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Happy New Year!

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Quick and Easy Christmas Lesson!

Like any good teacher, I got some ideas from multiple places to adapt and make a quick and easy Christmas lesson. I used a worksheet from that had students brainstorm different ideas about Christmas. is totally worth their subscription–such a great value! I didn’t use this sheet in its entirety, but I did use the brainstorm different Christmas movies list. Students enjoyed the opportunity to interact in our “much virtual” world. I had students brainstorm at least 15 different Christmas movies that weren’t sequels (like Part 1, Part 2 etc.) Then I also had students think of the characters in each of the movies. Students’ job was to think of the most creative characters in their list. This required them to think and to have constructive conversation–WIN WIN! Next I had them list their eight most creative characters from the Christmas movie list. Thanks to Ian Byrd over at for his idea to create tournaments. (The subscription is totally worth it, too.)

Then students make a tournament like you would make for sports teams with their eight creative characters until they have a winner. Ian has a printable tournament page which is great for many ideas. (I do believe it is only available if you have the subscription, however.) With my students Kevin McCallister from Home Alone won two of the tournaments for most creative character from a Christmas movie. He is definitely one I had in mind!

Next time you get ready to teach a Christmas lesson, I hope this gives you a quick and easy lesson idea.

Merry Christmas!

So Fun Thanksgiving Lesson!

This is probably one of the best lessons I have ever done for Thanksgiving, and it worked so well for including virtual students! I changed the idea a bit from Ian Byrd of where he talks about switching poems around from one holiday to another. Instead of doing this, I decided to have students switch around a Christmas carol to a Thanksgiving carol.

First I asked students to think of a carol for Thanksgiving. Of course I knew they wouldn’t be able to think of one because as far as I know, there are none. I let the students think it was their idea to make Thanksgiving carols. Then I gave students about five well known carols to choose from. I told them to consider syllables and rhyming words. Then I told them to change the words to a Thanksgiving song. I got some really great songs. My favorite part was having them preform their songs on Zoom. “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” became “Robert the Blue Beaked Turkey” and I heard “five roast beefs” sung where “five gold rings” would have otherwise been proudly belted out. Then I uploaded the recordings to Class Dojo. I received great comments from parents and teachers!

I hope this gives you a way to add fun and creativity to your next Thanksgiving season!

Tag You’re It! Spread a Little Needed Sunshine!

I am on the Sunshine Committee. I assume you have one of these at your school, too. In case you don’t, this is a group of teachers who makes sure kind things happen to people having babies, getting married, having deaths in the family and so forth. In other words they do kind things to help spread building happiness.

This year since morale is pretty low from all the extra work load which teachers everywhere are facing, I decided to do this. You are welcome to copy my idea. I put small candles in three people’s boxes throughout the school. These candles had a note attached which reads like below.

TAG You’re It!

Do something kind for someone else in the building NOT on your team (grade levels etc.). Then you give the candle to the person you did something kind for. It will be “IT’s” job to “tag” someone else by doing something kind for them. It could be anything–a kind email, a kind note, a kind act, a gift, a compliment or whatever. At times,,try to think of someone who may go unnoticed. Keep the candle burning and pass it on!. Pass it within three days so more kindness can be spread. You can be anonymous or not.

Happy Cyber Monday!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Luxurious Yet Cheap Gift

For all my colleagues, I used my essential oil hobby to make a gift for them all. I made mini diffusers for the car. Teachers can clip these onto their car air vent for a calming experience when they are driving home after a crazy day.

You just need 4 items: glue gun

2. cute felt pieces

3. clothes pins

4. Young Living essential oils

Hot glue a felt piece to the clothes pin. I found these really cute flowers at Hobby Lobby. Then drop one or two drops of essential oil onto the felt. I put mine in a sealed plastic bag to hold in the oil scent and included a note. I am posting what I said on the note below in case you want to copy the idea.

Here is an essential oil diffuser for your car.  Clip it on your air vent or anywhere else you like.  It is loaded with a drop of Young Living lavender and peppermint.  This should help make your car an oasis of calm when you leave work today.

Thinking of ways to be kind helps distract me from the overwhelming (at times) work load and hopefully distracts the receiver of the gift also.

What a Clever Bulletin Board Border!

I saw this idea in the hallway. It was not my own, but LOOK how clever and beautiful! This is just vibrant colored paper folded in half. Then it is folded in a fan shape and stapled at the bottom The colors alternate. I think this is so beautiful and unique. Give it a try on your next board!

Use the Loom Platform to Make Your Virtual Life Easier!

I’m so glad someone told me about Loom! This virtual platform for video recording has helped my virtual workflow so much! Making videos once took so many more steps than when I began using Loom. Here are some reasons I love Loom!

  1. It’s FREE!
  2. It gives me a place to store all of my videos.
  3. I can do screen recordings OR camera recordings.
  4. I can do screen recordings AND camera recordings at the same time.
  5. It gives me a countdown clock before it starts recording.
  6. I can password protect all of my work and share my password with students and families.
  7. I can easily copy the link to share
  8. There are no ads.

Check out Loom here.




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