Saturday, July 30, 2011

Back to School Giveaway!

I have teamed up with two fabulous ladies from Teachers pay Teachers for a giveaway!  They are offering one product from each of their stores of YOUR choice to a lucky person.  This same lucky person will be able to choose any 3 items from my store!  You have until Friday night to enter!  Good luck!  
Lisa Frase has 272 products geared 2nd-12th grades.  I’m sure everyone could find several of her products that they’d love to have!  She has everything from themed stationary to writing lessons.  Here are a few of her products you might like.

SunnyDays in 2nd grade has also offered to donate one product from her store to the lucky winner.  She has 106 products in her store.  She has amazing smartboard lessons along with workstations and many other teaching materials that you will love.

So, how do you win?  SImple.  Do the following and leave a seperate comment for each that you do.
  1. Follow my TpT store.
  2. Follow my blog.
  3. Follow Lisa Frase’s Tpt store.
  4. Follow Lisa Frase’s blog
  5. SunnyDays’ TpT store.
  6. Follow SunnyDays’ blog.
  7. BONUS if you do all 6 leave an extra comment that you have completed 1-6 for bonus entry #7.

I will chose a winner by random number and post the winner Saturday, Aug 6, so you have until then to enter!  Good luck to everyone!

Just a reminder, the entire TpT site will be on sale 10% off Aug. 1-6 using promo code B1T1S.  My store will have an additional 20% off  for a total of 30% off Aug. 1-5.


Friday, July 29, 2011

HUGE Back to School Sale!

      Check out this huge Back to School Sale!  It starts Aug. 1.  The entire site will be 10% off with a special promo code Aug. 1-6.   All of the sellers below will offer an additional sale for part of the week.  My store will be on sale Aug. 1-5.  That's a total of 30% off!  Start looking now and fill up your shopping cart so you'll be ready when the sales hit!  Make sure you check back next week.  I have a special give away planned!

Click the link to see ALL of the stores that will be on sale in addition to the 10% off!

Promo Code for 10% off entire site Aug. 1-6 B1T1S
A great big THANKS! to Carolyn at the Wise Owl Factory!  She made all of the beautiful graphics and put everything together for us! Carolyn you rock!  Make sure you check out Carolyn's store
The Wise Owl Factory!


Thursday, July 28, 2011

Minds in Bloom is Celebrating!

I wanted to share with everyone that Minds in Blooms is celebrating 100 followers!  Hop on over to her blog to receive a free product of your choice from her TpT store.  Hurry up!  Once she gives away 100 items, the celebration ends!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

And the winner is...

Pirate Pete!  Almost everyone asked for Pete!  Thank you to all of my followers!  For 24 hours only, you may download Pirate Pete's Treasure: Math and Literacy Centers for free.  I would appreciate it if you left some feedback after you download, but it's not required.  I hope everyone loves Pirate Pete!


Sunday, July 24, 2011

Behavior Plan Linky Party

The Lesson Plan Diva is hosting a linky party.  What are your best behavior management tools?  Link up and share.

This is the behavior management system that I use every year in my classroom.  It has been very successful with dealing with some very difficult behaviors.  I have all of the directions included along with all of the forms needed to implement the program.  I have also included helpful hints to make the program run more smoothly.  Please check it out!  I hope it offers others  some help in their classrooms.  If you download this file, I would appreciate it if you left me some positive feedback!


What a contest! $850 of free fonts and graphics!

Check out this amazing contest!  I would love to win!  Hop on over and let Oh' Boy 4th Grade know that I sent you over!  Good luck to everyone!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

I will Survive! Linky Party

With the new year approaching so quickly, I started thinking about all of the crazy things that have happened since I've been teaching.  They weren't funny at the time, but they sure make me laugh when I look back on them now.  I thought it would be fun to share some of the crazy things that happen to teachers while offering advice to new teachers. Since I teach special education, I have had some interesting things happen over the years! If nothing else, it may offer everyone a good laugh.  So link up and share your best, or worst story every!

During my student teaching experience, I was working at a Title I school with about 1000 kids in it.  It was my second or third week at this placement in a special education pull-out program when my mentor teacher called in sick.  Instead of hiring a sub, I got to take over for the day.  The day went from bad to worse after I realized there weren't any sub plans for me to use.  I was taking my first group back to their homerooms, when one of my students ran down the hall and pulled the fire alarm.  We had to evacuate the entire building and wait over half an hour while the entire school was searched to make sure everything was ok.  I was so horrified that I spent the next half hour crying in the bathroom.  When I finally got myself together, I continued on with the schedule.  It seemed like every group I had that day, someone was crying.  It was the longest day ever.  I survived it and it's never happened since!

A few years ago, I had a little girl in my class who had an accident on herself.  I sent her to the bathroom with a handful of baby wipes and told her to clean herself.  I went back to class since she was independent in the bathroom.  A few minutes later, the little girl came back to class and tried to hand me her used wipes!  Thankfully, I didn't automatically take what she was handing me and sent her back to the bathroom to wash again!

Teaching special ed is a challenge, but I absolutely love the kids in my class.  They teach me to look at the world in a different way and to appreciate all that I have been blessed with.

Link up and share your stories!

Don't forget about my giveaway. Go to the post below for all of the details!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

100 Followers! Time for a Giveaway!!

PhotobucketI am so excited that I have gained over 100 followers in the few short months since I started my blog.  To say thank you to everyone who has shown an interest in my blog, I am hosting my first giveaway!  The best part.... EVERYONE WINS!  What do you win?  One of my TpT products.  Go to my store and find the product that you like the best.  Post a comment below stating which product you hope to win.  I will make the product with the most votes free for 24 hours for you to download.  The more comments listed, the more products I will make available for a free download, so send your friends over and have them leave a comment about their favorite product too!  Don't wait too long, you only have until Monday, July 25 to leave a comment.  I will post the winning product on Tuesday for you to download. Oh, if you haven't followed, I'd love it if you did, but isn't required to win!


Another Great Freebie

Today's freebie is from Wise Guys.  They specialize in grades 3-5.  Check out their store at TpT!  Here's the description of their product: Guided Reading Tips, Hints, Strategies, Activities, and Ideas FREE!
Guided Reading Tips, Hints, Strategies, Activities, and Ideas FREE!
Common Core Reading Standards: 1,2,3,4,6

This document will provide you with tips, hints, strategies, activities and ideas of how to teach guided reading in your classroom. Topics covered are: assessment, reading inventories and testing, before reading strategies (KWL, word study, vocabulary), during reading strategies (comprehension, fluency, predicting, summarizing, connecting, visualizing, clarifying..), after reading strategies (literacy centers and activities) and how to motivate your students to enjoy reading.

There are also links to activities that I directly use in my classroom to teach guided reading. I have watched my students state test scores and district assessment reading scores soar after implementing guided reading and the activities that I use! I hope you can experience some of that success too

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

HUGE Giveaway!

How does 28 free products of your choice sound?  Pretty amazing!  Hop on over to Sunny Days in Second Grade to enter her contest.  You have a total of 50 chances to enter!!  Good luck to one very lucky person!

Visit Sunny Days


Saturday, July 16, 2011

The Big Sale Is Here!!


Friday, July 15, 2011

Blog Mixer Linky Party

Oh the Places You'll Go with the blogs you know!  Yearn to Learn is having a seek and find Blog Mixer Linky party. Let's have some fun spotlighting each other.

In your link up find the following:

1.  A blogger who is a "New Kid on the Blog"
(Let's say someone who has blogged 2 months or less and has less than 200 followers)

2.  Post a blogger in your same grade level

3.  Post a blogger in a different grade level

4.  It's all about the button. Find a cute blog button and post it.

Here's my list:

1.  New Kid Blogger is Teacher Tam's Educational Adventures.  She just started her blog this week.  Hop over and check it out!

2.  A Special Kind of Class is also a special education teacher.  She teaches students with severe physical and/or speech disabilities. 

3.  I love From the Pond's blog. It is full of ideas to use in your classroom.  She also posts tons to teaching materials to share with other teachers.

4.  There are so many creative teachers out there who have designed their own buttons.  It was really hard to pick just one!  The cutest button goes to Extra Special Teaching.  (I had to pick another special ed teacher.  There aren't many of us out there!)  I do love the bright colors and the puzzle piece.  It seems like we are always picking up the pieces and putting them back together in special ed.


Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Christmas in July!

It's Christmas in July! Have I got a sale going on for you in my TPT store!

I am offering 20% off of my ENTIRE store!  Hurry on over, the sale won't last long.  My sale is July 15-19, but many are one day only, July 18!
And its not just me! Check out my sale first, and then check out the other over 30 sales happening today only - you're sure to find something you'll love. Click any button below to visit a participating sale!

I told you it was going to be big and worthy of the title, "Christmas In July!" Happy shopping and Merry Christmas (in July)!

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