Whiteboard Journals

For my Publishing class, I get my students in the mood for writing by doing a daily journal prompt. So far, I’ve borrowed a lot of these ideas from Pinterest, but my students really enjoy seeing what the question and illustration will be for the day. I try to set aside some time to doodle (which ends up calming me as well) each day to make the writing prompt fun and colorful. Here are some of them so far!

It ends up being a great use of my whiteboard and starts the class off with reflection and writing.

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Tasty Tuesday
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Wild Wednesday
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California Dreaming

At the end of July, my family took a vacation to Southern California. Here’s a little overview of what we did, wore, and (most importantly) ate.

California Food

ZinquéMalibu Farm • Lama DogLos AgavesScopa Italian Roots

I could go on about the food, but I will say that everything we had was fresh and delicious. I miss having avocado on everything!

Continue reading to see my adventures in Malibu, Santa Barbara, Venice, L.A., and Santa Monica!

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Bridals on the Bayou

I was very excited today to receive my bridal photographs from the lovely Jessica Renee Photography. Well, it was really a bridal session for my sister, who got married in December. I got married in July of 2015, a year before we decided to put my dress back on (which was a little tight) and pretend to be a bride one more time. I did not take bridal photos before my actual wedding, so I paired up with my sister and got a few of myself as well. I wanted to have some photos of my dress that I adored so much!

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We got all dressed up and headed to Fairview Riverside Park in Madisonville, Louisiana. It’s a lush green park located on the shores of the Tchefuncte River. It was summer in Louisiana, which meant it was swampy and hot, but you can’t tell from the photos!

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The dress is Penelope from Watters’ gorgeous Willowby line of bridal gowns.

The illusion neckline was perfect – I didn’t want strapless but I do like my décollotage. The skirt was dreamy and easy to walk and dance in, which was a must! I paired the dress with a simple veil, then added a belt, headband, and earrings for just a touch of sparkle.

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A Peek at my Classroom

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It’s only September and I’ve been back at school for almost two months. Two months! It’s flown by, but we sure did start early. This year, I got a room upgrade. I moved from a dull, drab, windowless room to a bright, much newer, cheerful room! I didn’t have to do as much this year to make my learning environment inviting, but I definitely spruced it up a bit. The best part, however, is that I have real whiteboards that actually erase and more storage than I can think of purposes for. I have much to be grateful for this year.

I went with a color scheme of purple and green. I already had a lot of green from last year, so I just added in my favorite color – purple. I jazzed up my bulletin boards with some banners. I tied in the technology theme of my program with some “Tweets from Famous People.” I purchased the pack of inspirational quotes and photos here on Teachers Pay Teachers. They are great decoration as well as discussion starters!

I was also lucky enough to make a trip to IKEA before school this year (the nearest store being in Houston). I picked up a few things I’ve found useful in making the classroom more inviting.

  • Picture frames – Ikea sells frames in every shape, size, and color you can imagine. They’re very affordable! With so many great free printables online, I was about to put some in frames to place around the room.
  • Lamps – Ikea has some unique lighting fixtures as well. Many are quite affordable as well, as long as you are willing to figure out how to assemble them. My cool globe lamp really makes my bookshelf/reading area more inviting and “homey.”
  • Raskog utility cart – I love this cart so much I got one for my house as well as my classroom! It’s perfect for storing anything. Right now I have it next to my desk with my Expo markers, hole punches, important binders, paper towels, and antibacterial wipes. Everything I use often is super handy! Plus, it diverts some clutter from my desk and looks very neat.
  • Magnet Boards – I have a couple magnet boards. Again, Ikea has a great selection of shapes and sizes. One I have a set of magnetic poetry on – but my Command strips failed and I have yet to find a better solution for getting it to stay on the wall without a drill. A smaller, lighter one is behind my desk for important notes and memos. Hopefully I will be able to put the magnetic poetry board to use soon.

Overall, I’m happy with my classroom this year. Of course, there is always room for improvement. I hope to make it feel even more like home over the school year.

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Hello world!

Welcome to Desks and Dreams. I’m Heidi, a twenty-something teacher living in southern Louisiana. I’ve had many blogs throughout the years, but I never really kept up with anything for more than a couple years at a time. I hope to have a fresh start and have this space to share my thoughts, ideas, and experiences.

I got married just over one month ago. It was a crazy and fun experience so I have lots to share in that area. I also just started my second year teaching and it already feels very different from the first.

I hope to fill this blog with things I am passionate about – teaching, technology, food, crafts, and more. If you’re reading, follow along! I hope you can find something helpful or inspiring here. Thanks for visiting!

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Pretty Paper Roses

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Paper crafts are a fun and easy way to spend time and be creative. The end result ends up being a cute decoration as well!

All you’ll need is:

  • Colored construction paper and/or pattered scrapbook paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Magnets (optional)
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