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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!

 

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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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2PeasAndADog Blog

 

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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!

Back to School Giveaway Lessons From The Middle

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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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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School’s (Almost) Out Blog Hop and Giveaway

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I know what you’re thinking! What do you mean school’s almost out? We have 2 months to go! Well, I wanted to have one more giveaway before it got too close to the end of the school year to use the awesome ideas and  resources you’ll find in this event!

So, I’ve teamed up a new blogger-friend, Joey, from Create, Teach and Share. We’ve come up with this fantastic blog hop and giveaway! The participating bloggers are below. Be sure to hop to each of their blogs this weekend, check out their posts and give them a follow. The theme of the blog hop is “year-end” and so I know that you’ll find some great ideas for the end of the school year and because of the timing – you’ll be able to use them this school year. Per-ty smart, huh?

So, for my post in this School’s (Almost) Out Blog Hop, I’ve got three “End of Year” inspired ideas!

1) I am a reflective person by nature and so I made a little Student Reflection freebie for students to think back on the year that was. You can have them fill it out, decorate it and then laminate the reflections and give them back with report cards, or use them as a display for “closing ceremonies”. I know that I would love to have a little memento from my school year and so I hope that they will as well.

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2) In my school, the students “graduate” in grade seven as we are currently a grade K-7 school. I always do a slide show presentation for their “graduation” and so at this point in the year I’m on the lookout for songs that would be useable for the slide show. Just in case you’re in the same boat – here are a few songs for you to consider! (I’ve included the versions with lyrics:)


 

3) Do you get your students gifts at the end of the school year? I never did, until last year (too cheap). I got this idea from Confessions of a Teaching Junkie last spring. It’s a Wordle! What’s a wordle, you ask? Well, it’s word art. This is how I did it.

In June, I gave the students a class list and told them that I was planning something for them, but that I couldn’t give them any details. I asked the students to put a kind word/compliment beside each classmate’s name (and gave lots of appropriate examples to begin with). Athletic, kind, creative, musical, funny – you name it. I collected and compiled the compliments. Then, I used the Wordle website to make a personalized piece of word art for each student containing their name and all of the kind words that their classmates said about them. I also framed the wordles with dollar store frames, to make them more substantial. The finished product was really beautiful! The kids appreciated them on graduation night – and I think I’ll have to do them again this year because they were so well received!

Okay, that’s just about it from me. Be sure to hop over to my co-host’s blog Create, Teach and Share – you’ll love her! She’s awesome, as are the dozen teacher-bloggers below who have joined in the fun this weekend. Grab a cup of coffee, kick back and enjoy. Oh and of course, don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the bottom of this post!

 

Little Lovely Leaders Addie Education – Teacher Talk
The Teacher Wife 2PeasAndADog Blog
MissMathDork Composition Classroom The Teaching Bank
An Educator's Life Numbers Rule My World The SuperHERO Teacher's Adventures and Advice!

 

Lots of awesome prizes to be won by ONE Grand Prize Winner!

Thanks again to the teachers above for their donations! Both Joey and I are giving you a choice of any three items in our TPT Stores and there’s a $35.00 Amazon gift card thrown in there as well:)

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I’ve been super excited for this event, so I hope you enjoy it!

 

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.

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Just one more day to enter my Spectacular Spring Giveaway

Thanks for all of your support and “follows” folks! There’s still time to submit more entries if you would like to increase your odds of winning! For the full list of prizes to be won, click on Lessons From The Middle Spectacular Spring Giveaway. Over $250 in prizes to be won from 17 different teachers. Shopping sprees in TPT Stores, wonderful resources and gift cards from Amazon and TeachersPayTeachers. Everyone who enters also receives a virtual goodie bag of resources. If you’ve entered and haven’t gotten your goodie bag within the day, the spam blockers aren’t letting me through! You can try to enter again, perhaps with a different email address? Or, take down your spam blocker and comment on this post, for me to try and send out your resources again.

I’ve been trying to highlight the special teachers who’ve been helping me out with this giveaway. Please remember that you can follow them as extra entries for the giveaway, so please do so!

Amy Brown, of Science Stuff is offering a $25 shopping spree in her TeachersPayTeachers Store. She has over 400 items to choose from – mostly at the middle and high school level. Wow!

Stacy Mickelson is also offering a shopping spree in her TeacherPayTeachers Store. Most of her wonderful resources are for you folks at the K-5 level. We’ve got something for everyone!

Someone has to win…why not you?

Click here for all of the giveaway details and entry form: Lessons From The Middle Spectacular Spring Giveaway.

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Celebrating Literacy

We celebrated Family Literacy Day not too long ago at our school. Our Literacy Committee did a great job of preparing some activities for the special day.

One of the activities that the students across the grades enjoyed was a “Book Quote” contest. Our school spans K-7 and so the book quotes were quotes that students of various ages could recognize. The quotes were announced using the PA system throughout the day and students wrote their names and guesses on ballots. Ballots were drawn and the winners were awarded prizes. It was a really simple and fun idea.

I was thinking, though. Why not celebrate literacy more than once a year? Why not have a similar contest the last Friday of every month? Perhaps winning students could get a free book from the book order.

Taking it one step further, as I often do, I was thinking you could also carry this contest idea into your individual classroom, rather than being school-wide. This way, the book quotes could be geared directly toward your grade level. You could even select books only from your classroom library and make it almost like a year-long scavenger hunt! Quotes could be given out once a week and students could have a recording sheet to keep track of their guesses. You could decide to give a little prize at the end of the month, term, or even the year for the most correct quotes. What a great way to encourage literacy in your classroom!