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Monday, 20 July 2015

Follower Surprise Week!!

Have you heard?? I am hosting a Surprise Week for my followers! 

You`ll receive great offers, give aways, a chance to win products from my store, freebies and an exclusive chance to join the secret VIP Facebook group!

All winners will be announced Sunday, 26th of July - here at my blog and in my Facebook group!

This blog entry will be updated every day throughout the week to reveal each day`s surprise!



You will have an option of 3 ways to participate.

1) become a Facebook follower
2) answer a simple question
3) become a TpT follower

Each of the options above will give you a chance to win. If you choose to do all three,
you will have 3 chances to win!! It`s real easy :)

The lucky winner will be announced on Sunday!

a Rafflecopter giveaway



Today is all about Pinterest! Please visit my Product Board on Pinterest and like the product that you would like to win! Click HERE to go directly to my Pinterest site!


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Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Makeover Madness - TpT Seller Challege Week 1

This month I have decided to go ahead and join in on my first ever TpT Challenge! :) I am super excited about it and have already gotten soon many tips and new ideas on how to improve and run my blog and TpT-shop! Before starting we were to track our number of followers in different social medias. I decided to try out Instagram the same day, but have`t got much time to figure it out yet.. 

Here`s my beginning stats: (excited to see what numbers I`ll end up with after the challenge is done!)

Our first challenge is called "Makeover Madness" - Choose one of my products and redo/improve it. It was a perfect challenge for me as I already had that only list! I started of with my Reading Genre Posters. It was one of the first paid products that I published on TpT, and one that really could need a makeover asap! So here`s what I did:

  • Redid the front cover
  • Added a Thank You page with credits
  • Added store logo
  • New font
  • Added color background
  • New frames
  • Book Cover set deleted, as I did not have the rights to use the pictures (oops... thankfully I have learnt a whole lot about copyrights since then)
  • A new vertical set added with Melonheadz graphic added (I kept the graphics from Thistlegirl design on the horizontal set)

NOW they look more like my style and I am excited to have them up on display in my classroom again :)

They are currently available in English and Norwegian (bokmål). The Norwegian (nynorsk) version will be added in a little while! If you`ve already purchased it, go to "My Purchases" on the TpT website and download the file again to receive the updated version for free!

If you have`t got it already, you can grab your poster pack at a 20% discount - today only - by clicking the pictures below! Make sure you leave a feedback comment to earn those TpT credits that will give you $ off any other TpT products!! 

Follow me on TpT by simply clicking the green star next to my profile pic, to receive updates, exclusive freebies and special offers!


Hope you like the MAKEOVER and see you soon:)

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Time to get organized - with a Freebie!

Who is ready for summer?? I know I am :) Even though I am not teaching at the moment, I sure am ready for this wonderful time of year. Usually, my first priority during the summer holiday is to get organized for the next school year! And I love it!! This year, I will spend my time getting organized with my TpT "business". I have a long, long list of products waiting to be created and published, in addition to teachers sending me requests for various resources. Thanks by the way - you sure know how to keep me busy and my buisness running ;) L-O-V-E IT <3

One of my main ways to stay organized is by storing everything in binders. Though most things can be digitalized today, using media platforms like Pinterest and Dropbox, I am still a little "old fashion" and like to keep a hard copy of my stuff. I pin almost everyday, but about twice a month I print my pins and organize them in my personal teacher binder. I love to sit down and go through page by page of great ideas for products!

I also keep my TpT business and blog, Joy of Teaching, organized this way. Here`s a glims of my personal binder and what I keep inside...

It`s a "must" for me that my binders are looking colorful and fun - inside and outside. I also keep a sketch pad inside for whenever those bright ideas turn up and I just have to get them down on paper :) 

I laminate all the page dividers so that it`s easier to keep each section apart!

I print and glue photos of great ideas I find online or from visiting other teachers classrooms! It has become my big book of inspiration :) !

Would you like to get your stuff organized this summer as well? Here`s a binder cover & spine freebie for you! Click the picture to go directly to my TpT-shop for instant download!

All you need to do is create a free members account at TpT, download the file and open in PowerPoint! You`ll receive 6 different covers as seen above, and two different sized spines for each cover - all EDITABLE! Means you can type your own text by simply clicking on the text boxes.
A list of my favourite fonts is ialso ncluded in the file. Google the font name and download for your own personal use!

I would love to see your binder and hear what you keep inside?!

Thursday, 21 May 2015

How to find the name of a font

This week I was suppose to give you a tutorial of how to find the name of a specific font and install it on your own computer. Many times I have purchased a file and wished to get that exact same font! But how do you do that without having to browse through hundreds of fonts online?

Well, I once got a tip that I will introduce to you today. Sadly, as I started making the tutorial I realized that it just isn`t that good... When I first tried it out about a year ago, I was looking for two specific fonts and were able to find them using this method, but now I have tried six different fonts, and the program unfortunately was`t able to recognize any of them. But, you may be lucky so have a go! :)

1) Zoom in the text so that it`s pretty big on your screen (you will only need two, three words). Take a screenshot of those words. Make sure you don't get any other graphic in the screenshot.

2) Go to and upload the screenshot there.

3) Often it`s not able to recognize all the letters, so you need to type them in.

4) This will give you a list of font options to choose from. You may find it right there, or at least something similar.

5) Google the name of the font and it will help you find a place where you can download/purchase.

I will also like to share with you some of the places I download and purchase fonts. Make sure that you read the Terms of use, just like with graphics. Many font can be downloaded for free if it`s for personal use only. Once you start selling your docs using these fonts, it requires a commercial license which most often costs money. You can click the pictures underneath and they will direct you to the different pages.


And my all time favorite:
If you would like, you can download a whole packet of 300+ fonts from Kimberly Geswein Fonts for personal use, right here! How amazing is that?? :) Have fun!!

Make sure you check out the poll for next week and VOTE! :)

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Beat the Clock - High Frequency Words in Norwegian

After several requests I am finally ready to share how I work with High Frequency Words in my classroom! To day I will share how my students are motivated to read and recognize the first 500 words.

I have used a system that I call "Beat the Clock" in all my grades, from year 1 to year 6. I start by giving each student a printed gum ball machine to glue in their books. If I had only one class of students I would probably hang them on the wall, but I teach about 70 students every day :) You can also laminate them and use them over again next year with new students, but I like the fact that they can take them home at the end of the year.

When we start our center work, I introduce the activity "Beat the Clock" in a teacher led center. Each student recives the first list (set #1 - orange) which contains the first 50 high-frequency words in Norwegian. I also keep a laminated set of each word list at the center. I tell them that these words are the most common Norwegian words and that their reading will be improved a whole lot if they are able to recognize these words quickly. The words need to "stick" to their minds like gum! We call them "Gum ball Words"! :) Therefor we will start an activity where they will practice reading a list of 50 gum ball words in only 1 minute. The words all need to be read correctly and in time. When they are able to do that, they will receive an orange gum ball that they can stick in their gum ball machine, and they will receive their new list of words (set #2 - yellow).

After the introduction, the group of students take turns timing and reading the list. We use a small "hour-glass", but you could also use a digital timer. Before the school year starts I prepare a notebook for each sets of gum ball words where I note down all the results. It`s great to be able to refer to their last results every time we start the center work. Normally I will have 4-5 students in a group, and they will get to read their list about 2-3 times, every time they`re at the teacher led word work station. We do this about once every week. Students take their lists home to practice as well, and believe me, they DO PRACTICE A LOT (!), so you better have the next list ready! After a few weeks my students are normally split over 4-5 different lists :)


In additon to my own gum ball notebooks, I have laminated big gum balls for every list and hung in the window or on the wall. I use a marker to write each students name on the same gum ball as the list they are currently working on. I think it`s a great visual for me and the students, and they love erasing their name and move it up to the next gum ball. Though it`s a race against the clock and some students get very competitive, I have had only positive experiences with this system and the kids get so engaged and cheer on each other to "beat the clock". We have tons of fun :)!

As we only have the gum ball activity at a teacher led station once a week, the students practice the words in a student led word work station one of the other days. For every list there are small flash cards with the words on, that I laminate and put on a key ring. I split the list in half and keep them on separate key rings for the youngest students in year 1 and 2. This means that they will have 1 minute to read 25 words instead of 50 words. The students practice together using the flash cards and a timer. With some classes I have had a notebook on this center too, similar to my gum ball teacher notebook, and asked students to write down their results. This has been more a way of supervising their work.

At the end of every month we have a short Gum ball Award Ceremony. Students that have mastered a specific list of words receive a diploma to take home - this is VERY popular in my classroom! I am also thinking of giving the students a pack of gum when they have mastered all 10 lists :)

I have created the lists in both Norwegian bokmål and nynorsk. Every set contains instructions, a gum ball machine, small gum balls, a big gum ball, the list of words, front cover for the gum ball notebook, recording sheets and flash cards.  You can buy them separately or in bundles. Click the pictures below to go to my Teachers Pay Teachers Shop and pick up your sets today :)!

Set #1 - Orange

Bundle 1: Set # 2, 3 & 4 

          Bundle 2: Set # 5, 6 & 7

Tick-tack, tick-tack... ;)

Friday, 15 May 2015

Using picture frames in your classroom

Oh, summer is nearly here and I know many of you can`t wait to get started on planning the next school year! Today I am showing you how to use picture frames in a very smart way :) I saw the idea on Pinterest and just had to use it in my classroom!

I created a "picture" for each subject and placed them in picture frames (got some cheap white ones on Nille), before I hung them on the classroom wall. On the outside of the glass I wrote the daily learning objectives, using a white board marker. This way you can easily wipe it of with a tissue! Smart? Yeah, I thought you would like that :)! You can grab this Norwegian set of posters in my TpT shop by clicking on one of the pictures below!

Tip! You can also laminate them if you don't want to buy picture frames!

And if you would like to try it out before next school year, I am giving you a little freebie to count down the days until summer vacation :) The cute picture frame I bought on IKEA!

Download your poster here!

Have a nice sunny day :)