Meet the Teacher Linky

Sunday, August 17, 2014
Stephanie over at Falling into First is hosting a "Meet the Teacher" linky party! 
I've decided to join in so you can get to know me a little bit more:)
 My name is Anna Brantley. 
In case you are new to my blog, here are a few facts about me before the Q&A fun!

I'm a 32 year old wife, mom of two {Parker, 5 years old & Ella, coming soon..}, first grade teacher, blogger, and Georgia gal. I just started my 8th year of teaching a little over a week ago! I've taught 6 years in first and 2 years in second. Every year has been a blessing! 
Here's my sweet family!
We are anxiously awaiting the arrival of our little Ella! 
She will be here in 2 weeks or less! 
Can't wait!! 


THESE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS 
Jesus. Family. My Babies. My Church. Friends. Coffee. Being Outside. Teaching. Pugs. My Laptop. Teacher Pay Teachers. The Beach. Fall. Naps. Holidays. Gummy Bears. Fro-Yo. Pedicures. Movies. Sweet Tea. Mr. Sketch markers. Target. Online Shopping. Instagram. Facebook. Pinterest. Popcorn. 

 IF YOU WEREN'T A TEACHER, WHAT WOULD YOU WANT TO BE?
I have NO idea. Being a teacher is all that I've ever wanted to be!

THREE LITTLE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE YOU.
Loyal. Stubborn. Fun.

FINISH THE SENTENCE, "________,  SAID NO TEACHER EVER!!"
"I'd really love to work in my classroom this weekend...said no teacher EVER!!

Q: IT'S YOUR BIRTHDAY AND YOU CAN INVITE ANYONE {DEAD OR ALIVE} TO THE PARTY. WHO ARE YOU INVITING? 
My sweet grandparents. I miss them so much!

Q: IF SOMEONE WROTE A BOOK ABOUT YOUR LIFE, WHAT WOULD BE THE TITLE?
Love Is All You Need

 Q:YOU GET TO PICK ONE SUPERPOWER. WHAT IS IT?
  To be able to eat anything I want and not gain a pound!!

Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE OR SAYING?
“Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.”


Q: IF YOU HAD TO SING ONE SONG ON AMERICAN IDOL, WHAT WOULD IT BE?  
Pharrell Williams - Happy   

 Q: ARE YOU A MORNING PERSON OR A NIGHT OWL?
Definitely a morning person. Being rested and having a cup of coffee to sip on makes me a very happy girl! 

Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE RESOURCE THAT YOU'VE CREATED IN YOUR TPT SHOP? 
I love my Higher Order Thinking Reading Response Sheets! They are so easy to use and a great resource to differentiate your reading instruction. Check them out here!
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/HOTS-Reading-Response-Sheets-THE-COMPLETE-PACKAGE-224244 

Q: SHARE SOMETHING WE MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT YOU!  
I have a MAJOR fear of public speaking. 


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It's your turn!! Go join the party over at Falling in First!!


http://fallingintofirst.blogspot.com/
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Throwback: My Classroom

Saturday, August 9, 2014
Since I'm expecting my little girl any day now, I decided not to even think about changing my classroom decor this year. I mean, I couldn't even move my desks around, so it made sense. Luckily, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my classroom right now and was so happy to keep everything the same!! Check out the post from last year below for a sneak peek into my room and lots of freebie downloads!
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Hey y'all!! I'm joining the fun over at Blog Hoppin' to show you my little home away from home! This year, I decided to change my classroom theme to primary/rainbow colors with a mix of my two favorite patterns- polka dots and chevron. I really love how it's turned out! 
A lot of the decor in my room is from my Editable Keep Calm & Chevron decor packet. The desk caddies are from Really Good Stuff. I absolutely love them because they don't take up a lot of precious desk space.
 Meet my new rug. Isn't it beautiful?!! 
I bought it from Amazon {here}....Unfortunately, I didn't get away with hiding the cost from my hubby...*sigh*
 
My chevron alphabet and number posters add an educational splash of color above my whiteboard/SmartBoard! 
 
My word wall is looking pretty wordless right now, but it won't be long before that changes! Download the decorative letters that spell out "word wall" and "anchor charts" {here}!
  I made "I can" posters to describe each stage of the writing process. And they match my dots on black border, which makes me a very happy teacher. I'm planning to display student created examples under the posters for each stage. You can check out the writing process posters {here}!

  The adorable pencil is a freebie from my friend, Lindsey over at the Teacher Wife!
 Here's my Daily 5 board...we haven't started rotations yet, so the posters are blankety blank at the moment....gotta build our stamina and learn those procedures/routines first!! You can grab my Daily 5 cards for free {here}.

These are my book baskets! I bought the white magazine files on Amazon and jazzed them up with polka dotted labels!!
Just for fun and because it's cute, I made a READ banner. You can download it {here} to make one for your room!!
My biggest summer project was organizing my library! Of course, I had to make polka dot library labels to go along with it. You can check them out {here}!
I'm super blessed to have a parapro who can sew like a pro!! Her amazingness made me curtains this summer!!! I die.
Behind my reading table, I made mini versions {due to lack of wall space} of the Beanie Baby inspired reading strategies.You can download them for free {here}!
My Common Core Essential Question posters are located at the front of the room on my magnetic whiteboard. I just take them on and off with magnets!! Easy Peasy!
 I'm so excited about my new bucket filler space!! Compliments in my room are going to be flowing in style this year!! My buckets were made using Cheryl from Primary Graffiti's editable bucket filler pack , which is awesome!!! Grab the "Be a Bucket Filler" poster for free {here}!


My goal every year is to get organized. With the help of my chevron supply labels and $1 Big Lots tubs, I'm feeling pretty darn organized. I do need to alphabetize these suckers though, which is on my to-do list tomorrow!! Hello, Type A personality!!
 Every morning, my kiddos check their Daily folders {folder that goes from school to home} for notes, money, or homework. I have these plastic drawers for them to turn everything in to me. If you like these chevron labels, you can grab a copy {here}!

My little pencil cups got a nice makeover, too... I bought the chevron cups at Wal-Mart {99 cents}! You can download the pencil cup labels {here}!


Last, but not least...brain kisses. I won't tell you how many I've had this week. I picked up the glass jar from the beloved Hobby Lobby {$4.99}. Of course, the label I made is {here} for you to download!
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It's almost time...TpT Back to School Sale!!!

Sunday, August 3, 2014
It's almost time for the annual Back to School TpT Sale! It starts tonight at midnight through Tuesday! Are you ready?!?
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Anna-Brantley

My ENTIRE store will be 20% off AND you can save an additional 10% using the TpT code BTS14 at checkout. 

Start filling up your cart with new resources for this school year! Also, don't forget to leave feedback on prior purchases to get your TpT credits:) 

Over the summer, I gave my H.O.T.S {Higher Order Thinking Skills} reading response sheets a major update! You can purchase the editions individually or as a bundle.   

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/HOTS-Higher-Order-Thinking-Skills-Reading-Response-Sheets-131182
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/HOTS-Reading-Response-Sheets-THE-COMPLETE-PACKAGE-224244

My NO-PREP Ready, Set, Print packets are available to purchase by the month or bundle! 
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Ready-Set-Print-Back-to-School-Math-and-Literacy-Printables-1289650

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Ready-Set-Print-BUNDLE-Math-and-Literacy-Printables-1237742

My math journal prompts can be purchased by the month or a bundle! 
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Math-Journal-Prompts-The-Complete-Set-243016

Plus, SO much more!

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Common-Core-Numbers-to-120-Activities-and-More-834499

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Just-Graph-It-Common-Core-Aligned-999369

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Kindergarten-Common-Core-More-Content-Word-Wall-261852


http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/First-Grade-Common-Core-More-Content-Word-Wall-243038

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Common-Core-Writing-All-Year-Long-narrative-informational-opinion-506926



http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Keep-Calm-and-Chevron-Classroom-Decor-Bundle-Primary-Colors-Editable-734690
 Happy Back to School Shopping!


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The ULTIMATE Bash Basket: Grand Prize Giveaway

Saturday, August 2, 2014


Hey there teacher friends! We so hope that you are all enjoying the B2S Bash 2014 blog hop. We know how hard teachers work all year long, so we hope that some of these prizes will make your classroom life a little easier. We have one more HUGE Bash Basket that will go to one lucky winner. We are all kinda jealous of this one, and it really doesn't need a description or an introduction….

are…..




you….




ready….




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The Ultimate Bash Basket:
Are you kidding me?!? Now you see why we are completely jealous! We all know about the millions of different ways that you can use an iPad in the classroom…and $100 at TPT?!? What?!? 

But…

Have y'all heard about the GoPro Camera?!? Holy amazing! The uses for this camera are endless, and it is made to endure a lot of rough housing. You know…surfing….swimming….skateboarding….24+ students! :) And the best part?!? As if it could get  any better…the videos download directly to your iPad. Just imagine the ways that you could use this in your classroom (and not have to worry about your students breaking it!) 

I know, I know! You are ready to enter to win, right?!? 

Here you go:
a Rafflecopter giveaway
And if you haven't started your Back to School Bash hop, you can begin right {HERE!} and enter for your chance to win 18 different prize baskets. It all ends TOMORROW…so hurry, hurry! 

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B2S Bash Giveaway: Classroom Swag Bag

Friday, August 1, 2014


I am so excited about this giveaway and even more excited about this bash basket! Check it out below...


Classroom Swag Bag
1. $100 dollars worth of swag from Educational Insights
2. $100 Gift Card from Carson Dellosa
3. $50.00 TPT Gift Card

These resources are perfect for back to school! 


And as if that amazing prize package isn't out of control enough…this basket will also include a $25.00 gift card to spend however you'd like at Creative Teaching Press! 


Before you run off and hop over to the next bash basket, don't forget to stop back by my blog on Saturday to see what the GRAND PRIZE will be! I promise you don't want to miss it! 

There are still tons of prizes left in this little hop! Click the button below to hop on to the next basket! There are 18 different baskets in the giveaway and you don't want to miss one! Trust me…;)

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