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Peek At My Week 16/17 Week 1

Hey there!  I am pretty excited to show you what I have going on for my first week of my 4th grade and 5th grade split class. I know a lot of you are getting excited to see how I incorporate the Montessori aspects and I will be going back on Fridays and telling you more about each thing and how well it went.  I hope this acts as a bit of a reflection for me as well.

So here it goes…

I have a lot planned…just like many of you do so here it is my first week lesson plans.  I have also included a link to where you can download my plan and edit for your own use!


If you would like to see this as a spread sheet click here.




BTS Tips for BRAND New Teachers

Congratulations!  You graduated, You passed your tests, you got your license, you aced the interview and you are looking at your very first classroom!

Let me start by saying this.  YOU are amazing.  You showed your professors, your state, and your new principal you knew your stuff with nothing but ambition and a drive for success.  And guess what? You will be just as successful with your new class with those same things.

But wait!  Maybe you are thinking:

Nope.  That is not what makes a successful year.  Things like organization, management, and keeping YOUR own life are things that will make you successful.

Keep in mind, most of the classrooms you see on Pinterest and Instagram are from VETERAN teachers not new.

My first classroom (I looked, I do not have any photos…sad) was so bare and so naked it was almost painful.  I also started though on October 10th, 6 weeks into school.  I had no time to plan or make things. I started out with a hand drawn poster with our “class rules” that we all signed.  I had a student make some graffiti letters that said something about great work, we slapped that up and students were allowed to pin up work they were proud of.   We hung up Anchor charts around the room.  That was all I did for “DECOR” and you know what?  My students did great, we had 15% increase in state test scores, they are all happy, and successful in high-school now.

That summer I reflected.  I thought about what would make my classroom better.  I felt my behavior management was decent and I needed to focus on transition times. I added table numbers, and made each table a color.  I bought matching table caddies for each table color.  I made a number-line and was really excited to put it up.  That was it.  My 1st full year of teaching, second year teaching was also successful.

That summer I reflected again.  This next year I wanted to organize my classroom more, so students knew where everything was and felt comfortable getting the resource on their own time. Also going into my third year I was a little more financially stable.  I bought a rolling cart, containers for stations, spent a little more on borders and “decor”  I still just went with a color theme of the things I had already accumulated.

MY point is here, I’d like to say I am better than a good teacher.   Yes I have my bad days.  Yes I feel like a failure sometimes, and yes I certainly have room to grow still, but I am successful at my job, my students are happy, and successful and I do not have a “pinterest worthy” classroom. Let’s be real.  I would rather spend my money on vacations and clothes than bean bags and baskets.  In the end when you are getting reviewed for your performance, your classroom decor has little or nothing to do with how “successful” you are as a teacher.

So here it comes.  TIPS for how to get ready for your first BTS!  I am going to organize it by topic so to speak!  I enlisted in some of my blogger and insta friends too!  Check out their links!

Meet the Teacher Night

  • Nowhere does it say you have to provide a “GIFT” to students OR their parents. ESPECIALLY if you are departmentalized and have more than 15 students in your class. Parents just want to know how to get a hold of you and your homework policy. And really all students care about is:
    • Where am I going to sit?
    • Do I have any friends in my class?
    • What does this new teacher look like?
  • Nowhere does it say your room has to be completely set up if Meet the teacher night is BEFORE school starts like ours is.  Again, all parents care about is how to get a hold of you and what your homework policy is.
  • If you really feel you HAVE to give a gift think small.  I gave out a glow stick (you can get 10 for a 1$ at Dollar Tree) with a bookmark I made that said “Let’s have a BRIGHT year”  Here is the bookmark for FREE!  In my picture I had to use a pencil rather than a glow stick as I did not have any sitting around!IMG_2174 Just download and print.  You can make a class of 30 for 8 sheets of cardstock and 3$ worth of glow sticks!  For parents? Think about getting a few bags of peppermints and pouring them into a bowl with a sign that says “Parents and teachers are MINT to work together!”  Again a few bags at the $1 store should not run you too much in debt. I also have a coffee maker in my classroom (Duh, Lessons WITH COFFEE.) I offer small cups of coffee to parents. (I THINK it makes the classroom smell nice too. 🙂
  • Check out your local thrift stores for “Teacher Outfits”  I score nearly new Gap, Banana Republic, Free People, Calvin Klein, Loft, Jcrew stuff ALL THE TIME for pennies on the dime.  You can bring $40 to a thrift store and get a WEEKS worth of outfits for the same price as ONE skirt in the shops.  However if PreLoved is not your thing, make sure you check out J-Crew, Loft, Madewell, NewYork and Co.  They offer a teacher discount all year round.  Old Navy, Anthropology and other stores offer a discount at certain times of the year.
  • Victoria From Chalk Full of Inspiration had this to say: I’m about to start my fourth year, so here are 4 tips. 1. Before school starts, clean and organize your entire room. Make sure you know where everything is: I saved a note on my iPad with a list of what was in each cabinet. 2. Don’t worry about your room being super decorated… don’t feel like you have to spend a lot of money. I did my whole room from tpt using mostly freebies! 3. Don’t compare yourself to other teachers. It’s good to have a few goals, but it’s easy to get overwhelmed if you have too many. 4. Don’t stay in your room all the time! You may want to because your to do list will seem never ending, but don’t be afraid to pop in another teacher’s room to chat or ask for advice!
  • The Sassy Sub had this to say: Don’t feel like you need your room to be ‘done’ by the first day. Make sure you are ready for the students but remember you can add and change things as you go!


  • Like I said above…there is no rule that says you have to have a perfectly decorated “BUSY BEE” classroom from day one. However, I understand the URGE to start out with something.  I HIGHLY suggest picking a primary color scheme (because these colors are the easiest to find supplies in on Amazon, Lake Shore Learning, and Classroom Supply stores.), rather than a “theme.”  The colors help with organizing too.
  •  Pick ONE area of your classroom you would like to have really sharp looking.  Maybe it is your desk (heck you will spend time there), or your small group table, or your library, or your homework station.  Spend the money there and only there, and when you are spending…PLEASE LOOK AT THRIFT STORES and CRAIGSLIST FIRST! you never know what you are going to find, and you never know what you are going to save over buying full price at retail stores.  Listen, I love me a good Target run, I live in Minnesota, the birth place of Target, it is Mecca to me, But there is no reason to spend $120 on a rug when folks are selling them at garage sales right now for $15.
  • Flexible seating is awesome.  I mean awesome.  But remember the premise behind flexible seating.  OFFERING students a choice of where to sit and how to work.  This does not mean you need to spend $700 on bean bags, and spinning stools. My first year I offered clip boards.  That was it.  Students could sit on the floor and work, under their desk, or in the hall. My next summer I added three circular bathmats that kids FOUGHT over.  We spend enough of our own money on glue sticks.  Don’t spend your first pay check (or worse use a credit card) on scoop chairs and trampoline seats.  If you happen to see one for DIRT CHEAP (I am talking like $1-$5) sure take them…But never pay full price. Kids are much more resilient than we are, they will sit where ever. I am telling you just offer them spots on the floor, and watch the smiles!
  • teachingwithninjanuity had this to say: Make extra back to school packets and have supplies ready to go for new students that might come during the year. Any important information you pass out during the year, add to these packets. They save time when a new student comes and it serves as a guide to help you the following year get everything ready for that group of students!

Managing Paperwork

  • Pick a day for grading (I like Thursdays… I do not work in my room on Fridays), OR Grade as you go (I try to do this as much as I can.  When I taught middle school I had 187 students…grading was always an issue). Also have students grade as much as you can!
  • Choose a system, either drawers or folders, binders or files.  I personally use folders by subject/class for grading and binders for other things.
  • kjo0812 had this to say: Try to grade the papers from that day before you leave and at least write them down. I got into this habit my second year and it makes life so much easier. I don’t always accomplish this but i always avoid a huge stack to grade this way. Then I pop my grades into my digital grade book on Friday during my plan time
  • sweettoothteaching had this to say: Assign student numbers! I have students switch their tests and we debrief assessments as a whole. Students are able to get instant feedback and it avoids taking any work home! (Only works for easy to grade tests) Once they’ve been graded, I call students up in number order, collect their papers, and automatically input their grades in the grade book. It saves me soooo much time and the students love getting feedback right away! 🙂
  • I love Sweettoothteaching’s idea, I use numbers with my Show What You Know boards, check out systems, and other things but never thought to use it for grading!  Perfect!

Managing Behaviors

  • My biggest tip here is to really make sure students know what is expected of them and know what to expect if they are not complying.  Be stern with your rules (not mean) but if you have a “NO talking while I am talking rule” you best stick to it.  Students will figure out fast that you are easy to bend rules for.
  • msmaihuynh had this to say: Don’t rush into starting your curriculum in any subject. Take the time to establish routines, teach centers, materials management, etc. it will save you so much time in the long run. I don’t start any of my curriculum until the 3rd or 4th week of school, depending on the subject.
  • rsneed23 had this to say: Stay in touch with parents. They love to hear from you. I used Remind101 this year. I have still been receiving texts from parents this summer sending me pictures of their children enjoying the summer. They felt comfortable with the app since it is similar to a text. I did tell them that any texts after 7:00 pm would be answered the following morning, but they were extremely respectful of my personal time
  • claudiasclassroom had this to say: CLASS DOJO has been a lifesaver for me in terms of classroom management. It eliminates the behavior clipchart which not only takes up valuable wall space but also lots of time! They have so many amazing features and are always adding more! They make parent communication easy bc they email a weekly status report to the parents to let them know how their child did that week. I don’t have to do anything except assign points for good behavior! It is amazing and it’s free! It’s a teacher’s best friend! Seriously, I can’t talk it up enough. Definitely look in to it.

Managing Your Personal Life

  • The best tip I ever got was to use earbuds on my prep and when I am working in my classroom.  When I would listen to music on my computer or over the speakers on my projector the sound would emanate through the room and so would my thoughts and attention span.  When I use earbuds (I actually use wireless headphones, my classroom is small enough that I can walk from one end to the other with my phone in the middle and still pick up the bluetooth) the sound is just in my head and so is my thoughts and attention span.  This was one of the biggest components to me getting S%^T done!
  • Pick a time to leave by every day and stick to it.  I am actually better at working in the morning (less people there to bug me too), but I made it a rule I could not stay more than an hour after the bell rang every day.  I set an alarm and I left. I picked up where I was the next day.  FIRST LESSON OF BEING A TEACHER, your to-do list is never done. NEVER. own it.
  • Spend that money you saved on not decorating the crap out of your classroom on a massage or manicure!
  • the4thgradefix Had this to say: I picked two days a week to stay late and catch up on everything…then I had a life on weekends. My dad was a principal forever and I remember him telling me that things start to slow down right before Thanksgiving, and I remember that being so true my first few years of craziness!
  • iteach6th had this to say: One piece of advice that I wish I knew is that you will feel like you will never get through your entire checklist. Prioritize your list and put the rest off for later! Don’t be afraid to stop and take time for you!
  • 412teachershaveclass had this to say: Don’t spend time on things after school that students can help you with! I wasted a lot of time on tasks such as checking homework assignments, cutting lamination, and changing bulletin boards until I realized my students could do this so much faster and LOVED to help. During 15 minute bus dismissal students would change the lunch choices, homework board, date, remove projects from bulletin boards, take tape off of projects, and so much more. My room would be all ready for the next day by the time the last bus left!

There was a ton of other really great information given to me that I could sift through.  I want to make sure these teachers get credit too.  I posted a request for tips on Instagram and got an OVERWHELMING amount of New Teacher Support.

Check that link here!

Otherwise know that there are veteran teachers out there to help you!  I am one of them.  IF you ever need anything do not feel ashamed to ask.  email me at lessonswithcoffee@gmail.com

Cheers to a great FIRST back to school!


TPT Product Proofreaders Wanted!


As I move to a new grade level (levels actually 4th and 5th all subjects!!!!) I am in need of some help with proofreading products.

If you are interested in being a proof reader please fill out this form


In turn, I will periodically send you an email with a product proposal to review.  Should you want to proofread you would get the product for free in exchange for helping me check for errors, and take photos.

Thank you for your kind time in advance!

I can’t wait to work with you!



Yes. Of Course. Black Lives Matter – My take as a white educator in Saint Paul

I tried to write this post last night but failed miserably to get words that were articulate or constructive.

Last night, one day after Alton Sterling was killed by a police officer in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, a member of my school district was shot four times while being compliant in his car by a police officer who stopped him for a broken tail light.  He informed the officer in front of his girlfriend (who was filming) and 4 year old daughter that he had a weapon and a licence for conceal and carry – which is legal in our state. As he was still buckled into his seat, explaining every move he reached for his license and was shot, FOUR TIMES.  This man, Philando Castile, is dead.

Mr. Castile was a product of the school district I work in, and was currently employed by my district since 2002.  I am at a loss at what to say about this particular incident.  This particular incident….One is too many and how many have we had?  Just in my home-town of the Twin Cities we have had two High Profile cases in the last year.  Jamar Clark you might remember was also from Minneapolis.

My friends of color have to do something different with their children that families that are white do not have to do.  They have to teach their children that even IF you comply, you are still subject for humiliation, judgement, being guilty before you speak, possible injury and in some cases death.

My husband has a conceal and carry license.  He also has a broken tail light. I do not think for one second this would have happened if my husband would have been pulled over.

Now you might be asking yourself…This is a teaching blog…stop being so political.  Well it is a teaching blog.  I happen to teach for Saint Paul Public Schools.  The same district that Mr. Castile worked in for the last fourteen years.  I do not know this man, but I know others like him.  My coworkers, my students, my friends, and yes, even my family.  It is summer right now and students are a bit further in the back of our minds than they are during the school year, but trust me they and their families are in crisis. If you do not teach students of color, trust me it is still happening without you and your students, and YOU are the ones that need to be talking about this LOUDLY.

DON’T just say “I hope things get better”.

As a human here is what can you do:

  • If this (and other instances) bothers you, and it should, PLEASE talk to your white friends about it.  It might not be easy. It might not be fun.  BUT please do not stay silent.  IT is OK to not have answers. But the more you talk, the easier it is, and you might change some views…particularly of old Auntie Jane and Uncle Butch who “grew up in a different time.”  The time is no different than it is now.
  • PLEASE diversify your media.  Look at more than one outlet, and get news from voices of color, be it on the radio, tv, news print, or internet to help shape your awareness and own opinions of political, social and political issues.
  • Research if your city, state uses body cameras.  If they do not. CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE and demand that this is changed. 
  • Use social media to inform. Research ways to tighten up our police officer selection and evaluations in your town/city and try to post links for people to contact representatives.
  • VOTE! and know who you are voting for.  Don’t vote by party, vote by who you think has the most views that are similar to your own regardless of your political party stance. BUT PLEASE VOTE in ALL elections not just presidential.  Your local elections are just as if not more important that the presidential election.
  • Remember:

As a teacher here are some things you can do in your classroom now or this fall:

  • Allow students to have open conversations about their feelings.  Tell students that you do not have all the answers either and you are still learning and figuring it out. But create a space that is safe to talk about these issues.
  • Look into your own (even unintentional) biases you may have about students because of race, religion, language or economic class.
  • Reach out to other teachers who are allies or of color and ASK questions.
  • NEVER blow something over when it comes to race or injustice.
  • Encourage your administration to have staff engage in conversations about race and how it affects our students and schools (even if you are a primarily white school).
  • Research your own PD if none is available to you and PREACH IT!
  • I admire our police.  I invite them into my classroom to build connections and relationships with my students.  I have conversations with my students about how you can admire a person in a profession and mourn their losses in duty, but expect them to take the right actions and make the right decisions.  Relate it to something in their own lives and at their own cognitive level. In my class we talk about how you can come from any background, but I have the expectation that you will do your absolute best to learn, and try.
  • Look around your classroom.  Is everyone represented in the same positive light?  Do you have examples of high standards from ALL cultural representations.  Do you show examples of OTHER cultures in your class in appropriate and uplifting ways?  IF you answered no to any of these you need to check where your cultural competency is.
  • Read blogs from teachers of color.  Trust me you can learn a lot.  Tamara from Mrs. Russel’s Room wrote this powerful piece.  Check it out.

Saint Paul Public Schools is hurting right now.  We lost a product of our system, and a vital member of our adult community that works with so many of my students.

My students are hurting.

Your students are hurting.

OUR students are hurting.

It is time we change our attitude from “I wish I could change…” to “I am changing!”

With love and peace,






Secondary Math Summer Dollar Deals – week two!

Secondary Math Summer Dollar Deals!

Happy Summer!
We know you’re NOT thinking about school right now (or at least you shouldn’t be!) but we figured since everyone loves a bargain – especially in summer when some of us teachers don’t *ahem* get paid – my pals and I will be putting secondary Math resources on sale for just $1 each Tuesday throughout July!

3 ways to find the $1 stuff! 

1: Here is a Pinterest board you can check each Tuesday this summer for the week’s dollar deals!

2: You can also search Teachers pay Teachers for #mathdollardeals to find all of the resources marked down to $1 that Tuesday.

3: And below is a list of resources on sale this Tuesday!

$1 July 5, 2016

School’s Out Summer Blowout!

Good morning!  I recently teamed up with a great group of bloggers for a fun little Blog Hop with a great prize at the end.  Summer is here and like you, I am wondering what all my teacher blogger friends are up to.  Well here it is, the School’s Out Summer Blog Blow Out.

I am reading a BILLION books right now as I am trying to make the transition from Middle School Math to Elementary 4/5 split!  Here are the books that are currently sitting on my coffee table and I NEED to get a scope and sequence out for them.

Words Their Way: Word Study for Phonics, Vocabulary, and Spelling Instruction

I used this in college, and in my field work experience and LOVED it I am really excited that this is the word study curriculum my new school uses.  I’m rereading my book (thank god for those college highlighting skills!) to remember how to implement the program.  THen it will be time to start making the lists!

2) Word Nerds: Teaching all Students to Love Vocabulary

I saw someone on Instagram (still my favorite social media) state that this would be a good suppement to WTW so I bought it.  I’m Hooked!

3)Math Works: Montessori Math and the Developing Brain


Not only am I moving to a 4/5 self contained but it is a modified public montessori, I have a whole TON of new manipulatives to learn!

2) Hey friends!  I am excited about my new theme of my new classroom!  I have been very busy making some products. My favorite thing about deciding on a theme is going to the hardware store and looking at paint swatches.  This year I did an online paint swatch.  Here is what I came up with for my classroom theme:


I might be obsessed!

So for a freebie I have a number-line that is great for upper elementary and secondary schools.  it goes from -42 to 42 and includes fraction and decimal halves. I hope you love it.  Grab it now for free before it is in my TPT store!  I hope to also make a classroom bundle that will include a calendar, clock labels, word wall labels, supplies, teacher tool kit and many others!

CLICK HERE to get your free numberline!

Hurry though and get it soon.  It will no longer be free after July 9th 2016!


My Bucket List:

1.Watch a movie outside – our town has a great movies in the park program.  You should look into your towns.  It is a great cheap date night!

2. plan and write at least 52 blog posts for the upcoming year – blogging and tpt are my huge goals this summer as well as you know…planning for a new grade level.  It is a lofty goal but one when I am done, I will be very greatful for.

3. Organize our office – I need to organize our office and put our guest bed in there.  Erin from Learning to be Awesome is going to be visiting my husband and I in just a few short days!  I am so excited but man do I need to clean :/

4. #patiohustler – I am obsessed with our patio nightlife in Saint Paul.  PS> I love my town.  My favorites right now are the OX Cart Ale House, Dark Horse Bar and Eatery, and the Liffey.  If you are in St. Paul this summer you must check out at least one of the above.

5. get all my binders ready for next school year! This is daunting!  I have two done (I did them on my prep before school ended.) However, I need to make my own curriculum for biology, ancient civilizations, American history and astronomy.  I also, like stated above need to make a binder for WTW and Word Nerds. I like things to be pretty much ready to go.

What is on yours?


OH MY GOD!  Did you see this giveaway?  Do you already have a huge wishlist?  I do!  I have been saving my credits all year long and I am just waiting for that BTS sale!  I can only imagine what I would do with a 100$ TPT card!

Sending all my good luck wishes to you!

Click the link below to enter!

School’s Out Blog Blowout

Now get your booties on over to Patty Rutenbar at  2nd In Line for the next in the hop!

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Are You Guilty of Racially Offensive Classroom Decor?

A few days ago my local (and national) news stations ran a story about a poster created by the American Red Cross.  It came up on the hotseat for being racially insensitive.

At first look the picture is great! Families and children of all cultures are enjoying a great day at the pool. But upon closer inspection, only the white children are “cool” while all brown children are “not cool.”  This got me thinking about classroom rules.

We are in a great time in education with teacher created resources and GREAT, I mean GREAT clip art that is being created.  Make sure as we are creating products for our classrooms and for selling to others that our own classroom rules are not racially insensitive.  Be careful with clip charts, do’s and don’ts, or anything comparing children. We all know that students need to see themselves in the classroom in positive lights.

If you must put clip art of children on any product that compares student behavior, try some of these tips to ensure you are not being racially insensitive. (***I pulled photos from google image search as great examples.***)

1.Try putting more than one child on each section, this ensures that all cultures are represented in both positive and negative choices:

2. Try using positive reframing for the words:

3. Consider having students choose a rule and create the example.:

4. Consider only using clip art for the clips and not for the rules

5. Take time to emphasize the character that kids already come in with!

6. Consider only having children clip up.  Have everyone start off the board.  If they come in and do morning routine they may clip onto “ready to learn” <–must earn it, then only have the ability to go up from there!

I hope these ideas help you to make sure you do not have an insensitive product in your classroom or shop.  No one wants to feel bad.

I hope you have a great day!

Happy Creating!


9 Must Have Items That are on My BTS Wish List!

Hello!  It is summer-time here in Minnesota.

The fam at the cabin!

I have been out of school since June 13th an I have already started thinking about Back to School.  Now to give myself a little credit, I am making a huge change in not only a new school, but a new grade level, and many new content areas!  I am very excited for my transition from middle school math to a 4/5 split self contained classroom.

Here is a picture of my new classroom!


SO now I have a huge list of things I need to get.  Listen I am basically a new teacher!  It sort of sucks LOL.  Anyway here is my BTS wishlist for my classroom.  Later in July I will be posting my TPT wish list.  I am patiently waiting that BTS sale!

Here it goes.  My BST wishlist!

Slide1First up, My classroom library. I have decided on these baskets from the Dollar Tree.

I am however going to try to spray paint them these colors:

I really want to stick with my classroom theme of greens, burlap, shiplap and rope.


I am also in the process of making library labels.  HOWEVER, I have to go through my books and figure out what the best way to organize is.  Right now I am thinking by author, like in a real library, with a few special buckets for things like Dear America, Jerry Spinnelli, ect.

With my library I also need plastic pockets:

and probably some comfy seating options:

I know the one is not green but for $17.00 you can’t beat that price! And I think grey will fit nicely in with my theme.
I found these great fadeless papers on Amazon as well:

My students do not have desks. What do other teachers do for daily work and supplies? Like where you house things? I was thinking about these rolling drawer bins. They are big enough for a few notebooks, papers and what not. I am wondering though if they are going to be TOO big?

My other thought was to use these:

I already have a TON of these that I used for classroom ipads before our district went 1:1. I am curious as to what other teachers use!

There is not a lot of “desk area” as in a Montessori Classroom students tend to use the floor a lot. I would also like to get a few of these stackable desks…

I would probably have to spray paint these too. #spraypaintingninja
And I would also like these for not only floor work but you can put them on the table, and you instantly have a taller table for kids that like to stand.

Finally I would really like to add the following pocket charts to my classroom:
Clearly for calendar time! I have already made the calendar numbers and headers!
I would like three of these for homework turn in!

Well that is it. I think my list is doable, and not too pocket book cringe worthy. I am actually thinking about doing a donors choose for them as it is not a lot to raise. We will see.

I also need laminating sheets, printer ink and paper I suppose!
What is on your list?

Cheers friends

April/May SLANTbox partners

The April/May theme and detailed rules for the exchange can be found HERE.   Please read this blog entry THOROUGHLY before you email me with any questions.  Matches are found in a link at the end of this post. (I have also emailed you the link to the email you signed up with.)


Instructions now that you are paired!

1) Below you will find a link to a Google Doc where I have created all of your matches.  Please download the file before asking questions about it.  Here are some things to know about the Google Doc:

  • There are 2 tabs along the bottom.
  • The first is a list of all of the participants in alphabetical order by email.  Like I said in the email.  You are divided into bloggers and non-bloggers.  As months go on you are more than welcome to switch groups, just let me know by using the other form!!
  • The next are the matches.  If you have participated before it used to be super complicated for folks in finding both matches.  NOW YOU JUST HAVE ONE MATCH!!!!!  Please locate your name and then locate the educator you are paired with to the right of your name.


2) Once you know the email of your partners, go back to the participant page. Search for their emails (again alphabetically) you will also find their first name, email, blog URL (if applicable), and anything else that seemed important.  This is how you know who to address your email too, and where to start getting to know your partner is.


3) You have until 11:59 CST on Tuesday April 5th to contact your partners and hear back from them.  It is your responsibility to get in contact with them. Please do not wait around until someone contacts you.  Be proactive.  


  1. RESPOND BACK TO YOUR PARTNER!  Hey I have no idea if you OPENED an email and read it….If you do not respond back to your partner, I will count you as no longer participating.  You MIGHT be able to participate still, but it is unlikely this month.  NO EXCEPTIONS.  <—I have spent way to many hours rematching people.   


4) If you try to contact your partners but get no response, please respond to my original email by right away but definitely no later than 11:59pm CST on Wednesday the 6th  and I will try to work something out with a new pairing.  I will start doing re-matches Thursday the 7th—-hopefully we have GOOD LUCK.  NO EXCEPTIONS.  Understand if you do not follow rules, and do not tell me on SUNDAY that you have not heard from anyone, there is nothing I can do.  Please understand that I cannot be responsible for everyone’s actions so be responsible for you own.  I have had to in the past be doing re-matches well into the month.  IF you email me saying you have not heard from your partner AFTER the times in this email I will refer you to this blog post.


5) Please follow this month’s theme for your partner’s box. Do not make up your own theme or send your partner a crazy box that has nothing to do with them.  I know sometimes themes are hard to follow, but you can do it.  I know you can. You are an educator.  You could figure out a way to make The Lorax into a PE unit if you could. I HAVE HAD MANY PARTICIPANTS EMAIL ME SAYING THEY ARE GETTING SKIMPY BOXES!!!  LAME!  I would rather it be late and good, than on time and hastily thrown together.


6) Get to know your partners and don’t forget to send your Slant Boxes around the 25th of the month


7) Use #SLANTboxes, #SLANTBOXexchange and/or #SLANTbox when you tweet, instagram or FaceBook so everyone can see the boxes you receive.  Remember if you share a picture of the box you are sending (do not spoil the surprise!  Just share pictures of the outside of your box and blur out any addresses.


8) If you are a blogger, you MUST link up with the Slant Box reveal linky party on Lessons With Coffee at the end of the month. I am going to start the linky for the previous month on these posts


Now that you have read everything let me know if you have any questions.  Here is the link to see your matches!

April/May SLANTbox Exchange Partners


Go get your stalk creep communication with other educators on!