October Favorites


Hey hey! October has flown by!  I love decorating for fall and Halloween, I can pretend the weather is going to cool off, and both of my girlies have their birthdays.  It's been an incredibly busy, fun, and exhausting month.  Here are a few of my favorites (and a freebie) from this month.
You can't pour from an empty cup free printable as well as some of my favorites from this month.

This post contains affiliate links which means Amazon tosses me some change whenever someone makes a purchase through one of these links.  Please know I only share items that I use and love.  I hope you'll find a new favorite this month! 

We finally got a BIG project finished that's been on my new house to do list since we bought it.  For some inexplicable reason, the builder chose to leave the areas next to the fireplace empty.

Um, okay.

The perfect fall coat from Loft.

Well, we finally got our built-ins put in this month, and I could not love it more.  They finish off the room and give us a ton of extra storage.  Can I tell you how happy I am that those cabinets are empty except for the electronic nonsense?  Best household luxury ever.
Shake Shack, y'all!  I'm embarrassed to say that Shake Shack was in my top three for must do's when I took a weekend trip to New York City this month for an unconfernece at the Teachers Pay Teachers offices.  Thankfully, I was with like minded people, and we were able to squeeze in a visit to my beloved Shake Shack.

Here's a philosophical question for you-Can it be a favorites post without something from Loft?  I am in love with this jacket.  I feel like Goldilocks when it comes to winter coats.  Everything is either too light or too heavy.  I live in Houston, y'all.  I need a heavy winter coat maybe five times a year.  This coat from Loft is that just right in between.  This photo doesn't actually show the color well.  It's more of an army green.

I got a new phone this month which meant time for a new case.  I fell hard for the matching portable charger because who can say no to a matching ensemble?  Apparently, not me.  I picked this up at Nordstrom, but there are tons on Amazon.
The cutest matching iphone case and portable charger from Sonix.

And here's a hard lesson I'm finally starting to learn.  This teacher/wife/momma life is hard.  We end up giving, giving, giving, and there's nothing left.  Once you've given everything, you're no good to anyone.  Make sure you're filling your cup.  Here's a print to remind you to make space in your life to take care of yourself.  Click here or below to download the image.

You can't pour from an empty cup free printable as well as some of my favorites from this month.

Here's to an awesome November!
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Four Ways to Dig Deeper with The Reading Strategies Book


This post contains affiliate links which means Amazon tosses me some change whenever someone makes a purchase through one of these links and allows me feed my book habit! 

If you've been on my blog before, you may have noticed that I'm a HUGE Jennifer Serravallo fan.  I'm pretty much trying to live my reading teacher life as the gospel according to Jen.

The Reading Strategies Book is one of the best resources out there for reading teachers.  I love how easy it is to use.  It's 300+ pages but each page is a single teaching strategy lesson.  You can read more about it here and here.
Take your love of The Reading Strategies book to the next level with four great ways to get more out of this resource.

If you already have The Reading Strategies Book, here are four ways to get more out of your book:

1.  Get it Spiral Bound

I have seen this on Instagram, but I've been scared to take my precious book to Office Max for potential butchering.  I won an extra copy at a workshop and figured it would make the perfect guinea pig.
Take your love of The Reading Strategies book to the next level with four great ways to get more out of this resource.
This is a book you'll turn to over and over.  Being able to open it to a specific strategy lesson and having it lay flat and stay on that page is a major bonus.  Maybe Heinemann should try this out for future releases? (Hint, hint!)

2.  Join the Facebook Group
Heinemann started a Facebook group, The Reading Strategies Book Community.  So many teachers have come together to support each other and discuss how they are using it.  Jennifer Serravallo shares tips and answers questions in Facebook Live videos.  You can join the group here.

3.  Online Resources
Heinemann has a The Reading Strategies Book page.  It's kind of buried on their site, and I didn't know about it until it was shared at the workshop.  There are several resources on the site-a book study guide, how to use it with a basal reader, blog posts, etc.  My favorite one is this reading inventory to use with goal setting.  I think this is hands down one of the best reading inventories I've seen.
Take your love of The Reading Strategies book to the next level with four great ways to get more out of this resource.

4.  YouTube Videos
I love being able to see teaching in action.  Hop on over to YouTube and search The Reading Strategies book (or just click here) to see videos about the book and of Jennifer Serravallo conferring with students.

How else do you get more out of your The Reading Strategies Book?
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Differentiation in a Snap with Newsela


Differentiation.  We all understand how it valuable it is for our students' learning but finding high quality and high interest materials to actually use is a whole different story.  A mythical rainbows and unicorn type story.

I feel like I'm late to the Newsela party, but this site is amazing. What's not to love about a free site with high interest, quality non-fiction articles WITH ADJUSTABLE READABILITY LEVELS in English and Spanish?

Differentiation is easy with Newsela.  One click changes the readability level of the high interest articles on this free site.

I love how easy it is to change the readability level.  Click the Lexile level buttons on the side to select the text difficulty.  The grade level recommendation and word count is shown for each level.  Quizzes and writing prompts are included for each article.


There are two sites you can visit: Newsela and Newsela Elementary.  Both sites have overlapping content articles, but Newsela also inlcudes more current event type articles for middle and high school students.  Each site also has curated text sets on different topics like hurricanes, recycling, and monsters.

Newsela is free for students and teachers.  If you do want to take it to the next level with Newsela Pro, you can click here to see a chart that shows the difference between a free and paid Pro account.  The Pro account allows you to have more tracking and student/teacher interaction.

I'd love to hear how you're using Newsela in your classroom!

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October Desktop Calendar

Happy October to you!  We started out October in Houston with a morning temperature of 60! I'm in heaven.  We'll be back to 90 soon, but it's a start!  I love the month of October-the clothes, the decorating, the pumpkin spice overload, I love it all.

September 2016 Desktop Calendar Free Download

Here's a calendar background that will help you pretend it's fall even if you're somewhere that the mosquitoes are still biting!  These watercolor leaves are from Design Lovers Studio (affiliate link), and they're so perfectly fallish.  Download the image by clicking here or on the image below.



Happy fall to you!
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