Sunday, 26 July 2015

Whimsy Workshop Teaching & Clever Classroom Newsletters

I'm teaming up with my good friend Susanna from Whimsy Workshop Teaching to launch our newsletters. Susanna and I know that we want to offer our you awesome ideas that you can use in the classroom.  We are both compassionate about literacy and have so many ideas that we want to share with you.  

By signing up, you get the freebies below. We will be offering more exclusive freebies in our newsletters. Who doesn't like a freebie? Each of us will also be packing our newsletters with ideas that you can take straight to the classroom. 

Susanna and I are both mad about literacy and wanted to share something that reflected that. 

We hope that these free downloads come in super handy. 

FREE sight words game board and vowels desk strips


To grab the two free downloads, click below to subscribe to our monthly newsletters.

Susanna's - Whimsy Workshop Teaching and mine;

Clever Classroom.


The first freebie is from Susanna at Whimsy Workshop Teaching. 

Giant Sight Words Game Board


FREE Giant Sight Words Game Board


Make a giant board game for your students to revise their sight words.

Students write down the words they land on, and review at the end of the game. This game will engage students as it is exciting and HUGE!  The game can be "never ending" because students are prompted to turn around and go back.

For even more phonics game boards like this one, for the whole year, see Susanna's "Phonics Game Boards Full Year Bundle (70 Boards) - Whimsy Workshop Teaching" which is 50% off for today.

FREE Giant Sight Words Game Board and Vowels Desk Strips

FREE Giant Sight Words Game Board and Vowels Desk Strips

FREE Giant Sight Words Game Board and Vowels Desk Strips

FREE Giant Sight Words Game Board and Vowels Desk Strips


The second freebie is from Me (Clever Classroom).

Free Vowels Desk Chart

FREE Vowels Desk Strips and FREE Giant Sight Words Game Board


Print out the color or black and white desk strips and place them on student desks.

Children will use them as a ready reference when spelling and writing.

An master sheet of sounds and example words has also been included (see bottom image).

These vowels desk charts and poster can be found in our "The a, e, i, o, u Posters - Sounds that Vowels Make Helpers" in my Teachers Pay Teachers store at 50% OFF for today.

The a, e, i, o, u Posters - Sounds that Vowels Make Helpers

Here is what is in the free download.

FREE Vowels Desk Strips and FREE Giant Sight Words Game Board


FREE Vowels Desk Strips and FREE Giant Sight Words Game Board

FREE Vowels Desk Strips and FREE Giant Sight Words Game Board

FREE Vowels Desk Strips and FREE Giant Sight Words Game Board

The vowel file comes in black and white too. 

FREE Vowels Desk Strips and FREE Giant Sight Words Game Board

Our newsletters are full of great ideas, information for busy teachers, not to mention exclusive freebies, discounts and giveaways only offered to our subscribers. Click below to subscribe.

Whimsy Workshop Teaching

Clever Classroom


Thank you for dropping by.





Friday, 24 July 2015

TpT Vegas Conference 2015

Conference Fun!

I was lucky enough to attend the Teachers Pay Teachers #tptvegas15 again this year!  Wow they sure know how to do it right.

Look at where the conference was held!

TpT Vegas Conference 2015

The Venetian Palazzo is beyond dazzling, it's crazy beautiful and crazy BIG! The image below is just off the foyer and on the way to the rooms, ah-mazing.

TpT Vegas Conference 2015


TpT Vegas Conference 2015

TpT Vegas Conference 2015

If you have ever thought about joining Teachers Pay Teachers to share your knowledge and skills with thousands of teachers from all over the world, then I cannot begin to tell you how much you will gain on multiple levels.

Teachers Pay Teachers is a strong, connected and highly professional community, full of teachers who care about outcomes for children and professional growth for their peers.

I was lucky enough to experience all of these traits and more at the Teachers pay Teachers (TpT) Conference, from both amazing and talented teachers, who not only know their stuff, but are genuinely good people.

I flew half way around the world last week to attend the second, annual Teachers Pay Teachers Conference, #tptvegas2015 in Las Vegas. The conference this year was entitled:

TpT Vegas Conference 2015

You might be thinking to yourself, “Why would anyone travel for 22 hours to hang out with a bunch of teachers?”  Well I can honestly say that I had the best time of my professional career. I was lucky enough to attend the first Teachers Pay Teachers Conference last year, but this year was absolutely AMAZING!

TpT Vegas Conference 2015

I spent so much time with friends that I have made online and it was like hanging out with old friends.  Thank you to all my dear blogging friends for the memories, I am one grateful lady!

TpT Vegas Conference 2015 Firstie Friends

TpT Vegas Conference 2015

TpT Vegas Conference 2015

TpT Vegas Conference 2015

TpT Vegas Conference 2015

TpT Vegas Conference 2015

TpT Vegas Conference 2015

TpT Vegas Conference 2015


TpT Vegas Conference 2015


I hung out with my dear friend, Susanna from Whimsy Workshop Teaching,  We chatted for hours and when we did, it seemed like no one else was even there, yet there were hundreds of people around us!

TpT Vegas Conference 2015


I joined the Primary Chalkboard (collaborative blog) last year after hanging out with a few of them in Vegas. Susanna is also a member of the Primary Chalkboard.  Now, I am getting a bit emotional as I write this because I’m drafting this on the plane as we sit at McCarran airport, in Las Vegas.  I really miss my Chalky friends.  Thanks for the memories friends, I will never forget the deep connections I made and am grateful to be a part of a group of teachers who genuinely care and work hard as educators and teacher-authors.

TpT Vegas Conference 2015 Primary Chalkboard Pics
 Our Chalkie dinner slash baby shower for our expectant mom, Naomi (Reading like a Rockstar)  and our new mom, Alyssha (Teaching and Tapas).



TpT Vegas Conference 2015 TpT Vegas Conference 2015
I had my first ever Starbucks and Christina shouted me a caramel thingy!  Thanks Christina for making my first Starbucks experience super fun and yummy, even though I can't remember what it was called!


TpT Vegas Conference 2015

TpT Vegas Conference 2015

Autumn (Primary Techie) and Greg (Kindergarten Smorgasboard) had rockin' booths at the SDE exhibition stands.  We all went to visit them and show our support, go Autum and Greg! 


TpT Vegas Conference 2015

Crazy Chalkies!

 TpT Vegas Conference 2015

TpT Vegas Conference 2015 

TpT Vegas Conference 2015

Some of the Chalkies even got a stretch hummer to Freemont Street where Becca from Miss Giraffe joined us! Now that was a highlight. thanks Jessica Tobin! 

TpT Vegas Conference 2015 Primary Chalkboard Pics

TpT Vegas Conference 2015 Primary Chalkboard Pics

More crazy Chalkies! 

TpT Vegas Conference 2015 Primary Chalkboard Pics

Here are some of the members of the Primary Chalboard at the Keynote on day one. Oh and Paul (Founder) decided to literally jump in and join us!


TpT Vegas Conference 2015 Primary Chalkboard Pics TpT Vegas Conference 2015 Primary Chalkboard Pics

If you have been thinking about becoming a Teacher-Author, I recommend it on so many levels. Not only can you share your skills and knowledge to empower teachers and in turn help students all of the world, you will form amazing relationships and deep friendships with the most amazing people. It really is all there waiting for you.

TpT Vegas Conference 2015 Adam Freed
Adam Freed CEO and I at the International Sellers Luncheon


TpT Vegas Conference 2015 Paul Edelman
Susanna from Whimsy Workshop Teaching, Paul Edelman and I at the keynote. 
Oh happy day!  Thanks for always believing Paul (enter Journey and 'Don't Stop Believin'). 

Below: Paul, Adam and Rachel address the Keynote on day one.
TpT Vegas Conference 2015 Paul Edelman

TpT Vegas Conference 2015 Adam Freed


TpT Vegas Conference 2015 Rachel Lynette

Teachers who sell their resources on TpT, are so helpful and network to help each other and grow as both teachers and teacher-bloggers.

Both Teacher-Authors and the staff at TpT are so supportive and to quote a top TpT seller, Rachel Lynette; 

A Rising Tide Lifts all Boats Quote TpT Conference
Image from Conquer Daily

If you are not already part of this wonderful community, then I highly recommend that you join us. The conference was full of talented presenters who new what they were talking about.  Not only is TpT a place to grow as a person, it is a generator of friendships and connections for both sellers and the Teacher-Buyers who help to change the world.

Join Teachers Pay Teachers and become a seller


I would just like to take this opportunity to the Teachers Pay Teacher staff who organized an brilliant conference.  Props to Jillian who headed up all things conference themed!  I especially thank Paul for acting on a dream he had many, many years ago (eternally grateful) and Amy who is now Director of Seller Happiness!  I warm thank you to Adam for all his direction, knowledge and passion. Without you all we would not have had the most amazing time, with the most amazing people. 

Thanks for dropping by.