Friday Flashback....Sort of!

I will attempt a Friday flashback for this week.  Why only attempt it?  I have no pictures.  Why?  I take pictures with my phone.  I dropped my phone in the toilet this morning.  Don't worry, it was a sparkling clean toilet.  Never put your phone in your back pocket.  Sigh.

It still worked perfectly when I rescued was barely wet thanks to the cover!  I used it all day to text, email, surf the web....but when I went to make a phone call - nada!  No sound whatsoever!  Noooooooo!

Says prayers that the rice works.  I'm not up for an upgrade.  I just got this one {yes, the iphone 5} in December!!

So, nevertheless, I'll TELL you a bit about our week!
1.  Our school is participating in Boosterthon for the first time ever.  Does your school do this fundraiser?  I was skeptical at first, but I am LOVING it!!
Students don't sell anything.  Instead, they get pledges for running laps.  But it is soooooo much more than just that.  The Boosterthon team is at your school for two weeks and they teach character education and integrate it with famous leaders who displayed those character traits.  We have 10 minute pep rallies each day, which are FUN yet controlled (I swear the Boosterthon team has been trained in WBT strategies!)  The best thing is that ALL students are involved - even if they get NO pledges, they still get an "All Star Jersey" and get to participate in the Fun Run!  If your school is looking for a new fundraiser, you should check it out!  (Click here)

2.  We had an in-service during our "break" today.  Don't you just love those?  I have to admit I actually enjoyed it!  We had a representative from Promethean visiting to demonstrate some of their newer products.  He showed us the ActivTables.  OH. EM. GEEEE!!!  Do you have one of these in your school?  If you say yes, I'm going to be very green!

Think HUGE ipad that 6 students can use at once!!!!!!  It was so cool...especially using Google Maps on there.  The ways we could use these in our classrooms!!!  {fingers crossed}

Click HERE to read more about them and to check out a video!

3.  Do you follow Blake Shelton on Twitter?  Yesterday, he randomly announced that he was going to give a FREE SURPRISE concert in my hometown!  Talk about creating a good way!

I didn't go.  That would totally be cheating on Team Adam {5 more days until THAT concert!}, but one of my teaching friends did.  The line was already forming right when he announced it (around 1:00) and only the first 2,000 would be allowed in.  Whew!  Craziness, for sure....but well worth it, I heard!

I just think it's so cool that he did that!  Way to keep it real, Blake!  And, I just saw on the news that he's doing it AGAIN tonight in Macon, Georgia!  How fun is that??

4.  Thanks to EVERYONE who follows one (or both) of my shops on TpT!  Someone just told me this week that both of the shops were in the top 30 last week in their respective grade ranges!  Whoot! Whoot!  I was so excited to hear that - what great company to be in!

A couple of BIG things happening at the shops....
Teacher's Clubhouse for Primary Teachers
If you've followed the Clubhouse for a while, you know that we have an extensive listing of classroom -themed resources!!  We've been asked for a while to bundle those into our beloved discounted "units" and we have decided to do just that!!  We will be working on this (it will take a while!) and hope to have them all completed and posted (to both the site and the TpT shop) by the end of this school year.  Just in time for you to think about NEXT year's theme!

Lightbulb Minds for Intermediate Teachers
As for Lightbulb Minds, we have added our first Math Mini-Unit.  We are planning this to be the first in a series that will cover all of the common-core math standards.  Within these mini-units, there will be anchor charts for the teacher, mini-anchor charts for student math notebooks, interactive notes, practice activities (such as games and task cards) and an assessment for EACH standard.  Check out the first unit here.

5.  I was really excited to get another email about "The Box" today.  What is "The Box" you ask?  Our music teacher has found a local farmer that provides a box of local fruits and vegetables for $15.  We have started ordering them every two-weeks.  I expected to get a little box of goodies, but the box is HUGE.  So big that I almost couldn't carry it to my car - seriously!  And there was so much in it I had to split the last box with my mom!  Here's what we're going to get in next week's box:
  • 6 large Fuji Apples
  • 6 minneolas
  • 2 lbs red grapes
  • 6 lemons
  • 4 lbs red potatoes
  • 3 lbs yellow onions
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 2 lbs carrots
  • 2 lbs zucchini
  • 1 qt strawberries
I'm really hoping this helps me kick into those healthy eating habits!  I truly enjoyed the strawberries, kiwis and cucumbers in the last box!  Isn't this such a great idea?  And, it's delivered right to us at school!

Since this was such a random "flashback", I'm also linking up with Doodlebugs for the Five for Friday party.

But, I hope you'll still link up with me for a flashback.  I'd love to see some real pics from this week! :)


  1. Rice has worked on my phone and my bestie's phone... so praying for yours!! I loved Boosterthon when we did it at my old school- the kids had a blast with it! I have ordered a box of fruits and veggies like that before and it was the same- HUGE and awesome fresh produce. I should check into it again... Aaaaand I just linked up and realized, this is the first week I don't have any real pictures either! :( I always do, and am in such a habit of linking up with you, but it didn't even dawn on me until you said you couldn't wait to see real pics that OH NO! I don't have any this time!! How did that happen!?
    ideas by jivey

  2. Ugh, so sorry about your phone. I am your newest follower.

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  4. So sorry to hear about your phone. I have totally done that before, and the rice did work (just had to be patient, which is hard when dealing with a phone). Thanks for hosting! :)

    Mary Catherine of Fun-A-Day!

  5. We have done the Boosterthon for the past 4 years. We love it!

    The only issue we have is that a few kids have figured out that they can get pledges and prizes, but not collect the money. My teacher partner had a student that had $700 in pledges, but only collected $100.

    Sorry to hear about your phone.


  6. I think Boosterthon is great and I find myself thinking, why didn't I think of that??

    We have a table at our school similar to the Promethean Table (maybe it's that one?) but only K-1 teachers can use it (booooo!).

    We live near Atlanta and heard about Blake coming! I don't do Twitter so I missed out on that, but it's a neat idea!

    Thanks for hosting!!

  7. I'm so sorry to hear about your phone! I am always paranoid that things like this are going to happen to me. On the positive side, at least your e-mail and internet work... I have a Promethean Board, but have never heard of the table. I will have to check that out! And that's awesome Blake Shelton did that. I love him! Voice starts Monday!
    Literacy Spark

  8. I'm jealous of anyone who has that cool table too! We are getting an IPad for each classroom after break and that seems so cool to me. I would probably die if we got that table! :)
    Diving Into 2nd Grade

  9. I love "the box." Supporting local farmers is so important adn so awesome that teachers are doing it together.

    Third Grade Galore

  10. Wow! The ActiveTable looks so cool but I cannot even imagine what it's for. The box sounds like a fantastic way to eat fresh - good for you!

    The Brown-Bag Teacher

  11. Amanda,
    Great Post. I linked up specifically because you wrote about all your farmer's fruit and veggies. We just got a Vitamix and I can't stop talking about it!

    The ActivTables are awesome. I don't have one, but I've seen them in person and how effective they can be.


    Digital: Divide & Conquer

  12. Have fun with your farm box! I used to get one too, but yours sounds more fun with all the fruits in it! Mine was only veggies! It is a nice way to get yourself to eat different foods you may not normally get or break out of a routine. Hope you phone makes it through!

    :) Sarah
    First Grade Buddies


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