Celebrating My First Blog Birthday with a BIG Giveaway! $500 in Resources and Gift Certificates to be Won!

Celebrating my first Blog Birthday - Lessons From The Middle

**~** This giveaway has now ended. Thanks everyone for making it such a success! The winners have been notified and I’ll wait to hear back from them before I post…**~**

 

I can’t believe it’s been a year!

I had no idea when I began Lessons From The Middle a year ago, that I would learn so much and meet so many amazing teachers in such a short span of time. I’ve said this before, but the connections and ideas that I get from all of you are simply awesome and I know that they have made me a better teacher. For this, I thank you.

Now, let’s not waste any time getting to the good stuff. I was taught that it’s better to give than to receive. So…. of course I’ve got a giveaway for you!

So many generous teachers and teacher-bloggers have donated their products and gift certificates for this giveaway (you all rock, by the way) totaling about $500 which is simply incredible!

There are NINE prize packages to be won, based on grade level (keep in mind that some items are grouped in one grade level, but may also be appropriate for other grade levels as well – a bit higher or a bit lower). You may enter to win all nine prize packages, or just the ones most suitable for your grade level.

I’ve decided to keep the prize packages a bit of a mystery – a birthday surprise for the winners, if you will. SO, you’ll know the grade level, approximate value and general contents of each package, but not the exact items until you win! Fun, eh? Think of each prize package as a beautifully wrapped birthday gift just begging to be opened! Who doesn’t like a little mystery?

In addition to the NINE prize packages, donated by 95 teachers and teacher-bloggers, there will also be TWO $50 shopping sprees in my TeachersPayTeachers Store to be won. To qualify to win one of these, simply comment on this blog post as one of your entries in the prize package(s) of your choice. Then, I’ll use a random number generator to choose TWO lucky winners from those comments.

I couldn’t have done this without the generosity of all of the contributors for this giveaway – again thanks so much for helping to make my blog-birthday extra special! Follow them in their TPT Stores, blogs and on Facebook; they are amazing educators with so much to offer (plus these follows earn you more chances to win, of course).

PLEASE NOTE: Just in case you’re new to Rafflecopter, clicking the “Follow Me” link on the widget doesn’t automatically follow the stores and blogs of the contributing teachers. It takes you to the store or blog and it’s up to you to follow once you’re there. If it’s a TPT Store, click on the red “Follow Me” above their name. If it’s a blog, look for how to follow them on the side bar – usually there are a few options. When you “Like” a Facebook link, it is automatic and then you can enter.

Also, each of the nine giveaways will have a winner. Therefore, you’ll need to enter in each of the prize packages that you’d like to win. For example, entering to win Prize Package one, will not enter you to win the awesome resources for Gr 7-9 in Prize Package two.  

Let the giveaway begin!

 Celebrating my first blog birthday with an awesome teacher giveaway!

Prize Pack ONE

Grade 7-9

My awesome contributors for this prize package:

 

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a Rafflecopter giveaway
 

Celebrating my first blog birthday with an awesome teacher giveaway!

 

Prize Pack TWO

 

Grade 7-9

 

My awesome contributors for this prize package:
 
 
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        a Rafflecopter giveaway
Celebrating my first blog birthday with an awesome teacher giveaway!

 

Prize Pack THREE

Grade 4 -6

My awesome contributors for this prize package:

Celebrating my first blog birthday with an awesome teacher giveaway!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Celebrating my first blog birthday with an awesome teacher giveaway!    

Prize Pack FOUR
 
Grade 4 -6
 
My awesome contributors for this prize package:

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Prize Pack FIVE
 
Grade 4 -6
 
My awesome contributors for this prize package:

Celebrating my first blog birthday with an awesome teacher giveaway!     a Rafflecopter giveaway       Celebrating my first blog birthday with an awesome teacher giveaway!     
Prize Package SIX
 
Grades K-3
 
My awesome contributors for this prize package:

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Prize Pack SEVEN

Grade K-3

My awesome contributors for this prize package:

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  a Rafflecopter giveaway   Celebrating my first blog birthday with an awesome teacher giveaway!    

Prize Package EIGHT
 
Grade K- 3  
 
My awesome contributors for this prize package:

  Celebrating my first blog birthday with an awesome teacher giveaway! a Rafflecopter giveaway bunting  
 Prize Package NINE
 
Grade K- 3
 
My awesome contributors for this prize package:

  Celebrating my first blog birthday with an awesome teacher giveaway!       a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

Celebrating my first blog birthday with an awesome teacher giveaway!

This giveaway runs Feb 8th – 11th.

Winners will be emailed their products and gift certificate codes, so PLEASE make sure to check your email following the 11th (spam folder too) in case you’re a winner!  Of course, you can also check back here to see if you may have won. If you do not respond to my email within a week of being notified, another winner will be chosen.

Thanks for celebrating with me!

 

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Buntings by: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Cat-Lady-Graphics

 

About krystalmills

I am a Grade 7 teacher in Prince Edward Island. Lessons From The Middle shares lessons from the classroom, and occasionally from my life as a mom of two young boys. The goal of this Canadian teacher blog is to share middle school lessons, activities and ideas from my classroom and to collaborate with the wonderful online community of teachers out there as well! Thanks for stopping by!   Find me on Facebook Twitter Pinterest Browse my TPT Store Browse my TN Store

Posted on February 7, 2013, in Blogging, Education, General Teaching, Giveaways, Middle School and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 93 Comments.

  1. Fun idea. I’m a newbie to TPT and all these teacher blogs..love them and have enjoyed the products I have purchased…would be thrilled with some freebies!

  2. Wow!!! What an awesome contest! Happy Blog Birthday!

  3. Happy Blog Birthday! This is a HUGE giveaway. I would love to win one of the $50 TPT gifts certificates! Thanks for the opportunity!

  4. My favorite thing about being a teacher is seeing those light bulb moments! This is one amazing giveaway Krystal! You need a massage for putting this whole thing together ;) Don’t forget to take care of you too.

  5. Happy Blog Birthday!! I just celebrated my birthday this week too! My favorite part of teaching is definitely the students! I love hearing their stories, seeing the lightbulbs, and all the other crazy things they do.

  6. Such an awesome giveaway! Wow!

  7. Happy Birthday! One thing? That is tough – stickers? Birthday cupcakes? Permission to color for my job? Naw – it’s those faces that come in every day and open up their big hearts and trust me to take them further in reading and writing and math. Teaching special ed. I am amazed every day how they bring their most vulnerable parts and lay it all out on the table with me.

  8. Happy Blog Birthday! I love teaching because I enjoy seeing my students learn. I love seeing their faces light up when they learn something new.

  9. I love being able to help my students become better at reading, writing, math, etc. every single day!

  10. What an exciting giveaway! Congratulations for one year! :).

  11. Wow! What a celebration! I’d love to be entered in anything for 6-8. Happy bloggy birthday!

  12. Wow! $50 giveaways! You are so generous, Krystal! I hope I have enough material in my store someday to offer up the something similar! ;-)

    My favourite thing about being a teacher… I have a few! I think knowing that I might be making a difference to my middle schoolers in ways that I can’t even imagine. I had some teachers like that. I’m sure that they had no idea at the time how much they were shaping me (in a positive way). Some I have not been able to locate as an adult to let them know, but others, I hope have an inkling!

    In the 2nd grade 7-9 prize pack, who are the two donors right below Charlene Tess? I don’t recognize them. (That’s the giveaway I entered! Even though I don’t teach math or ELA, you never know when it’ll be helpful to have some stuff on hand… when a parent asks for some extra support, or when you know a child is struggling with some cross-curricular concept!

  13. Love all of these giveaways!! Thanks for the opportunity!

  14. My favorite thing about being a teacher is every day is different and fun.

  15. My favorite thing about being a teacher is that I get to watch my students discover new ideas. I love when a student finally gets something!

  16. Wow…great give-away. Love to have fun with my kids while teaching!

  17. My favorite thing about being a teacher is being surrounded by people who love to learn and love their teacher, too!

  18. This is a great give-away! Thanks for taking time to organize it.

  19. WOW!!!!!!! I can’t believe all these great prizes!!! My favorite thing about being a teacher is teaching a child who has a love of learing.

  20. My favorite thing about being a teacher is being able to use all other teachers’ creative ideas in my class!

  21. Thanks for including me in this great giveaway! It’s awesome! One of my favorite things about being a first grade teacher is the endearing things children say – they don’t even know it – but they can just make your day when you are having a bad one!!

  22. Happy Blog Birthday! I have enjoyed following quite a few blogs lately. Keep up the good work.

  23. I enjoy making connections with students and becoming an important person in their lives.

    Diane
    Fifth in the Middle

  24. Happy Bloggy Birthday!!!! :) I would love to be entered in anything 4-6th grades.
    Meredith
    http://www.sanders6thgrade.blogspot.com

  25. I love working with little children. They have such great imaginations!

  26. Hope you are not getting slammed with the same storm that is raging in Ontario right now! The thing I like best about being a teacher is the creativity!

  27. Thank you SO much for sharing your Blog Birthday with us! Congratulations!! :) My favorite thing about being a teacher is watching/listening as my students make new connections and discoveries!

  28. I love reading and learning from so many great people! Congrats on your Blog Birthday! I would love anything 4th -6th!

  29. My favorite thing about being a teacher is watching my kids learn new things & grow!

  30. Happy Blog Birthday! My favorite thing about teaching is watching the excitement in a child’s eyes when they make new discoveries!

  31. Happy Blog Birthday!! My favorite thing about teaching is building the relationships with students and watching them be successful. Thanks for the giveaway.

  32. Hey Krystal. Thanks so much for letting us be a part of your awesome celebration. We just did a blog post. Hopefully that will send lots of folks your way!

  33. My favorite thing about being a teacher is, that no matter if I am having a good day or a bad day, I always feel loved by my students. Even the most oppositional ones will still find it in their hearts to want to come up and hug me.

  34. I love being a teacher because every day is different, exciting and new! Happy Blog Birthday!

  35. My favorite thing about being a teacher is that you absolutely never know what the day will bring!

  36. My favorite thing about being a teacher is seeing the growth in my kiddos and the wonder in their eyes.

  37. Wow!!! Congratulations!!! Way to go!!! Thanks for sharing your creativity. Happy Blog Birthday!!! I’d love to win grades 4-6.

  38. Congrat’s on your 1st Birthday… just learning the whole blog thing but I am a total TPT addict!

  39. Holly Thorwarth aka gingerose

    I love that you have split all of these things up into groups!!! Happy Birthday!! You have an awesome blog and I love what I have purchased from your TpT store. Thank you!

  40. Holly Thorwarth aka gingerose

    My favorite things about teaching is seeing all the excitement and glow on a kid’s face when they learn something new. I will never get used to that.

  41. What a great giveaway! Thanks for allowing us to participate. I just wanted to mention that since I am on blogger, I can not follow you on the side because it seems to want a facebook link. I have been following you for some time via email, so I hope that works. :)

  42. My favorite thing about being a teacher is getting to see the progress my kids make- seeing those lightbulb moments!
    Jivey
    ideas by jivey

  43. I love being a teacher when my students are learning new concepts and growing as 6th grade students.

  44. Happy Birthday! I have gotten many great ideas to use from your blog. Thanks!

  45. Doreen Bednarski

    Congratulations! One of my favorite things about being a teacher is the look on a child’s face when they finally “get” what you’re teaching an that look when they all learn something new & want to tell you. dbednarsk@yahoo.com

  46. Congratulations on your first anniversary! I’ve learned so much from following you, which led me to following other great blogs! Thank you!

  47. My favorite thing about teaching is seeing my students face light up when we are about to do an activity and when they ask as the bell rings, “do we have to leave?”.

    Math Central

  48. What a fabulous giveaway! My favorite thing about teaching is learning something new because they asked the question!

  49. Looks like some great prizes. Congrats! Looking at the K-3 packages.

  50. My favorite thing about teaching is when they “get it”.

    Christina :)
    Apples, Books, and Crayons
    applesbooksandcrayons@gmail.com

  51. My favorite thing about being a teacher is seeing my students grow each and every day!

  52. Happy Blog Birthday! Would LOVE to win any one of the Middle School giveaways! :-)

  53. Nicole (chalk talk)

    Mu favorite thing about being a teacher is the fact that what I do matters. That makes all the extra hours worthwhile!

  54. Dora Alvarez-Roa

    Wow!! Happy Blog Birthday!!! What a great way to celebrate! My favorite thing about teaching is that I just love when that little light comes on- there’s nothing greater than to see that you helped your student understand what you’ve been teaching.

  55. I love being a teacher because you get to see the “lights go on” when a student gets it!

  56. My favorite thing, there are so many, I guess it would be continuing to learn every day!

  57. Fabulous giveaway, Krystal! Thanks for hosting!

  58. Oop, pressed Enter too quickly! My favorite thing about being a teacher? Aah, I cannot lie…..an unexpected snow day, I suppose!

  59. My favorite thing about teaching is making a positive impact on a child’s life.

  60. Happy Blog Birthday!
    My favorite thing is the God-given opportunity to invest in little minds and hearts for a year. I learn so much from my students and love to see “the lightbulb” click on!

  61. My favourite thing about teaching is when a new student arrived and the other students asked if he liked reading. He responded No. I heard someone say That will change!

  62. Happy Birthday! My favorite part of teaching is being a positive impact in the life of my children. For some, and I don’t mean to toot my horn, it is the only positive part of their day. I also take pride in the fact that I am helping to shape the future of many people. And…who couldn’t help but love the innocence of a child.

  63. My favorite thing about being a teacher is collaborating with other teachers to find ways to help students become excited about learning!!! Happy Blog Birthday!

  64. My favorite thing about teaching is knowing I’ve made a difference in the lives of my students for 37 years.

  65. My favorite thing about teaching is the days you can see the light bulbs go on.

  66. Favorite thing about teaching is the children I get the privilege of teaching! Grade 4

  67. My favorite thing about being a teacher these days is giving my students a stable place where they can find support.

  68. Happy Birthday!!! My favourite thing about being a teacher…..lets see….there are so many. The many hugs I get in a day, seeing my students faces when they finally get something, watching them mature over the year(s), building their confidence as learners, etc. I could go on and on but I won’t take up a ton of space on your blog:)
    Cheers,
    Terri

  69. Wow! This is an incredible give away. My favorite thing about teaching has to be the kids. I love when they actually use what we’ve been learning in authentic ways, whether it be recognize a vocabulary word in their independent reading books or tell me what fraction of our class is in school today. It’s a great feeling! Happy Blog Birthday!

  70. My favorite thing is inspiring the students and at the same time improving myself. I try, on a daily basis, to be the person I want my students to be. I love teaching, planning, and being in the classroom. All the other “stuff” like meetings can go away! :)

  71. My favorite thing about being a teacher is the challenge of getting the content to the students in a way that is meaningful to them!

  72. My favorite thing about teaching is seeing a student graduate years later and knowing that I had a part in this achievement. :-)

    BTW – I always thought clicking on the LIKE button in the Rafflecopter widget automatically made it so I liked their pages on facebook, twitter, etc. Thank you for letting me know this is incorrect. Wonder why they have the widget if it doesn’t work?

    • Thanks Patti. Certain ones do get automatically liked – Facebook works automatically. Howver, when you “invent your own entry option” following TeacherspayTeachers stores for instance, it’s not automoatic. Unless someone out there knows of a way!!! If you do, please let me know:)
      Krystal

  73. My favorite part of teaching is interacting with the kids. They always seem to say the funniest things. It’s hard to be in a bad mood when you’re entertaining 30 fourth graders!
    Ursula

  74. My favorite thing about being a teacher is getting to see the “light bulb moments.” I absolutely love being able to see the moment a child “gets it.”

  75. My favorite part has just been to have my own students! I am a first year teacher and it feels wonderful to have my own classroom! I would love anything for 4-6! ke.gordon@aol.com

  76. My favorite thing about being a teacher is watching my students grow in their knowledge each year!

  77. My favorite thing about being a teacher is that moment when the light bulb finally goes off for students, especially those struggling or with low confidence. Those moments are truly what keeps me going each and every day, because we all know teaching is not easy.

  78. This is an awesome blog giveaway!!

  79. My favorite thing about being the teacher are the children. They are the only reason I keep going back every day!

  80. Definitely the kids,a nd seeing how much they grow!

  81. Annette McClintock

    Happy Blog Birthday! I just started following you today. I love what I’ve read so far…

  82. The kiddos, of course!

  83. My favorite thing about teaching is feeling like I nake a difference in the lives of my students!

  84. I love to teach and to work with kids. I love seeing “the lightbulb turn on”.

  85. My favorite part of being an educator is that everyday is different!

  86. My favorite part is having a student return and tell me they remember/used something learned in my class.

  87. My fav part….never having “worked” a day in my teaching career, and those precious faces I have the privilege to spend most of my day with, just precious!

  88. I am a first year teacher and these resources will go a long way inside my classroom. Good luck everyone. God Bless

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