Suede Steal

Picked up these little suede booties from DSW the other day on clearance for – you won’t even believe it – $8.99. DEAD. Click here to check them out yourself, but check your local DSW before you buy them online for $69.95. They may not be worth it for that price, but on clearance they’re a steal, pretty comfy, and a great addition to your Fall boot collection.

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Happy shopping!

Caught In The Web Of..

Second grade!

This week I put up my October bulletin board and it came out GREAT! I’m so excited about how it turned out. The only thing that could have made it better would be a black sparkly border. Next time! I came up with this idea through various different pins on pinterest. I saw an idea where the student’s faces were put on styrofoam balls and they created themselves as a stand alone spider. The result was hilarious and I had to find a way to adapt it for a bulletin board.

I had the students make funny faces and had them printed. As you can see there are a few really big heads and a few really small – that was due to not knowing how large I needed their heads to be! It ended up working out though, I like the variety in sizes. For bigger heads, just take their pictures close up (obviously). Next, I had them use pipe cleaners to create the body of the spider. Three for the legs and one wrapped around the center for the body. I showed them how to bend the legs and how to curl them using your finger. When they were done making the legs as crazy as they wanted, I helped tape their cut-out heads onto the pipe cleaner body.

I used black bulletin board paper as the background. Then I stapled spider webbing al over the board (Disclaimer – it took A LOT of staples!). I then put up the black boarder and began to staple up the spiders. I placed the staples at the end of the legs so that they really popped out, kind of like 3D!



I’ve gotten so many compliments since I put it up – everyone seems to love it! Their little faces are so funny and it makes for a fun, silly, and (a little bit) spooky halloween fun!

Happy October!

Behavior Bingo

I have a student in my class with ADHD, who wasn’t responding to our class rewards system alone. He needed something else to keep him busy and working towards an end goal each school day. From a quick google search, I came across the idea for behavior bingo. The student has his own bingo board (that I laminated in order to be used with dry-erase markers) where I write each day what he is working towards (usually coloring pages, snack, or his own prize box) and cross out boxes as he displays positive behavior. I’ll be honest – there are days where this works beautifully and he truly is displaying the most positive behavior in order to receive what he is working towards that day. There are however quite a few days where it doesn’t seem to matter how many x’s he gets on his board. It’s a work in progress but also a great tool for an individual behavior plan. He gets very excited when an x gets checked of his board and it’s a constant visual reminder of what he needs to be doing in class in order to learn and not distract others throughout the day.




I also have these rules laminated and taped next to his name tag. He knows what they all say, and I regularly read through each rule out loud to him. It’s a good visual as well. Also, when he seems to be forgetting what he needs to be doing, I am able to simply walk by his desk and point to these rules as a quick, silent reminder of what is expected in the classroom.

I’ve attached the file for the bingo board I created: Behavior Bingo (clickable). It’s just a word document, so you could change the fonts/colors and edit however you would like!

Happy planning!