Monday, August 3, 2015

Big Heartland Big Giveaway Winner Announced!

This weekend I participated in the Big Heartland Big Giveaway! 

Thank you to all who joined in! The winner of one item of your choice from my TPT Store is.......

Check your email, Ms. Dan Yell! :) 

If you participated in the giveaway, look for a new followers freebie in your TPT inbox soon! 

Don't forget to check back on Sept. 1st for more $1 deals!


Sunday, August 2, 2015

TPT Back to School Sale!

Are you READY?!


My entire store will be 28% off! 
Whose store are you stalking? 

I'm off to fill up my shopping cart! 

(: Mandi

Friday, July 31, 2015

Big Heartland Big Giveaway!

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  There is a reason it is called The Heartland! We love our neighbors and if you travel through-YOU are our neighbor! My fellow Big Heartland Bloggers and I have a sweet surprise for you! Just in time for the back to school crunch, were 're offering you $1 deals! This Saturday August 1st, all of my desk name plates will be just one dollar! That's a 50% savings! You can choose the style and print perfect for you!

   Wait, it doesn't end there! Many of us are also having a BIG Giveaway! 

Through Sunday, you can hop through our blogs and find chances to win lots of great resources to start your year off right.  I will be giving away one item of your choice to one lucky winner! I will announce the winner on Monday!

Don't forget to check back on the 1st of every month for more $1 deals! Happy Shopping!

(: Mandi

Monday, July 27, 2015

Birthday Sale!

The only thing I love more than cupcakes and chocolate is a GOOD sale! 

Hop on over to my store for some deals! 


Saturday, July 11, 2015

It's Not Rocket Science!

 I was recently given the opportunity to attend a STEM Leadership conference sponsored by our local university and Verizon.  Pairs of Mentor Teachers and their Novice Teachers were invited to attend together. I really love that the intent was to foster on-going learning relationships with teachers. Attending workshops in the summer is not always fun...but THIS opportunity was not only fun- it was inspiring!

 If you don't know much about STEM and why it's important, here's the basic breakdown.

Obviously, this is something we can do something about- starting in elementary school. So what stops us? For me it is funding and lack of materials. At this conference I learned that the key to getting funding for STEM programs in our schools really relies on partnerships with businesses/corporations. According to our presenters, they have bookoos of funds available and teachers rarely fill out the grants. So I need to get my tail in gear! 


  My favorite speaker of the day was Rose Kirk, Verizon's Chief Corporate Social Responsibility Officer. I immediately related to her because she is homegrown (an Arkansas girl!) Verizon supports a number of STEM educational initiatives, including the Verizon Innovative Learning Schools program and the Verizon Innovative App Challenge.  I had no idea!

 Throughout the day, we participated in several hands-on workshops. This was SO fun! If I am hooked, I am sure my students will be. I can't wait to integrate STEM activities in my classroom!

 Here we are transferring fat-head minnows (I did NOT make that name up!) and water fleas into small containers. We learned how these animals are used to help test the toxicity of water. It was really cool!

Here we are in a workshop with Vic Dreier, director of Project Lead the Way. PLTW provides a comprehensive approach to STEM Education using activity-, project-, and problem-based curriculum for students K-12.  We got just a taste PLTW and participated in fun (back-to-school appropriate) STEM Activities.

Here we are with one challenge: Create 2 name tags using only 2 pipe cleaners, 1 notecard, 1 rubber band, and 1 paperclip.

At the end of the conference we were surprised with free stuff (and not just ink pens and note pads!) Who doesn't love free stuff?!? 

Excited Teachers with Kindle Fires and USBs!

 Thank you to ASU and Verizon for partnering to get us excited about STEM! If you have the opportunity to attend an event like this in the future, I HIGHLY recommend it! Also, if you are looking for STEM resources in your area, start with your state's STEM coalition.