“Giftedness is not what you do or how hard you work. It is who you are. You think differently. You experience life intensely. You care about injustice. You seek meaning. You appreciate and strive for the exquisite. You are painfully sensitive. You are extremely complex. You cherish integrity. Your truth-telling has gotten you in trouble. Should 98% of the population find you odd, seek the company of those who love you just the way you are. You are not broken. You do not need to be fixed. You are utterly fascinating. Trust yourself!”

Linda Silverman~Gifted Development Center Denver

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Back to School Survival Kits

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Something about going back to school puts us all in SURVIVAL mode!  I think the image pops up as MOST pinned on my Pinterest account is this one...
Photo of  Back to School Teacher Survival Kit @teachingisagift.blogspot.ca

Each year, I make back to school survival kits for my new teachers I think might need a boost and for student teachers who will be working in my room.

Photo of Back to School Teacher Survival Kit @teachingisagift.blogspot.ca

Photo of Back to School Teacher Survival Kit @teachingisagift.blogspot.ca

This year, I remade the label for the Teacher Survival Kit and have included an editable version as well.  This way, you can grab the label from my TpT store, shop for the materials listed on label pictured below, print off the label and make a great little gift for a teacher you know.  You can make a Teacher Survival Kit inside any container you like.  I keep my eyes open for things like the little paint can pictured above.  You can grab these types of things at dollar and craft stores.  I tend to keep a little stash on hand, so I am ready when I need to create one in a hurry.

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Or you can use the editable label, create your own list, print it and attach it to the container of your choice.  The editable label does include a funky font embedded in the file.  Just be aware, you cannot change up the fonts like you see on the version above.

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You can grab the label to make your own Teacher Survival Kit by clicking on either image above.

In case you haven't seen my earlier post about making survival kits, I use this nifty label making machine to print out the labels before I attach them.  I love it and I found it at my local Walmart. It's called a Xyron Create A Sticker in case you want to run out and get one.  I have used this machine to label EVERYTHING in my classroom.  

Don't want to forget my students!  I am known in my school for giving each student a Back to School Survival Kit each September. This year I have decided I will print off the cute labels I have made and place them with the necessary supplies inside a plastic reusable water bottle.  

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As the summer is coming to a close, I am going to start assembling my Back to School Student Survival kits, so stay tuned for some pictures.

What do you do for colleagues and students at the beginning of the school year? Leave me a comment if you would like to be able to purchase an editable version of the Back to School Survival Kit for Students as well.

Monday, 17 August 2015

A little BONUS! MORE15!


I have to say I am loathe to think about back to school.  I am going into my 25th year as an educator and I still LOVE my job, but I also LOVE my summer vacation.  Now, that being said, I have started to think about school.  How can I not?  I am seeing ads on T.V. and in the paper and the stores are starting to fill with school supplies.  Many of my teacher friends in the southern U.S. states have already gone back to class.

To help ease the transition back to thinking about school, Teachers Pay Teachers is having a little BONUS sale on Wednesday, August 19th.  I still think that is EARLY for us up here in the True North, but I know many teachers are getting in gear.  You can save up to 28% on all your purchases.  Make sure you use code MORE15 at checkout! This is the BEST time to get all the things on your wish-list!

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Click on the image to download your FREE copy!

A group of Canadian TpT sellers has again created an outstanding back to school eBook filled with cool tips, freebies and products that will take the sting out of the end of summer. Download this FREE Canadian Back to School eBook today, before the sale, to help you choose some great goodies to purchase on Wednesday. Get ready to shop by stocking up your TpT CART!

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Back to School with the TpT EH Team!

I know most of us are studiously avoiding the thought of Back To School time...but this IS a great time to stock up on items you WILL want and need come the beginning of September.  
Teachers Pay Teachers is having a Back To School sale and you can save up to 28% on sale items. The sale runs August 3rd and 4th.  

Use code BTS15 at checkout to ensure you get your full discount! 

If you are looking for Canadian stores in which to spend your hard earned cash (and use your TpT credits) look no further than the links below.  

Monday, 6 July 2015

Canadian Teacher Pages to Follow on Facebook

I have many awesome teacher friends.  Teachers I know through our online interactions who are passionate about education.  These are amazing people who have so much to share with the teaching community.  There are many outstanding Canadian teacher pages for you to follow, but I would like to introduce you to fifteen of my favourites (in no particular order)!


Runde's Room is a treasure trove of interesting, curriculum based ideas and activities which the author, Jennifer has put to the test in her Ontario classroom.  She has a bit of everything from math to language arts, art to drama.  Be sure to add her to your list.

Addie is an amazing west coast teacher who has a laid back vibe and great resources.  Her focus is on middle and high school and you will always find something new and inspiring from her page. My students LOVED her Moon Phases activity with Oreo cookies while we were learning about Space.

This is one of my best blogging buddies and she puts her heart and soul into her work as a teacher and in creating new and interesting ideas for the middle school classroom.  Her history resources are a life saver for those implementing the new Social Studies Curriculum in Ontario.

One of the kindest people on the web! Shelley is an experienced teacher from the west coast who excels at everything she does. She is an awesome primary teacher with a love and passion for teaching language arts.  Don't miss out on her amazing resources for teaching social responsibility.


Smack dab in the middle you will find the Classroom Sparrow. Shey is a dedicated teacher from Manitoba who creates amazing resources for a variety of areas.  I love her flip books and foldables.   


If you are a French speaking teacher in Ontario, Mme. Aiello is the person to follow.  She is up to date and in tune with the needs of today's middle school students.  She has lots of great ideas which she shares willingly with everyone!


Whether you love clip art or you love awesome primary resources Susanna has it all.  Another west coast teacher, she is dedicated to creating interesting, intriguing images which add so much to many of the products you see out there.  She also creates great resources for use in the Canadian classroom.


Erin is an educator from Kingston, Ontario who loves to share her passion for learning with everyone!  Her page shares ideas for classroom management, language arts and more.  There is always something interesting going on in Mrs. Beattie's classroom.


New teachers and veterans alike will enjoy Mrs. Mathis' homeroom.  She is a very dedicated teacher from Northern Ontario who has transitioned from supply teaching to having a full time, split grade classroom.  Renee has lots of inspiring stories and great activities to share!


Ontario teacher?  Look no further, Tina has lots of great ideas and activities for social studies, language and math!  A very popular author on TpT, Tina creates things for that classroom that are tried, true and easy to implement.

Patti from Madly Learning has been madly redesigning her blog and her FB page.  She has tons of great ideas for Ontario teachers who are looking for help with "reading, writing, arithmetic and technology". Her long range plans for combined grades are big sellers in her TpT store.  


Miss Monica is a wonderful, caring mother and teacher from Quebec. She hosts weekly link ups on her blog and keeps her followers up to date on her page. Monica creates unique and inviting products for her TpT store and is always super supportive of teachers who pose questions on her FB page or blog.


Heidi keeps her FB page full of "ideas, tips and resources for elementary teachers".  An active blogger, Heidi creates a wide variety of teacher resources, including her very popular "Poem of the Week" bundle.  

Terri is another west coast teacher with pizazz!  Right now she has an awesome FREE school year teacher calendar you can download.  Be sure to visit her page for more information and ideas which you can implement in your classroom.


One of my goals for this summer is to keep MY own FB page more up to date and interesting.  I am hoping that by adding my own page to this list, it will keep me sharing fun, engaging and useful tips for my teacher friends!  

Saturday, 2 May 2015


Listening:  Even though it is the weekend, I am up with the birds at dawn.  I just can't sleep even when there is no work to be done...because we all know there is always work to be done.  I decided that as I had given my students their May Currently to complete for homework this weekend, I should have to do mine as well.  
Click on the image to find this awesome product in Farley's store.
If you would like to do "Currently" in your classroom you can find it in Farley's TpT store (click on image above).  I have been using it for the past two years and I love it and so do my students!  I save each month for them, and at the end of the year they have a sort of Currently of the Year(book) to keep as a memento of their year in my classroom.

Loving: Sunshine.  I live in Canada where lately we seem to get two seasons, Winter and Summer.  We go from one careening into the next.  This year it seems as though we might have an actual spring though.  The weather has been lovely and there has been lots of sunshine.  Taking my students outside to run and prepare for track and field season has been a pleasure this year.

Thinking: My hubby last night leaned over as I was trying to fall asleep and said "It's just 36 more days".  I realized he was counting down for me.  He knows how wearing this last stretch becomes for me.  It has been a year of many ups and downs and I truly love my class and will be sad to see them move on, but I am ready to tackle some serious ME time!

Wanting: I have been battling a raging strep/sinus infection ever since I last posted my Currently.  I ended up getting sicker than I have ever been while in Cuba.  I had the worst case of strep throat ever!  It was awful to be so ill while vacationing in paradise.  I have been on four different antibiotics since I returned, and just last week my GP told me I am still testing positive for strep.  I developed a sinus infection that is so severe, I missed 5 days of school out of the last 10.  I have tried everything to clear up my sinus infections, including surgery.  If anyone knows of a miracle cure, send it my way!

NeedingNow that spring IS here, I realize there are so many things that need to be done.  At home, I would like to get a new front door for our house.  It is not easy finding something to replace a 50 year old, solid wood, double door.  We have to find something soon though, I don't think this old door will make it through another summer.   I also really want to get my kitchen renovated.  It too has original cabinets and backsplash.  I would love to bring it out of the 1970's!  I have been looking at IKEA kitchens lately, but I just cannot make up my mind. At school the list is mounting, update IEP's, make class lists for next year, write report cards, Open House is next week, we need to make a spectacular Mother's Day gift before next weekend, a field trip next Friday to the Brickworks here in Toronto, play day to organize...the list is just endless.

Summer: Last summer we rented a cottage in Wasaga Beach for two weeks from a colleague.  We have decided that we loved it so much that we wanted to go back.  Luckily, she has happily agreed to rent to us again so we will be spending two glorious weeks on the world's longest fresh water beach, getting sun, sand and relaxation.  CAN'T WAIT!  

Want to see what all the other fabulous bloggers are CURRENTLY up to?  Check out Farley's link up by clicking on the image below.