Sunday, May 12, 2019

Lit Reviews Are So Much Fun - No Teacher Ever Said

I thought taking classes was a good idea... until we have to write ANOTHER Literature Review.   It was just a few months ago, but I only kept that APA style stuff in my brain long enough to get a grade. 

Isn't that ironic?  That is what the kids do in school, I am sure.  If it isn't something they really want to do, if it isn't interesting to them, then they (and myself) only access the temporary memory.  I usually trick myself into thinking that I will remember it, but in the long run, NOPE I didn't. 

With the headings/title of the APA style paper, you have to make the first page different than the last page.  I thought to myself, I do I change that again?  Where is that button?  OH YEA.....

Maybe writing about it here will help my memory.  Who I am kidding?  I will have to look it up again.  Well at least I know where to find it quickly.

Just click.  Just click in the header space after you added it and it will give you this option.

Hope this little screenshot helps me and anyone else that happens to read this post.  When you click on "OPTIONS" it will let you change the size of the header and footer.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Take a Break from Technology - DETACH

I love technology and seem to use it every day on a regular basis.  Sometimes, you need a break.  A break from your job, tv, people, technology, and life.  I really need a nap and a "time out".  After I slept about 12 hours, I decided I wanted to do something productive.

I decided that I would redo my parents' old bench.  I remember my mom working on it every few years to make it new again.  She taught me how to "redo" things, or now they call it "DIY".  She was very handy and taught herself how to do things.  This was BEFORE YouTube and home improvement shows.  She was very clever, asked questions at the hardware store, read a lot, and was super good at reading directions on packages and tweaking them to make things her own.

I decided I would channel my "inner Dorothy" and gave it a whirl!  I tried to get the old screws off, but I am sure they have been there for over 20, maybe 30 ish years.  Luckily a friend used a reciprocating saw and cut them off for me.

Then, I took the old board to the hardware store and was able to match the size.  The board come in 8 feet pieces.  I had to pay for them first, but they did cut them in half for me for free.

I purchased them at Lowe's for 1.85 each - needed 4 of them - so that makes 8 pieces, which means there is one left over.  I picked out the 7 best ones.  ($8.01 total with tax.)  Item #4512, 1x3x8 Spruce Pine.

The boards needed a light sanding.  (I used one of those little hand-held sponge looking thing.  I don't know the official name.... "sanding sponge" maybe?  I already had this in my little tool bag.)

The edges were a little rough from where they were cut in half.  Also, I wanted to make sure there weren't any rough spots and that the knots were smooth.  Sanding them down took about 30 minutes.

Then, I used Thompson's WaterSeal (FREE - because I already had it on hand from some other project I did a long time ago) to seal the boards.  I decided that I wanted to make them a natural color.  My mom had painted her a brown color.

It's always good to enlist a helper/supervisor.  Gizmo gets anxious when I put on shoes, so I decided to take him outside too.  Since he thinks he is "human" and "doesn't do grass" he elected to get in the stroller.  He liked watching while getting a little sunshine on his face.  #Gizmothehumandog

Next, I had to repaint the sides and base of the bench.  I used a basic black spray paint.  I love to spray paint things.  I am not sure why - but it seems very satisfying to spray paint.  I am sure that I used to much, because I get a little wild with it.  I gave it a couple coats.  I wanted to make sure I didn't miss any spots and I wanted it to be shiny.  (AGAIN - FREE  - because I already had some on hand from a previous project.)

Next, I put the boards in place.  I wondered if it really needed the screws or bolts in it.  I think it needs them so that the wood will stay in place.  I want it to be sturdy so people can sit on it while on my front porch.  I am not the "outdoorsy" type, but now that I have a new cool bench, I might have to go outside every once in a while.

I decided to try some small screws (FREE - had these 2 on hand) so that I didn't have to drill holes or do anything extra.  I already had them, so I tried it.  They seemed to work on the top.

I need washers or something so they will stay in place on the seat part.  Those pre-drilled holes in the iron are bigger on the seat than on the back.

I thought I would make a quick trip to Home Depot on the way home from work on day.  Well, they have a big selection of screws, but I think people steal them. SHAME SHAME.   

There were bags with the "wrong" number in the package.  For instance, it might say 6 - but there were only 5.  You have to double check these bags very carefully or  you will be disappointed when you get home.

I wasn't sure what to buy, but luckily I did get some that worked for this project.  I bought 1/4 flat galvanized washers that were 13 cents each.  I needed 10 of them. That was a $1.30 each.  I also bought 2 packages of 6 sheet metal screws.  They are #12 x 1 inch.  They were $1.18 per package. 

It was a little difficult to hold everything in place, I could have used an extra set of hands.  

These seemed to work perfectly.  I used my handy dandy power screwdriver.  I love that thing!  It was a great investment.  I have used it several times over the past couple of year.  If you don't have a DeWalt tool, you need to get yourself one!  (I purchased mine at Home Depot during the Black Friday sales.)


I decided to make it a "Memorial Bench" and dedicate it to my parents.  I used my vinyl cutting machine (Cricut) to make the letters.  I used glitter 651.  It didn't want to stick at all.  I had to apply the letters one at a time.  It took a super long time.  They are a bit crooked, but at least they are on there.  I did add a little bit of Mod Podge over the top to ensure they would stay on the wood.  (Fingers crossed!)

I miss my parents so much!  They were annoying sometimes, (LOL) but I loved them dearly!  I used to tell them they put the "FUN" in dysFUNctional.  :)

It was SUPER FUN to redo this bench and it didn't take very long.  It was an awesome weekend-ish project, that was enjoyable and a great way to help me unwind and detach from the real world.

I surely hope my parents would be proud!

Here's the side-by-side comparison!



Sunday, April 7, 2019

LINK to a Particular Spot in a Document!

Did you know that you can LINK to a particular spot in a Google Doc?  


If you don't need the entire document and only need to link the reader to a PARTICULAR spot in a document you can do with by using a BOOKMARK.



Yes, it is that simple.  Just put a BOOKMARK in your document.

How do I do that?  I'm sure you are asking yourself that question. WELL...... it's your lucky day because I am going to tell you!

In your Google Doc, go to the spot you want them to read.  For example you want to point directly to your references part of your document. 

Put your mouse/cursor on that spot and click so that it is blinking.
Then click INSERT at the top in the menu bar. 

It gives you the drop-down menu and you click on BOOKMARK, which is at the bottom of the list.
It will then give you a BLUE FLAG. 

For example:

You will get a menu that says

Then you will need to RIGHT CLICK on the word LINK.  

A menu will pop up and you need to click on COPY LINK ADDRESS.

Now you can PASTE the link where ever you need it.

You now have a link that will take you directly to your references or whatever it is that you need. 


Sunday, February 3, 2019


LOOK WHAT HAPPENED!  I WON! I WON!  I won the TCEA Robert E. Knight Scholarship.

It becomes real when you see your name in print.  Click the link to see the list of winners...  It is so exciting to work hard and be rewarded!

Then they sent me a fancy invitation!  I guess that means I have to go in person and pick up the award!!

100th day coming soon

If you need some 100th day resources... check this out.

Also look at this....
"Aging Booth" selfies.  I think we might have to try this.....

I hope to get some good pictures of what we do......
Looks like we will have some fun at the end of the week.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Christmas Gifts for the Class - Scarves

It's that time of year again!  

It is time to think about what to give "my kids" for Christmas.  I am going to do the same thing that I have done the past 3 years....... SCARVES! This was a fun activity that my daddy helped me with the first couple of years.  He always had fun helping me with my school projects!

This picture is the last time we made them together.  We were trying to pass the time at his dialysis treatment.  Daddy, age 90, was a very good "scarf holder".  He took pride in his "job", although he used to always say, 'I don't work after 5pm".  LOL  I MISS HIM SO MUCH!!

fleece blankets from Walmart
new sharp scissors
an hour of your time

These scarves are always a HIT and I am sure these little four-year old Pre-K students will love them too!

I bought the FLEECE blankets at Wal-mart for $2.50 each.  Each one makes 6 scarves.  That is about 42 cents each!  Make sure to be the fleece ones.  The other ones will not work.

After making the scarves, I used my CRICUT and a little (gold glitter) HTV (Heat Transfer Vinyl) from either Ante Up Graphics or 651 Vinyl  if you need to order on line.  If you are local you should visit the Country Gone Crazy in Baytown, Texas.

This is an easy and simple project.  

First and foremost - enlist a helper!!

All you have to do is unroll the blanket.

Take off the thread/hem on the edges.

If you cut it right, the thread will come off in one piece.

Cut on the folds.  Sometimes the blankets aren't really 50 x 60 so measuring really isn't necessary.  They will be about 50 inches long and about 10 inches wide (maybe 9).
You might have to refold it to help straighten out the wrinkles.  I didn't measure it.  I just "eyeballed" it.  I sort of used the pattern as a guide, but mostly just wing it.

Cut slits on the short ends to make fringe.  I cut "eyeball" it.  I don't measure.  Cut about two inches up from the edge.  Just enough so that you can tie a knot.  You can make as many or as few as you want.  I make about 6.

Use a Cricut or similar machine to design the names of your students.  Iron on the HTV.  YES, I just used my handy-dandy SUPER HOT iron.  No need to break out the heat press for this.


Give to the students and they will LOVE THEM!  (Parents will love them because they are washable! Plus with their names on them, they hopefully will keep up with them.)

If you want to save this for later....

You can pin it at

Hope you will make some for your class!

Until next time........

Saturday, November 3, 2018

All Things Google - Pear Deck

As most of you know, I love all things Google.  Anytime the district offers Google type training, I try to attend.  Now that I am in Pre-K this year, I am not always sure that things will be helpful or apply to my grade level, but I am still willing to learn.  I love to learn!  I am a life-long learner.

Today was the Google Slides training about Pear Deck.  It is a really cool tool!  

It is free for the first month.  After the first month, you can get three more free months with the link in the handout.  Most of the features work in the free version.  If you make some activities during the free time, they will still work after the free trial is over.

I like the drawing option as one of the answer choices.  I made a sample lesson where the students can use the drawing option so the students can write the letter.  

Example: I decided to make a "beginning sounds" lesson.  The students look at a picture (pumpkin) and then they have to write the letter "p".

This is a really great tool and I look forward to using it to make some more interactive lessons.  

The challenge will be having the students use their individual devices correctly and staying on task.  Sometimes I have to remind myself they are only four and need more assistance than kindergarten.  The daily challenges are real, they are tough, but in the end they are worth it!

Friday, October 26, 2018

COVA with Google Sites

This class caught my eye because we have been talking about COVA in my Lamar classes.  I realized the presenter is also a Lamar student.  She called one of the professors from Lamar, one of the founders of COVA.

Here is the link to her presentation.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Google Sheets Supercharged

This class was super fast and full of information.  It was jam packed with information.  Google Sheets can do all sorts of great things.  It is more than just lines on a page.  There are options that are hidden in different places.  They have updated it a lot recently. 
Check it out!

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Digital Portfolios

When I selected this class, I didn't realize it was going to be a sales pitch type of class.  I thought it was going to be more about how to build a portfolio.  The presenter was very nice and informative, but the class wasn't what I was expecting.

The product she used is called, "Bulb".  It does look like something that would be useful for students.  I could see a student starting to build a portfolio of all there accomplishments, goals, and educational reflections so they would have all their information in one place.  This could be something they could put on college applications to show how they have grown as a student.

Here is the handout that I received while in the class.

Check it out for yourself and see what you think.  Please share your thoughts and feelings about it.

Lit Reviews Are So Much Fun - No Teacher Ever Said

I thought taking classes was a good idea... until we have to write ANOTHER Literature Review.   It was just a few months ago, but I only kep...