Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Teacher Twitter Tuesday Debbie Clement on Creativity + Collaboration!

Debbie Clement as Twitter "TeacherFriends" Guest: Creativity, Collaboration & Giving Thanks!

TWITTER TUESDAY! Twitter Teacher CHAT! #TeacherFriends
TONIGHT I get to take the HOT SEAT! I'm THE #GuestEduCelebrity! 

Every Tuesday night since the end of June I have moderated our #TeacherFriends chatting and getting familiar with using Twitter from a teaching perspective. Well tonight the roles will be reversed and I will be in the spotlight and my sweet new friend IRL, Kim {Educator's Spin on It} will shift to moderator.... and she will ask the questions of MOI! 


Talking TWITTER at SocialBoom! Debbie Clement + Kim Vij

That's Kim and I earlier this month, together at an event called #Social Boom. It was truly a watershed weekend of learning from some of the best brains in the business world -- on using your social networking as a platform to share your work. I learned so much thanks to Kim Garst the fairy~godmother of this incredible weekend. 

SocialBoom WonderHostess, Kim Garst and the Star Struck Debbie Clement
THE Kim Garst + The STAR STRUCK Debbie Clement

By all means before you do anything else? Follow Kim Garst in every possible social network. Start with following Kim on Twitter! She has 300,000 followers there and is in the Forbes TOP list of people to follow. PLUS she's simply brilliant in addition to being kind and having the biggest heart EVER! 

My biggest #SocialBoom take-away? Using LinkedIN MORE! As in strategically. Yes. I built a profile over there but then I walked away. No more. Gonna use that network! Are you on LI? I'd LUV for us to connect!!! Jump over to my profile and let's get linked to one another! That's the starting point. 

As a result of all of our brainstorming at #SocialBoom I have opened up a new FB community entitled #TeacherFriends. I know. I know. I don't really 'get' FB and the whole fanpage thang! BUT. As with all things I am willing to learn. You've got to start somewhere, right? Hopefully this will help us 'continue' the conversations. 

TeacherFriends Opens new Facebook Community by the same name!

Tonight the chat will be focused on all things "CREATIVE" and conclude with Gratitude and expressions of Thanksgiving and kindness. I know as moderator, my first goal is to welcome folks into the chatting atmosphere. Hopefully I can live up to the high standards set by our incredible guests as well! 



For those of you that like to prepare ahead of time. 
These are the questions that will be asked in tonight's chat! 
It's like an 'open-book' test! 

9:06 Q1: What is your favorite way to incorporate music into your day? Why? What are the benefits?

9:16 Q2: How do you support and encourage creativity + originality within your day? Favorite projects?

9:26 Q3: How do you get your students to collaborate? Examples please. Share pics for extra credit.

9:36 Q4: How do you strengthen your OWN creativity? Resources? Books? Links? Pins? 

9:46 Q5: What is the relationship between gratitude and creativity? Are you involved in service projects to end the year?

Hope to see you there in real time. 
Otherwise. Check back for the storify archive! 
Surf the hashtag: #TeacherFriends

9PM EST. 
Practice Chat starts at 8:30! 





Saturday, November 22, 2014

Christmas Bulletin Board Ideas Showcase!


2014 MEGA RoundUP Christmas Bulletin Boards + Decorated Doors at RainbowsWithinReach


CHRISTMAS BULLETIN BOARDS + DECORATED DOORS! 

We haven't even carved the turkey and people are here searching for my previous year's RoundUPs of my ever growing collection of Holiday Bulletin Boards! 

Let me make your life a little easier and bring them together here for you! {A reminder to newbies: I take these photos during my author/illustrator school visits across the country. I'm grateful to talented teachers willing to share!} 


Christmas Symmetrical Snowflakes on the Window at RainbowsWithinReach

Christmas Tree Drawing on the Desktop at RainbowsWithinReach


December Word Chart from Christmas Bulletin Board RoundUP at RainbowsWithinReach

Christmas Bulletin Board RoundUP at RainbowsWithinReach (Stockings)

Christmas Bulletin Board RoundUP at RainbowsWithinReach (Stockings)

Christmas Elf Bulletin Board for the Holidays at RainbowsWithinReach

Christmas Writing to Santa at RainbowsWithinReach


Christmas Bulletin Board: Reindeer with Antlers at RainbowsWithinReach

Christmas Bulletin Board: Disguised Gingerbread Men at RainbowsWithinReach


Christmas Decorated Classroom Door: Christmas Tree at RainbowsWithinReach

Christmas Wreath from Paper Handprints at RainbowsWithinReach

Christmas Story Angels on the Bulletin Board via RainbowsWithinReach


Here are some earlier inspirations! 

photo of: Christmas Bulletin Board RoundUP via RainbowsWithinReach

I've had a whirlwind of fun making my author-illustrator school visits recently.
Are you ready for some A-MAZ-ING bulletin boards? 
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CHRISTMAS BULLETIN BOARDS: 
HERE WE COME!

photo of: Christmas Cheer Bulletin Board (RoundUP of Christmas Bulletin Boards via RainbowsWithinReach)


First up: A floor-to-ceiling wall-display. 
Way beyond a Christmas bulletin board.
FLOOR TO CEILING -- I tell you! 


photo of: Floor to Ceiling "Bulletin Board" for Christmas Season (Christmas Bulletin Board RoundUP via RainbowsWithinReach)

This was so absolutely ENORMOUS that I couldn't get a photo of the entire thing from any angle what-so-ever, but I think with these first four pictures you kinda-sorta get the idea. The display has an amazing Christmas tree with chains and lights and presents and people and snowmen and snow and flying sleighs and more trees and pines and a blazing sunshine and football players and airplanes. Well you get the idea. 


photo of: Christmas 'Wall' of Student Artwork (Christmas Bulletin Board RoundUP via RainbowsWithinReach)

Here's the close-up of the Christmas Trees on the actual bulletin board section. 
You know that I LUV LUV LUV the three dimensional aspect of these trees!

photo of: Decorated Christmas Tree Bulletin Board (Christmas Bulletin Board RoundUP via RainbowsWithinReach)

Here's another GIGANTIC: floor-to-ceiling 'display. 
This one is specifically for 
"Polar Express" 
and as you can see was on the classroom wall. 
It was used as a backdrop for parents to observe reader's theater in action. 

photo of: "Polar Express" Classroom Wall Display (Christmas Bulletin Board RoundUP via RainbowsWithinReach)
"Polar Express" Wall Display inside the Classroom 

Now, on to some 'traditional' sized Christmas themed bulletin boards. Here are some delightful presents created to take a ride in Santa's sleigh. Imagine how excited these students are feeling at this point!


photo of: Santa Claus Sleigh Bulletin Board (Christmas Bulletin Board RoundUP via RainbowsWithinReach)
Santa Claus Sleigh Bulletin Board with Student Presents

Here's a 'writing' bulletin board of all the possibilities and insight for when Santa's arrival goes awry. What a hoot. What an awesome public display for writing.... and you know how much I like writing!

photo of: "Saving Santa" Student Writing Showcase (Christmas Bulletin Board RoundUP via RainbowsWithinReach)
"Saving Santa" Bulletin Board of Writing
Then we have Santa's reindeer in a chorus line of sorts.... the elves are overseeing the fun from their workshop just beyond. You've got to adore the three dimensional nature of those legs! Cafeteria fun indeed!


photo of: A Reindeer Chorus Line Bulletin Board (Christmas Bulletin Board RoundUP via RainbowsWithinReach)

photo of: Reindeer and Snowflake Bulletin Board (Christmas Time Bulletin Board RoundUP via RainbowsWithinReach)

photo of: Little Elf Workshop Bulletin Board (Christmas Bulletin Board RoundUP via RainbowsWithinReach)

Here's a whole bulletin board of a variety of simple holiday art projects created by the 'after-school' program at 
Scioto Darby Elementary School.
photo of: Christmas Art Project Bulletin Board (Christmas Bulletin Board RoundUP via RainbowsWithinReach)

Fireplaces with fires glowing:
and personalized stockings. 
AND Strings of lights.......

photo of: Fireplace Glowing with Decorated Stockings Bulletin Board (via Christmas Bulletin Board RoundUP at RainbowsWithinReach)

Look at this one! 
Santa comes in all flavors. 
How awesome are those snowflakes?

photo of: Multi-Cultural Santa Sleigh Ride Bulletin Board (Christmas Bulletin Board RoundUP via RainbowsWithinReach)

Speaking of snowflakes..... how about a blizzard? 
In every shade of the rainbow!

photo of: Snowflakes Galore Bulletin Board via RainbowsWithinReach Christmas Bulletin Board RoundUP

Here's another UBBER mantle of amazing stockings hung with care

photo of: Blazing Fireplace with Christmas Stockings Bulletin Board (Christmas Time Bulletin Board RoundUP via RainbowsWithinReach)

Each of these wrapping paper 'gifts' conceals the writing beneath the wrapped facade. What a fun way to dress up a writing exercise. 
photo of: "Gift of a Good Book" Bulletin Board for Christmas via RainbowsWithinReach RoundUP of Christmas Bulletin Boards
"Giving the Gift of a Good Book" 
Speaking of 'reading' at Christmas..... Here's a great 'pop-up' book report format presented on the bulletin board in the hallway. Photo of student reading their favorite book. KUDOS!
photo of: Curl Up With a Good Book Bulletin Board via RainbowsWithinReach RoundUP of Christmas Bulletin Boards

These next symmetrical tree creations are the backdrop for their own writing exercise surrounding each student's Christmas family traditions. What a glorious variety of trees. So much fun. I'm such a BIG fan of the decorations, too!

photo of: Christmas Traditions Writing Bulletin Board (RoundUP of Christmas Bulletin Boards via RainbowsWithinReach)
"Christmas Traditions" 

photo of: Yule Log Embers with Christmas Stockings (from Christmas Bulletin Board RoundUP at RainbowsWithinReach)

I wonder how many links were in the chain to begin with? 
The countdown has gotten underway in earnest at this point. 
How much fun is this project? 

photo of: Christmas Countdown Chains on Bulletin Board (Christmas Bulletin Board RoundUP at RainbowsWithinReach)
"Countdown to Christmas" Chains

It's time to wind up these festivities. 
We'll conclude with a few peeks at a global theme of: 
"Christmas Around the World." 

photo of: "Christmas Around the World" Bulletin Board (From Christmas Bulletin Board RoundUP via RainbowsWithinReach)
"Christmas Around the World" Bulletin Board Theme 

First up let's start with a classroom door decoration for 'Germany.' 

photo of: Christmas Decorated Door Celebrating Germany (Christmas Bulletin Board RoundUP via RainbowsWithinReach)


photo of: China Bulletin Board for Christmas Around the World (Christmas Bulletin Board RoundUP via RainbowsWithinReach)

photo of: Australia 'Christmas' Bulletin Board (Christmas Bulletin Board RoundUP via RainbowsWithinReach)

Am I THE most FORTUNATE person ever? I get to do what I LUV: share my work of songs and books and see the evidence of so much joy and delight. What an amazing collection -- don't ya think? This is evidence of the hard work, dedication, and effort put in by teachers to brighten the lives of the students they teach. Special thanks to Scioto Darby and Etna Elementary in central Ohio for your warm welcome this week.

"Happy Holidays" Bulletin Board via RainbowsWithinReach

Here's a close-up of those stars lighting up the tree above. 

photo of: Christmas Ornament Parent Gift Used to Decorate Bulletin Board via RainbowsWithinReach



Christmas Bulletin Boards and Decorated Classroom Doors via RainbowsWithinReach


These next beauties are from a premiere Preschool right here in Vero Beach, FL! They provide my happy visits! 

Painted Handprint Wreath Classroom Door Decoration for Christmas via RainbowsWithinReach 


Preschool Christmas Door Decoration via RainbowsWithinReach

Now take a look at this 'Gingerbread House' that is on the classroom door. 
Each of the windows opens to portray a set of Gingerbread friends. 
You'll see the detail just below the overview photo. 

Gingerbread House Classroom Door Decoration via RainbowsWithinReach

Take a peek inside the gingerbread house to see the happy little ginger people! How clever with the photo faces! 




So let's get all four of those decorated Christmas doors into one image for your files!
Do you prefer the horizontal version? Or........ 



Or......This is why I'm so in LUV with Picmonkey! 
Just as easily I can manipulate the images into their own 'door' version! 



"All I Want for Christmas" Bulletin Board via RainbowsWithinReach

Each of the students created their own 'stocking' of wishlist items. 
The goodies were cut from ads and magazines. 

Here's a close-up of a 'building' enthusiast. 
I think this is an architect in the making. 

Stocking Stuffer Bulletin Board in Preschool via RainbowsWithinReach




Those are the newest 'goodies' in my collection! 


If you arrived via Pinterest you'll want to pop through to see the pattern for these glittery handprint angels made from a paper plate. They were under construction in this same center. They are drying and awaiting the photo-angelic faces final detail! Go see! You know ya wanna! 


Hope that you have time to incorporate your favorite idea! 
By all means, I'm appreciative of your pin. 
There's always next year: wink-wink!

Would you be a holiday elf and pin this image? 

2014 MEGA RoundUP of Christmas Bulletin Boards + Decorated Doors for the Classroom at RainbowsWithinReach

I took the photo at my daughter's house and then uploaded it over at 
for the graphic head line embellishment fun! 

Have you played over at CANVA?
I created the image above for FREE!
They are not quite as intuitive to me as Picmonkey, 
BUT THEY SAVE YOUR IMAGES! 
HUGE plus if you want to revisit/edit your work, 
even weeks or months later!  


If you happen to teach in FLORIDA, I am searching for some schools to add to my calendar! 
Have guitar will travel!
Please let your palm-tree hugger friends know that we have relocated!

Winter Themed Decorated Doors in Early Elementary via RainbowsWithinReach

In case you are really a planner!
That's my RoundUP of "Winter Themed" Decorated Doors. 
Just click the pic to jump over to that grouping. 



Thanks for your support! I am so appreciative of your pins!

Thanks for your support! I am so appreciative of your pins!
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