Tuesday, December 30, 2014

New Year, New You: Get Organized in 2015

This year is yours.  What will you do with it?  I'm determined to be more organized!  So join me by grabbing this free printable to help keep your desktop clean.

Print a paper copy for your desk OR use the png file version for your computer desktop!

Happy New Year from Kate's Classroom Cafe to yours!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Half Over Sale!

After a family (and flu) filled holiday, I'm ready for a new start and a NEW year!  Which means gathering some new resources for my classroom that will save me time while making my lessons awesome for my students.  Why not kick off 2015 by celebrating the half-way point in the school year?  This is a great chance to grab grades 5-12 resources at up to 20% off.  Click on the image below to get links to all the participating stores!

Or click here if you would like to go directly to Kate's Classroom Cafe on TpT

Are you hoping to help your students set goals for a successful second half of the year?  Check out this printable that I use with my middle schoolers for setting realistic, achievable goals while reflecting on the first part of the year.  Grab it for 20% off December 31and January 1st.

Wishing you all a wonderful start to 2015!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Happy Holidays! The Science Ebook is Here

I'm pretty excited to have a page in this season's secondary math and science ebook. If you haven't seen this, click below and you will find a book FILLED with winter and holiday-themed freebies for grades 6-12!  

My feature freebie is a set of holiday-themed reward coupons for the big kids.  To download, click below: 

Remember to make time for fun in your classroom during this hectic time of year!

Happy Holidays...

Friday, December 5, 2014

What The Teacher REALLY Wants: Holiday Gift Idea

Let me start by saying that this post is not really intended for students or parents.  To be honest, the best gifts I have ever received from a parent was a full page thank you note for believing in their child.  The best student gift was a Play-Doh ornament that a student spent hours making look like the pond cross-section diagram that we studied in class.  I received that ornament 6 years ago and it is hanging near my computer as I type this post.  It is intricately formed and thoughtfully molded.   There is no way that I would have the patience to craft this, and although it has no monetary value, it reminds me that I have chosen a worthy profession.  So, that being said- this post is NOT about gifts from students and parents.  If you stumbled across this post looking for a gift for your child's teacher, buy a Starbuck's gift card.  I'm pretty sure the more coffee I drink the better I teach :)

But seriously, giving a gift that someone treasures is a GREAT feeling.  Don't you just love when you find the perfect way to show someone that you really know them and appreciate them?  I recently stumbled upon The Pampered Teacher and got to thinking about how many boyfriends, husbands, brothers, long-distance friends etc. probably have a teacher in their life who they would love to find the perfect gift for.  If you fall into this category, pay attention!

Here is a sneak peak into my Pampered Teacher December gift box....

When I opened the box, I was greeted with this message...

 I don't want to give away too many details because some of the fun of getting this subscription is the element of surprise!
 I will say, that I felt like it was put together by my best friend.  It is as if each item was thoughtfully picked just for me.  Maybe it was luck or perhaps I'm just your "textbook" work-a-holic teacher, but I have a feeling that I'm not alone.  There are a lot of crazy teachers out there who deserve this kind of pampering!
Favorite item in this month's box?  These ultra-soft, extra long, fingerless gloves.  (Considering the arctic-like temperatures in my classroom I think these are going to get some real mileage both in and out of school.)

So class, let's review...

Your wife lives in her classroom.  Your best friend has a scary collection of multicolored grading pens and your sister in Arizona has a "teacher finger" that signals when she really means business.  Your holiday shopping is now complete... and you're welcome.

Happy Holidays and Happy Teaching...

Monday, December 1, 2014

Starving at School? Nature Box $10 off deal, Plus Cyber Monday Sale at TpT!

How often are you slaving over stacks of papers after hours with a growling stomach?  I don't know about you, but I confess to dipping into the classroom prize box a time or two in desperate search of a pick-me-up snack.  Enter...Nature Box.  A fellow snack-loving teacher at school introduced me to this healthy and convenient way to keep snacks on hand in your classroom and after a few months I am hooked!

My desk at the end of a typical day.  Feeling motivated with this bag of "sunshine chips."

How it works:
1) Pick 5 snacks online from a huge list of choices.
2) Put in your school address for shipping.  Yup...this part is genius right?  I never have a free hand walking from my car to my classroom so this ensures that the snacks are right where I need them!
3) Pick from a variety of plans (The longer you sign up for, the sweeter the deal.)

Click any photo below for more information and use this link to get $10.00 OFF your first box! 

My Nature Box arrives (in a super sturdy, totally classroom reusable box)!

The hardest part is not opening every bag right away for a taste test.

 I have a hard enough time remembering everything my family needs at the grocery store, and by the time the lunches are packed and dinners made, there is not time for ME!  This has been such a time-saver this school year.  If I forget my lunch or just don't have time to make one, I grab an apple and a yogurt and I know that I have a box of savory and healthy treats to enjoy in my classroom.

While your online cashing in on the Nature Box deal, don't forget to check your wish list on TpT.  The Cyber Monday sale (which is actually Monday and Tuesday) is a great chance to grab some print and go resources at nearly 30% off.  Don't forget to use code TPTCYBER at check out!

Happy Snacking and Cyber Monday Shopping!


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