Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Twitter Message Board - A Silhouette Tutorial

I was waiting to do any big bulletin boards until I found out where I was teaching.  Usually I am a "mobile teacher", teaching in 3 different rooms throughout the day.  Not this year!  I've got all of my classes in the same room.  Woo hoo!  No need for me to put everything on Bristol board or tri-fold boards and haul them from class to class.  

Last year I used "tweet sheets" as a exit slip and they were so much fun!  Make sure to mix up the prompts... but more on that in a future post.  Today I want to show you why I love my Silhouette Cameo and how easy it is to cut out any shape.  

If you look on the Silhouette Studio Store there isn't anything that resembles the cute bird from the twitter logo.  I wanted to use that as part of this bulletin board I'm making, but school starts next week and I'll already have so much laminating to cut out!  

Here are the few steps you'll need to do in order to cut out the cute shapes you can't find in the store for your bulletin boards:

Now this is what I've got:
That won't be the background, it's just the inside of a notebook :)
I figure I will cut out 30 or so and add them to some black Bristol board, and put them up on the cupboard by the classroom door.  I'll post the finished product when it is all done!

My Cameo is really paying off this week!  Do you have one too?  How do you use it for your classroom?  Let me know in the comments below :)

Monday, 19 August 2013

FREEBIE: Colorful Lesson Planner Template

I just love colorful things, especially when it comes to teaching.  Last year I bought a teacher planner from Staples and would spend the time on Sunday night to outline all of the rectangles in different colors for the different periods in the day.  My friend/co-worker asked me the other day when I was going to pick my planner up from Staples I told her that wasn't happening this year!  I am making my own this year, I told her.  I'm not sure if I will save any money this way, maybe in the long run, but I'm okay with that.  

I know the yellow part looks tough to read but it is so pretty when printed!
Here is the lesson planner I'm using.  It's so colorful and bright.  I'm sure it will lift my spirits if I am having a rough day.  Plus, since I am printing it out myself I can just put it into a binder and not have to deal with the spiral binding or the lack of a hard surface to write on.  I've been pinning lots of planners but I just needed one that's right for me.  The ones from the big-box shops don't cut it for me, and many of the wonderful planners on TpT are more geared towards elementary teachers.

If you want to check it out and alter it to suit your needs, I've made the template free at my TpT store.  Find it here: Free Colorful Lesson Planner Template.
Let me know if you like it, and if you do I will offer more free pages at my store :)

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