I *pinky promise* I love my job!

... but as I write this blog post, I can't help but to be a little excited over another snow day! There's just something about watching television at night patiently waiting for my school to be listed, on the bottom two inches of the screen, telling me we're cancelled! I can't even begin to explain the feeling I get knowing that I can stay up a little later to watch all the shows I normally miss! :)

I know... I know... this just means we have to make it up when the weather is nice.  OH WELL!

Of course Charley is excited I get to be home with him today.  Poor lil guy is not digging this snow, or the -2 degree weather. He and I actually have a laundry list of things we need to get accomplished.  We were snowed in this weekend and didn't get a lot done, but I'll take riding snowmobiles over grocery shopping any day!

My List...
finish end of nine weeks progress reports
work on my blog
gym 
grocery shop
grab lunch with my mom
upload my newest TpT products
make dinner
paint my nails
finish season one of Sons of Anarchy

Charley's List..
eat
sleep
quick bathroom walk
work on his chew toy
sleep
eat
(you get the picture)


Off too cross more off our lists. Have a great day everyone! Be sure to stop by later today to see my newest TpT uploads!:)

xoxo,
Charley's Classroom





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Brr! Staying In & Snuggling Up!


It's a snow day today for schools in southwestern PA, and I must admit... I STILL get excited about them just as much as I did when I was a little kid:)  Charley and I are spending our snow day enjoying some much needed snuggle time on the couch watching the snow fall, catching up on our DVR recordings, and drinking tea from one of my most favorite mugs - I'm drinking the tea, however I'm sure Charley would enjoy it equally as much:) We have zero desire to move! But I am wondering, what do other teachers do on snow days? I can't imagine being the only one who enjoys being lazy for a few hours! I don't get this luxury on the weekends. 

Hope everyone is having a wonderful Tuesday & if you're in this "Polar Vortex," just like we are, stay warm!


xoxo,
Charley's Classroom
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Happy New Year!... nearly three weeks later:)


Out of all the resolutions I have for 2014, and I have quite a few, I hope blogging is the one I stick to the most! 2013 was a heck of a year for me, BUT I have come out of it feeling better about myself than I ever have before. 

So, you might be wondering "why blogging?" Well here's my story as to how this all got started...

At the start of this current school year in August, when things are always the craziest, my teacher friend/coworker Joey Udovich sent me one of her AMAZING binders she creates and sales on TpT - Teachers Pay Teachers for those of you who have never heard of this wonderful site before. I loved it and COULD NOT wait to use it. Once I got my new binder all set up and ready for the year, I put it next to my IEP binder I made for myself at the beginning of the 2012 school year... how pathetic mine looked.  I was determined to make mine look as nice as I could compared to hers – which would be no easy task because Joey is insanely talented and creative. With a little help from notes I took at a Powerpoint class a few months prior to this task I was trying to conquer, as well as tips and tricks from Joey, I made my very own IEP Meetings Binder! It only took me about a week *sigh* but it was so worth it.

(Check out “Inside the Classroom” for pictures of my IEP Meetings Binder and how I use it.)

Creating this IEP binder of mine really got my creative juices flowing.  I wanted… NEEDED to make a binder in color, too!  In a conversation with my mom one day, while I was telling her about this IEP binder I had just created, she suggested that if it worked for me why don’t I upload it to TpT for other teachers, too – my mom is a retired special education teacher who had worked with Joey also, so she was familiar with TpT.  And so that’s how it all started. I uploaded my first three binders in December and another one a few days ago! 

I can't give a HUGE enough thank you to Joey Udovich for introducing me to ALL of this – creating teaching resources, TpT, blogging, and so much more. I can’t say enough about the wonderful teaching resources she creates… http://createteachandshare.blogspot.com/ Check it out:)

I’m overly excited to see what this year has in store for me!
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