Top Pins of 2013 Link Up

What are your best Pinterest Pins of 2013?

Here are my best and most pins of 2013 located on Pinterest.

Accelerated Reading Pennant Bulletin Board-99 times!

I'm a Math Whiz- 22 times!

Kindergarten Literacy Centers- 63 times!

Kindergarten Literacy Centers- Part 1- 28 times

The Leadership Test- 106 times!

I'm pretty happy with 2013 and looking forward to a fabulous 2014.  Share your best pins of 2014. If you aren't a follower of Principal Principles, please take a minute and join my blog.  Here is the link to my Pinterest board.  Enjoy and link up below.


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Sunday Night Fun!

Sunday night Football with the Dallas Cowboys:
Well...the night started off great but if you watched the Dallas Cowboy game you know how it ended.  It was a 24-22 loss to the Eagles last night and I was there to watch it. We started off with dinner at the Saltgrass in Rockwall, Texas.  Then headed to AT&T Stadium.  It was a very cold walk from the car to the stadium.  We were very fortunate to have fabulous seats.  Here are a few of my pictures.

 Dinner at the Saltgrass

 Cool Ticket!

Hey, even though they didn't win, I had a blast.  

Here is the part that made me sick...the Cheerleaders.  Geez I felt fat looking at them.  I had just ordered some nachos at the game and finished them off during before they came out.  I immediately felt guilty for eating nachos as soon as the cheerleaders appeared on the big screen TV hanging in front of my face.  LOL
I think my resolution to get fit is even more prevalent right now.  I guess I owe them thanks for inspiring me.  I did tell my husband he wouldn't be allowed to go to the games anymore.  Just kiddin'...

The beautiful Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders


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True Greatness!

This year I was given a great book, The Talent Code: Greatness Isn't Born. It's Grown. Here's How.  It was a gift from my Deputy Superintendent for Christmas.  I love books and I love reading.  I'm not finished with the book just yet but I am so excited to tell you a little about it.  I took The Talent Code with me on the plane to Colorado and started reading it...until I got a bit motion sick.  I just can't read while in a car or plane (or anything that moves)!  LOL

Amazon's summary of The Talent Code 

What is the secret of talent? How do we unlock it? In this groundbreaking work, journalist and New York Times bestselling author Daniel Coyle provides parents, teachers, coaches, businesspeople—and everyone else—with tools they can use to maximize potential in themselves and others.

Whether you’re coaching soccer or teaching a child to play the piano, writing a novel or trying to improve your golf swing, this revolutionary book shows you how to grow talent by tapping into a newly discovered brain mechanism.

Drawing on cutting-edge neurology and firsthand research gathered on journeys to nine of the world’s talent hotbeds—from the baseball fields of the Caribbean to a classical-music academy in upstate New York—Coyle identifies the three key elements that will allow you to develop your gifts and optimize your performance in sports, art, music, math, or just about anything.

• Deep Practice--Everyone knows that practice is a key to success. What everyone doesn’t know is that specific kinds of practice can increase skill up to ten times faster than conventional practice.

• Ignition--We all need a little motivation to get started. But what separates truly high achievers from the rest of the pack? A higher level of commitment—call it passion—born out of our deepest unconscious desires and triggered by certain primal cues. Understanding how these signals work can help you ignite passion and catalyze skill development.

• Master Coaching--What are the secrets of the world’s most effective teachers, trainers, and coaches? Discover the four virtues that enable these “talent whisperers” to fuel passion, inspire deep practice, and bring out the best in their students.

These three elements work together within your brain to form myelin, a microscopic neural substance that adds vast amounts of speed and accuracy to your movements and thoughts. Scientists have discovered that myelin might just be the holy grail: the foundation of all forms of greatness, from Michelangelo’s to Michael Jordan’s. The good news about myelin is that it isn’t fixed at birth; to the contrary, it grows, and like anything that grows, it can be cultivated and nourished.

Combining revelatory analysis with illuminating examples of regular people who have achieved greatness, this book will not only change the way you think about talent, but equip you to reach your own highest potential.

I know you maybe a little hesitant to pick up this book but trust me it is well worth the time to read it.  The information in this book can help teachers understand how students learn.  It can help students reach higher success.  This book would be great for every teacher and administrator. Hmmm....I just might see about that for my campus.

The Talent Code: Greatness Isn't Born. It's Grown. Here's How  nurtures true greatness in everyone.  


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A Colorado Christmas

I am super excited about our Christmas in Colorado.  I think Colorado is beautiful.  We have only been skiing once but decided we should do it again.  We have spent the last four days in beautiful Crested Butte, Colorado.  If you are lucky enough to live in Colorado, I'm super jealous of you.

We are waiting on our flight now to the big city of Dallas and will be home soon.   I thought I should take some time and write to my blogging friends.  Here are a few pictures from our trip.

Have a wonderful Christmas break!


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A Big Sale and Link Up

Hey friends,
Just a small gift from me to you...I'm throwing a big sale over at Teachers Pay Teachers.  Every item (all 83 items are discounted).  Take advantage of this today to help save you money.

Here is the link to my store.

A new product that was just added this week is super terrific.  It is called American Theme Rainbow Comprehension.

I hope you enjoy your purchases.  If you have any questions, just let me know.  Head over to my friends blog Frog Spot.  We are all linking up to share our sales.  Hope you find some fabulous items.


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What a fun week!

A busy week recap...  The first set of pictures are from Stacy Behymer's second grade class.  She is using my Rainbow Comprehension Packet with her small group students.  

The picture below helps her students know which group to rotate each time.  Very organized system.  All the students were working independently in groups while Mrs. Behymer was helping students with comprehension at her table.

The finished product:

My office was invaded by ARMY Men!  100 of them.  I was told it the war.  It is so on.   I'm getting each and every teacher back.  Just waited for the right moment.

My assistant's office was trashed by two elves!

Tomorrow is only half a day but it is filled with the Ugly Sweater Contest!  The best event of the school class Christmas Parties!

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My Campus Leaders & Gift Idea

When you have a lot of gifts to buy, you shop smart!  Who couldn't use some Christmas and holiday plate sets and matching napkins to help you get through all the holiday company?  

I have a leadership team of "mini principals" on my campus and this was something I created this weekend for them.  I couldn't do my job without them.  They deserve so much more for sure. Maybe they can rest and relax over the break and not worry about all those dishes.

Background created by Krista Wallden
 Feel free to download and use for your own use.  


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Meet Taylor Downing and a Lesson on Fractions

Taylor Downing is a first year 3rd grade math teacher on my campus.  I had the opportunity to observe in her classroom on Monday while she taught a lesson on fractions.  

We use technology to the fullest on our campus.  Teachers have smart boards, iPads, projectors, document cameras, etc...  The picture you see below is a timer presentation that is running while students are in small groups and centers.

Ms. Downing worked with students on M&M fractions at her table.
Take a look again at the timer below.  Santa is appearing in the middle.  This lets students know how much time is remaining before they rotate to the next center.

Students completed fraction puzzles and used their math journals to record their answers.  An extension activity at the small group table was to complete the pizza fraction game.  Students took turns spinning a spinner and created a pizza.  The person that completed the pizza first was the winner.
Other groups logged into Renaissance Learning to practice math facts.  The program we use is Math in a Flash.  The red binder you see on the table stores all the math curriculum for the entire six weeks.  No more passing out worksheets.  We organize the entire six weeks in one binder.  Great organizational tool.
Santa appeared and Christmas music started playing.  Students gathered their items and moved to the next rotation.
I hope you enjoyed taking a look into Ms. Downing's third grade math class.

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