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Some Online Inspiration

I am LOVING all the ideas I'm getting from following all of you tremendous bloggers.  All of these new ideas, sharing, and inspiration have me so excited to get back to school.  I spent the weekend ordering supplies for my classroom remodel (inspired by all the FANTASTIC classroom pics I've seen lately).  I'm going with a turquoise and black and white polka dot theme.  It's made me so happy I don't even think my husband is upset with the money I'm spending ;) ... but wait until he has to help me set it all up.  I don't go back until September, but I'll post pics when I do get it all set up.  I am sooooo jealous of the sheer size of some of your classrooms - mine is so tiny!  I guess the upside of that is that it will cost less to remodel it all.

My inspiration this morning came from this picture I saw on pinterest.  I followed the pin back to Simply 2nd Resouces (which I already follow, but must have missed this idea).  Mrs. Morris has set up the most fantastic math journal (it's just a template for now), using foldables from Dinah Zike. Now, I had never heard of Dinah Zike, but was completely intrigued (math journals are something I start every year, but they never go completely how I envision).  So, I did a little google digging, and you can find so many of her ideas online.  I'm totally going to use this for my math journals this year.  So excited !!!

Another blog I follow has posted a few flash mob videos - I LOVE flash mobs - I so want to be in one!!!  But for now, I get my inspiration watching them online.  The videos reminded me of a project one of our district's high schools came up with two years ago.  It's not quite a flash mob ... but the idea is the same.  They took on this project at the beginning of the year to inspire school spirit before the start of football season.  I thought it was AWESOME, and showed it to my own class so many (probably too many) times.

My last inspiration for the day is from last night.  We had a sunset picnic on the shores of Lake Superior.  Sooooo beautiful!!!  There is so much inspiration out there ... I just had to get off the computer for the reminder inspiration comes in so many forms.

Happy Monday!


  1. Thanks for sharing!! I am having a giveaway and would love for you to check it out!

    Miss J @ smilescrayonsandendlessstories

  2. And Happy Monday to you!

    I just watched the Oprah flash mob...

    I love that it ends with "Today's gonna be a good day..."

    Great motivation for teachers and students!

  3. I wanted to watch the video, but it said it had content from UMG and my "country" had blocked it! LOL!

    I can't wait to see pictures of your polka dotted room! :)


  4. If you're going to have a polka dot room, I can't wait to see it too! I ALSO have a polka dotted room! You can check out my "sneak peek" on my blog...I 'll have a full tour posted shortly! I can't wait to see yours!

  5. I LOVE the spirit video! Thanks for sharing!!

  6. That's CRAZY! One of my classmates from teacher's college is in this video and he said he LOVED helping to make it with the school and the students. They are a bilingual school (which is why the days of the week posters shown in the group dance are in French). Thanks for reminding me about this video. I should show it to my students too. LOVE IT.


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