A great middle school giveaway, shout-outs, and the end of the week | Mentoring in the Middle

A great middle school giveaway, shout-outs, and the end of the week

Hi everyone,
Kate, from Kate's Science Classroom has joined with Krystal from Lessons from the Middle to give away two $20 shopping sprees to each of their stores.  This is the perfect opportunity for those of us who teach kids in the upper grades!

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A very special shout-out to Katie over at Teacher to the Core for her lesson in how to create beautiful covers for things you sell on TpT.    Her lesson, including video, simplified making covers for me.  It used to take me so long to create a cover, because I did it all using Paint.  Her way?  Make it in Powerpoint.  Oh. My. Word.  So much easier!

Here's one that I've started playing with.  It's not finished yet, but it only took me a couple of minutes to create.  I made this Adjective review for my students to use about a month ago, and I've been so busy with other things that I haven't had time to make the cover page and tighten it up a bit.  I've started working on an Adverb review; hopefully that one will come a little more quickly.

Are your students totally into making loom bracelets?  I commented on one a student of mine was wearing, and about an hour later, I found it on my desk.  Totally unexpected!  And very sweet!  This coming Wednesday before Thanksgiving, students will bring in looms to share their skills with each other.  I bought a bunch of bands, and they're going to teach each other how to make different designs.  What a great way to share!

Have a great weekend!  Next week's a short one - have a great Thanksgiving!


  1. I love when my kids include me in their creations! I'm sporting a half dozen of these beautiful bands on my arm right now! Love your fun idea of having your kiddos spend time together making them. My girls and one lone boy eat lunch with me each day so that they can create. They are selling the bands (with permission) to make money for our Christmas charity. Have a terrific Thanksgiving!

    1. What a great idea, Angela. Anytime we can encourage kids to think beyond themselves, I wholeheartedly support that! Having kids make bracelets to sell for a charity is a great way to show them they have power to change things.

  2. One of my students made me a bracelet this week and when I got home from school, my daughter (age 15) confiscated it! (Maybe she'll be getting a loom for Christmas???)

    I agree wholeheartedly that Powerpoint is soooo much easier to use! I actually design all of my products using Powerpoint now.

    Have a great short week!
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