Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Meet the Teacher Linky

Falling Into First is hosting a Meet the Teacher linky party! What a fun idea! I'm a little late to the party because we were out of town for a few days, but I just love stuff like this, so I have to join in. So, here goes...
 
I thought it would be fitting to use my school photo :)

My name is LeAnne Cooper, and I was a kindergarten teacher for 7 years. Now I'm making a big move into AIS reading; big changes like this are SOOOO not me, but waaay back when I first interviewed at my school, I told the principal that someday I wanted to be a reading teacher. Someday has arrived! The opportunity--and maybe more importantly the right timing--has arrived, and I went for it! I'm so excited to see what this new journey holds for me even though there are things about being a classroom teacher that I will miss. I will be split between K-4 and 8th grade. I don't know how many sections of 8th I will have yet which is the most stressful part since it's SUCH a departure from kindergarten! This year will definitely present some challenges and adjustments for me.
 
Niagara Falls
 My little family consists of Hubby, Little Man, and our two fur-babies, Olive & Pickles. Clay and I have been married 6 years and together for 10 this fall. We met in college during my sophomore year and started dating the next fall. It doesn't seem like it could be that long already; we're getting old (and really feeling old!). Nolan is in the midst of his terrible twos which really aren't so terrible. He's a smart little guy who can be quite stubborn--luckily he inherited that from both Mommy and Daddy. But he's a happy dude unless he's in a place that's too loud with too many people...he gets that from Mommy!
 
Olive & Pickles
Aren't they adorable? They're sisters from the same litter, and one of Hubby's coworkers has the brothers. If I had it my way, we'd have many more kitties, but Pickles would probably end up deeply depressed or something, and Olive would just be ticked off. Don't let them fool you, they are hard-core spoiled!


 
 
 THESE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS...

 my family. cats. beachy, tropical places. blog-stalking. jeans. hoodies. flats (anyone else not able to wear heels after pregnancy?). Flair pens. color-coding. office supplies. smelly markers (Mr. Sketch & Scentos). reading. the smell of old books & libraries. volleyball. Buffalo Bills football. Autumn. chai lattes. pumpkin spice anything. doritos. gelato. midnight Milkyways. Tim Horton's. Target. American Eagle. cute, fuzzy animals. blankets. naps. slippers. rugged boot socks.


 IF YOU WEREN'T A TEACHER, WHAT WOULD YOU WANT TO BE?
A baker? Or maybe a librarian. 
An author of children's books would be amazing. I'd be a good book editor, I think.
When I was young, I thought about being a psychiatrist or pastor, but I hardly think I'd be any good at either.


THREE LITTLE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE YOU.
 
introverted~loyal~giver

 
FINISH THE SENTENCE, "________,  SAID NO TEACHER EVER!!"

"I love going to all these meetings...said no teacher EVER!!"
 

Q: IT'S YOUR BIRTHDAY AND YOU CAN INVITE ANYONE {DEAD OR ALIVE} TO THE PARTY. WHO ARE YOU INVITING?

Grandpa


Q: IF SOMEONE WROTE A BOOK ABOUT YOUR LIFE, WHAT WOULD BE THE TITLE?

 Hangin' with Mrs. Cooper, of course! With some kind of funny and alliterative subtitle, but I can't come up with anything good at the moment. It would have to be something to do with being a momma, wife, & teacher.

 Q:YOU GET TO PICK ONE SUPERPOWER. WHAT IS IT?
 
  Healing people and animals--mentally, physically, emotionally, etc. Yep, that's a good one. I can't ever think of a really good superpower. What are some other options?

Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE OR SAYING?
 
I can't choose just one...here are my favorite teaching related ones:

"It's not, "How smart are you?" but, "How are you smart?"" -Howard Gardner

What Teachers Make (my all-time favorite poem...check out his other work while you're there. He's an amazing slam poet)

"Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." -Dr. Seuss

Q: IF YOU HAD TO SING ONE SONG ON AMERICAN IDOL, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

It's my FAVORITE song at the moment. So good!
 

 
 Q: ARE YOU A MORNING PERSON OR A NIGHT OWL?
Morning person...I go to bed when my toddler goes to bed. Sadly, this is not much earlier than before we had him! I'm one of those people that requires lots of sleep. Nuff said.

 
Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE RESOURCE THAT YOU'VE CREATED IN YOUR TPT SHOP?

I thought I would get a head start for the upcoming school year back in the spring because I knew I wanted to revamp my behavior system. There were a few things that needed tweaking. Little did I know that I would actually land a reading position and wouldn't need to worry about my formerly used behavior system! I was super excited to use my Ink-Saver Clip Chart Behavior System with Resources for the 2014-15 school year, but now that I won't have a classroom full of rugrats, I won't get the chance to use it after spending all that time on it! However, my sister is moving up (graduating?) from Pre-K to take over my position in Kindergarten, so she has been given this file to use as she needs. So, that's good enough for me!


Q: SHARE SOMETHING WE MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT YOU!
 
I love playing volleyball. And, I *used* to be quite good at it back in the day. That is one thing I REALLY miss about high school. My position was setter, but we ran a 6-2, so I was also a weak-side hitter. I sure miss the game! When the summer Olympics roll around, I am a volleyball watching fiend between court and beach games! 

 

Wow! I think I got it all done! Now you should know a little bit more about me, and I'm really enjoying reading about everyone else who's participating.
 
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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Off Topic: Wedding Gift

This post it completely off topic, but I just had to share my Pinterest inspired wedding gift for our good friends who got married this weekend! I love how it turned out! Teachers are crafty people, and there's gotta be someone out there who would be interested in this idea; I never would have come up with it myself, but heard (& saw) about it at a bridal shower at school for a coworker. So, really, I guess it IS kind of school related, right? :)





Yes, that's right, a crate full of wine! Yummy! Who wouldn't LOOOVE that gift? And, it's perfect for couples who don't really need much. It goes by a few different names: basket of wedding milestones or wedding firsts. Such a cute idea! I also found some with panties thrown in there for each occasion and a similar candle idea too. Check out my Pinterest board! I might have gone pin crazy--don't judge!

First I went searching online for inspiration and poems to go with the "firsts." I found some good poems here and here. Then I typed up all my poems and went shopping! Hubby came with me for the wine search; we NEEDED to get bottles that went with the poems! 11 bottles of wine, 1 sparkling cider, ribbon, burlap, lace, hemp, scrapbook paper, dish towels, a crate, sharpies, and wineglasses later, we have a masterpiece! :)

I used the towels to keep the bottles from getting smashed, cute & functional! You can kind of see them between the bottles. I used 5 towels--2 horizontally and 3 vertically.


To decorate the wine glasses, you need oil-based sharpie paint markers like these:


Draw or write whatever you want and put in a cool oven. Turn to 350 and bake for 20-30 minutes. Let cool in the oven. Then your wine glasses will be customized and hand-washing safe! Can also do this with ceramic mugs, plates, etc. I've done that for teacher appreciation gifts--adorable!


Below you will find a free copy of the poems; however, if you want the fonts to turn out like mine, you will need to make sure you have KG Only Hope, KG Eyes Wide Open, and KG Seven Sixteen downloaded from dafont.com. Can you tell I love KG fonts?! 


Yes, this looks crazy on the embeded google drive image above, but when you download it (if you have the correct fonts), it will look just like mine.

***This is just a typical word file, so names, fonts, colors, etc. can all be edited to your liking.***

 
List of wines: (many are local, so you may not be able to find all of them in your area)
  • Wedding Night: The Path Pinot Noir from The Path Winery, Napa, CA
  • Honeymoon: Relax Riesling from Schmitt Sohne, Germany
  • First Dinner Party: Famigli Pinot Grigio from Winebow Inc, NY
  • First Fight: Boom Boom! Syrah from Charles Smith Wines, Mattawa, WA
  • First Baby: Wegmans Sparkling Apple Juice
  • First New Year's Eve: Rosa Regale Banfi from Vigne Regali, Italy
  • First Anniversary: Simply Naked Unoaked Cabernet Sauvignon from Simply Naked Winery, Acampo, CA
  • First Vacation: Barefoot Refresh Summer Red from Barefoot Cellars, Modesto, CA
  • First Valentine's Day: Love Riesling from Inspire Moore Winery and Vineyard, Naples, NY
  • First Thanksgiving: Cranberry Bog from Montezuma Winery, Seneca Falls, NY
  • First Christmas Eve: Snow Goose from Goose Watch Winery, Romulus, NY
  • First Easter: Spring White Niagara from Bully Hill Vineyards, Hammondsport, NY

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

What's in my School Carpet Bag?

Ok, I love Mary Poppins, so just humor me for a minute. Here is my school carpet bag...you know, the bag in which I've been throwing all my random school supply purchases throughout the summer. It's practically perfect in every way! :)




Here's a breakdown of the goods:


 Target

Staples
I only chose the markers that I didn't already own...there were even more scents than this!

Walmart



I'm not really sure what I may or may not need to teach AIS Reading, but I'm sure all these goodies will be put to good use! It's kind of nice not having to buy every single school supply in sight to get ready to set up a classroom for 20 something little ones; I'm not really sure what to do with myself in that respect. I'm definitely looking forward to this new adventure as a reading teacher, and I'm getting the itch to get into my new room and get organized! BUT, let's not rush the last month of summer, okay?

So, what's in YOUR school carpet bag?