Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Back to School Series- Part 1 {DEJUNK IT}

Okay Friends-
     Summer is on its way out (and I am nearly sobbing as I type that), and back to school is closer than we want it to be (in fact, many of my friends are already back in the classroom WITH STUDENTS! WOW!)

     I am hoping to head over to my classroom later today and really dig in and get things figured out. I moved schools this year, so I have a lot to get ready.

     This is my old room packed up!

This is my new room:

     It looks much better now (still has a LONG, LONG, LONG ways to go in the next three weeks), but it was scary for a while. I didn't think I would fit as it is smaller than my old room (seems to be a moving theme for our family. Our new house is 500 sq. ft. smaller as well!). But fit I did and I think it turned out really well.

SO, on to the Back to School Tip!

TIP #1)
     One thing I learned from moving classrooms is that it is okay to dejunk!
I know, I know! I had the I "might need it some day" thoughts the whole time, but I haven't used it in 9 years, so I think it is okay to Let it Go! (Did you just starting singing in your head, I know I did, dang you Disney's Frozen!)
     I threw away a LOT of "stuff" that I can't believe I was hoarding in my filing cabinets and cupboards. Seriously, people, LET IT GO!
     Go through your cupboards and closets. See if you can fill at least TWO trash cans with "stuff" you don't need anymore (that, or put it on a table in the hall with a FREE sign on it! It feels so good to get it out. Plus, it makes room/space you might need for new curriculum for the coming year. That said, you can see that I still had plenty to move. 13 years of teaching in boxes is a sight to see.
     One of the hardest things I did was to go through all my professional teaching books, magazines, activity guides, etc. and let most of them go as well. I donated a HUGE pile to the school's professional development library. That way, if I needed something again, it was there to copy, but I didn't have to store it. I had so many books, I didn't even remember that I had, it was nice to get them out.

Okay, enough of the dejunk lecture. I just couldn't believe how refreshing it was to do it! (and I have been a hoarder in the past, so I know how hard it can be!).

Okay, no more waiting, get going and let operation DEJUNK begin!
I will be back soon with Tip #2 for Back to School!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

After This Move... I Will Be Right Back!

Howdy Dear Friends!
Just wanted to give you a quick update and let you know that I will be "back" soon. We are moving this week and it has been quite the adventure thus far. We have the new flooring and will be having the new furniture delivered tomorrow. Then the moving REALLY begins and we will move the rest of our stuff. I appreciate your kindness and patience as I have been slow to answer emails and requests.

Just know I haven't forgotten, I am just a little crazy-busy right now. I shall be back soon! WAHOO!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Welcome SDE Reading, Writing, Math & More Conference Participants!

Welcome to An Educator's Life, Home of Created by MrHughes!
I hope that your conference is turning out to be a fantastic experience. I was able to take a peek at the speakers/presenters and you are all in for some amazing ideas/sessions!

I hope while you are here you will take a minute and look around! I love to share great teaching ideas, especially on my Pinterest boards.
Like this one:

You can find the pin HERE.

What ever you hope you get out of the this conference, I wish you all the best. OH, and don't forget to swing by my Teacher's Pay Teachers store and check out some fun and engaging activities that will get your students engaged in hands-on learning! WAHOO!

For example:

This activity has students work in groups to complete mini-assignments designed to help them get to know each other. They then work together as a team to turn their mini-assignments into a dodecahedron (12-sided geometric figure). My students LOVE this activity! Be sure to stop by HERE and check it out. (AND, my entire store is 10% off until June 27th- SCORE!)

Have a fantastic conference experience!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014


I am pleased to welcome you to my newly remodeled blog, which is home to Created by MrHughes!
Danielle Westvang from Crayon Box Learning just made me a very happy teacher-author-blogger!
I hope to have a giveaway later this summer to celebrate (just got our house sold, trying to close on our new one AND get moved before school starts! PHEW!!)
Oh, and my wife did my caricature pictures and will be offering those from our Hughes Doodles Store in the near future- SO, if you want to see yourself cartoonified, we can help!

So, check back soon for more information and fun!


Monday, June 16, 2014

Beginner Pinterest- You KNOW You Want To Join Me in Vegas! (TpT Conference Blog Hop)

July 11th is going to be one amazing day in Las Vegas. Not only will I get to meet so many wonderful people that have become family over the past several years, I have the privilege of being a presenter at the FIRST EVER TpT Seller's Conference. WAHOO!

My session is going to be about the basics of Pinterest and how I have used it to help grow my Teachers Pay Teachers Store (with a few surprises and treats as well...). I KNOW who ever joins me for this session is going to have a blast- AND- learn.

Don't be afraid signup for my session if you already use Pineterest. I have a few tips and tricks to share that I think will help grow your followers AND your income.

You can signup for the conference HERE. Don't miss out this amazing event with the chance to network galore!

As part of my presentation, I have put together a handout that you can use to take notes on. Check it out HERE- it is a FREEBIE in my store. You even get to do an Order Up! activity to get you started! WAHOO!

I can't wait to meet you and work with you! YOU ROCK!


Now, on to the next stop! Check out this post by Kelley Dolling, owner of Teacher Idea Factory! She is presenting in Vegas as well. Pop on over and check out what you will have the opportunity to learn from her! Click HERE to keep the TpT Conference Hop going!

Friday, June 13, 2014

It's Summer! Let's Celebrate with a Sale!

I am joining up with Danielle Knight, From Study All Knight for a FUN SUMMER SALE!

     With up to 20% off at each store, you DO NOT want to miss this! No codes, just good plain savings. Clean out that wish list and let it sit until you are ready to start planning for next year!

Cheers and Happy Sale-ing!
-Mr. Hughes

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Pinterest- An Idea Mecca For Teachers

I must say that when I first heard of Pinterest, I was far from impressed and thought it a silly "girl" thing my wife enjoyed. BOY WAS I WRONG!

It took me a while to warm up to the idea of looking at it, but when my MALE teaching friend got all interested and had my wife show him how to use it, I decided that I may have been a little premature in my judgement! (Thanks to my wife for her patience AND for not rubbing it in OR torturing me with the 'I told you so' stuff).

So, two years ago, I had no followers, and had no clue what I was doing. Today, I have over 28,000 followers (and follow over 8,400 others) and I couldn't be more content with the idea generation that Pinterest provides. (Not to mention you can let your teacher hoarder run wild because nothing you collect takes up physical space in your house or classroom- bwa ha ha ha ...)

So, why do I share all this? Well, I have found so many inspiring ideas, anchor charts, science experiments, math ideas, tasty recipes for my wife to try (I burn everything I touch), laughter, and sometimes, things that make me go, hmmmm... AND, I just want to share with you some amazing Pinterest Boards (collections from myself and others) that you just might want to follow or "pin" from! BUT, first things first-

If you are NOT a member of the ever growing Pinterest community, now is the time- Go HERE and sign up. It is easy-peasy and you will be SO glad you did! WAHOO! Just remember to COME BACK to this post!

The site will walk you through the basics when you create your account, so no worries- and it has a short learning curve, meaning you will be up and pinning with the pros in no time!

Once you have your account, you can check out the boards below and click on the "FOLLOW BOARD" button at the top. Then, any idea that the amazing board owner posts, will show up in your Pinterest Feed and you can "Pin" it to one of your boards, thus securing that idea in your collection for eternity (or until you delete it!)

One last piece of advice! I realize that Pinterest is NOT just for teachers, and that there are TONS of ideas out there. AWESOME! Remember to SHARE your ideas with the community too. Yes, YOU! We all have wonderful things to share with each other.

Now.. on to the boards. These are 23 BOARDS handpicked just for you and they are boards that are sure to NOT disappoint you when you need a great idea! Go ahead, click around- and remember to follow the ones you find inspiration from!






















Thanks for stopping by and HAVE FUN PINNING! WAHOO!

If you have questions about Pinterest or have a board to share- leave a comment! I am always looking for more idea filled boards to enjoy!


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