Perfect Curves and a Caption Contest

I am the least spatial person I know. I really am. Hanging bulletin boards and arranging desks are kind of nightmare activities for me. Luckily, like most people who know their weaknesses, I've developed some coping skills. So today I'm going to share a cool bulletin board trick that my husband taught me way back when I was student teaching (before he was my husband or even my boyfriend. This little trick may have been one of the reasons I fell in love with him...)

I'm often asked how I have such perfect arches on my bulletin board titles, like on my Brain Beads board (cabinet, actually) below:

That certainly did not happen by eyeballing it, my friends. Here it is in a little picture tutorial.  You just need a string and a pencil and you're good to go! I've had that same string and pencil combo in my desk drawer for as long as I can remember.
What to do with the line? I usually just leave it. It's so faint that you can't really notice it after you put the letters on and finish decorating the board, but if it bothers you you can erase it. If it's a hard surface, try a Magic Eraser. I love those things.

Ok, so that brings us to the...
I saw the picture below and the caption just popped into my head:
So what do you see when you look at that picture? Give me your best caption and you may be a winner! Just leave your caption in the comments on this blog post before Thursday, July 11, Midnight EST and if I like yours the best, you get to pick any item of your choice from my store. Easy Peasy, right? Can't wait to see what you guys come up with!

And PS Lindalouhoo - PLEASE EMAIL ME!!






37 comments

  1. I know teachers can wear jeans on Fridays, but do you think Ms. Sarah knows her muffin top is showing?

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  2. "It's all Greek to me..."

    Or - for us techy teachers - "You mean I actually have to write on it? With Chalk?"

    tara

    …andtheyallfalldown...

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  3. Michelle tries to explain and justify to her husband why she needs so many school supplies and "stuff" for her classroom- she is left with just because.
    Michelle
    Inlikeflynnm@yahoo.com

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  4. Oh, man! I knew I shouldn't have slept in yesterday.

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  5. If Sarah could only calculate how to get rid of the head lice in her room . . .

    Jill
    a-little-red-wagon

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  6. If Sarah had only known about TpT...she could be pool side already!

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  7. "So I had this much money in the classroom budget... spent all that. Still need pencils, glue sticks, markers, ... So that means I will only have to spend this much of my own money on basic supplies for my classroom... Crap!"

    :) Bri
    The Price of Teaching

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  8. So *that's* how they figured out common core!

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  9. Sarah wasn't sure this high school subbing job was going to go well. First of all, she hadn't paid attention in high school when her teachers were using chalk, and then Mr. Einstein hadn't erased the board when he finished his class. Oh well, there was always happy hour with her friends after this.

    tokyoshoes at hotmail dot com

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  10. I love shannon's ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ very funny!
    Pencil and string---------------------->mind blown.

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  11. Sarah is thinking---"I was good at math until they mixed the alphabet into it!"

    Renee
    stewartr@greenvilleisd.com

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  12. Sarah's thinking "maybe I should search PINTEREST to find the answer?!"

    -Lovely Nina

    Lovely Little Learners

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  13. Well, I know what the "f" represents...

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    1. Or...

      I'm going to tell Dan Brown to start doing his own research for his next book.

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  14. They expect you to know this stuff in KINDERGARTEN?! Wow...

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  15. And that's how you fund a teacher pay raise.

    Krazy Town

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    1. She is saying, "Can you repete the question, please?"

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  16. Said during a post observation conference, "I was impressed with your incorporation of literacy during math instruction, though I felt there was more of a literary focus than mathematical. Try to incorporate more numbers with your math instruction in the future."

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  17. ewwwweeee. . . . WHAT is this IN my Hair?

    Patty

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  18. "Oh man, I had the behavior problems all separated and now this new kid shows up!"
    firstsecondlooptroop@gmail.com

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  19. When Sarah asked for a SmartBoard in her room, this is not what she had in mind.

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  20. When Sarah asked for a SmartBoard in her room, this is not what she had in mind.

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  21. "Man! I can barely read this crap in manuscript, and now they're writing it in cursive???"

    OR (for those of us old enough to remember): "That little itch may be telling you something. Try Head & Shoulders today!"

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  22. "Just when I thought I learned a way to remember all their names--they change outfits on me!"

    Also stopping by to say I LOVE your alphabet book template and rave about them (and link to your blog) on my blog-- www.thirdgradecupcakes.blogspot.com.

    Hope you have a chance to stop on by!

    Thank you!

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  23. I swore I was only logging in for the FREEBIES! Oh dear...

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  24. "Wait...what was the question??"

    But I love YOUR caption! If only hanging things evenly and straight were simpler! :)

    -Gayla
    Teach On.

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  25. And that, Ladies, is the key to understanding men!

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  26. I love how you made the curve. It's so simple, but I don't think I would have thought of it. Great idea!
    ✿April✿
    Grade School Giggles

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  27. Guess it would look bad to count on my fingers, huh?


    :)

    Michaele
    michaelek1(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  28. So now that the easy part is done, all that's left is to teach, assess, plan, clean, nurse, oh and then I have to start my school day...ITeach.
    sweet30msk@msn.com

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  29. So now that the easy part is done, all that's left is to teach, assess, plan, clean, nurse, oh and then I have to start my school day...ITeach.
    sweet30msk@msn.com

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  30. I love this trick for nice bulletin boards. I also count how many letters/numbers I have then divide them in half and start at the middle of the arch and put them up in both directions so it's even. Nice post! As far as Sarah...I'm too late but loved everyone's hilarious ideas!
    Amy
    mrsseiber.blogspot.com

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