Monday, February 20, 2012

Our First Post

      Holy Macaroni!  Who would have thought getting a Blog started would be such an undertaking?  We are tech savvy girls!  We are experts at using technology in the classroom.  Heck, we are even trained to train teachers on how to use technology in the classroom!  ....but this was a little more than we imagined.  I have to say, I have a new found respect for all of you Teacher Bloggers out there!  My fellow Teacher Chicks and I (Amy), have always admired the Teaching Bloggers and we have often wondered how on earth all of you find time to teach, have families/friends, AND blog.  This is a lot of work girlies, but I am sure it is worth it.  We were just bursting with ideas and we wanted the opportunity to share with all of you!  

Thank goodness I came across Charity Preston from the Organized Classroom and her Teaching Blog Traffic School!  Her videos are absolutly amazing and I would recommend them to bloggers just starting out and veterans! 

     So.... the Teacher Chicks and I decided to create a blog together to share our thoughts, talents, and creativity with others.  We plan on taking turns posting our resources.  Today is my turn!  Yippy!  So let me tell you a little about me...

    My name is Amy Hoffmann and I have been a third grade teacher for eight amazing years!  I LOVE teaching!  I love my kiddos and coming to school each day to explore the world with them.  Yes, teaching can be hard, challenging, and sometimes I may want to jump off a cliff, but all in all, teaching is what I live for!  I am what you may call, a perfectionist, when it comes to creating resources.  I always have to use cute fonts and graphics.  My wonderful third grade team always makes fun of me because my stuff has to be, what they call, "Amy cute."  I just love creating!   I have an adorable Shipoo named Cullen, who is named after the Twilight series. (don't judge).  My family and friends are amazing and so incredibly supportive! 

So where is the free resource?  Here is it my friends.  Please COMMENT!  We are newbies and need all the encouragement we can get!

Take a look at this incredible resource for teaching Realistic Fiction Writing created by Amy Hoffmann (Green Tree) herself!!!!!

This set provides the teacher a compliation of brainstorming pages, which leads the novice writer to a creative final piece. Realistic Fiction Writing Unit Lucy Calkins Unit 4[1]


  1. Great post! Thanks for sharing! SUPER cute blog too, might I add.

    Ann Marie Smith @ Innovative Connections

  2. Boo! I couldn't get the resource. I was really looking forward to it. It looked amazing on Scribd! Is it available simply in pdf format? I work in Trenton and this resource would inspire my students. My email is

  3. I would love to use this resource but I don't have a scribd membership. Would you be willing to send me a copy. My email is


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