Saturday, September 21, 2013

World Gratitude Day Blog Hop & Giveaway

September 21 is World Gratitude Day – a relatively unknown special day, but a great opportunity for us to have a quick chat to those that we teach and love – and tell them what we are grateful for! I had no idea there was such a day until my friend Mel at Graphics from the Pond let me know! She organized this amazing blog hop :)

--for God. I am thankful that He saved me and that He loves me no matter what. Even when I feel like a total mess-up, which happens a lot!
--for my wonderful husband. I am so glad that our paths crossed almost 4 years ago. Without getting too sappy, my life would be incomplete without him in it. 
--for my loving family. They have always stood by my side and supported me. I know there are so many people who aren't as lucky as I am, so I am very thankful!
--for my amazing friends - both "in person" friends and my bloggy friends. They all give me inspiration!
--for my sweet furbaby, Gracie. She's our little baby! :)
--for my job. I am so blessed to have a job that I truly love and feel passionate about!
Part of the reason I have found great joy in my life is that I feel very fulfilled and connected to the teaching and blogging community through my Teachers Pay Teachers store. I have told you many times, but thank you from the bottom of my heart for being a very valued blog follower of mine. It means a great deal to me, and I am showing my gratitude today by turning one of my products into a Flash Freebie for you!
Head to my TPT store to find
my Telling Time to the Minute {CCSS Task Cards} FREE for today! Click the picture below to head over to my TPT store to download! :)

Then hop around to see some of my bloggy friends and find what surprises they have in store for you! Here are some of my buddies who have FLASH FREEBIES for you today!
Graphics from the Pond
Teach with Laughter
Teacher's Toolkit
Ms. Fultz
Fifth in the Middle
My Kind of Teaching
Life in Special Education
Well, Michelle
Teaches Third in Georgia
Chalk One Up for the Teacher
A Series of Third Grade Events
Ms. Smarty Pants
The Fun Factory
Thank you for visiting – head over to The Teaching Tribune to enter to win a $50 TPT voucher!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Budding Blog Linky + Best Selling Reading Activity Linky!

Hi everyone!
I just stopped by to link up with I {heart} Recess for her Budding Blog linky!
This fun linky is for blogs with less than 200 followers...which is me! :) The last time I checked, I was at 149, which is AWESOME!

1. Why did you start blogging?
I started blogging as a way to connect with other amazing teachers! I started out by creating a teacher Instagram this summer, and decided to launch my blog in August. I have already learned so much from the wonderful teaching community! :)
2. What is your favorite subject to teach and why?
My favorite subject to teach is definitely math. I love hands-on activities!! I loved math when I was in school, so I hope to instill the same love into my students.
3. Describe your teaching style.
One major component of my teaching style is technology - I try to incorporate it into my lessons as much as possible. I am also organized - I like having all of my plans, copies, activities, etc. ready for the coming week. I do not do well "flying by the seat of my pants"!! Unfortunately, I'm not as organized in other areas of my life :/
4. Give three interesting facts about you.
(1) I have terrible vision - without my glasses or contacts, I can't see 2 feet in front of my face!
(2) My husband proposed to me on Christmas morning.
(3) My favorite type of food is Mexican.
5. Do you have a TpT store? If yes, post the link :)

If you are a newbie blogger with less than 200 followers, make sure you link up with I {heart} Recess!! Or, take the time to visit some of the awesome blogs that have also linked up!

I'm also linking up with Table Talk with C and C to share my best-selling reading activity from my TPT store!


Visit her blog for a chance to win 16 prizes from some wonderful TPT sellers! You can even enter to win my best selling reading activity, which is my Figurative Language Task Cards!

Good luck, and thanks for stopping by! I'll be back soon to post about the amazing interactive notebook resources I've been using in math with my 3rd graders :) 


Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Giveaway Winner Announced {FINALLY} & September Currently

Hey y'all!! Wow - has it really been over 2 weeks since my last post? I am soooo sorry!! I started back to school last week, and yesterday was my first day with my new group of 3rd graders - 24 of them to be exact! I've got a couple of sassy pants on my hands, along with a room full of CHATTERBOXES. Oh my gosh - I've never had a group that liked to talk so much..they're gonna drive me bonkers if I don't figure out something soon. I use the clipchart system (with daily rewards/consequences) in my classroom, so that seems to be working pretty well. But, I think I may have to come up with something else. Do you have any suggestions for getting your kids to SHUT UP listen quietly?!? :)
Well, if you remember, I had a great little giveaway a couple of weeks back for a chevron pack, and the lucky winner was Laura M.! I first "met" Laura on Instagram, and she's such a sweetie! I hope you love your chevron goody pack!

I'm linking up with Farley at Oh' Boy 4th Grade for September Currently.

I know I've been promising a classroom tour, but I haven't been able to get any real pictures because I couldn't find my camera cord. Well, I finally broke down and just ordered a new one. It's supposed to be here by the end of the week, so I will (hopefully) have the tour up by next week! I am loving my room this year - it's my favorite year by far! Here is an iPhone shot of my room :)

I hope you have a great week - tomorrow is my 3rd day in 3rd grade! :)