways this week. It all begins tomorrow when we will introduce our 18 BASH BASKETS! Be sure you get yourself a head start and follow all of these amazing blogs and their instagram accounts. Believe me...this year you don't miss a thing! 

      
      
      
      
      

See you all tomorrow! 



Monday, July 27, 2015

My New Product and Giveaway!


Hey Friends!

     I am so excited to announce that I have embarked on a new adventure and it launches today! I have just opened a shop called The Fabulous Classroom. I'm starting small and offering my first product, The Neat Seat.  I wanted to create a chair pocket that was large enough to store many items, yet easy to clean and affordable for teachers.  These are great for organizing, especially if you have tables in your rooms. They are also perfect for storing items at a guided reading table, such as whiteboards, markers, erasers and books.  The possibilities are endless!


To celebrate the opening of my new store, I am giving away a set of 6 Red Neat Seats! To enter just check out the Rafflecopter below.



Friday, July 24, 2015

Friday Favorites and My First Periscope.

Hey Friends,
  So I did my first Periscope.  Oh my word! I did something wrong and couldn't see anything, no comments, nobody responding! It was one of those nightmares, like the first day at a new school and nobody talks to you. I swore no one was watching and then I saw a few names and poof they were gone again. I have no idea what I did, but I'm pretty sure I shouldn't be allowed on Periscope. Too bad I decided to do a little series of my Friday Favorites. My friend Erica is joining me and when my sweet friend Abby isn't busy having a baby or chasing around a sweet boy and a toddler, she's going to jump in too.  
So, I was pretty sure I needed to have my own show because I really love to share my favorite things, so I could be like Oprah, but without the billions of dollars.  Although I failed my first Scope, so it's  probably a bad sign.  Good thing I'm also sharing my items on the blog. I'm pretty okay at the whole blog thing. So here are my Friday faves. 

I found this awesome metal framed board at Michaels for $11. I made something like this last year, but it didn't match my new classroom, so I gave it away. Yes, I am THAT particular.  It's a problem, and everyone at school knows about it.   In fact, things that don't match my decor in my room give me hives.  So this was an awesome find for me and my new Shabby Chic room.  I'm going to have my sweet little people make words with magnetic letters on this board.  I can't wait to take it in to school.
Next up, are a pair of my favorite earrings EVER! These are Kendra Scott and they are so classic. 
They are called Sophee Earrings and you have to check them out.  
Now let's talk make-up. I have to share my favorite make-up staple. I really don't think I'll ever go with any other eyeliner.  I agree Allure Magazine! It's a winner. You HAVE to buy this! It's the blackest eyeliner and it gets so close to your lashes. AMAZING!! Check it out here
Now onto something a little bit more educational! Here are two books that I highly recommend for the beginning of the school year.  I'm actually going to be making some things to go along with these great books.  
The first is The Adventures of Beekle, The Unimaginary Friend.  Y'all this is the cutest dang book and teaches such great lessons about how you have to take risks and put yourself out there in order to find the right friends for you.  I just love this book! 
The next book is:
This is another great beginning of the year book.  It's about a teacher and a student that don't see eye to eye, but they both realize that neither of them is that bad after all.  As the book goes on the teacher turns into less of a monster until, she a human being.  Just think about how our littles might perceive us as they entering school for the first time.  Y'all, you know they think you sleep at school and have no life.  I highly recommend you check out this great tale. Plus I love the illustrations in both books.  

So that's all for my Friday Faves! You still have time to watch my first, not so pro Periscope debut.  Also, tune in next week to my periscope channel @michelleoakes and don't forget to check out Erica's @ericabohrer. 

Oh...and one more thing.  If anyone needs some Shabby in their life, I just finished a word wall and alphabet set for my own classroom and as a little bonus I also made the Beanie Baby Strategies to match.  I put it in my store if you want to check it out.  
Love Y'all! Have a great weekend. 


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Bloggers Gonna Blog (or so they say)

We all wore shirts in Vegas that said "Bloggers Gonna Blog" but guess what? You probably shouldn't wear that shirt if you never blog! I'm sorry, this blog has been neglected, but I promise I have an excuse, and as soon as school starts back I'll be golden. 

You would think summer would be relaxing, but this summer has been anything but. My plate has been chocked full and a nervous breakdown could be in order. But I'm going to try to stay sane.

Here is a just a little of what's up with my crazy life.  

1. We decided on a whim to put our house on the market and after 22 families traveled through our house in a matter of 9 days, we sold.  Now, I know how lucky we are, and I'm crossing my fingers it all goes as planned, but we close the first day of school. Great timing, huh? 

2. We had to find a place to live, so we are building a new home that should be finished the day before I start school.  Hopefully I'll be able to find a first day outfit amongst the boxes.  

3. I'm moving classrooms.  I'm moving from my beautiful, bright, big room (click here to see my old room), to a little tiny room that's kind of yuck to be quite honest.  I'm working hard to make my little box, my own. After 14 years with a bright primary colored classroom, I've decided to go shabby/farmhouse chic.  I really want a calm, homey feel to this new room.  I want a relaxing place for my kids to read and learn.

Here's what I have so far: (Please excuse the horrible lighting and the mess. It's a work in progress.) 






4. This move also means I'm starting my new job.  It's hard to leave first grade after it being so much a part of my life for so long, but I'm excited for this new adventure.  

So that's all folks.  I'm living a crazy life! :) I hope you are having an awesome summer. Relax by the pool for me and I promise I'll blog again soon.  


Sunday, July 19, 2015

Vegas Teacher Blogger Meet Up 2015

Vegas Teacher Blogger Meet Up 2015!


The meet up that we held in Vegas last week was AMAZING!! There really isn't many other words that could describe it. Picture 1100 teachers in a room together, having fun, meeting new people, and winning lots of prizes. We were all smiling so hard that our cheeks hurt. It was a great night and we appreciate all of the many teachers and bloggers who came and had a fabulous night with us. 


First and foremost, we have to give a HUGE shout out to Teachers Pay TeachersSDE, and GoNoodle!  These sponsors not only donated generous amounts of giveaway swag, they also helped organize and make our meet-up extraordinary!



It's safe to say that in a mix of 1,100 educators, we all appreciate staff development that is fun, engaging, and inspiring.  SDE donated several different staff development gift certificates... from online seminars to National Conference passes!


Not only did TpT host their very own conference, but they were also so generous when it came to our blogger meet-up!  Who wouldn't get excited about FIFTY TpT gift certificates??!!  That's right, FIFTY lucky winners went home with a little money to spend atTpT!  Oh, and those drink passes?  Those were from TpT as well!


I mean, what would we have done without those amazing GoNoodle swag bags??  Plus, they brought in the neatest PhotoBooth that you ever did see!  AND, we can't forget Freckles, theGoNoodle mascot!  How fun was it that he was running around snapping pictures with people all night long??


We had so many other sponsors that helped donate over $55,000 worth of swag, prizes, and goodies!  Can you believe that?!  I don't know about you, but to us... that's a whole lotta love for teachers!  Let's take a look at these amazing prizes...

Who loves Scentos out there?  Teachers AND students love the fun-loving smell of all theScentos goodies out there!  Scentos gave markers and stickers to all of our attendees!  Isn't that amazing?!


Who doesn't want a precious {and FREE} bulletin board set to start off the new year?!  Creative Teaching Press sent bulletin board sets to every single person who came to our meet-up!  A couple of lucky teachers went home with a Creative Teaching Press gift card as well!


Erin Condren sent products that were hot off the press!  Have you seen their teacher posters,  teacher bundles, and teacher planners?  Erin Condren makes lesson planning a beautiful thing!


Speaking of beautiful things... check out these too cute to boot Vera Bradley gift baskets!  Vera's bags are PERFECT for teachers, moms, and well... anyone who loves pretty things :)


Now, we all know how stylish all you teachers are out there!  The Pampered Teacherdonated TWENTY Teacher Subscription boxes to our lovely attendees!  These boxes are designed to help teachers keep up-to-date with the latest trends and styles without any hassle!


If there is something that we know... it's that teachers LOVE getting new tech-goodies for their classroom!  So many times our schools, districts, and counties just don't have enough funds to outfit our classroom with the latest and greatest, but we sure are glad that oursponsors are willing to step up to the plate!  Hue HD gave 11 different doc cams!  Isn't that amazing?!


ESGI is all about helping teachers simplify giving meaningful assessments.  They were so generous to donate a GRADE-LEVEL license!  That's up to TEN teachers that get to use ESGIfor an entire year! Plus they even included a little gift basket of goodies!


Alive Studios' mission is simple:  to equip teachers with engaging solutions that help young students become proficient in reading and math by 3rd grade.  I mean, who doesn't want to get on board with that?!


Do you want your students to come to the carpet, line up, and transition in an organized andFUN manner?!  Sit Spots knows how important spatial management is for teachers!  That's why they sent FIVE $100 gift certificates to our meet-up!!


Now that we are talking about staying organized, let's focus on Seat Sacks!  THREE lucky winners went home with different Seat Sack Packs!  These teachers will now be able to have a classroom full of organized and tidy students!


Carson Dellosa has been in the business of making teachers happy for over 38 years!  If you have taught for any amount of time you have probably purchased their classroom resources, decor items, or supplemental materials!  Not only did they give cut-out accents to every attendee, they also donated three gift baskets


It's no secret that the Ron Clark Academy has been positively impacting education for several years now!  Well, now that our sweet Hope King and her precious hubby are teachers there, we are getting to see even more incredible things that are happening there!  Several bloggers have visited over the past year, and now TWO more teachers will get to plan a visit thanks to the generosity of Ron and Kim! If you can't get to their Academy right away, you many want to check out their newest books: Move Your Bus by Ron Clark, Crash Course by Kim Beaden, and Inside the Trenches by Adam Dovico.


Have you seen the Ellison All-Star machines?  These die-cutting machines are portable and easy to take on-the-go!  Ellison generously donated FIVE of their AllStar SuperStar Machines!  They also sent goodies for our swag bags... that every attendee was able to take home!


While we are on the subject of classroom goodies, let's talk about Teacher Created!  They donated THREE gift baskets showcasing their very own classroom decor materials!


Do you teach about butterfly life-cycles in your classroom??  If so, you MUST check out Insect Lore!  They are the original Butterflies-By-Mail company!  Everyone went home with a package of 3D insect stickers at our meet-up!


Kaplan provides developmentally-appropriate educational products to families, early education professionals, and classrooms! 

 

Looking to jazz up your laptop, phone, or tablet?  Skin It makes those devices that we are so addicted to even better than before!    


If you haven't heard of Kim Sutton's math materials, you must stop what you are doing and check them out NOW!  She brings the fun into your math instruction!!  Creative Mathematicsgenerously gave a Staff Development DVD :)




Lakeshore Learning is no stranger to education, right?!   We all know and love their teacher-and-student-friendly products!  Their STEM kits were the perfect gifts for our winners!

Who doesn't love a pretty notepad, desk organizer, and cards?!  Well, we have all known that Krista Wallden brings her A-Game to clipart, but she's also knocking it out of the park with her new Creative Paper Collection!  Of course, we just adore her new designs that make scheduling and planning such a pretty thing!

OHHHH, and if you love adding personal touches to your classroom, home, and well, pretty much anything... you MUST check out Silhouette America!  You NEED this cutting system in your life!  Silhouette donated a Portrait and Cameo to our get-together!

Are you a blogger?!  Are you looking to start a blog OR revamp your blog-look??  Jumping Jax Designs offers printables, invitations, AND blog designs!  We can't wait to see the look that our winner and Jumping Jax comes up with!



And, finally, we all just swoon over 's educational products.  From teaching materials, classroom manipulatives, classroom decor, and management tools to all thingsorganizational... we just can't get enough!  Thanks to RGS for donating an entire Math Kit to our meet-up!



















There are literally a thousand pictures that we took that night and it would be impossible to share them all with you. Here are just a few pictures of the night. 







(To see more pictures, please visit the What The Teacher Wants Facebook Page.)


As you can see, this turned out to be the biggest teacher and blogger bash of the century. Thanks again to all our generous sponsors who made the night possible and to all of you who were able to be there in person! 

The last shout of of the night goes out to all those who planned and organized this event over the past year. These girls reached out to all the sponsors and helped make the night such a success! (Not to mention they helped fill over 600 swag bags…)