My Amazon Prime Day Baby!

I know that I am super late to the Amazon Prime Day unboxing fun that many of the teacher bloggers I follow have posted. But with the honeymoon, wedding, and travel in general, I have been really looking forward to today so that I could receive my brand spanking new Acer Chromebook 11. Slim, sleek, functional, and less that $150.

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I loved having a Chromebook while employed at Bedford County in Virginia, and because I cannot afford another Macbook Air, which is the Cadillac of laptops in my opinion.

I know what you’re thinking, I know I am shallow when it comes to my technology. I have an affinity for Apple products in general even though their processing power is certainly not that of many other devices with similar price tags. I am a glutton for beautiful design and intuitive OS. Not to mention I love my iMac, iPad Pro, and iPhone. I am spoiled, lucky, and bragging about it. I realize this and will shut up now. There are multitudes of humans better than me that do not even have clean water.

With all of that being said, this little Chromebook packs a convenient punch that I have needed this past year while substituting. I have missed being able to word process easily to reflect on the fly about things that I should remember ‘when I get my own classroom again’. Hopefully more news about all of that later. I also do not like bringing the massive, expensive iPad Pro into the schools that I am in. It’s like I have nightmares of breaking it. Usually when I had to use the iPad Pro to set a timer, check off something on my to-do list on Evernote, or take a picture of a paper schedule for lunch duty it was greeted with a “WHOA-is-that-an-iPad!!!!!” reaction and heads turning from every corner in the room.

Truth be told, I am very seldom without a wifi connection, as many of us are. Ironically, I almost always use every drop of data from my data plan every month…It is also out of habit that I sync most of my ‘stuff’ (photos, docs, lesson plans, and the most important content) even if it is to just back up in case of a crash of some sort. Plus many times, I take picture with my phone and want to blog from my iMac. It is very easy just to turn on Google Photos and it will be there as soon as I need it. I am very excited to be able to use it for job interviews and word processing with ease. This time, the device is mine!

Here is a link to the Chromebook I purchased from Amazon on Prime Day.  Not too shabby for $136.00!

 

Big Week Ahead! 

I have a big professional week ahead. I am really, really excited about what is to come. By the way, my new teacher name is Mrs. Loudon… How awesome is that!? Pretty pumped to go from Miss Shull to Mrs. Loudon. And, let’s be honest, my older teacher name sounds almost exactly like my first name, Michele. Which has just always felt strange to me. More OBX pictures from Kitty Hawk will be added later this week. In the meantime, don’t mind my upper lip sweat in this picture above. Snapped it on the beach with my Canon and I just kinda like the look about my eyes. I look like I am ready to start a new adventure.

Let the Summering Begin

These photos are simply some inspiring classroom. Spaces from my experience these past few months as a substitute teacher!

I was in 25 classrooms in 6 months!


Such a colorful word wall!

Hating-inspired artwork in the halls! 

EdTech Tool Library: Canva

Disclaimer: Canva in no way sponsored this post.

Canva is an app that allows learners to make memes, presentations, or edit photos. I personally love the interesting filters, text options, and layouts the Canva provides.You select the format you plan to share the photo creation to, whether it be a blog post, sharing to Instagram, or a paper invitation that you want to print. It is a super fun and easy way to make your photos that you snap, or personification of vocabulary words, look professional in order to share them with others. Canva has a paid version, but I choose to use the free version. The photo above was made with Canva. I have found that giving learners to freedom with which to choose the template that goes with the assignment given is the most interesting and empowering way to use Canva in my classroom. Download it to your iOS device, I have it both on my iPhone and iPad. It is available via the web too. 


Check out Canva online here. 

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A Weekend Full of Grace

I had a lovely weekend with my best friend, Grace. She brought back the VIP, or VIC, Pistol Pete to Greensburg. Missed him so much, as he is practically a member of the ShulLoudon family. 

Although there was the Commmunity Days event happening in Greensburg all weekend, we opted for the Andy Warhol museum, meeting for lunch at the Southern Tier Brewery, and a little Lawrenceville experience. It was just lovely. 

Certification and Other Happenings

Oh my gosh, you guys. I have enjoyed being at Greensburg Salem Middle School so very much! I have been trying to get involved with all that I can at school and outside of school. I just love it here. I am volunteering at a Color Run for the district and I hope that I can get my foot in the door. I promise I’m a really good teacher, guys! 

Also in other HUGE NEWS, I am officially a licensed teacher in Pennsylvania! I am certified in grades 4-6 in all subjects (Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, and Math), and in grades 7-8 in Science! I am so beyond grateful for Doug and my family’s support. I cannot believe that it happened! Yay to the State of Pennsylvania for getting my application process in 4 weeks instead of the posted 7 weeks. It was a pleasant surprise to get the licensure earlier than anticipated. I had been getting anxious because many of the job applications require a PA Teacher’s Certification in order to submit. 

I mailed out our wedding invitations on Monday as well! Yahoo! Keep an eye open for mail day! RSVPs are due on June 22nd. Last day to reserve your hotel room at the Craddock Terry Hotel is June 6th. It is coming up soon, so I wanted to keep ya’ll updated! 

Here is my favorite picture of us from over the weekend at Jess and Jake’s wedding. 


 We went to Jessica and Jake’s wedding in Cape Nettick, Maine. The wedding was lovely and it was oh so nice to see my future family. I already think of them as family right now. It will just be official once I become Michele Shull Loudon! I got to spend time with my future mother-in-law Trina, Doug’s “Uncle” Lester, his brother Ross, and got to spend a whole day with Evan in Bristol, Connecticut! It was a great trip, but I missed my kiddos here at school. Funny how a little amount of time can make you so attached to your students! Hope everyone has had a nice Wednesday!

A Sneek Peak of Our Wedding

I cannot wait to officially join lives to become a family with my Doug on top of Sharp Top Mountain. 

My mom, sister, and I went to go scope out everything and we had a great weekend together. It was so nice to spend Mother’s Day with my favorite mothers! It was full of running around with wedding errands, avoiding Donald Trump, everything associated with the Liberty University graduation and eating lots of food. We stayed in Roanoke downtown at the Hampton Inn and ate downtown both Friday and Saturday for dinner. I hadn’t spent much time in Roanoke, but it was nice! 

We cannot wait until 07.07.17!

On Saturday, we went to the jewelry store, sampled the cake, went to lunch, rode up the mountain and reached the summit! It was harder to reach the top than we had originally thought, but look at these gorgeous pictures! This view is definitely worth it.