[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]I started blogging as a way to reflect and push myself to really think about my teaching.  I haven’t stopped since!  I love collaborating with other educators in my school and in my PLN (Personal Learning Network) on Twitter. They have helped me to grow in ways I hadn’t even considered thanks to their support.  I decided to call my blog Venspired because I am inspired by learning in my classroom every single day.  The number one source of inspiration?  Students.  Our classroom is busy, it requires teamwork, and things never stop moving!

I have been working in education for 11 years.    I have been to Space Camp several times and have a huge passion for space science and teaching STEAM (Science, Technology, Math, Arts, Engineering).  I also love decorating my classroom with a new theme each year, and you can take a tour here.   The inquiry based learning and community building I learned in eMINTS professional development has been a huge part of my teaching style.  I strive to make my classroom a place where kids can imagine, create, dream, and explore.  I don’t believe in telling kids what to think, I believe in teaching them HOW to think.

I enjoy creating items with the computer and can remember using PrintShop for the first time in fifth grade to make a greeting card.  Back then, the printers were the dot-matrix kind that go back and forth creating little squares of black, white, and grey.  Now I create everything with Adobe PhotoShop CS5.   I’ve done a little freelance design work, some photography, and just enjoy a good creative hobby.  But, my heart belongs in learning!

~Happy Teaching!~

My very first class, 2001-2002.  It kind of  seems like a million years ago, but also seems like yesterday. :)

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  1. question for you. Love Love Love your movie theme….but would like to create more….what font did you use? Thanks in advance. Tanya

  2. I was trying to download your movie theme with teh popcorn and nametags. I am doing a 1950s theme and really need some nametags wiht guitars or records,poodleskirts or jacket for the boys.

  3. Thanks so much for your stuff! I was wondering – is there a way to make your pictures clip art? I’m using the “outerspace owls” theme (so cute!), and I’d love to use the astronauts and rockets as part of some SmartBoard lessons. I can only save the whole page of icons, and I would love to use each separately. Let me know, thanks!

  4. I was trying to download the jungle them and for some reason it will not download. just keeps bringing to a blank page. i do have the current PDF program. any suggestions please i would really like to use your cute jungle stuff for my classroom this fall.
    Betty Jo

    • Hi Betty–
      Are you by chance using a Mac? I’ve had some problems with the PDF files opening on Macs. If you’d like, I can email it to you. Just email me at Krissy (dot) Venosdale @ gmail.com and put the name of the kit you are wishing to download in the subject line.

  5. Debbie Campbell says:

    Hi Krissy,
    Do you use Adobe PhotoShop CS4 or Adobe Illustrator to created all of your graphics? I love you site and your ideas!! Thanks! Debbie

    • Thanks Debbie. I strictly use PhotoShop CS4 and now sometimes CS5. I have tried Illustrator, but just never really got the hang of it like PhotoShop. :) Hope this helps,

  6. Krissy,

    First off, Great work!! Such cute things on your site.
    I’m still debating on a theme for this coming school year. Did you ever do a sports/Teamwork theme. Ex: with football, basketball, baseball, soccer & hockey?? I normally have 5 groups in my class and that’s why I chose those sports. I’m thinking this may be an easier theme to work with than the other I was thinking about (movie/hollywood)
    Thanks so much.

  7. I was browsing for classroom movie theme material when I came upon your site. I’ve really enjoyed viewing your class videos and pictures, reading about your experiences, and gaining enthusiasm for the coming school year. Thank you for sharing your obvious love of teaching!

  8. I absolutely love your website! Im a first year teacher and your page inspires me to be the best I can and provided my students with the best education. I just want to say thanks for all that you share, its greatly appreciated! Im glad I found your webpage! Doing the robot theme this year!! If you could give any advice to a first year teacher what would it be!

  9. I absolutely love your blog! I am ready for the new school year thanks to your precious owl theme!
    Thanks for sharing! That is what teaching is all about!

    • Thank you so much, Cathy! I really appreciate you taking the time to leave a comment !Have a wonderful year and glad to hear you enjoyed the owl theme. :)

  10. hi! I have some serious questions for you. I’m going to be a major copycat and copy your shoot for the moon board (as best as I clumsily can) Where did you get paper lanterns and red rope light in the summer. Also, is there any way to get a space cat instead of an owl? Have you ever seen one anywhere. If I can’t find cats I will go with your owls,,,they are also too cute! :) I am not artistic, creative, but not artistic… :) Please let me know, I have spent hours looking for great ideas and yours are the chosen ones. (btw… this is my first year teaching in a different grade from first and I am terrified)

  11. Kristin —
    Sorry I didn’t see this sooner! Thank you for commenting, I got my paper lanterns from Hobby Lobby. Hope you have a great first year of teaching! :)

  12. Hi Krissy,

    My name is Steve Reifman, and I am a National Board Certified elementary school teacher and author in Santa Monica, CA. You and I follow each other on Twitter, and I’m a fan of your site. I am contacting you seeking your help. I have two new books coming out soon, and I wanted to see if you might be interested in featuring one or both on your site, conducting an interview, arranging a guest blog post, or coming up with some other way to create a win-win scenario for both of us.

    If we are able to arrange something, I would be happy to promote your site on Twitter, and I would also be happy to return the favor in the future by promoting your projects. Please allow me to describe each book briefly.

    Changing Kids’ Lives One Quote at a Time is a book for parents and teachers that contains 121inspirational sayings designed to bring out the best in children and develop lasting habits of character. Accompanying each quote is a set of “talking points” that parents and teachers can use as a reference to draw full meaning from each saying. The topic of character education has been a passion of mine since I began teaching in 1994, and I have always tried to develop great students who are also great people. In these times, when bullying poses such a serious problem in our schools and character-building efforts are so desperately needed, I feel this book has great potential to make a positive difference in our society.

    Both the paperback version and e-book version are now available on my website (http://www.stevereifman.com/teachingbooks/changing-kids-lives-one-quote-at-a-time), and they will soon be available at all major online bookstores. More details about the book, endorsement statements, and a sample quote can be found at stevereifman.com.

    Chase Against Time is the first installment in my Chase Manning Mystery Series for kids 8-12. Each book in the series features a single-day, real-time thriller that occurs on an elementary school campus. Over the past few years I have written the first four books in the series and self-published the first two. I did everything I could to promote my books locally, but I never stopped searching for a national publisher. This past January I received a big break when I signed with Brown Books in Dallas, TX. The new and improved version of Chase Against Time is due out in early February, and once it is released, the next few months will be critical. Because the fate of the series depends largely on the success of Chase Against Time, I want to do everything I can to have a great national launch.

    As a teacher, the cause of literacy is near and dear to my heart, and I am confident the book’s fast-paced, suspenseful nature will resonate with both boys and girls, while the kid-friendly, positive tone will appeal to parents and teachers. A plot synopsis, endorsement quotes, and other details about the series can also be found on my website.

    Please let me know what you think.


  13. danielle gantt says:

    My computer crashed and I have lost all my files. In my classroom I use ribbit reward dollars that I found on a website and I was thinking it was from you. Did you at one point have a frog theme and if so is there anyway I can get the pdf for the ribbit rewards? Thanks

  14. Hi Krissy,

    I can’t find any of your printables, unless the file is directly on your blog entry. If I click on a ‘theme machine’ link, it says the page can’t be found.

    Please help, I am desperate to have a look at some of your brilliant work.


  15. Hi Krissy! I am so sorry to contact you this way, but I couldn’t find an email address for you on your blog. Ijust found your blog on the Fifth Grade Flock (Teaching Blog Central) and wanted to invite you to our Middle and High School (grades 5 and up) New Year’s Blog Party! We would love to have you!


    Hope to see you there!

    Kristen Bowers (aka Secondary Solutions)

  16. Krissy,

    My name is Chris Artem and I am Director of EducationOnDemand. (www.eduondemand.org) We offer K-12 schools broadcast and streaming content, covering a diverse range of subjects: from art to science and everything in between. We align our content to state’s curriculum and common core standards. We also provide supplemental resources such as teachers guides and quizzes to go along with most of our programs. Our goal is to become the one place educators come to get quality content from a myriad of educational providers. We initially launched our site in 2011 and are working to improve the site every day. We now reach teachers across all 50 states and we hope to start allowing teachers to upload their own assessments and possibly their own content. I would be more than happy to discuss our site with you over the phone or through email

    Thanks you in advance for taking the time to review our site. Any feedback would be appreciated!

    Chris Artem

  17. Anne van der Graaf says:

    I love the way you have set out your blog. Easy to read, lots to explore and look at. Really well done. Your last blog about why snails don’t need running shoes had a very intriguing title. I opened it to see what it could possibly be about. Good thoughts.

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