Friday, September 5, 2014

Five for Friday {Sept. 5}
This week has been rather random. So, I decided to link up with Doodle Bugs Teaching's five for Friday weekly linky party to share 5 random things from this week!
My absolute favorite day of the week was Monday (Labor Day). Dixie has heard kids at school talking about skating and has been begging me to take her. Monday I woke her up, had her get dressed and stuck her in the car. She had no idea where we were going until we actually pulled up to the skating ring. She was so excited! We had a great time. I totally fell more than she did though - it's been 20yrs since I've worn regular skates! Hehe! She used to take ice skating lessons and practiced all the time so it was an adjustment for us to figure out non-ice skating. Sadly this is the only picture I took of the trip.
The side ponytail totally takes me back to the 90's! Remember when those were popular?!?  
The majority of my week has been spent working on Unit 4: Geometry Interactive Notebook pages. When I post things to Teachers Pay Teachers I always aim to post my best work. I feel like I poured my soul into these pages. I started with some great ideas, but then hit a brick wall. So, I took some time off then went after it with a vengeance this week. One of my best friends is teaching Geometry this year so I sent it to her for approval last night and she sent it back this morning with her "looks great can't wait to use it!" stamp. Phew!
One day soon I will write a post on interactive notebooks. I truly believe in using interactive notebooks with middle & high school students. I feel like I fill my mind with tons of extra tidbits I had forgotten just in assembling the INB packets I create so that I can take pictures to show how to put the pages together. Creating pages helps cement information into students brains! They keep students engaged and excited about math which for me, is one of my major math teacher goals.
 I have a minor obsession with couponing and money saving deals. My favorite website for deals is: The site makes it so easy to find great deals! One of the things I learned about from the side is Amazon's subscribe and save program. This week my monthly subscribe and save order from Amazon was delivered. This is about half of it:
If you have never used subscribe & save, you are missing out!!! Subscribe and save offers a cheap way to have items you need every month delivered to your home monthly at a reduced price (shipping is free!!). You can cancel orders at any time - so if you see a great deal on something you'd like to try just once (like shampoo) you can get the subscribe and save reduced price for just a month. My monthly order usually includes shampoo, soap, toilet paper, and snacks. I like that you can add things like toothpaste, dish soap, cereal, pads & tampons to your subscribe and save order. Talk about convenient! Right now the oreo subscribe & save price is under $3. I had to get some for school snacks! I'm not sure how I feel about the birthday cake oreos - kind of weird! Have you tried them??
I love to read and normally read {clean} historical romance books. I decided to branch out and read something educational this month, so I ordered this book from Amazon. I haven't read much of it, but the few pages I have read have been mind opening. I wish I had read this book before I ever walked into a classroom! If you are interested here is an affiliate link to the book: Building Powerful Numeracy in Middle and High School Students. The information here makes so much sense!
My favorite deal of the week came from Staples. I was able to get 2 packs of 20 ballpoint pens for under $4. If you sign up for a rewards card at staples you earn 5% back to spend at a later date and you get free shipping! (I HATE ever paying for shipping so that is a huge plus of having a card).
 I also picked up some composition notebooks. I LOVE using graph ruled composition notebooks for interactive notebooks. The graph lines make it sooooo easy to keep the notebook nice and neat! Plus, if you ever need to add a coordinate plane to a page (which in math is sure to come up at some point!) your lines are already there! At $1.99 the notebooks are a bit pricey for me, but Staples has been offering a lot of nice promo codes lately for 25% off school supplies which helps a little! 
What kind of notebooks do you use for interactive notebooks? Find any great school supply deals this week?
Make sure to check out all of the other random things that have happened this week at Doodlebugs link up. I am seriously loving the Pete the Cat pictures Kacey shared - totally adorable!
Have a great weekend!
*We're headed to Atlanta to visit the aquarium. I am the only member of my family who has not been so I am stoked!! Look for pictures of the trip on next weeks link up post!*


  1. Side ponytails are a must for roller skating! I read a teaching numeracy book this summer that was fantastic and have added the middle and high school one to my to read list for the year.

    The Math Maniac