Wednesday, September 13, 2017

"Make Your Mark and See Where it Takes You" with International Dot Day

September 15th-ish was declared Dot Day by one teacher after reading The Dot, by Peter Reynolds. The Dot is a small picture book with an inspiring theme to persevere when things get tough.

The Dot tells the story of a caring teacher who reaches a reluctant student in a remarkably creative way. The teacher dare's Vashti, the student, to "make her mark." Vasti's breakthrough begins with a simple dot on a piece of paper.  Encouraged by her teacher she sets off on a journey of self-discovery, letting her creativity bloom and, ultimately, inspire others. (Dot Day Manuel)

Dot Day was declared by teacher Terry Shay in 2009 and quickly spread across the world. This year there are more than 9 million kids celebrating Dot Day in 169 countries. To become part of the movement visit the International Dot Day sight.

Since I am teaching a STEAM class, I get to celebrate Dot Day everyday this week. Here are a few pictures.

Watch the animated poem below by Peter Reynolds as a tribute to teachers and their vital role in nurturing the learning spirit in every child.

Monday, September 11, 2017

School Has Started: Full Steam Ahead and Don't Forget the Giveaway

Yep! Another year has begun and it is already quite busy.  I have joined with other teachers to provide a giveaway. This week we are featuring a gift card from Walmart.

Prize: $50 Wal-Mart Gift Card

Giveaway organized by: Kelly Malloy (An Apple for the Teacher)
Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter.  Giveaway ends 9/15/17 and is open worldwide.

Are you a blogger who wants to participate in giveaways like these to grow your blog?  Click here to find out how you can join a totally awesome group of bloggers! 

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Saturday, August 26, 2017

Every kid needs a champion | Rita Pierson

I just finished my first week of school and I watched this inspiring video clip which was shared by a colleague. I wish all people could see education from this perspective.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Who Wants $75 to Spend at Teachers Pay Teachers?

I'd always have to say "Me!" That's why I have joined with some incredible teachers to make this giveaway possible for some lucky teacher. Join the fun and join the rafflecopter.

Prize: $75 Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Card

Rules: Use the Rafflecopter to enter.  Giveaway ends 8/13/17 and is open worldwide.
Are you a Teacher Blogger or Teachers pay Teachers seller who wants to participate in giveaways like these to grow your store and social media?  Click here to find out how you can join our totally awesome group of bloggers! 

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There is a giveaway every week, so enter them all to make sure you win! Remember to Scroll down, because there are more giveaways that you can enter.

Friday, August 4, 2017

How Do Teachers Celebrate Back-to-School?

It's Easy! We buy cool stuff for our class, and it is extra fun when we win gift cards. Here is one Gift Card Giveaway that you do not want to miss.

I have teamed up with some amazing teachers for this giveaway because we always need to purchase things at the beginning of the school year, and giveaways are just plain fun.

Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter. Giveaway ends 8/11/17 and is open worldwide.
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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

TpT Delivers Dollar Deals for Classroom Set-Up

It's that time of year again when teachers return to the classroom to set up their class for the new year.
With New ideas and a summer full of planning teachers can get great deals from TpT on their Back-to-School Sale.

The sale runs August 1 & 2.  I discount every product 20% in my store and TpT will take off another 5% for a total of  25% savings on your favorite products. I usually go through my wish list and pick out what I want to purchase.

Don't forget to use the promo code: BTS2017

I have listed a few of my best sellers below that you might be interested in.
This is my students' all time favorite STEM activity. I do it on the first day of school and when they reflect at the end of the year, this is the one they name as their favorite memory.
Dr. Seuss: A Play about the Sneetches
There is such a great lesson in this play. My students add speaking lines where they see fit. 

This powerpoint makes learning about our government very easy. It is editable, so you can add your state and local information.

My students need help with constructing a quality answer, so I have created posters to help guide them in writing out complete answers using R.A.C.E

Task cards are provided for each student as well as a foldable for their interactive notebooks.

It's Time for a Giveaway

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What's your favorite subject to teach?