Free Bookmarks: Travel the world

With these cute bookmarks, I aspire to welcome my new batch of kiddies back to school. ‘Travel the world… Read a book!’ is the phrase I have chosen to hopefully inspire and encourage reading, in our new travel themed classroom. I am so excited about these and I can’t wait to share them with you all! ❤

I had a hard time deciding on the image I wanted, so I kept all five ideas! Ha!

You can choose to download one or all of them, like I did. I personalised them, by writing each child’s name, printed and laminated them. I gave them out on the first day of school – I’m so happy the kids LOVED THEM!!! ❤ ❤

You can use them as you wish. Just click on the preview below, to be taken to the file where you can download for free!

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Travel themed bookmarks. Free download – click on preview image!

Please leave a comment below if you liked and downloaded them.

Many thanks! ❤

Till next time…

Peppi Orfanogianni

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I didn’t do my homework folder

In an effort to keep track of late assignments or homework not handed in, I have decided to try something new this year: the ‘I didn’t do my homework folder’.

I came across it on Pinterest, via the blog Teach-Bake-Love and thought it would be a great idea to try out.

This is my twist on it, to fit my to be Travel theme this year:

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This is how it works:

Children write down the date and name of any assignment that has not been completed or handed it in by the due date. They write down their excuse/reason and they will be informed that their parents will be shown this, during the Parent-Teacher meetings. Each child will have a page of their own, to keep better track of who is being responsible and who isn’t. The teacher can then assign a lunch detention if there have been consecutive occurrences of them not handing in something, and keep track of how many times that pupil isn’t completing or turning in an assignment.

I love this idea, as it encourages pupils to take the time to think about their excuse and know that they will also have to justify it to their parents later. It is also a great tracking document to have as proof of inconsistency, which will also help when filling out reports.

If you like this idea, then click on the images below to download it for free! ⬇️

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Front and back covers

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‘I didn’t do my homework folder’ page

Leave your thoughts and comments below. Thanks 🙂

Till next time…

Peppi Orfanogianni

 

 

About Me Worksheet

Getting to know your kids, what a great way to start the new academic year, and them getting to know you of course! This worksheet hopes to aid the getting to know your kiddies part and allows them to share with you something about themselves that they think is important. It is suitable for Key Stage 2.

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First day back to school – ABOUT ME worksheet.

Get this worksheet by clicking on the image below and use it at the beginning of the year. A lesson introduction idea, would be mottos, what are they, do they have any, and introduce them to your mottos.

Some of mine are:
– Everything happens for a reason.
– If it didn’t happen then it didn’t for a good reason.
– If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again.

About ME - first day back free worksheet

Free download by clicking on the preview

The plenary could be getting the children to read out two of their favourite sections to share with their peers.

Do you have any other ideas? Your comments are always appreciated!

Till next time…

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7 Creative uses for binders in the classroom

With larger classroom sizes, shorter breaks, and the million and one things teachers end up stuffing into the days, having the mind-space to come up with creative ideas to keep learning fresh can be more than a little challenging. After all, it’s hard enough just keeping the classroom tidy after dozens (or hundreds!) of students spend time there. And, of course, one of the hardest things is keeping the classroom stocked on a budget of both money and time.

Guess what? You can do all of those things with one item that you’re bound to find in every single classroom, backpack, and student’s bedroom: the binder!

This DIY article (and handy, dandy accompanying infographic) is chock full of ways to use binders to stay organized, boost learning, and get creative – all with a time table and price tag both teachers and students can afford.

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Creative uses for binders in the classroom

I hope you enjoyed this guest post as much as I did and it inspires you to get creative with those binders! 🙂

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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.

Planner pages

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…