Saturday, August 17, 2013

Spark Student Motivation and Saturday Snapshots...

I'm linkin' up with Joanne from Head Over Heels for Teaching for Spark Student Motivation and I'm also linkin' up with Michele from Run! Miss Nelson's Got the Camera for Saturday Snapshots!


This summer, I spent a great deal of time with Miss Nelson creatin' new things for our collaboration store, Double Trouble, but before that Miss Nelson helped me create some Special Edition-Behavior Beads as a piggyback off of her original Behavior Beads.
What better way to spark student motivation than handin' out a Behavior Bead when caught doin' somethin' fantastic, or masterin' a tough concept?  Behavior Beads are not just for the "little kids".  Even the "big kids" enjoy receivin' somethin' they can hold on to and brag about.  Students place Behavior Beads on a necklace and can store at school for safe keepin' or wear back and forth from home to school.  I would suggest printin' on card stock and laminatin'.  Just punch a hole and they are ready to be stored(clear plastic craft or jewelry boxes) until you pass them out for students to put on a ball chain.

Special Edition Behavior Beads:

S.T.E.M. Edition-Behavior Beads

Rockin' Behavior Beads-Special Edition

Rockin' Behavior Beads-Part Two

Intermediate Edition-Behavior Beads

PreK Edition-Behavior Beads (also great for Kinder)

3rd Grade Rocks Beads

4th Grade Rocks Beads

5th Grade Rocks Beads
With TpT havin' a huge sale on 8/18 & 8/19, I will also be havin' a 20% sale in my TpT store until 8/20.  Use the code: BTS13 to receive an additional 10% off.  I don't know about you, but my Wishlist is FULL!.  I couldn't be more excited though because I have TONS of wonderful ideas in my cart that I can't wait to purchase from all of the creative teachers out there.  You guys sure make life much easier for me.  I actually have time to enjoy the things you are goin' to read about below!

Now on to my snapshots: Almost two weeks ago I wrote my Tried it Tuesday post about my major S'MORES fail. Thursday evenin' I woke up from my nap after workin' in my classroom all day and Jerm had made me a treat from a suggestion I got from Liz over at Floating through Fifth. She suggested S'mores Treats and I did all the hard work of copyin' the link and emailin' it to Jerm!  Here is what he came up with:
YUM!  Isn't he sweet? 

Jerm also hung up my glittery read letters on fishin' line(hangin' from ceilin').  
They are not actually attached to my fabric covered bulletin board. 

This is my bestie.  She is showin' off our Back to School display for pre-school plannin'.  We didn't make the display; our sweet Assistant Principal made this.  Our school has had some major heartaches this year.  Our principal has been gone off and on since January with her son while he had treatments and a bone marrow transplant for leukemia.  They are finally gettin' to come home this weekend.  It's been a long journey, but they have remained positive throughout all of it and I am blessed to know such amazin' people.  We are SpiveySTRONG!  Now we have another faculty member battlin' cancer, so prayers are always appreciated for healin' and comfort.

 While I was takin' my nap the other evenin' and Jerm was bakin' and makin' me dinner, I got a text from my bestie's daughter.  She asked me to look out my window, so I did.  You can't see them, but they are on this boat goin' past the bridge.  My bestie's daugher will be leavin' for college tomorrow.  My bestie's parents took her out on this dinner boat right before she left for college herself.  What a wonderful tradition and memory they both now have.  My heart is breakin' for my bestie as I watch and listen to her lettin' go of her little girl a little bit, but my heart is also burstin' with love and pride for her daughter as she starts her adventures in the next chapter of her life.  She will do & be great things...more than she already is.  Love, love, love them!

 Paddle boardin'.  This was after my session.  So much FUN!

Jerm was takin' this pic and sendin' it to me from his work while I was sendin' him the next pic from my house at the SAME TIME!

Too funny...great minds think alike.  We've had lots and lots of rain here in the Panhandle this week.  We are on a Flash Flood Warnin' until tomorrow at 7:00 p.m. I didn't want to get out in the rain to go to school to mess with the gate, but I have no problem makin' my way to the arcade for my nephew's birthday party! 

Have a great week everyone and stay safe!


  1. I didn't realize you were in the Panhandle. My husband grew up there and my in-laws are still there. We saw some crazy pictures of Facebook of all the flooded roads. Stay safe!

    Those Smores treats look amazing!

    Hunter's Teaching Tales
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    1. Small world Bethany! Yes, I'm in Panama City Beach. The rain has been awful today. I missed all of it earlier in the summer while I spent several weeks with my grandmother in Georgia. The pictures scared me to death. I don't think this weekend has been as bad as that was, but it's still very wet!

  2. Wow....where to begin! First, those s'mores treats look delish! I love your READ letters and those photos are gorgeous or the water and sky! I am going to check out your pre-k/kinder behavior beads. I am thinking about using those this year too! Have a wonderful weekend and try to stay dry. We're having lots of rain here in north central Fl too! Oh yeah....I will keep your principal, her son, and your co-worker in my prayers.

    Blessings, Vicky
    Keep Calm and Imagine

    1. Thank you so much, Vicky! The more prayers, the better. This rain is outrageous this summer up here! I was used to it when I lived in Naples because it rained every single day, but it doesn't normally do that up here in PCB.

  3. Great pictures!!!! I used to live in a beach town, and boy do I miss it. The survivor set up is so clever, and fun! Can't wait to use some of those rockin' behavior beads with my kiddos this year as they go perfectly with my theme!!

    Primarily Speaking

    1. The best part of livin' in a beach town is wearin' flip flops pretty much year round! Whoever invented flip flops is my hero!

  4. I love the Survivor Island... made me giggle! We may need something like that too but from the flooding. We had huge lakes on our campus today and it sounds like tomorrow will be more of the same!! Yuck! Glad to hear about Russ :) Great pictures of the Gulf!

    1. I refused to go to school because I dislike the gate that much!!! Lol!

  5. Umm bring me the s'mores now and nobody will get hurt. Love your sunset pictures.

  6. Suddenly I'm hungry and I want to get out on my paddle board! I finally got the okay to paddle after 3 years of shoulder surgeries and physical therapy. It felt so great to be back out on the water. Those are great sunset pictures!


    Life in Room 24

    1. I seriously can't wait to do it again. Most fun ever!

  7. I love your behavior beads! It has so many positive aspects! And, such a wonderful keepsake for a year's worth of accomplishments (add that to your description! hehe. What a great theme for your school-very motivating! It seems that you have all pulled together and stuck by each other-wonderful community to work in! Did you make buffs to wear? I am a HUGE Survivor fan, so this if right up my alley! My thoughts and prayers are with you my friend! Thanks for linking up!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

    1. I've never been a survivor fan. I would never make it out alive. I don't do creatures outdoors. How about that naked survivor show?? I saw the commercial and almost fell out!!!

  8. Yay! So glad you guys were able to enjoy those... weren't they easy & delicious? Your pictures are beautiful!

    Floating Through Fifth


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