Free Giveaway Teacher Planner Pages 2017-18

re it sThis is my end of year – beginning of the new school year free giveaway! I have updated my planner covers to best suit the next academic year ahead and I am sharing the most popular ones from last year with you guys! ❤

If you would like to see this year’s new Travel Theme Covers ✈️ 🚙 click HERE. 

I will personalise any, especially for you, like this:

All you need to do is send me a message via the contact form on the blog, just at the top of the page where it says contact, and I’ll see what I can do for you.

Below are your choices, just click on the image of the ones you like and you can download them for free!

Chevron Chic Pastel 2017-18 Planner Front and Back Covers

Flower Power 2017-18 Planner Front and Back Covers

 

I hope you enjoy them! You can download matching pages for your planners HERE.

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OR you can choose more planner pages for the inside of your planner below, and make it how you wish.

Add these pages to it:

My favourites are: ‘ About Me’  and ‘Parent/Teacher Meeting’ ones! Which one is yours?

Till next time:

Check out last year’s Teacher Planner video on YouTube from scorching hot Greece:

 

Teacher Planner Cover 2017-2018 Travel Theme

After hours and hours of searching on the internet for a teacher planner just right for me, I finally  decided to make my own. If you enjoy travelling and can’t wait to go on a learning journey with your pupils, then this planner cover is for you! I hope you find it as super cute as I do; I just love the chevron all time classic pattern.

For those of you who have the same theme or just like what I have designed, here is a fillable one for you! You can download it for free and just write your name in the blank box and fill in your year group in the space. Click on the previews below to download, scroll down and print.

If you would like one customised for you, like this:

send your request via the entry form on the blog and I’ll see what I can do for you! Write that you are interested in the Travel theme planner and that you would like it personalised, write your name as you would like it to appear on the cover and I will email it to you!

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Travel Theme Planner Front Cover

Back Cover Travel Theme

 

Download the free Travel theme academic calendar 2017-18, to match your planner HERE! Or click on the image below:

Your weekly planner template with this amazing travel theme can be downloaded HERE:

Weekly Planning Pages

Keep posted, more pages for the planner coming soon!

I hope you like them as much as I do!! ❤

Till next time…

Credits on the pdf download, thanks!

 

 

Travel Theme Calendar 2017-2018

I am a bit of a calendar freak. I like to write things down and cross out the days one by one as they pass. Maybe it’s one of those teacher traits, who knows, but a calendar is one thing no teacher can go without. For those super organised colleagues  here is my new 2017-2018 calendar. This year it has a travel theme, which I am really excited about!

It is great to keep in your teacher planner, on your desk, or to pin on your bulletin board!

You can download it for free by clicking any one of the preview images below.


Happy planning and organising! I hope you like it as much as I do! ❤

Till next time…

 

The 3 Rs for the Summer Holidays

We all know about the 3 Rs of taking care of the environment: recycle, reuse, reduce. But what about the 3 Rs in relation to taking care of ourselves? Teachers have a hard time letting go, even when on holiday. They are constantly thinking of ways to better themselves and come up with new ideas for their pupils. However, during the holidays it is imperative we teachers, do the 3 Rs that will help us become happier people thus, happier teachers. 🙂 

1. Relax 

I’m currently on the first R and relaxing as much as possible. Being able to do simple everyday things in normal time, without multi-tasking is great! I’ve just started a really good book that helps me unwind. Do what you love, read, dance, eat, watch a movie, anything that will help you get back to being you, after a hectic school year. 

2. Recharge

Recharge those batteries! Go somewhere if you can and get a change of scenery. I love travelling and there is nothing that beats going somewhere to break up your everyday routine. That may be another country, area or even just heading down to the beach or up a mountain. Expose yourself to new experiences and distance yourself from work. 

3. Renew 

Towards the end of the holiday, when you have returned and are rested you will be amazed as to how many more ideas you will have for the upcoming year. Your brain will be a waterfall of inspiration waiting to be put into action. You need a rest and a break from work, enjoy it and you will see its benefits as you further develop as a professional. 

That’s the advise I plan to follow, so this is really a little mental note to myself, to make sure I stay on track. It works for me, I hope it works for you, too! Let me know how it goes by leaving a comment below. Thanks! 

Till next time…

You know you are a teacher when…

No matter how much work you do, your to-do list never seems to get any shorter.

 

You can hold it for unnaturally long periods of time.

 

You can recite the exact number of school days left till the next school holiday.

 

You can be eating while running to do the photocopying, checking your mail, going to the toilet and putting up a display, all in 20 minutes.

 

You get excited with new stationery.

 

You spend all your money on school stuff.

 

You have mastered eating your whole lunch in less than 5 minutes.

 

You want to slap the next person who says, “You get the whole summer off”.

 

You have an uncontrollable urge to tell off other people’s children in public.

 

You are bossy.

 

You are asleep by 9pm on a Friday.

 

How many do you relate to? 

 

Till next time…

 

Ancient Greek Gods and Goddesses

Straight from Greece, a PowerPoint created with images downloaded from the internet. It has been created with upper Key Stage 2 in mind, and the images have been chosen for today’s generation to relate to them. This can be used as an introduction to a lesson or a plenary.

Click on the images below, an example of its contents, to download the PowerPoint for free use for your classroom.

It includes the 12 gods of Olympus and Hades the god of the Underworld. It covers their weapons and symbols and introduces children to myths and how these characters were used to explain natural phenomena in ancient times.

 

  

  

I hope you find this helpful. Please leave a comment below if you did.

Till next time…

Teacher Diet

Teachers are such good planners and organisers, they take care of their students and spend their free time marking and thinking about their next great lesson. It does not come as a surprise when many teachers, myself included, often neglect themselves. Prioritising yourself is not egoistic, it down right necessary. Looking after yourself, both mentally and physically, should be every teachers guilt-free priority. Only then, will you be able to cater for your students in the utmost best way, performing even better as a professional.

This year, my New Year’s resolution was to improve my eating habits and become more active. I had nailed it a couple of years back, but unfortunately lost it down the track, once more. I vowed I would find that mojo again and lose some excess weight I’d put over the Christmas holidays. On a venture to reach my ideal weight, I have started being good. In fact, I’ve been more than good, I’ve been REALLY good. Before you continue reading, this is not for me to show off but to motivate you to be good, too! If I can do it, then so can you! Here‘s to all of us being good, support is the best way through tough times, and you know those times can be tough, especially when little cupcakes are lurking around that staffroom corner!

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I started by preparing my lunch for school, mainly on the weekends, as the weekdays can become ultra busy. Teachers are in a high, cognitively complex profession, so your brain and body need the right fuel for best performance. The busy life of a teacher can leave both food and fitness way at the bottom of that priority list, with top places being hijacked by marking and planning. Snacking on so called convenience foods that are high in saturated facts may seem like a quick fix at the time but is it really a good idea in the long run? We all know the answer to that question, it plain and simple, no!

So far here are the steps I have followed and they have led me to losing some pounds already! I’m by no means a doctor and this is not medical advice for losing weight, this is just my story of what I am doing. My motto is to keep my food clean, simple, sugar-free (that’s the hardest) and fresh. It is not a set diet and if anyone has any health issues they should consult their doctor before they take this on. This post is purely to support fellow teachers with a similar mindset.

HAVE A GOOD BREAKFAST: Investing in a juicer is one of the best investments I’ve made. I have been juicing every morning on any fruit and vegetable I can get my hands on.  I make the recipes as I go along and they usually taste surprisingly good – I highly recommend it. I complete breakfast with some protein, such as an egg on toast or some Greek yogurt and honey. This keeps me full till snack time.

DON’T SKIP SNACK:  This is when blood sugar levels usually go down and you head for that cupcake. Don’t do it! For snack I usually take a handful of nuts (full of protein and good fats) and a fruit. Fruits are the healthiest way to get a little sugar rush and to spike your sugar levels for a little extra energy. This will keep you full till lunch.

LUNCH: For lunch I take a packed lunch from home, usually with some leftovers from the previous day. A must is to prep a salad with it too. It’s so easy to neglect, but so important to include.

SNACK/DINNER: When I get home I will juice some more and I’f I’m still hungry I will have some soup, nuts and a yogurt or salad. I try not to eat after 7pm till the next day – some days this is easier than others.

I am now half-way towards my goal and happier. 🙂

Sending some teacher love out there to all my fellow colleagues fighting with those staffroom sweets. Be strong and resist and let’s get trim for the summer, together!

I would love to read your stories and thoughts! Leave a comment below.

Till next time…

Peppi Orfanogianni

Featured image cupcake from dreamstime.com images.

Benefits of learning joined-up handwriting

Is it important for young generations to learn how to join up their handwriting, especially in the age of iPhones and pads? I’m sure this question has crossed many pupils’ parents’ and teachers’ minds.

Evidence is mounting that putting pen to paper has benefits that typing cannot replace. – CursiveLogic

Benefits of Joined-up Handwriting

CURSIVE Vs JOINED-UP

Is there a difference between cursive and joined-up? According to Wikipedia, cursive is any style of penmanship in which some characters are written joined together in a flowing manner, generally for the purpose of making writing faster. Formal cursive is generally joined, but casual cursive (joined-up) is a combination of joins and pen lifts. So basically it is the same thing, the only difference is one joins up all the letters and the latter has some lifts of the pen.

CURSIVE Vs PRINT

According to neurologist William Klemm, the neurological benefits of writing by hand are compounded with cursive writing.  He states that cursive writing, compared to printing, is even more beneficial because the movement tasks are more demanding, the letters are less stereotypical.  Diane Montgomery posits that the connected letters and fluid motion of cursive handwriting are especially beneficial to students with disorders such as dyslexia and dysgraphia. Brain imaging studies show that cursive activates areas of the brain that do not participate in keyboarding.

HANDWRITING Vs QUALITY OF COMPOSITION

Researchers Steve Graham and Tanya Santangelo found that teaching handwriting is strongly correlated to the improvement in the quality of writing, not just the legibility of the handwriting, but the quality of the composition. Fluent handwriting allows the student to freely concentrate on higher level skills needed for good writing and to write at a much faster speed.

Do you think handwriting should have a slot in the taught curriculum?

Till next time…

Peppi Orfanogianni

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Mary Poppins Costume

Teacher dress up ideas for any occasion! This is a great idea for Halloween, Book Week, Carnival or a Fancy Dress Party! Who doesn’t love Mary Poppins? Practically perfect in every way, here is my version of Mary Poppins, Peppi Poppins!


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This costume is so easy to make, if you are a teacher, I’m sure will have most of these items of clothing in your closet already.

You will need: a blazer, a skirt, a white shirt, black tights and heels. You will notice in the film that she has many outfits so you have a choice with what look you want to go for. I went for the blue attire she wears.

I  purchased a red bow-tie and a really cheap hat, on which I stuck some plastic flowers on with a glue gun. I got the mini pomegranates from the tree and painted them red with nail polish, then stuck them on, too.

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I also bought the umbrella for  4 euro and rummaged through my wardrobe to find a fitting bag. Luckily, I had one; forgotten, at the bottom of my cupboard!

The make-up is supercalifragalisticespialidociously simple: red lipstick, rosy cheeks and some brown eyeshadow…and there you go! A Mary Poppins outfit in tip top time!

Below are some more photos of Mary Poppins with some friends and her class.

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Mary Poppins with her class

Till next time…

Peppi Orfanogianni

Back to school after the winter break

Getting back into the school routine can be tough for both pupils and teachers. Everyone is used to sleeping in, getting to bed late and doing what they like, so adjusting to the school routine may take some time. What can you do for adjusting back to school? Read on to find out more.

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Some teachers feel that they should avoid diving straight into schoolwork after the break. I’m a firm believer of the opposite. Years of teaching experience has proven that  the sooner you get everyone back into their routine, the better. Trying to ease in by prolonging the break with irrelevant fun activities will only make it harder for everyone to adjust and will delay the delivery of the curriculum, aiding to stress and anxiety toward the end.

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Children associate their school day to a particular routine and will be expecting that upon their return. Try to keep as close to it as possible as it will aid to their sense of familiarity and security, helping them to learn and perform well. Re-igniting the teacher-pupil bond, is necessary after the winter break. Discussing how the pupils spent their winter break and sharing experiences helps create bonding within the classroom setting. It also gives the teacher added information about their pupils’ psychology and will help them read between the lines, if needed. I always like to start the day, sharing such experiences and allowing everyone to voice what they would like to share, making them feel listened to and respected.

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Planning a little fun activity during the day to welcome them back to school, such as a little fun New Year’s resolution worksheets, goes down well to break up lesson intensity. The winter break return is the perfect time to teach children to reflect upon the past year and to make positive changes for the new year. Brainstorming a few resolutions as a class, can give children some ideas about making ones for themselves. Work from this, will also make a good display for the new year, now that your classroom will have been stripped from all the colourf Christmas displays.

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Winter break was a time for rest and relaxation, now it’s back to school time and time for some work, work, work. Be considerate and flexible, some children may need more time to adjusting. Work well and hard because those who work hard, do well!

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Wishing you all a great start to the second term! 

Till next time…

Peppi Orfanogianni

Credits for featured image http://www.uhd.edu