Saturday 21 December 2019

New Year 2020 Class Photo Props

We're heading into a brand new year 2020 and what a better way to begin than with a photo shoot! Yes! Raise the accountability bar for your students.  Get these beautiful New Year 2020 photo props to add pizzazz to those student accountability photos! 

Photo boot props are a fun and easy way to make your photos pop! Kick off those new year class goals and targets with these fun photo props!

To use these printables simply print on heavy card stock, color, cut then mount on a thin stick, stiff straw, a dowel or a wooden skewer. Students then hold the props up to have their photo taken.

Saturday 9 November 2019

Veterans Day Writing Activities

These folders and writing papers were designed to help commemorate Veterans Day. Have your students write their thoughts and reflections and use the enclosed folders to compile a wonderful keepsake for this memorable observance! You can get these here.

nicole hernandez, nicadez

Saturday 19 October 2019

Seasonal Trees Clip Art for Worksheets

This four season trees clipart set includes 18 high quality PNG files with transparent backgrounds.These beautiful and versatile clip art images can be used in such resources such as worksheets, flashcards, posters, anchor charts, bulletin boards and many more. The transparent background makes them easy to drag and drop into your project’s layout.

winter clipart, spring clipart, summer clipart, autumn clipart, fall clipart

Thursday 11 July 2019

Sight Word Fluency Reading Cards for Home and Classroom Practice

This is a BUNDLE of my Dolch sight words reading fluency cards that represent many themes. These are perfect for homework practice or classroom work. These cards can be printed in vertical form on strips that are stored on keyrings. These cards can be printed on cardstock, laminated, cut and placed on keyrings either in separate sets by grade or altogether. Your cards can be easily stored hanging in your literacy centers where it can be easily accessed by students, especially early finishers.
The themes include:
Cute Frogs
Cute Monsters
All 220 Dolch Words are listed by grade level ranging from pre-Kindergarten to 3rd grade. These are identified by a number on a yellow dot. The groups of words are:
Group ❶ Pre-K (40 words)
Group ❷ K (52 words)
Group ❸ 1st Grade (41 words)
Group ❹ 2nd Grade (46 words)
Group ❺ 3rd Grade (41 words)
These Dolch sight words are printed in vertical form on strips that are stored on keyrings. These cards can be printed on cardstock, laminated, cut and placed on keyrings either in separate sets by grade or altogether. Your cards can be easily stored hanging in your literacy centers where it can be easily accessed by students, especially early finishers.

You can get this bundle HERE.

Tuesday 9 July 2019

Editable Calendars For Teachers

Are you looking for a bright, pretty and editable calendar for your classroom? Well you have come to the right place. Here you will find, not one, but three products to suit your needs.

 This is an EDITABLE honey bee themed calendar set that runs from August 2020 to August 2021. To use this powerpoint calendar all you need to do is insert a text box on the date then type. I included one for you with an embedded font so you can copy and paste that text box if you wish.

This editable calendar is great for planning or tracking class lessons and events. You can mark homework or create student activity sheets. A great way to use this resource is for marking important events and deadlines which can be sent to parents to keep as a handy reference.

Friday 26 April 2019

Handbags Clip Art for Personal and Commercial Use

I'm super excited about my progress with creating clip art. I have spent a lot of time perfecting my style and I'm really enjoying it!

I just uploaded these ladies' handbags in time for Mother's Day. These are 25 colorful and stylish handbags that are perfect on cards, worksheets, posters, crafts and many other resource types. I also included a blackline version and a silhouette. These images are in png format which makes them perfect for laying over any project.

For further details you can click HERE to go straight to my TpT store!

Saturday 23 March 2019

I Opened an Etsy Store!

News! I opened an Etsy store!

I have been creating clip art for a long time, seven years now. I had stopped for a while thinking that this wasn’t for me. Most of my clip art had a great following, but I still did not put any time into creating any more. It wasn’t until I actually saw my creation used illegally in a teacher's published book that I realized my true worth. This is what convinced me to put more of my stuff up. Now, my hobby is creating clip art in my spare time. I have worked on hundreds of sets so far and think now is the time to market my work in a totally different way.

I’ve actually wanted to open an Etsy store for a while now, but I was not too sure about how Etsy worked, especially for digital products. It’s free to open the shop and very inexpensive to advertise.

Please feel free to visit my store and check out my range of clip art! If you have any clip art ideas that I can make, please leave a comment below! I’m still working on adding the rest of my products. You can follow my progress on my Facebook page or by favoriting my store on Etsy.

Saturday 9 March 2019

Fraction Posters for Every Classroom

nicadez, nicole hernandez, a teacher's idea

These fraction posters are a great visual support for introducing the concept of fractions and leads up to the division of fractions. The inclusion of examples and graphical representations make these posters great visual reminders for students. Every math classroom needs these fraction posters

This 35 poster set includes the following:

- What is a Fraction?
- How do We Write a Fraction?
- Fractions in Words
- Representing Fractions
*Area Model
*Linear (Line) Model
*Set Model
- Equivalent Fractions
-Equivalent Fractions Using Repeated Addition (Times Tables) 2x -12x
- Proper & Improper Fractions
- Mixed Numbers (Mixed Fractions)
- Converting Improper Fractions to Mixed Numbers
- Converting Mixed Numbers to Improper Fractions
- Ordering Fractions –Same Denominators
- Ordering Fractions – Different Denominators
- Comparing Fractions – Same Denominators
- Comparing Fractions – Different Denominators
- The Butterfly Method
- Addition of Fractions
- Subtraction of Fractions
- Subtraction of Fractions – Mixed Numbers
- Subtraction of Fractions (Regrouping)
- Multiplication & Division of Fractions
- Simplifying Fractions

Common Core Aligned:
3.NF.3, 4.NF.1, 4.NF.2

(Just click on the picture for further details )


Classroom posters can be used as a teaching tool to recognize goals, set expectations or to introduce or review concepts. They can be used as standalone aids to help students master particular strategies and techniques.
The following are different ways of using classroom posters:
1) They can be used full size as posters.
2) They can be printed standard size (8.5 x 11 inches) and banded into a booklet as a study resource for students as an individual or small group activity.
3) As anchor charts
4) They can be used as 
reference books for small group use. Simply print and slide pages in sheet protectors to compile a binder or folder document.
5) They can be printed smaller (print 2 or 4 to a page) to be used in your interactive math notebook or in flip books for individual use.

Sunday 20 January 2019

How to Teach with Integrity

nicadez; a teacher's idea

Imagine you send a group of students on to the next grade level. You have tried your best to prepare them especially since you have had them for a year. You have watched them blossom, whether it is a small measure of growth or a mammoth leap forward. You have communicated every aspect of their learning with their parents. You send them forward with your blessings and with great anticipation for the successes to come. Very early into the new level things do not seem to be working out for most of them. What? What is going on? This isn’t what you expected, it most certainly isn’t what anybody expected and there isn’t a single reason to surface other than you were disingenuous in your communication with parents. You deliberately painted a grand picture of success and masked an entire class of students' true performance, for what?.... they could not say. Wow! Is that the only reason to account for a whole class performing badly? 

This scenario isn’t all that different from what is happening between class levels today.  For a myriad of reasons a child's performance can change. The sad thing is, many teachers don't want to take responsibility when the reason points to their own professional practice. I understand that parents should be accountable for the performance of their students in many aspects. I also understand why there might be some truth, in isolated cases, to the idea of teacher malpractice - some teachers have ego issues. There has to be integrity in practice, regardless of personal ambition.

Every teacher may have his or her own way of teaching, and I am advocating for integrity in teaching and dealing with parents. Even to conjure this notion of dishonesty is simply removing attention from your own responsibility to students. Everyone has his or her own style; however, when the class becomes a frenzy of a high number of failures, disenchanted parents and forlorn little faces- the line needs to be drawn.

How does one teach with integrity you might ask. The answer is very simple. Do what you say you are going to do. Plan and work the plan. Check and recheck student learning. Communicate all aspects of learning to their parents so that they are kept abreast of all scenarios. Make your classroom a hub of activity and a space where they can act or react in a safe and non-threatening environment. Your students must be able to talk to you when they understand or don't understand something. They must be able to ask you a question without being silenced simply because want them silent. Essentially, you must give them an opportunity to have shareable moments with you that facilitate learning.

I'll conclude by saying that those of us who teach with integrity take full responsibility for the failures and successes of our students. We revel in our children's successes and lament over their failures. We reflect. We revamp. We take time to make the necessary changes and communicate every aspect with our parents and our students so that learning becomes a shared experience.

Friday 4 January 2019

Why Teaching is NOT a Labor of Love

Why do teachers stay in teaching till retirement? I'm already in 26 years and ready to give up. Teaching has become a hassle, a hustle and a juggle of blame and defence.  School administrators want accountability while giving teachers little support. Parents want success with little or no involvement. Dangling between these expectations are the teachers and children. The teachers are stressed out. The children are saturated.  So what are teachers to do?

It is time for school officials to put down their clipboards and really show their support for teachers who do so much. It is time for parents to walk the walk by taking full responsibility for their children's failures. Teachers get the short end of the stick because they are the ones in direct contact with children more than anyone else. Oh yes!! Its the teacher blame game!!!!

Blame the teachers for everything!!! When officials want better student performances, target the teachers! When parents want straight As on their children's report cards, leave it all in the hands of the teachers! When society wants a change in its form and shape make the teachers accountable for that!!! 

So tell me, when are teachers going to enjoy the support of everyone in teaching children? When are children going to enjoy learning in a comfortable and nurturing atmosphere? When would everyone take full responsibility for students performances? Maybe never!!! Mind you, there are many parents who do take responsibility and work with their children from the start. Many have to grapple with the idea that their children's teachers are not doing squat on any given day. All these scenarios are real and too often. This also puts pressure on the teachers who labor in love.

Teaching can only be seen as a noble profession when teachers get to exercise nobility by serving others without the hassle and hustle, blame and defence.

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