New Freebie for Sellers

8:01 AM Sarah Koves 0 Comments

I just wanted to share with you a new product I just added to my Teachers Pay Teacher Store that is just for bloggers and/or TPT Sellers.  Any blogger could use this set of forms as I made the Excel and Google Doc Versions editable, so you can personalize it for your social media.

One version even has the growth formulas to show you what your increase in followers was from one month to the next.

There five versions of this document included in this file.  Each digital sheet has enough space for two years worth of data, but you can always open a new blank copy.  The PDF has space for 18 months worth of data.

  1. PDF version on four pages to print out for those of you who would like to do it by hand.
  2. An Excel version of the basic blog and seller statistics that can be edited to fit your needs.
  3. A Google Sheets version of the basic blog and seller statistics that will open in your Google Drive and can be edited.
  4. An Excel version of the blog and seller statistics that includes formulas to calculate growth each month.
  5. A Google Sheets version of the blog and seller statistics that includes formulas to calculate growth each month and will open in your Google Drive and can be edited.

Be sure grab it now as I don't know how long it will be free. Don't forget to leave some LOVE afterwards.

Monday Made It July 27: sewing, tech, and a giveaway

8:23 AM Sarah Koves 4 Comments

Sadly this is my first Monday Made It of summer vacation, which is more than half over.

I spent some time of Etsy this past week; well, I wasted some time anyways.  I found a ton of super cute pencil bags.  I decided to try my hand at one.  

I stumbled upon this little gem of a website in the process and wasted another hour or so.

Amber's Pencil Case Tutorial was exactly what I wanted to make.

I used her tutorial on box corners since it has been some time since I did these.

The pig one is for my oldest for back to school.

I've made three so far and got zippers yesterday to make two more.  Then my dear friend's daughter bought fabric and zipper for me to make her one.

Maybe I should give one away...thoughts?

I have started a YouTube Channel.  I have recorded two of my Periscopes and posted them.
I am still working on getting the focus and sound right.

The first one is my unboxing from my Oriental Trading Company Blogger Program Box.

The second one is a walk through of what is in my student data binder.

I made my oldest clean her room and made her a window seat from a tall, skinny bookshelf we cleaned off when we pulled books out for my classroom.

It looked pretty bad at first, but she got rid of four garbage bags of stuff.  I moved all the YA novels out of her room, so I can take them to school, which freed up a lot of space.  She doesn't have much in the way of clothes left, so back to school shopping will be fun.

I'd say it was a fairly genius use of the book shelf that was bought for me when I was her age.  I am getting some bins this week to go under it, and we will make her a cushion too.

Lastly I made a new game (an am giving it and a map away)

My classroom is a place where maps are used and created on a regular basis; there is just something about them that make my students and I happy.  We create them and use them on a daily basis.

I hate folding maps in my car and can never get them back the way they first were in the package.  Scrunch Map solves that problem. These maps are made of a coated fabric that is tear and water resistant.  What more could you ask for in a product for your classroom?

This game is currently free on my Teachers Pay Teachers store, so be sure to stop and grab it.  I used the Scrunch Map and some glass stones from the craft store.

A sample card

You can enter to win a Scrunch Map of your own
from Round World.

“This review is based strictly on my opinion. Others may have a different opinion or  experience with the product listed above. I was provided the sample free of charge by the  company or PR agency and I provided my honest opinion. No other type of compensation  was received for this review.”

Sunday Scoop 7/26

9:19 AM Sarah Koves 1 Comments

I have a huge to-do list for today, so I am hoping you all can assist in the motivation.


1) My mother is driving to my brother's apartment to get the rest of his stuff before he leaves to teach English in China.  The girls and I are going to meet her to pick up some stuff of mine that she has.  It will be a nice visit for us even if it is short because she has to drive 3 hours home.

2) My 14-year-old needs to clean her dresser and closet out, so we will be sorting clothes and making a list of what she will need for school in the fall.  This is a preliminary step to rearranging her room.

3) Our mower broke about a month ago and my dad was able to fix it.   Mom is bringing it down to me, so I will have to get some of the grass mowed today.  The 14-year-old and I will share the task.  I'll do part and she can do part.  Normally she does it all, but it is long and I want it done today.  Plus today is her last day off for a week because of color guard camp.


1) I have a giveaway going on right now and need to get some promotion done.  I am also sharing a bunch of great reading material on Twitter and Facebook this weekend as I work through my massive lists of save articles on Facebook.  Check out the post on my giveaway HERE.

Or just enter
Scrunch Map

2) There are about five big blog posts in the works.  I would love to get them all done and scheduled, but I don't know if that will happen.  Maybe I can get one or two.  I feel like I have more draft ideas than time.


1) I am in between books, so I need to pick a new teacher book and a new fun book.  Perhaps I should look on the shelves of unread book in the basement...LOL.  Another goal of mine is to clean those off into tubs for my classroom library, which my secondary classroom has never had...eeekk...yes.  I was afraid to take my books to school.  I will be cataloging them before I put them out.

What are you currently reading?

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What is the teacher reading? July 2015

10:00 AM Sarah Koves 4 Comments

I have finished some great books in the last couple weeks, and I wanted to share them with you.
  (Click on any image to be taken to the page on Amazon.)

I finally finished this book; I have been working my way through it for months.  Our elementary is rolling this out next year, and it sounded like something I could use in my high school classes to build stamina.  I was right and will be posting about my ideas in the near future.

I adore biographies, and The Charles River Editors has numerous short biographies available for free through Kindle Unlimited.  I started with Judy Garland.  It was short sweet and gave me a gimps into her life.  I have Shirley Temple on my Kindle now.

As a former Girls Next Door fan, this was a must read when I saw it in the Kindle Store.  While entertaining me with behind the scenes tales from the show, it is really a story of one woman's survival and growth.  I couldn't put it down.

All Books by Rachel Schurig

I saved the best for last.  I discovered this Michigan author last week when I stumbled upon her Kindle Freebie Three Girls and a Baby.  It hit very close to home, and I remember being a young, single mother myself.  I haven't purchased the rest of the Three Girls Series, but I am sure that I will before summer is over.

I did purchase and read all of the Lovestruck books she wrote.  Lizzie is a young woman heading out on her own for the first time, to London of all places.  She dreams of being a writer and escaping her crazy and controlling family.  I only wished there had been more books in this series.

Leave me a comment about what other books I should check out, what looks interesting to you, or what you are currently reading.

Here are some books from my Good Read's Bookshelf that you might also enjoy!

Sarah Ross's bookshelf: read

The Presidents Club
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Differentiation: From Planning to Practice, Grades 6-12
A Glossary of Literary Terms
When Comes the Spring
When Calls the Heart
The Fault in Our Stars
Keep the Fire Burning: Avoiding Teacher Burnout
The Book Thief
America's Cheapest Family Gets You Right on the Money: Your Guide to Living Better, Spending Less, and Cashing in on Your Dreams
Mistaken Identity: Two Families, One Survivor, Unwavering Hope
Misconception: One Couple's Journey from Embryo Mix-up to Miracle Baby
Impossible Odds: The Kidnapping of Jessica Buchanan and Her Dramatic Rescue by SEAL Team Six
Cleaning House: A Mom's Twelve-Month Experiment to Rid Her Home of Youth Entitlement
How to Look Expensive: A Beauty Editor's Secrets to Getting Gorgeous without Breaking the Bank
Classroom Assessment & Grading That Work
Star Wars Origami: 36 Amazing Paper-folding Projects from a Galaxy Far, Far Away....

Sarah Ross's favorite books »

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