TPT Quote Box - EASY PowerPoint Tutorial

Alright TPT friends, I'm going to try and make this tutorial easy because let me tell took me about two hours before I finally perfected my quote box picture! I followed tutorials as well, but I work best in Microsoft PowerPoint and I just couldn't get everything looking perfect. I am *cough* somewhat of a perfectionist. 

There are other ways to do this, but this is what has worked for me!

TO SKIP STEP 1 AND 2: you can download the template HERE

Open a new PowerPoint presentation and adjust your slide size to a width of 4.7 inches and a height of 1.5 inches. This size will eventually produce a JPEG image that is 450 x 150 pixels. 

Change the background color on the slide. This took me awhile to perfect because you want it to blend into the store background color. Enter the numbers below into the custom colors: 

Color Model: RGB
Red: 242
Green: 242
Blue: 242

Create you image! Try to use the space on the entire slide. 

Save your slide as a JPEG or PNG image. 

Now you will need to upload your image to the internet. I couldn't quite figure out the best way to do this, so I created a secret board on my Pinterest account and uploaded the image there. That way, it was on the internet but no one had to see it. 

Click on your image and then right-click to "save image URL."

Your image URL will be pretty long, and there's just not enough room for such a long URL in the quote box. You need to go to a website like Tiny URL to make your URL smaller. 

Right-click and paste your URL into the box to make it smaller. 

Almost Done!

Log in to your TPT account. 
1. Click on "My Account"
2. Click on "Store Profile" 
3. Click on "Edit" 

Paste the following link into the "Personal Quote" box (with your information). Your product link will also need to be a tiny URL. 


Now SAVE and you are DONE! 

If you have any questions, feel free to comment on this blog and I will do my best to answer them! 

Interactive Notebook Time Saving Tips

I always had a pretty difficult time keeping my students' math notes organized. Although I taught my students HOW to take notes, there were always a few who would skip random pages or just not remember where their notes were. In return, they never EVER referred back to their notes. It just seemed like a waste. 

This past school year, I finally implemented interactive notes in my math class. Let me tell you - it changed EVERYTHING! I cannot say enough good things about them! 

  1. Student notebooks are neat and organized.
  2. They know exactly where to write their notes and math reflections.
  3. Practice problems are always under the notes so that they can refer back to them.
  4. Students ACTUALLY look back in their notebooks (often) in order to refresh their memories. 
  5. Absent students catch up easily and always ask for their missing notes. 
  6. Students really love their notebooks and are proud of their work. 
I could go on and on. 

Now, I'll be the first to admit that (like everything else), there is some trial and error that comes along with interactive notebooks. The first time that I used interactive notes for a math lesson, I gave the students way too many notes to cut and glue and...well...let's just say that I didn't have much time to teach the rest of that period. 

1. Cutting and gluing can take a long time. Don’t worry students will get faster at it! Try to find or create notes with limited cutting. Although there are some CUTE interactive journals available, some of them are not practical in a class period with limited time.

2. Give students a time limit to cut and glue their notes before you start the lesson. I encourage them to help one another if they see that their neighbor is not finished yet. I even walk around and help students during the countdown (which they love). Once the time limit is up, I start my lesson and that student needs to glue their notes at a later time.

3. Unless you plan on spending a good part of the lesson cutting and gluing, don't give students more than three pages at a time. There have been times that I have assigned cutting and gluing as morning work, and this helped a lot because we were able to start our math lesson immediately. 

4. Assign students various jobs! I have two students that pass out and collect the scissors and glue bins, another passes out the interactive notebook pages, and a fourth student is the "recycle bin manager" and picks up all of the scraps of paper when he/she is finished cutting and gluing. 

5. Cut and glue notes in your own notebook to show students the finished product. I often take quick pictures of my notes with my phone and then project the picture on the board for students to see more clearly. If you don't have time for this, cut and glue at the same time as the students. I am usually finished first, and they always want to compete in order to keep up with me. I then hold up my finished product as a visual. This ensures that students glue their notes correctly and it saves a LOT of time!

6. Cutting and gluing is often a quiet activity in my classroom. When they cut, glue, AND talk, they move a whole lot slower.

7. I find that liquid glue works better than gluesticks. A FEW dots about an inch away from the edges goes a long way! 

8. Don't give up on your notebooks! Stick with them the entire year, and you will NOT regret it! 

Here are two interactive notebook freebies to explore!  

Happy Teaching!

Thank you, Teachers Pay Teachers.

I've been thinking lately. When I was a child, I was awfully shy. As a shy kid, you basically make a small group of friends and hang onto them for dear life. I was never very assertive and kind of a pushover. Okay, not just "kind of."

People be like: 

After college, I discovered that I was a pretty good teacher. It came very naturally and I was always looking for ways to learn more and make lessons more interesting and engaging for my students. Unfortunately...people love to stomp on teachers. Parents, administrators, leaders, friends: everyone seems to think that they know better than the one that is in the trenches; the one that wears the hat of mom, nurse, leader, friend, maid, and many other things on a daily basis. It tore me down. "I GUESS I'm a...good...teacher." 

Then one day, I discovered a little website 
known as TeachersPayTeachers

I put some basic resources up there because, hey, what's it going to hurt? I didn't think that anything would sell. After all...there were already so many great products on there! Then I started selling some products, so I put more products in my store. Cause and effect: more things started to sell. Wait. Other teachers really want to buy things that I create? 

The moment that I felt my store become "successful" by my own standards was the moment that completely changed the way that I viewed myself. I was no longer this young, fairly inexperienced "good" teacher. I felt so alive. I felt like I was worth something, like I had something to say and something to teach my much more experienced peers. TpT gave me so much worth. It made me feel like I had a voice in a profession that is often voiceless. 

My whole outlook changed. My demeanor changed. I discovered that I had some pretty serious leadership qualities hidden deep inside of me. I "overcame" much of my shyness because I saw myself as many of my peers and buyers saw me: an expert in my field. I became grade chair and led my team, often fighting for them in front of administrators. My peers saw a change in me. My peers voted me Teacher of the Year. 

I'm different now. A lot different. 

Thanks, TpT. You changed my life without even meaning to.