We did the ALS Ice Water Bucket Challenge in Nashville, TN

To donate or to learn more about ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) / Lou Gehrig’s Disease you can go to:

http://www.alsa.org/fight-als/ice-bucket-challenge.html

DIY Cake Stand

For our wedding anniversary in Nashville, I made an easy cake stand for our cake.  I bought a dish at the local Goodwill store, and a candle stick holder from Dollar Tree.  If you do this take your dish with you to pick out the candle stick holder.  They are only $1 but they are not always even, so it is best to try your dish on top of the candle stick holder before buying.  It will save you a trip.  Then I took a hot glue gun and glued it together.  It was easy as that.  Above is one of the pictures that I took with our cake.  

Goodwill Picture Frame

Recently my husband and I went to Nashville, TN for our first wedding anniversary.  Before our road trip, I bought a picture frame from the local Goodwill store.  I then cut some burlap to put inside the picture frame.  I then printed out several sayings on card stock paper to easily tape to the outside for pictures.  Above is one of the pictures I took.    

Elastic Bands and Helping student’s focus

Some students have trouble staying focused within the classroom.  Especially those with auditory processing disorder.  The extra noise that exists within the classroom is distracting to them.  There are also students that are hyper active, and require constant movement.  In my classroom (resource room), I put elastic bands around the bottom of the chairs of these students.  It allowed them to have the movement that they require to stay focused and decreases the distractions of others.  Since then, these students require less movement breaks because they are already moving in their seats.  This is a cheap and an affective way to assist students with hyperactivity in a variety of settings.  The kids enjoy using the elastic bands, and even the students who do not need this accommodation enjoy utilizing it.  

Xyron Ez Laminator - Office Max

I recently bought a laminator for my classroom.  As a special education teacher laminating objects is one of the best things you can do. Laminating will save time and money.  As an attempt to save money I bought the Xyron Ez Laminator from Office Max.  It is a hand crank powered laminator that laminates items up to the size of a piece of computer paper.  

I used it recently on some sight word flash cards.  It was easy to roll each card through the laminator.  The thing I found the most difficult was making sure that I maximize my use of space without overlapping my flashcards.  Once they ran through the laminator I noticed spots on the laminating paper.  It appeared to be water stains.  It was apparent on the part that did not have a card in it.  I believe this was due to using the laminating paper that came with the laminator.  

When I was cutting out the cards there was a visible tiny air bubble all the way around each card.  This was something I have never seen in a regular heat laminator.  Once my cards were cut out I noticed that the cards that I cut into the air bubble it appeared to fray a bit.  This was concerning since the whole point is for the card to be protected and last.

It has been three weeks, and with the cards being bent, flung, put in student’s mouths’, etc.  So far the cards have held up.  We shall see how long it will actually last before a student starts playing with a corner of the card and separating the plastic film.  For now, it is so far, so good.  

Petite Lasagna

·  	12 oz raw ground turkey
·  	¼  teaspoon salt, divided
·  	¼ teaspoon pepper
·  	14.5 oz can tomato sauce
·  	2 cloves garlic, minced
·  	3 teaspoons dried oregano, divided
·  	½ teaspoon dried basil
·  	1 ½ cups part skim ricotta cheese
·  	24 small square wonton wrapper
·  	1 ½ cups shredded mozzarella      cheese
Directions:  Preheat oven at 375.  Heat a large skillet over medium heat.  Add the turkey, salt, pepper.  Crumble the meat and state the mixture for about 10 minutes, or until the turkey is cooked through.  Add the garlic and stir constantly for 30 seconds.  Add 2 teaspoons of oregano.  Bring the pan to a gentle boil.  Reduce the heat to a low and simmer for 10 minutes.  Remove from heat and set aside.  In a large bowl, combine the ricotta, a pinch of salt and pepper, the remaining teaspoon of oregano, and basil.  Stir to mix well.  Set aside.  Coat a 12 cup muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray.  Place 1 wonton wrapper into each of the 12 cups, pressing firmly in the bottom of the cup and up the sides.  Using half of turkey tomato sauce, spoon it evenly over each of the ricotta filled cups.  Sprinkle with 2 teaspoons of mozzarella.  Gently press another wonton wrapper on top of the mozzarella layer.  Repeat the process of distributing the remaining ricotta, then remaining tomato sauce, and finally the rest of the shredded mozzarella.  Bake for 10 minutes.

Petite Lasagna

· 12 oz raw ground turkey
· ¼ teaspoon salt, divided
· ¼ teaspoon pepper
· 14.5 oz can tomato sauce
· 2 cloves garlic, minced
· 3 teaspoons dried oregano, divided
· ½ teaspoon dried basil
· 1 ½ cups part skim ricotta cheese
· 24 small square wonton wrapper
· 1 ½ cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Directions: Preheat oven at 375. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the turkey, salt, pepper. Crumble the meat and state the mixture for about 10 minutes, or until the turkey is cooked through. Add the garlic and stir constantly for 30 seconds. Add 2 teaspoons of oregano. Bring the pan to a gentle boil. Reduce the heat to a low and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside. In a large bowl, combine the ricotta, a pinch of salt and pepper, the remaining teaspoon of oregano, and basil. Stir to mix well. Set aside. Coat a 12 cup muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray. Place 1 wonton wrapper into each of the 12 cups, pressing firmly in the bottom of the cup and up the sides. Using half of turkey tomato sauce, spoon it evenly over each of the ricotta filled cups. Sprinkle with 2 teaspoons of mozzarella. Gently press another wonton wrapper on top of the mozzarella layer. Repeat the process of distributing the remaining ricotta, then remaining tomato sauce, and finally the rest of the shredded mozzarella. Bake for 10 minutes.