Thursday, July 11, 2013

300 Follower Giveaway!!

     The last three months have included a lot of personal milestones for me including:

     I realize that, at times, this has meant that my blogging frequency has dropped and/or been a bit sporadic. I promise that this is not permanent, however, and will be back into a regular routine again starting TODAY! In fact, the past few weeks specifically have also marked some exciting blogging milestones as well! I am so happy to announce that I have reached my personal goal of gaining:

300 FOLLOWERS by my 300th Post!!
     as well as passing the
200,000 PAGE VIEW Mark!
     In less than two months I will be starting my journey in my first classroom and I am so excited to share this new journey through my blog! It means so much to have so much support and encouragement and look forward to not only sharing my experiences, but learning from your comments and questions as well.

    To celebrate this milestone I am pleased to announced that I have teamed up with some incredibly supportive teacher bloggers to offer an amazing giveaway!

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Whole Brain Teaching (WBT) Super Improvers Wall Kit 
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courtesy of Liann (Pinetreelia) at My Whole Brain Teaching Blog

This Super Improvers Wall Kit is a wonderful way to track and recognize your students improvements - all students improve on a daily basis and this Whole Brain Teaching method puts all students, no matter their ability, on an equal playing field!! This kit includes:

* Explanations on how to use the kit
* Printable Wall Poster
* 10 Adorable Ocean Friend Levels
* 3 choices for tracking student improvement using math skills
- recognizing number patterns of 10
- 10 frames
- teacher/student choice
* Super Secret Crazy Level
* Printable Certificate Awards

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Back to School Bash Activity Package
courtesy of the Amazing Teachers at Lesson Plan SOS

This file has a cute and creative way to display student birthdays, a transportation list, and your specials schedule. These new files are a POWERPOINT file, which means that you can edit your own text, however you can't edit/change any of the graphics and clipart. 
The files listed below are all part of a PDF:

-Let's get acquianted forms, letters, and ideas to establish a home/school connection with your families
-Student surveys
-Several interactive bulletin board ideas
-Celebrity of the day lesson, where students interview each other to learn more about each other
-Writing activities for summer
-Friendship themed worksheets
-Activities that help foster a comfortable classroom environment
-An interactive teacher/student Venn diagram
-An interactive lesson on the multiple intelligences 
-Lots of pictures!

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Fakebook Character Study Activity
courtesy of Tyler at ICTyler

Use the incredibly popular social media site, Facebook, as inspiration for this Character Study Activity. This file has a student-relevant and creative way to display student understanding of characters in various pieces of literature. The kit is predesigned for Shakespeare's Macbeth but can be edited to fit any type of literary study at any age level.
This package includes

- Fakebook Character Study Assignment
- Activity Assessment Rubric
- JPG File Examples to Showcase to Students

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Penniman Chart - Teacher Planning Graphic Organizer

Based on the model by Bruce Penniman, this graphic organizer allows teachers to quickly and easily plan out their lessons and classroom activities. This is the perfect organizational strategy to keep yourself organized and/or provide to your administration when handing in planning forms! This basic, but extremely effective, chart features places to document:

- Classroom Activities for various classes
- Homework or enrichment plans
- Standard/outcome focus for the week/day

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Backwards by Design/Understanding by Design Planning Template
courtesy of Mary at Prairie Inspiration

The Backwards by Design method of planning, developed by Wiggins and McTighe, 
has been growing in popularity and is becoming mandatory in many school divisions. 
This planning template is the perfect tool for teachers first using this method as well as 
seasoned veterans. This planning template package includes:

- A 3-Stage Approach
- Graphic organization for essential questions, goals, knowledge & skills
- Graphic organization of required student evidence
- Graphic organization for appropriate learning experiences
- Calendar planner

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Decorate Like a Pro the Schoolgirl Style Way E-Book
courtesy of Melanie at Schoolgirl Style

Do you love looking at my classroom photos, but wonder how you can make your own classroom look like a Schoolgirl Style room?
I've included my most frequently asked questions, numerous decorating tips, my important DO's and DONT's of classroom decorating, an explanation of how you can keep your room from becoming too stimulating, AND I've even included a detailed explanation of how to get that "WOW!" factor in your own classroom!
I've created an 89 page resource with numerous photos that will take you through my entire process of decorating a classroom starting with color choice, to the final stage of entering student names on nameplates. 

A BIG, gigantic, THANK-YOU is going out to all of the wonderful blogs sponsoring this giveaway, as well as everyone who has followed and supported me through my blogging journey.

Contest closes Thursday, July 18th and the winner will be announced on Friday.
Good luck! 

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  1. Wow! Congratulations on your achievements! I am going to use WBT this year too. I used some last year and plan on improving on that and adding more. I would love to win the Decorating like a Pro book, because my room needs the "Pro" touch added to it. I like it, but it just needs a professional touch. Thank you and congratulations!


    1. Hi Jayne, thanks for entering and thank you for your kind words! Melanie always has so many amazing designs and ideas on her blog, I think her book is going to be a big hit with a lot of teachers looking for that Pro touch. Good luck :)

  2. Wow- such exciting times for you!
    I am so happy for you.
    Good luck in your first year of teaching.
    The first year is always crazy but amazing as well.
    Remember that you won't be perfect, but that's ok.
    No one EVER is even after many, many years.
    I am sure you will be awesome!
    One of my teachers is diving into the world of whole brain teaching.
    I will be excited to read your blog as I learn more from her.
    Congrats again.

    1. I forgot to say what I would like to win. lol
      Any would be great, really but I am interested in the Fakebook Character Study Activity. :)

    2. Thanks for entering Antoinette! It is always good to hear advice from other teachers. I think I can see myself wanting to be that "perfect" teacher but I know that you are right when you say nobody is ever perfect, even after years of practice! My friend Tyler, who donated the Fakebook Character study activity, has amazing lesson ideas and this one is pretty awesome. Good luck :)

  3. I think the back to school bash!!

    1. Hi Chelsea! Thank you for entering. The back to school bash package has SO much in to, I think there will be a lot of teachers wanting to have it for the start of school :) Good luck!

  4. Congratulations in all your achievements! That's amazing! These are great accomplishments! You will be an amazing teacher and wife! Thanks for hosting such a wonderful giveaway! I am very excited about the Decorate Like a Pro the Schoolgirl Style Way E-book.
    Thanks so much,

    1. Hi Najda. Thank you for entering and thank you so much for your support and kind words. I am so happy to host a giveaway but the big thanks goes out to all the awesome sponsors :)
      Melanie has amazing decorating ideas and her pictures are so inspiring. The teacher who gets her book will have a super cute classroom! Good luck :)

  5. Congratulations. I am most excited about the Decorate like a Pro. I have been reading several posts about it lately.

    1. Hi Ashley, thank you for entering! Melanie has been having so much success with her decorating store, her blog, and now her new book. There is definitely a lot of amazing decor ideas that teachers will really enjoy. Good luck :)

  6. I am most excited about the supers improvers wall kit. I also like the back to school bash!

    1. Thank you for entering Brad! Both of those packages have so much information in them and I think whomever wins will have A LOT of good resources on their hands. Good luck :)

  7. All of the possibilities seeming amazing but I am most interested in the Back to School Bash. As a 2nd year teacher, I really want to improve the start of my school year! As I NOW know how important those few weeks are and I wasn't every effective in the beginning last year so I need to really bump it up!!!

    1. Thanks for entering Mrs. M! You are so right about the beginning of the year being so important. Establishing routines, expectations, appropriate communication, etc all happens in those first few days/weeks. I think a lot of teachers will find that package super helpful. Good luck!

  8. Hi Renee, thanks for entering! I am so happy to hear you are excited about ALL of the prizes. The teacher who wins will definitely have a surplus of great resources at their disposal. Good luck :)

  9. All of the prizes look great! I would like to read School Girl Styles' book.

    1. Thanks for entering Lori. I am so thankful to have such awesome sponsors helping me with this event! I think Melanie's decorating book is in high demand, many people have mentioned it as their favourite choice :) Good luck!

  10. Congratulations on reaching 300 followers, getting a new job, a hubby, WOW!
    I'm most excited about the Back to School Bash! :) It would work well with our firsties! :)
    Thanks for hosting an AMAZING giveaway!

    1. Hi Maria! Thank you so much for your kind words and for entering the giveaway. The Back-to-School Bash is an amazing resource for early years teachers, it has so much needed information that can save teachers a lot of time! Good luck :)

  11. Hey Miss L! I will try this again since I can't find my post anywhere... just wanted to say congrats again and basically each prize would work for me, but I think you have the ones that I want the most. Thanks! Congrats again on all your milestones!

    1. Thanks for entering Louise! Sorry about the confusion with entering, I am not sure it wasn't working very well. Good luck :)