Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Exchanging Positive Comments with Classmates on Valentine's Day

I love Valentine's Day! 
Along with Valentine's Day comes the exchanging of little "love tokens" ("love tokens" especially in middle school...) between those who "like" each other, have boyfriends/girlfriends, crushes, admirers, etc. But, we also know plenty of people (children, teens, adults too) who like to receive sweet little notes on this fun day! (Cupid does not absolutely have to be involved, right?) Sending a sweet note, positive comment, or smile someone's way is a great idea for the students (teachers too ;) ha!) 
That's why I ended up making this resource to encourage my students to exchange little notes with positive comments to each classmate--there's something positive in all of us and those positives should be acknowledged. It's a way to lift spirits, put a smile on a face, or just to let someone know you've "noticed" something good in him/her. 
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So, why not have your students do the same. It's an inexpensive way to exchange "valentines" or "kind thoughts" on Valentine's Day! Grab the free resource in my TpT store

I'd love to hear your ideas for encouraging and promoting a positive environment in your classroom--for Valentine's Day as well as any other normal day at school!

We can all use these kinds of tips/ideas to boost the morale and warmth surrounding us each day at school. 
Happy Valentine's Day! (early..)

Friday, February 08, 2013

Lessons From The Middle- 1st Blog Birthday, Major Giveaway!

Lessons From The Middle- First Blog Birthday Giveaway

I am happy to announce the exciting giveaway I get to be participating in this weekend! 
A fellow blogger and friend, 
Celebrating my first Blog Birthday - Lessons From The MiddleKrystal Mills of Lessons From The Middle, is celebrating her FIRST Blog Birthday in a big way. 
She has nearly 100 awesome teachers who have graciously donated fabulous products/gift certificates for her giveaway. 
Krystal arranged prize packages for grades K-3, 4-6 and 7-9 ...Something for almost everyone and MORE than one winner obviously!! 
So make your way over to Lessons From The Middle February 8th - 11th to enter.You can gain an extra entry just by following my TpT store (in addition to all other entry points available)!  Just click my name below or birthday bash graphic to head to the party! Be sure to enter rafflecopter for the prize package you want! She's got a lot of them!
While you are here, please let me know what grade you teach and the cool items you hope to win! I love to know who swings by my blog! Best of luck to you!

Monday, February 04, 2013

I LOVE Pretty Books and AWESOME Books!

Anyone that knows me personally knows I have a bad habit of collecting books...especially the ones with the pretty covers!! Don't ask...
Anyhoo---I'm forcing myself to declutter my entire home!!! That includes eliminating some of the books in my personal library. 
I'm letting go of numerous books, many of which I have obtained multiple copies of over time!
While I may end up donating them should teachers not end up getting them from my store, I've loaded them on TpT under used goods in the meantime!
Titles include:
The Hunger Games Trilogy

Mockingjay (hardback)
Catching Fire/Mockingjay (paperbacks)
and various others...
Take a look if you are interested!
I know many teachers, like me, enjoy building classroom libraries!

Saturday, February 02, 2013

Score Big on Teaching Resources Galore...Sunday Super Sale

Announcing a kickoff of a sale! Teachers Pay Teachers is holding a site wide SUNDAY SUPER SALE! Tons of awesome sellers are putting their stores on sale--including me! Get up to 28% off in my store on lots of digital items and resources in many other stores! 
Be sure to use the PROMO CODE: SUPER 
A Smith Innovative Connections Promo Code SUPER
This SALE is FEBRUARY 3RD! So, go load up your shopping carts and have a SUPER Sunday!!!

Stash your cart with items including these fun resources:
February 3rd!
Multiple Grammar Skills
Subject/Verb Agreement Cards!
Novel Pack for Mockingbird
Expository Text Structure Cards!

AND---There's a Super Sale at my Teachers Notebook Shop today and tomorrow! All items are 25% off February 2nd and 3rd! Score BIG on Teacher Resources of all sorts!!!
Score with these fun resources and MORE:

Test Prep for English Language Arts
Word Wall for Literature Terms!
Test Prep!!
Vocabulary Pamphlet!
While you are here, join my blog and tell me what you found while browsing TPT and TN! I'd love suggestions for teaching resources you have found in other shops! Sellers are buyers too ya know!
Happy Shopping!
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