Hello 2016

Commitments for the new year and a sale!


Ok, I’ll admit it. I’m a serial New Year’s failure. Every year, I get really excited about New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day and the potential and renewal it represents. I make all these lofty, ambitious resolutions and I am 100% serious that THIS YEAR they will work. I am gung-ho about my new resolutions for about a week, then I am lukewarm about them for a week. By the third week of January, those once precious resolutions are cast off like the chunks of frozen road slush you kick off the bottom of your car. (For my friends in warmer climates, I really recommend driving in Minnesota in the winter. It’s quite cathartic to kick those suckers off in the parking lot after a rough day.)


So, this year, I resolve NOT to make far-reaching resolutions. I’ve finally been alive long enough to know that that won’t work for me. This year, my resolutions are going to be a reaffirmation of goals I’m already working on. I know they’re going to continue to be a part of my life after the shiny newness of 2016 has worn off.

Personal Commitment: Not to use my phone while I am with my children.

I realized this summer that I was missing precious moments with my children by looking down at my phone when I should have been playing with them. I made a commitment not to use the phone while I was in their presence. I noticed an immediate improvement in their behavior and my mood. I’ve been slacking a little on this lately and I want to re-dedicate myself to this commitment. Plus, I want my children to know that they are more important to me than my phone.


These little stinkers = way more important than a silly phone.

Health Commitment: To drink water throughout the day.

Except there are like -ZERO- chances to use the bathroom! That’s my struggle. I like water and I like how I feel when I’m hydrated. But we teachers have very few opportunities to use the bathroom. One year, I told my students to remind me to drink. It worked! Every 20-30 minutes they would blurt out “Drink your water!” I got my hydration and they loved bossing me around. And it helped them see another side of me as a person, not just me the teacher.

Classroom Commitment: To organize my curriculum.

I write brand-new lesson plans every year. Every. Single. Year. It’s exhausting and I’m ready to have some consistency in my lessons. Having an organized, age-appropriate curriculum will give my teaching focus and direction. I’ve started by creating a spreadsheet of curricular goals for each grade level. Kind of like a scope and sequence but a little more detailed. I hope to have that finished by June so I can spend the summer organizing my conceptual and skill goals into sequential units. I would like my 5th graders to know what they’ve learned and why they’ve learned it when they leave me!

Blog/TpT Commitment: To publish some of those products from my long list of ideas!

I have SO many ideas. But getting them out of my head and into reality is where I get stuck. Mostly it’s because I have two kids and a full time job and I just don’t have a lot of time to sit at the computer and create products. My M.O. has always been to publish products that I already use in my classroom. It’s a win-win because my users know I am providing effective, valuable classroom-tested products and I spend my time creating something I’ll actually use. If there is something you’d love to see, email me! I’m definitely interested to know what people want. Custom requests don’t cost you a penny!

Thanks for reading. If you are wondering what you’re going to teach when school goes back in session on Monday, enjoy 20% off my TpT store today and tomorrow. No special codes needed! #TpTMusicNewYearsBash


Happy 2016!

One-day sale!

Music sellers on TpT are having a one-day, $3 sale.

Search TpT for “ThankfulForMusic” (no spaces) during the day TODAY, Wednesday, November 18. Shop all the great $3 deals!

Click here to see my “Music Games” discounted file.

Click here to see all the sale items.

Which product did you buy? Leave a comment below!

More Love for Back to School!

There is a bonus sale Wednesday on TeachersPayTeachers.com! The promo code is “MORE15”. This is your second chance to pick up those things on your wish list if you missed this month’s previous sale. Couple that with TpT credits you’ve stored up from leaving feedback, and you’ve got yourself a DISCOUNT!

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Here are some products that would be great buys during the sale.

1. Orchestra Instrument clip art by Dancing Crayon Designs

I love Dancing Crayon’s clip art. The music collections are always very thorough, never leaving anything out. And all of the instrument images are “anatomically correct” so you never have to worry about accuracy or confusion between two similar instruments. The orchestra instrument clip art collection would be perfect for making instrument flash cards, instrument labels, games for an instrument unit, or illustrations for a digital or printed instrument unit. This one has been on my wish list for a while and I think it’s time to buy it!

2. Poke Sheet: Music Symbols by Mrs. Martin’s Music Room

I am SO excited to announce the newest addition to my Poke Sheet collection: music symbols! This worksheet is best used as a review of common music symbols for upper elementary or middle school students. It includes music symbols that most students learn in first or second grade: treble clef, repeat sign, crescendo and decrescendo, quarter note, two eighth notes, quarter rest, half note, piano, forte, etc. The student views a row of music symbols and pokes holes through the ones that don’t belong. Then, on the back of the paper, they must add up the holes in columns to reveal a secret message. The complexity of the worksheet makes it a fun and engaging way for older students to review a somewhat simple topic. Or it can be used as a favorite sub activity! I have more Poke Sheets to come, so keep watching for them!

Now head back to Mrs. Miracle’s Music Room by Aileen Miracle or Music a la Abbott by Amy Abbott to read about more great products on the TpT sale, and see the bottom of their blogs for links to even MORE blogs doing the same!

More Love for Back to School

Love Back to School! Wish & Dish, TpT Back to School Sale

I am so excited for back-to-school season! I miss my students and I can’t wait to share some new things with them this year. The best part: everything will be on sale for the next few days!


Today I am going to list a few things that I’ve been “wish”ing for, and then I’m going to talk about how you can “dish” about the products you’ve bought online.


Products Worth Wishing For

1. Beethoven Grab Bag from Mrs. Martin’s Music Room

This super fun game of mine has students drawing fun facts about Beethoven out of a paper lunch bag and guessing if they are true or false. It is so engaging! I’ve done this for years but this is the first time I’ve dressed it up by making it on the computer. It’s always a hit with my second graders. For big kids, I will add some question/answer cards and put them in a hard hat: “Beethoven in a Nutshell”! Get it? Hard hat? Nutshell? Hee hee. They will compete in teams for points and I can always manipulate points based on behavior…*evil laughter*

2. Sneaky Singing Snails from the Totally “Tuned-in” Teacher

I love it when kids are practicing a music skill while playing a game. They love the game and I get some formative assessment! I’m excited to try this new product from the Totally “Tuned-in” Teacher. It is so creative! Students are going to love the mystery. It will be a great review of So, Mi, and La for my second graders, and later this year I’ll get to use it with first grade!

3. Music Notes Clip Art Set from Cosmic Dog Designs

I am so impressed by Cosmic Dog Designs. His clip art is quirky and fun and very unique. I love it so much I’ve used one of his music notes in my logo! These music notes are going to look great on my digital products. I’m also thinking of printing off some large ones to use on my bulletin boards. What an eye-catching set!

Show Some Love by Dishing about Your Downloads!

When you purchase a product on TeachersPayTeachers, please remember to leave feedback for the seller. It’s reasonable to wait a few weeks until you have had a chance to fully view or use the product. Then, give an honest rating and write a short review. It is essential to sellers to know what buyers think of their products. The more ratings and reviews, the better the products will be! Plus, you get credits from writing reviews that you can put toward future purchases.

Thanks for stopping by Mrs. Martin’s Music Room! What product are you looking forward to using this year? Answer and post a link in the comments section below!

Then, click around some other blogs participating in the “Wish & Dish” linky party to make your wish list for the big TpT sale!