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Have Yourself a Moby Little Christmas

Updated: Congratulations to Meghan L., the winner of the MobyMax tablet!

I know that everyone likes a good giveaway, and this is a pretty sweet one! Have you heard of MobyMax?  MobyMax tablets offer teachers and parents an amazing option to help their kids gain skills in Language Arts and Math. Students can work to close gaps in their learning by working through lessons on the Moby tablet, and continue to challenge themselves to move ahead. Teachers and parents can monitor their child’s results through reports that Moby offers. There are games and other “fun stuff” to motivate kids as well! 

 

MobyMax curriculum is based on the research of professor John Hattie, and it is a great way to differentiate in your classroom.

 

Although these tablets are specifically loaded with MobyMax curriculum so that you can individualize your instruction, they are still tablets and so you can load them with your favorite apps, as well. Want your own Moby? Entering is easy, and one lucky follower is going to a have a “Moby little Christmas”! 

 

Check out these specs!

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MobyMax Curriculum includes all of this? Wow!

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Contest ends December 21st, 2014! Be sure to enter!

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A Giveaway from 2 Peas and a Dog

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Heads up!!! This awesome giveaway starts tomorrow! Make sure to head to Kristy’s blog to check it out! One of my Back to School items is included in the Grade 6-8 bundle 🙂

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And the Winner Is…

#43 Beth Foose ~ Congratulations!

 

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Beth’s Choice ~ Marble Me Blue

If you would like to give Jamberry a try or just want to see what’s available – check out my link: http://krystalmills.jamberrynails.net/ 

Thanks for playing, everyone!

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Time to Pamper Yourself! Jamberry Nail Wraps Giveaway!

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Have a special occasion coming up? Or maybe your daughter has prom this year!

Do you smell that? Take a deep breath….Ahhh…..Yep, that’s the smell of summer. Well – the smell of “almost-summer”. The school year is winding down, we’re thinking about how we’ll be spending those glorious summer months with our family and friends – it’s a thing of beauty! You’ve done so much work this year – heck we all have! And we deserve some TLC, for sure! In the spirit of all things “summer” to come, I’ve put together a little “Teacher Appreciation” giveaway, if you will. Of course, this one’s just for the ladies (sorry guys, although you should enter for that special lady in your life).  

I just became an Independent Consultant with Jamberry Nails (super simple to do, by the way). Jamberry Nail wraps  come in 350+ designs – I’m sure you’ve seen them come across your feeds already! Just to be clear – they’re not false or press-on nails, nor are they nail stickers. They are vinyl nail wraps that adhere to your nail when heat is applied. The best part? They last 1 – 2 weeks on your fingers and up to 6 weeks on your toes and they don’t chip like nail polish does. 

So with the summer season fast approaching, upcoming events like weddings, family reunions, and manys-a-day lounging on the beach (a major job perk) why wouldn’t you want to take a few minutes for a little pampering, after the year you’ve put in! Think of it as a well-deserved pat on the back just from me 🙂   

So, on to the giveaway!

Click here to enter to win your own set of Jamberry Nail Wraps!

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Almost time to kick back and really relax!

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It’ll soon be time to kick those shoes off! Don’t you want your toes to be pretty?

 

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“It’s No Joke!” Test-Prep Pack Giveaway for Middle and High School

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A great giveaway coming your way, organized by a couple of blogger buds of mine.

There are THREE fantastic bundles of test-prep goodies up for grabs for middle and high school teachers. I have offered up a choice of item to the winner of the prize pack that I’m a part of.

That lucky winner will have his/her choice of ANY item from my TPT Store (along with the rest of the test-prep goodies, of course).

 Make sure to head over to The Language Arts Classroom to enter, and good luck! 

This giveaway is definitely No Joke!

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We’re Winning And You Could Too! Did Someone Say Giveaway?

Thank you SO much for your support so far with the competition that my school is in to fund an inclusive playground for our students! We appreciate it more than you know! As a thank you, I’m hosting a little giveaway over the next few days!

We are currently in FIRST and we want to stay there! If you can spare a minute or two of your time – please support us through your votes, shares, tweets, likes or pins! Basically just get us out there on your social media networks! You can vote every day and so feel free to enter my little giveaway every day as well! Also, share this blog post with your friends, so that they have a chance to win a little something too!

Probably should mention the prizes! Someone will be winning a $25 Amazon gift card and a $25 shopping spree in my TPT store! Not too shabby for a little random act of kindness!

Thanks so much for your support – let’s work together to get these kids a safe, fun, wheelchair accessible place to play!

 

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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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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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“Party in Your PJs” – A “Thirty-One” Facebook Event and You’re Invited!

Do you LOVE your school bag? I mean do you REALLY LOVE it?

Every August I search for THE school bag that will hold all of my files and correcting, keep me organized and still look pretty. I usually find something, but it’s never exactly what I’m looking for.

So when Jen, teacher and Canadian consultant for Thirty-One, contacted me about holding a party on my Facebook page I jumped at the chance.

 

I have been admiring Thirty-One’s stylish school bags, purses, and organizational totes from afar for a while now. Many of my fellow bloggers have been singing their praises, as Thirty-One has been available in The US, but is just now breaking into Canada!

 

So, guess what? I’m having a party and you’re invited!

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Here are the details:

Come to my Lessons From The Middle Facebook Page this Thursday, August 1st at 9:00pm – 10:00pm (Atlantic time, which will be 8:00pm Eastern time).

Don’t be late! Jen’s going to be doing a roll call and the first 10 people to chime in at the party will gain extra entries for the evening.

There will be a few little giveaways – some products, free shipping and discounts will be up for grabs.

Jen will also be sharing the August specials with us. It should be LOTS of fun!

PJs are optional, ( I’ll be wearing mine) deals will be scored and fun is sure to be had by all!

 

A few links and photos to get the juices flowing!

Thirty-One Shop Link – for your browsing pleasure….Although Jen may have some other things for us to check out as well!

 

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 Thirty-One Gifts Facebook Party; organizing for Back to School

What will you be on the look out for? The perfect school bag…a hot purse…a new lunch bag…a tote.. Don’t miss out on the fun! I look forward to seeing you at the Party in Your PJs on my Facebook page this Thursday at 9pm AT (8ET)!

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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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