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A look inside a 4th grade classroom

100 Followers! Time for a Giveaway!!

I recently reached 100 true followers on my blog!  Woo hoo!  To celebrate, I’m hosting my first giveaway with Rafflecopter.

I have teamed up with Lisa Hamilton from Teaching & Learning Stuff for a $50 credit to her educational store! You can enter the drawing by clicking the link below. The drawing will close on Saturday, October 12 at 12:00 PM. In order to win, you must be a current follower.

A Rafflecopter giveaway for $50 to Teaching & Learning Stuff

I’d also love for you to leave a comment telling me how you would use the money if you won!  🙂

Good luck, and thanks for following!

 

 

 

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First Day of School 2013

Whew! It’s over! And everyone for home to the right place. That is enough to call it success, right?

I’m extremely tired and ready for bed, but I thought I would drop in to say that the first day back with kids was really good. I only had to move one student from his original seat (I let them choose the first day–I’m crazy, I know) due to excessive talking. Both of my classes almost got finished with our Social Contracts. All that is left is signing our names and adding borders to make it final.

Most importantly, these students were very respectful and listened as I stated my goals for us this year. I told them that I don’t expect them to LOVE various subjects, but I want them to have the confidence and willpower to try new things and all challenges I put forth.

I told them that it is ok to not know, but it is not ok to not try. I also made it a point to explain that it is ok to make mistakes–EVERYONE makes mistakes (“…except Jesus!”–from a few kids), but it’s what we learn from our mistakes that makes us stronger.

Hopefully they take the message to heart because I meant every word of it.

As I said yesterday, this is going to be a great year! I have lots of sweet kiddos, and I’m looking forward to learning and growing with them.

That’s all for now. Going to bed. Need to be ready for another day tomorrow. Until next time…

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Kids Tomorrow!

Eek! The kids come back to school tomorrow! Summer is officially over. *sigh*

This will be a great year. Tomorrow marks my sixth seventh first day back! I can’t believe it. Wow, how time flies when you’re having fun!! 😉

My goals for this year:
1. Be organized every day! Take the time to clean up, put away, and sort things in an organized way.
2. Remain patient. I usually do a great job at this, but there’s always room for improvement.
3. Stay positive. I get in ruts sometimes where it feels like the world is caving in. You know, after the kids bomb that test you just knew they would ace or administrators tell you that you aren’t working miracles need to do more. It’s hard not to hang my head, but it always works out in the end.
4. Listen more. I like to talk. I come by it honestly. (Sorry, Mom, but it’s true!) I want to make an effort to shut up and listen to others.
5. Enjoy it. I haven’t had trouble with this–well, other than having to leave my newborn to go back to work–but I want to continue to enjoy my job, have fun with my students, and soak up their innocence and love for life. I don’t want to become one of those sour old teachers who despise every second on the job. (You have one of those in your head right now, don’t you?! We all know at least one!)

Tomorrow I put these goals into action and begin a new journey with new kids. And it will be great. 🙂

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Earn FREE School Supplies!

Teachers LOVE free stuff. Even if it’s just something small and useless to put in the prize box, we love getting things for free.

I came across a legitimate website where you can rack up points for free school supplies. Actually, you pick what you want since you earn gift cards to Amazon. It’s a site that gives you points for taking surveys, trying new apps, watching YouTube, playing games, and more. Each point is worth $0.01, so 100 points = $1.00.

You can check it out here.

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