Monday, January 30, 2012

The Winners!!!!

After an hour and half of Zumba, my legs are jelly, but I remembered to post the WINNERS of the Mark D. Pencil Giveaway!

The first winner:

OOOH! I hope I win! We love to sing in my room! I follow your blog!

Mrs. Wheeler

The second winner:

                                           YAY!!!! What a great giveaway!!! I follow you of course!-RAchelle

Congrats! Just send me your names and addresses to and I will 

forward your info on to Mark D. Pencil and Friends.   


Sunday, January 29, 2012

Man, clipart orders are pouring in!!!!!

So, I was planning on posting everyday....until my email has blown up with clipart ideas and orders!!!!  I am busy now drawing, turning my drawings into graphics, and coloring the graphics.  I am also taking another advanced Adobe Illustrator class to help me get faster using all the tools and shortcuts in Illustrator.

I also went to the Kindergarten Expo yesterday. All I can say is Fran Kramer at Kindergarten Crayons is FABULOUS!  I want to be Fran when I grow up (even though we are probably close to the same age).  She had me laughing the entire time!  

That Hadar over at Miss Kindergarten is so dang cute!  She seems so sweet and her ideas were just as sweet!

Now, I am really going to be on and off blogging.  I want to get a lot of clipart drawn and set up for everyone in some type of shop.  I think I may just sell on TPT instead of Etsy.  I am already too confused on how to set up shop there.  :)

So here is some of what I have drawn...

For the Jacket I Wear in the Snow a few items...

Feedback, honest please!  Are these any good?  It is hard to judge your own drawings.   Thanks guys!!!

Also, don't forget to enter the Mark D. Pencil giveaway!  They let me know I can give 2 CD's away!  Yippee!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Attention Teachers in Need of Clipart!

If you are a teacher in dire need of clipart that no one else has, then you are on the right blog!!!!

I have recently making graphics for the FABULOUS Deanna Jump for some of her FANTASTIC units.  She got my wheels spinning about actually starting a little shop to sell graphics.  Here is just a sample of what I made her this weekend.  

The coolest thing is no one will ever use these graphics again!  I made them just for her.  I seriously can't wait to buy her Wishey Washy Unit!!!!  My kids love that book!

So I am opening a shop on TPT, Etsy, or via email.  You will be able to order custom graphics that I create for ONLY you at a reasonable price or you can buy a set of graphics at a super low price that can be sold unlimited times.  

I quit making teacher stuff because I was sick and tired of everyone using the same art.  Everything looked the same and it drove me nuts!  I decided to just take courses, pay the money to buy some good equipment, and turn my art into graphics so I could take matters into my own hands.  

If you are interested in anything, let me know via email at, or visit my Teacher Gone Techie site, where I will start uploading stuff for sale.

I am also interested in any ideas you guys may have for much needed clipart!!!  I promise that I will also include some free stuff for all of us teachers.  We need all the help we can get!


Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Mark D. Pencil Giveaway!!!!

OH, yeah...  I am back and posting everyday!!!  Well, 3 days in a row!

So all of you that checked out Mark D. Pencil the other day, or all my loyal followers from a year ago, you know how AWESOME Mark D. Pencil is!!!!!

Just click to listen to the old CD here

Or listen to the new CD here:

I was actually sitting in a meeting today with one of my special education students with his mom and grandma, and do you know what they said?

"My son loves your class because you guys are singing and dancing all the time, and he doesn't even know he is learning.  All we hear at home is...Do you know your alphabet?  Yes, I know my alphabet!  Now he won't stop with this Mark D. Twist!"

How incredible is that????

Well, you can register to win a copy of their latest CD, Get up!
All you need to do is...
1.  "Like" Mark D. Pencil on FB (1 entry)

2.  Follow them on Twitter @MarkDPencil (1 entry)

3.  Blog about this giveaway on your blog (1 entry)

4.  Follow me ( 1 entry)

Make sure you leave an individual message for each entry, so you get counted for all of your efforts!

The giveaway will end on 1/30/12 at 6:00pm!!!  I will announce the winner shortly after using a random number drawing from all the entries!


Monday, January 23, 2012

A little Kindergarten Math

I LOVE Kindergarten, but hate Everyday Math!!!  I know I shouldn't say such things, but Geesh, it is Blahhhh!

I constantly have to remediate and back track with my Kinder Kiddo's to get any type of long term recognition of ANYTHING MATHEMATICAL!  Hum??? I wonder if the county sees a correlation between the use of EM and the substantial drop in math scores.

Anyway, enough of that....  I love math work stations and boy have I created a lot this year and sadly haven't been sharing (insert sad face and sighs).  Well, I am now!  Here is a little activity that I pretty much use every week with my students.  My poor laminated dice are used and abused, but I love them!

Here are just a few ways you can use this file.

Just click on the picture!

I also have a little autistic fellow (yes, he is in regular ed, and it is like pulling teeth to get him any sort of help) that likes to use these to count out playdough balls.  He will roll a ball and put it on the circle of the die.  He will do this with pretty much any manipulative we have, including teddy bear counters.  Love it when he uses them. He says "Ta Da" like they are on stage.  :)

Hope someone out there can use them.  Stay tuned for more free stuff soon!


Sunday, January 22, 2012

Hello and Get UP!

Seriously?!  August was the last time I posted????

I have had a heck of a time getting to the blogging world.  I have truly been amazed at all the FANTASTIC blogs that have come around in a year.

OK, so here is what I am LOVING!!!!
My boys from Mark D. Pencil have a fantastic new CD called Get Up!

Click on CD cover to listen!!!!

I love this CD for Teacher Directed P.E. and Indoor Recess.  I know our district just passed a fight Obesity initiative and we must teach P.E. at least 20 minutes 4 times a week.  With the lack of a gym and snowy weather, Mark D. Pencil has saved me again!!!!

Mark D. Pencil and Friends is also having an XBox 360 Giveaway!!!

Want to win a brand new Xbox 360 4GB Console with Kinect? 

Upload a video to YouTube of you, your children, your pets, etc, 

dancing to any of our songs from our new cd, "Get Up". Then, notify us 

of your video and tell everyone you know to watch it. The best 

video/most views will win the Xbox. To get the ball rolling, here is 

the link to download to download "The Mark D. Twist" for FREE!!!

Make sure you go over and Like Mark D. Pencil on Facebook.  They rock and your students will get their groove on, I promise!!!!