Finding Time for the Holidays (as a Busy Teacher)

Finding Time for the Holidays (as a Busy Teacher)
It's the most wonderful time of the year!
Or is it? 

For many of us, this can be the most hectic time of all with report cards, student projects, holiday assemblies, mountains of seems there is more to do than ever come each December! And just at the time you are ready to enjoy the season with your friends and family.

While there is no simple way to get through all of the chaos, there are a few small things I have done over the years to help ease my holiday schedule...and I truly hope these ideas and resources will be of some help to you during this season as well!

Designing Beautiful Google Docs

Designing Beautiful Google Docs
So I know I've blogged many times about how much I love designing printables in PowerPoint. 

And I really do. 

But this year I've been learning more about creating documents in Google Docs. There are so many reasons to create in Google Docs... 

Time-Saving Tips for PowerPoint Printables

PowerPoint is pretty easy to use once you get used to it. But, like any designing process, it can become quite time-consuming, can't it?

So I'd like to share four fast tips to help speed up things up a bit...

Creating Interactive Charts with Google Docs

Each year I've been working to go a bit more paperless in my classroom. Most recently, I've started building interactive charts for our word study (we use Jen Bengel's Interactive Spelling Curriculum and we LOVE it). Initially, I was keeping our words on large chart paper each week, but it was hard for all of my fourth graders to see the charts when they were building them in their spelling notebooks.

Luckily, it is very easy to make clean, eye-catching charts in Google Docs. These charts can then be projected for the whole class to see (we are fortunate to have a classroom TV for this purpose...more to come on this soon).

 Would you like to try? Please see the steps below...

Using PowerPoint Tables for Math Printables

I love making printables for my students in math...but setting up number lines and fractions? Not so much. It can be SO time-consuming to line up all those little textboxes. Since a great deal of our school year involves number lines and fractions, I wanted to find a way to set them up more quickly. 

So I turned to tables! 

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