Congratulations to Crystal P., the winner of Week 8′s Really Good Product Giveaway! She won a Set of 12 Deluxe Write Again Colored Dry Erase Markers. How did she win? Easy! Her comment on the Dress to Impress or Dress to Teach? Is it Really Possible to Do Both? article was randomly chosen as the winner. Here’s what she had to say:
“UGH! I always start out the school year in more professional clothes and end it in jeans! I teach Kindergarten and am constantly up and down and on the floor half the day. I prefer patterned tops so the finger prints and markers show less! Thanks for the blog entry!”
Congratulations, Crystal! You can enter to win this week’s giveaway by simply leaving a relevant comment on any blog post. Each comment is an entry and one random winner will be selected from all valid entries.
This week we’re giving away a little taste of fall with the Really Good Readers Theater Book Set: A Pumpkin Tale. We know you can never have too many leveled readers for your classroom library and this set of 6 books is perfect for some fun class interaction. Each book has color-coded parts and large print which makes reading fun for all ability levels in your class.
Remember, all you have to do for a chance to win this great set of Readers Theater books is to leave a relevant comment on any blog article between Sunday, August 22 and Saturday, August 28th at 5pm. One random winner will be chosen and announced on August 29th when the next product giveaway is announced. Thanks so much for being a part of our community and good luck!
Looking for other ideas and inspiration? Here are some of the comments from this week on The Teachers’ Lounge:
- “A teacher affects eternity;he can never tell where his influence stops. ~Henry B. Adams I like this quote, because you really never know how you are influencing your students each day. “ ~Tangenia J. on Inspiration for Teachers
- “I can remember the first day of my first year. I had the perfect outfit on, my hair was done and everything was ready. Then I got to school. My stomach was turning with nerves, but boy was I excited! It was my hardest class, but I knew that going in. I had the hardest kid in school and I knew that. It’s because I kept in contact with other staff members. Then I worked with an instructional coach and she helped me with planning and classroom management. Good luck to all those 1st year teachers out there and remember routines, routines, routines! and movement!” ~ Sherrie on Overcoming First Year Jitters
- “All parents love to hear the sound of their child’s cheerful voice. Daily assist a couple students as they make ‘happy calls’ from our classroom to their home or to their parent’s work place, if allowed. The purpose of the call is for the child to tell their parent what they have done to make me especially proud of them. It could be great attitude, staying on task, showing good teamwork, work well done, etc. Parents are thrilled and self esteem soars. For those families we are unable to reach by phone, I send a ‘pat on the back’ note. A simple grid is an easy way to keep track of bragging categories and dates of phone calls. It only takes a few minutes and the rewards are beyond measure.” ~ Bonnie C. on Parent-Teacher Interaction Strategies
- “We have a garden theme at our school, so my welcome bulletin board is “Water with Love and Watch us Grow!” – I am a Kindergarten Teacher and love making new bulletin boards each year! Thanks for the ideas! Can’t wait to try some in the future!” ~ Cheryl on September Bulletin Board Ideas
- “I make my salad the night before, get the yogurt and the other protien ready and pack the fruit in the bags. It is easy in the morning to pack. Everything is ready. It is great to prepare a bunch of veggies prior too. Mornings are so unpredictable… Better to be ready. Always pack an extra apple: afternoon meetings can drag on…” ~Irene on Brown Bag Lunch Ideas for Teachers
- “I ordered a class supply of book boxes yesterday (the brown, pink, purple and orange set) my class is so excited-they were already calling out what color they want. I appreciate the 3 EZ payments. I had to pay for them out of my pocket because the district is like all financially strapped but I use Daily 5 and the cardboard ones just were not holding up for a 4th year. THANKS RGS!” ~ Jackie on Really Good Stuff’s Weekly Product Giveaway: Week 8
Coming up this week on The Teachers’ Lounge:
- Desks vs. Tables In the Classroom
- Remembering Everything You Need for the Day
- Bullying By Co-Workers
- Team Building for Teachers
- Tips for Organizing Teaching Materials
- Girls’ Night Out Ideas for Teachers