Monday, August 13, 2012

Monday Made It

Happy Monday Friends! My head is spinning in so many different directions that I don't even know where to begin! I went to an ITRT professional development on Thursday, a mentor training today so I haven't been in my room and I feel like my to-do list is never ending! In between checking off boxes on my to-do list I wanted to be sure to post for my first Monday Made It Linky Party with Tara over at 4th Grade Frolics!

So if you have been blog stalking you know that I am moving positions this year from 1st grade classroom teacher to ITRT (instructional technology resource teacher)! While being an "internet zombie" which is what my husband now calls me I found an awesome pin that linked to a keyboard inspire monogram! With my last name changing I thought this was a perfect opportunity to put it on display AND how cute is it? My new last name is Jones and it is going to be a big change for the teachers and students.
I found a broken keyboard to take apart and bought a shadow box from Michael's!  Did you know that Michael's has an app you can download and get coupons right on your phone? They also offer an educator discount when you present your school badge! Just a side note!
First, I pried the keys off with a small pair of scissors. I thought it would be cute to spell out my name and some how incorporate my wedding date in the "J" so I quickly started to find letters. I also added RM. 129 and the ctrl key above it! At first glance you may not notice these small touches but I know they are there! It took me awhile playing around with the size and shape of the J but I finally got it perfect.

I incorporated my black and white theme by adding a strip of ribbon across the bottom! I am using yellow as my main accent color but pink is really my favorite so I used a hot pink piece of card stock as the background (left over from wedding crafts). One of the hardest parts was deciding on a font for "Mrs. Jones." I recently became obsessed with downloading fonts! I would say that I have become a font hoarder and can add it to the list of my additions!

Once I got all the pieces in place which took a lot of patience (they were like Dominoes) I started the hot glue process! I have a love hate relationship with the hot glue gun because it has the potential to be so amazing BUT once you put your piece in place you better hope it's where you want it! It looks awesome hanging outside of my new room!

One of the many *hats* I wear at school is being a lead mentor! This is something that I love doing. I am very passionate about supporting new educators! I found tons of "Survival Kits" for new teachers that I tweaked from Pinterest so make this one my own! (Alex, pretend to be surprised because I know you will be reading this)! I picked 15 different things that I found at the Dollar Store, Walmart or Target and added a little positive note or representation for each! I put all the items in a red, white and blue party bag and can't wait to give them to our newbies on our first day together! I have the Word document if you are interested in it, just leave a comment and I am happy to share.

Happy Monday Made It Friends! Thanks for checking out my blog and I hope you will become my newest follower if you are looking for technology tips throughout the year! If there is something specific you have a question about or are looking for just let me know!


  1. What survival kit? I have no idea what that must be. :)

  2. I love using keys from a keyboard! Great idea! I am your newest follower--I would love to have you come by and visit my blog--you could even win a laminator!

    1. I just popped over to check out your blog:)! Can't wait to see what you offer throughout the year and hope you find something useful here too! I also entered to win your laminator, fingers crossed!

  3. I am in LOVE with the keyboard keys idea. I may be hunting some down tomorrow! Inspired!

    Learn With Leah

    1. Good luck finding a keyboard. I am sure you will come across one in your travels. I ended up finding one labeled "broken." I absolutely love seeing this in the hallway everyday and kids, teachers and parents are still commenting on it although it has been up all year.


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