Monthly Archives: August 2013

A Middle School Blog Hop Just For You!

This post has TWO very important purposes.

 #1 Thank you to everyone who entered (and contributed to) my Back to School Giveaway. The winners have been contacted (and they’re very excited). Check your email/junk mail – I still have one winner who hasn’t gotten back to me yet – maybe it’s you!

#2 Kristy from 2 Peas And A Dog has generously volunteered to organize a Back to School Blog Hop for Middle Years – complete with freebies and a giveaway! I know, another giveaway SPECIFICALLY for Middle Years. How often does THAT happen? You’re welcome!

Alright. Kristy asked us to share a great tip for Back to School survival in our blog hop posts. My best tip would be to take those first few days to really get to know your kids. I know that you’re behind, almost before you start with the curriculum that you’re expected to cover. However, it’s in those first few days that the middle school students before you will decide what sort of a teacher you are, which will in turn impact the kind of year that you’ll have. That whole “Don’t smile until Christmas” advice from eons ago is simply garbage. Smile. Enjoy yourself. Get to know the dynamic, intelligent and funny people in front of you. Tell them about yourself and your family. I don’t mean take five minutes to introduce yourselves – but really talk to them. Don’t pass out the text books first, please. It can wait. What is more important, a promptly distributed text book or learning a bit about the students you’ll be teaching this year? I do realize that we have to pass out the books as well, I’m just saying don’t start with that. 

So, other than starting the first day with a big coffee and always having a stash of Advil in your desk (let’s face it – you’re going to need it) to survive and thrive this year, I’d say make sure to take QUALITY time to get to know your middle school students. They can be a fickle bunch and being treated with respect is huge for them. Rather than simply talking about respect – might as well start showing it to them right off the bat by having a conversation – asking them questions and really listening to their answers.

One way that I like to get to know my kids quickly, is through student surveys. Enjoy the rest of the hop! Oh, and don’t forget to enter the giveaway below!

 

Want More Back to School Goodies?

Enter our AMAZING back to school giveaway!


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Oh yes – there’s just one more thing. TeachersPayTeachers has announced that their Back to School sale will be this Sunday and Monday – August 18th-19th. My entire store will be on sale! Now’s the time to stock up for those first few months!
 
 
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It’s Time! $400+ in Goodies to be Won in my Back to School Giveaway

 

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It’s finally here!

We all know that Back to School is just around the corner, and you know what that means…It’s time for a REALLY BIG Giveaway!!!

Before we get going, congratulations to my Early Bird Winner ~ Jessica G.~ who has won a $10 Amazon gift card and 20 bonus entries for this Back to School Giveaway. Way to be on top of things!

I already gave you a sneak peek of the prizes, but just in case you missed it….I’ve got something for everyone!

Whether it’s teacher resources and accessories that you desire, cool wall word decals for your classroom, a hot cuppa java to get you through those first days or some hand made soaps to enjoy in a stress relieving bubble bath after that first week- I’ve got you covered!

 

I have grouped the following prizes into 4 Prize Packages (plus a bonus prize). Make sure to enter to win each prize package – they’re all equally awesome!

 

Prizes to be won:

 

~20 TPT Shopping Sprees in 20 different  stores

 

~$10 Starbucks gift certificate

 

~$75 WiseDecor gift certificate

 

~$25 gift certificate to Black Rafter Soap Works

 

~Five Duo Binders

 

~Tote from Thirty-One

 

Of course I need to give a big thank you to all of the people who have donated for this giveaway – your generosity has blown me away as it always does! You all ROCK! Those who have participated are pictured with each prize package, with links to their blogs or sites.

This giveaway is running for a few days – so you have lots of time to follow everyone and get yourself entered to win ALL of the packages!

Also, make sure to take a second and promote this giveaway on your blog, FB page, Twitter feed or Pinterest boards etc. to gain extra entries!

 

Okay folks, this only happens once a year – so get to it and good luck!

 

Prize Package #1

4mulaFun Blog FanAddie Education – Teacher Talk

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Prize Package #2

 

D:D&CFern Smith's Classroom Ideas black rafter 4 The Teacher Wife

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Prize Package #3

2PeasAndADog Blog

 

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Prize Package #4

 

Wall Words

 

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Bonus Prize (An extra little something for those of you who like to share)

 

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 Winners will be contacted on August 15th and announced on the later in the week. Please make sure to check your email (and your junk mail) on those days just in case you’re a BIG winner. If you are a winner and don’t respond within 48 hours of being contacted, another winner will be chosen in your place.

I wish you all the best in the 2013-2014 school year! Work hard, play hard and have a fantastic year!

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How About An Early Bird Draw?

I’m pathetic. I’m the grown-up at Christmas time who just NEEDS to open ONE gift on Christmas  Eve because I can’t wait until morning. Looks like one of you is about to benefit from my sad lack of willpower!

I have decided that Saturday is TOO far away and I’m having an EARLY BIRD draw! I’m going to keep it simple.

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There is a site called EdWorldExchange where teachers can buy and sell teacher resources. They are still just getting established and so they don’t have the volume that some other sites have, but everyone has to start at the beginning, right? I have some of my work on their site and I’m trying to help them out with getting more traffic and new users. That’s where you come in!

Here is your task to qualify for this EARLY BIRD draw: Sign Up with EdWorldExchange using this PROMO CODE: EWEpromo1.

That’s it! You don’t have to buy anything, it’s free to sign up and you never know, maybe you’ll go back and find some great resources for yourself.

Now on to the really important stuff…

What could you win?

I will choose ONE EARLY BIRD winner before the BIG Giveaway begins and that person will receive a $10 Amazon gift card and 20 bonus entries for the big Back to School Giveaway that starts on Saturday. Pretty sweet! I know!

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Who wants a $10 gift card?

If you do choose to enter this draw and register with EdWorldExchange:

You sign up right under the Log In button on the EdWorldExchange homepage and it’s important that you use the promo code above, or I won’t know that you signed up! You enter it right after you select a password. Finally, just so that you know, when you register as a new user, only a few of the fields are mandatory (it should only take you about a minute to sign up). It’s not necessary to enter info in all fields – but you can if you want to.

 

So…

Let the fun begin! Who will be the lucky winner of a $10 Amazon gift card and 20 bonus entries? It could be you! Good luck!

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Get Ready For It! Going Back With a MAJOR Giveaway!

I know that some of you have already headed back to the classroom this week. Here in PEI, we don’t begin until September. Whether you’ve started back this week or still have another few weeks left to enjoy, I’m pretty sure that you’ll all be psyched to win some great goodies for your classrooms!

It’s almost time for my annual Back To School Giveaway! I thought that I’d give you a little sneak peek, so that you know what’s up for grabs!

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SO…..

I have Shopping Sprees to give away in 20 different  TPT Stores (including my own) an awesome bag from Thirty-One, FOUR Duo Binders, a $75 gift certificate to WiseDecor, a $25 gift certificate to Black Rafter Soap Works,  and a $10 Starbucks gift certificate all to give away to you guys! Wow!

It’s going to be great and I’m very excited to be able to get to provide all of you awesome teachers with the opportunity to win some goodies for yourself. You deserve it!

In case you’re unfamiliar with some of the companies mentioned above…

Thirty-One provides fantastic options for school and lunch bags, purses and totes, organizers etc. in a wide variety of styles and colors. They are offering a small organizing tote for the giveaway!

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Duo Binders are a wonderful option for teachers or students to stay organized. They are essentially a binder, with a portfolio included to stash away single sheets. Again, a wide variety of styles and colors are available. They’re also perfect to use as sub binders.

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WiseDecor has generously offered a $75 gift certificate for this giveaway which is amazing! They offer wall word decals for all occasions, but they have some specifically appropriate for use in the classroom. I have one for my room that will go right above my new SMARTBoard:

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Finally, Black Rafter Soap Works has graciously donated a $25 gift certificate in their Etsy Shop, because they know that we deserve a little pampering – especially at this time of year! What will you choose: Hand made soaps, lip balm or the natural sugar scrub?

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As you may be able to tell, I have put A LOT of work into organizing this giveaway for you and I’m really excited to see how it goes! The giveaway runs August 10th – August 14th, so don’t forget to come back and enter!

Thanks again to all of my generous contributors – you rock!Smile

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