Tuesday, June 16, 2015

2 For Tuesday!

Summer is underway here in Utah, and life is going great! I hope those that are still in school are winding down your year! YOU CAN DO IT!

I am excited today to be linking up with Cyndie from Chalk One Up For the Teacher for her 2 for Tuesday!

So, what is Two for Tuesday all about? Simple- It is a chance to check out resources that are sale for the remainder of the week- two per participating seller! WAHOO!
I am excited to offer two top-selling resources for a discount this week (end Saturday, June 20):
My Class Votes Awards Kit and my Rules of Divisibility Mystery Mazes!


Remember to swing by Chalk One Up For the Teacher to check out the OTHER amazing deals you can find for the week! 


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Product Review: Happi-Nappi Chair Bags for School Desk Chair

Hello My Friends-
It has been a LONG time since my last post. My life has been crazy-busy. I interviewed for and was hired to be the full-time administrator for my school a couple of weeks ago, and so I am finishing out this year as the 1/2 day 6th grade teacher and the full-time admin.

So, in this post, I want to review a product that I received back in October. This is NOT a paid post, and I always do my best to give my honest opinion of a product. If it is not something I would use, or don't feel is helpful, I will make it very clear in my review!

The picture below is of the Happi-Nappi Chair Bag. Cynthia Talley (the owner of Happi-Nappi) and I had several conversations about her product and she agreed to send me a chair cover to try out. My thoughts after getting the chair bag... THEY ARE AWESOME!

I have been using a different brand of chair pockets with my students for several years and I have LOVED them. To me, these chair pockets are a requirement in my classroom. Students use these to keep papers organized and out of their desks as well as their

Then, THIS happened. This amazing and wonderful bag! Ladies and Gentlemen- This bag is da bomb! Let me tell you why:

1) It is extremely well built! That is huge for students, esp. in upper grades where they tend to be hard on everything (you should see my playground equipment).

2) Pockets are deep. My daughter (who is in my class and was MORE than willing to test-drive this for me- which was actually a fight for the students on who wanted to use it!) said that she disliked the deep pockets, but we talked about it and she agreed that the deeper pockets were nice in that everything stayed put. She told me that getting her file folders out was harder and that her folders were getting ripped.  Given the choice, I would still take the deep pockets because papers aren't hanging out and falling out.

 3) There are many more pockets that you would find on a typical chair bag. LOVE THAT!

Here are several more shots of this awesome product:
 You can see how deep the big pocket it! A teachers dream of not having to see all the papers!

It does hang lower than other chair bags I have used, but that doesn't bother me, in fact I think it helps to  keep the chair better balanced and keeps it from becoming top heavy and tipping over.

I also like that it is shorter in the front so that it gets less wear and tear from students feet, etc. as they sit in their chairs, on their feet on their chairs, etc.

This is just simply one amazing product. Here is a short video about the company and how they make the bags:

You can learn more about these useful and well-constructed bags (including current pricing and even more suggestions for use) by clicking HERE!

So, do I recommend this product? ABSOLUTELY! I LOVE MINE!
Are there drawbacks? Only the possibility of  the deep pockets being harder to manage for some students- but I do NOT think this is a huge issue and I would buy these for my class in a heart beart. The price is the same as or less than the ones I currently use, and the quality is higher, in my opinion!

Thanks for stopping by- YOU ARE ALL ROCK STARS!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Picture Your Selfie in Vegas Giveaway!

 Can you picture it now?  YOU in LAS VEGAS? 

How about YOU in LAS VEGAS attending a one day session of the SDE conference?

Primary Chalkboard is giving away YOUR CHOICE of a 1 day session at SDE!

So, will it be Singapore Math, Differentiated Instruction, I Teach K, I Teach 1st, or the newly added I Teach 2nd? 

How fun is that?

BUT, that's not all, we're also including a $25 gift card to the SDE bookstore, CRYSTAL SPRINGS.

So, NOW can you picture YOURSELF in VEGAS?

Oh, you say you need money for airfare, hotel accommodations, or just some spending money while you are here?  Well, we've got that covered, too.  How about  
to help you out with that?!?!?

NOW, can you picture YOURSELF in VEGAS?

Here's how to enter for a chance to win.

Hop through our Facebook pages and collect a tip for your (possible) visit to Vegas.
Be sure to "like" each page as you hop through so that you can collect the tip.
Each tip will have a number on a playing card.
Add the numbers together and enter the sum  on the Rafflecopter on the Primary Chalkboard blog for a chance to win.
Be sure to add a comment and include #primarychalkboardsendmetovegas.

For an extra chance to win this, take a selfie, post it on IG with #primarychalkboardsendmetovegas 
Don't forget to tag us in your picture! @primarychalkboard

The winner will be picked on the evening of April 5th.

A HUGE thank you to SDE (Staff Development for Educators) for their kind and generous donation!

Good luck! WAHOO!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Teachers Are Heroes!

Howdy Friends!
Teachers Pay Teachers is celebrating TEACHER HEROES!
I think that really qualifies all teachers and even all those that are support staff in schools. I have learned, more than ever before, over the past 5 months as principal that schools have to have EVERYONE on board to function successfully!

So I am so pleased to honor teachers everywhere. The best part, is that a sale is being held in YOUR honor. You can save 20% off of all my resources (Just remember to use the code: HEROES)

In the comments below, feel free to leave a tribute to an teacher that has made a difference in YOUR life! :)
Click HERE to see ALL the awesome Secondary Teachers that are contributing!

Check out my Store HERE!

Happy Shopping and Honoring! :) WAHOO!

Monday, February 02, 2015

Product Review: Moby Max {and Giveaway}

Howdy Friends!
I have been AWOL for a while now, and it feels great to be back! 


What better way to appear than with a PRODUCT REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY! WAHOO!!!!!

Today's' Topic: MobyMax


 Mobymax is an online platform that give teachers access to varying topics for students to practice and master. It also offers prizes, reporting, one-to-one communication, among other motivational features. 

My Experience-
I have been using Moby Max for nearly two years. I just recently moved schools, so my use this year is less than I would like to admit. The reason? I only go to computers once a week, versus everyday like in the past. Set up on Moby Max is super simple and FREE, depending on the amount of access you want to features and data reporting. I used the FREE level for several months before moving to the paid platform. Why did I upgrade? Simple- it was inexpensive and it opened up a large amount of features that made it worth the cost. The content for the students in accessible in BOTH versions, however, so you CAN go the FREE route without sacrificing content!

Is it practical?
This is a question I ask myself every time I faced with the sign-up box. I have to ask myself, "Will I REALLY use this?". I always worry about getting my students loaded in the system, if it will be intuitive for my students, will the enjoy it, what makes it different from all the other platforms out there.

After spending time with my students on the program, I found that it was a platform that delivered exactly what my students needed- and I could access amazing reports- drilling down to each student's level.


-Super easy to add students! I can add my entire class of 19 in about 3-5 minutes. I LOVE that the enrollment is hassle free. The screen shot below is ALL the information you enter, and you don't HAVE to put in. Easy-Peasy!
-I love that my students can compete in contests for prizes
-It offers a placement test in each subject so students are placed where they need to work automatically! No more guessing if they are working on skills the really need!
-The ability to easily see what skills the class as a whole AND each student are rocking- OR- which skills need more work!
-Kid friendly, easy to use
-Not overwhelming- just a few problems in each practice set with IMMEDIATE feedback!
-Works on ANY device!
-Web-based- can access from home
-Reports include minutes spent on assignments
-Students earn minutes (you decide how many) by working through lesson that they can use in the game arcade! (I usually give the students time once a week to redeem their minutes and just play. They LOVE IT!)
-Frequent contests for teachers to win great prizes as well


-I gotta be honest- it isn't as graphically cutesy and eye-catching as some other platforms out there. My kiddos got over it pretty quick, and I reminded them this isn't a "game", it is interactive practice!


-FREE! WAHOO! Get started today: www.mobymax.com and create your FREE account!
-If you want ALL the bells and whistles, for just $99 a year for an unlimited amount of students, you can't go wrong!

Okay, okay...

So NOW that you have read my review of MOBYMAX, are you ready to WIN an ENTIRE YEAR of PRO FROM FREE!?!?!?!? WAHOO! Just enter on the Rafflecopter below! :)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

New Year's Resolutions 2015

Howdy Friends!
I am thrilled to be linking up with Jessica of Second Grade Nest in this awesome 2015 New Year's Resolution and Goals Linky! 

One professional goal that I have is to seek to better understand my role as an administrator. It is a crazy balancing act being both a 1/2 day teacher and a 1/2 day administrator this year, and I fear that I am failing at both jobs. I plan to spend a few minutes each school day in my office reading professional books, guides, and websites on how to better support my teachers and students in this new crazy world of "test'em to death" movements.

My second professional goal is to make myself be patient with my own abilities as a teacher. I tend to want to "make" kids and parents be perfect in everything that I do. I know that this is not realistic! I am working on encouraging every student to be her/her best and be content that they are doing their best!

My most important personal goal of 2015 is to get MORE SLEEP! This constant 1am-2am bed time and then up at 6am is not working for me. I am completely exhausted. With six kids, and wanting to not be a hermit around them, I find that after they are in bed in "my" time. Trying to create resources and run a school building are extremely time consuming, and I haven't quite found the balance. I hope I won't send out a 1am faculty email again in the new year!

My wife is amazing and I am hoping that I can show her that in the new year. I am hoping to take her on at least bi-monthly date nights- just us, not the 6 kids! This is one goal I am SUPER excited about!

 I do have another personal goal, and that is to journal about my life. My sister passed this past November, and one thing that I have truly enjoyed is reading through her many journals. She was an amazing person with lots of struggles that none of us knew about. It makes me love and miss her even more. I want my kiddos (and grandkiddos) to be able to read back over my life as well and get to know me better!

I hope that someday before I die I might be able to visit Ireland. It looks to be a beautiful and charming location. Guess I better start saving my pennies! 

 I don't know that I have anything that I would like to try. I am not really a picky eater, so I have tried quite the collection of food, even rattlesnake (and yes, it really DOES taste like chicken!). So, off the top of my head, I can't think of one!

I would love to learn how to play the cello. My mother plays the violin and I did try that once. My fingers are so big that I couldn't make it work for me. But, the cello would be awesome!

I really, really want to give up my negative attitude. I worry so much about what other's think of me or what I do, that I start to be negative about everything and use my "I don't care" mantra! NOT GOOD! So, I hope to start looking for three positive things about each day and then work up to more! Maybe I can even write about these in my journal (see personal goal above!)

Laugh! I want to enjoy my children and laugh more. 
I also want to call my parents more often. I don't call enough.

I want to finish my Daily Dose series by Spring Break! That will take some serious hard work and discipline! But, I think I can do it!

Don't forget to share YOUR New Year's Resolutions.

 Click on over over to Jessica's Second Grade Nest to get started! 
AND, don't forget to read all the other participants posts as well! :)

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Giving Back 100%: Huntsman Cancer Institute

A day of Giving Back was thought up by one amazing friend, Erica Colon (Nitty Gritty Science). Many sellers on TeachersPayTeachers.com are joining together is a day of giving back to those in need.

Each seller has chosen a charity that they hope to provide support to which means that LOTS and LOTS of organizations are going to get a little holiday boost in their accounts to help even MORE people in need. WAHOO!

Get Your Shop On: DECEMBER 14, 2014

It will be easy to identify those that are participating because their store logo will look like the one above for the entire day, December 14th. You can also use the linky below to find other sellers.

I want to tell you about the organization that I have chosen to donate 100% OF MY SUNDAY SALES to!

Huntsman Cancer Institute was started in 1995 by the Huntsman family. Jon M. Huntsman, a cancer survivor TWICE, felt that he wanted a more personal and caring atmosphere than what he experienced as he battled this horrible disease. In the past nearly 20 years the Huntsman Cancer Institute has grown into the world leader in cancer research and patient care. People come from all over the US to receive care, consultation, and support. This amazing facility even provides a research library for families to read about and learn what is being done to treat their condition and/or disease.

I know that my sister always felt taken care of and at ease when she was being cared for by the wonderful staff at Huntsman. Even in her last moments, the nurses and doctors were telling her what they were doing for her, talking quietly and kindly with her, and working to make her as comfortable as possible. They cried with us, and helped our family through that rough day.

If you would rather donate directly to (or want to donate extra) to the Huntsman Cancer Research Institute, you can click HERE. Please donate in my sister's name: Paula Lee Hughes Madsen (unless you have someone else in mind). Thank you SO much. The hope of a cure for cancer is the prayer of so many families that are dealing with this horrible problem!

If I can get $350 in sales to make a one-time donation, a brick will be placed in my sister's honor on the walk of hope path between the research center and the hospital! So that is my GOAL! $350 in sales. But, I need YOUR help to make it happen. Even better, there is an anonymous donor that will match ALL donations made until his/her $20,000 is met. That means that my $350 will be donated as $700! WAHOO!
We can do it!


Howdy Friends!
My students have been counting down this date for several days now. They think that the fact that the date reads 12-13-14 is the bomb-diggity and that the world should remember it! Hence, I am blogging about this historic date, since it won't be in my life time that is happens again!

So, how will YOU spend this once in a lifetime event?

Have 12-13-14 to YOU!

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

12 Days of Christmas Giveaway- DAY 10

Happy Holiday Friends,
This holiday season just keeps getting better!

Day 10 of the Twelve Days of Christmas Giveaway is here, and I am PROUD to be part of this wonderful day of gifts and fun. WAHOO!
If you haven't been following this amazing giveaway, never fear! You still have three days to enter! And Enter you MUST! :)

Check out these teacher-authors who have contributed to today's gifts:
2. Created By Mr. Hughes - $5 Store Credithttp://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Created-By-Mrhughes
3. Ms. Fultz Corner - $5 Store Credithttp://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Msfultzscorner
4. Flapjack Educational Resources - $5 Store Credithttp://www.teacherspayteachers.com/…/Flapjack-Educational-R…
5- Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah Designs- Who Organized this entire event! WAHOO!- 

-$30 Starbucks Gift Card (They have awesome treats and hot chocolate, so this is awesome even if you don't drink coffee, like me!)
-$20 TpT Store Credit or Featured Item (See above)
The contest will run for 24 Hours via Rafflecopter.
To Enter, Visit: https://www.facebook.com/ZipADeeDooDahDesign or click the picture at the top of this post!
Don't forget to tag your friends and share on your page! This is HUGE! AND, don't forget to enter Day 11 tomorrow and Day 12 on Friday!


Saturday, December 06, 2014

The Advent Adventure Continues- Day 7 (Two Gifts Just For YOU!)

Howdy Friends!
Don't forget to click on over to the Primary Chalkboard Blog so you can read all about my Specials Deals just for you!

With TWO Gifts (a freebie and a 50% off deal) you won't want to miss it!

Click HERE (or the picture above) to check it out!

Friday, December 05, 2014

iHeart Math Holiday Hop

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Please Note: Click on past dates to catch up, but, like advent calendar, the links for future dates won't work until the correct day! Enjoy our holiday gift to you! :)

Holiday Greetings My Friends-

     I have the pleasure of linking up with several wonderful math bloggers for a month long holiday hop.
We are excited about this collaboration because each day you can access a different blogger with
great holiday tips and a special gift. Be sure to tune in everyday to read each blog post.

Holiday Tip #1: It is so important for teachers to take care of themselves during this stressful time of the year. With activities, events, and celebrations going on around you, remember to step back and take time for yourself. Make your night easier once in a while and cut back homework- OR- plan to go over it together in class so you can have an much needed relaxing evening at home.

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Holiday Tip #2: When it comes to math and the holidays, use it to your advantage. Bring in holiday ads and some lessons about money, statistics (survey of favorite toys), graph the data, etc. Make it fun and engaging. Don't have time to stop and do these kinds or activities? No problem, exchange some of the story problems in your basal out with holiday problems, OR, challenge students to turn a set number of problems in their daily work into holiday based questions.

     Today, on the 6th day of our advent calender,  I would like to gift to you a FREE FULL WEEK of my  Daily Morning Math series! This program is based around Common Core Standards, but will fit into ANY math program. With just a few minutes a day, your students will get to practice and master basic skills that will prepare them for the next grade AND help them be successful on assessments! (Even if you don't teach 6th grade, go ahead and give it a whirl! I think you will LOVE it!)

Click the picture OR HERE to download it! 

     Thank you for linking up with me today. Be sure to tune in everyday during the month of December
to read each blog post. By clicking on the header at the top of this post, you will return to the starting point of our blog hop.
Don't Miss Tomorrow!
     Join us tomorrow as The Teacher Studio will be providing you with wonderful holiday tips and a special

Happy Holidays-

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