Sunday, July 22, 2012

200 Follower Giveaway & Monday Made It!

It's here! It's here! It's FINALLY here!! It's my giveaway day and boy, do I have a lot in store for you! I have teamed up with some AMAZING bloggers who are donating some awesome things to my giveaway! (PS. There are 5 gift cards/certificates in this giveaway... can you say WHOA!)

I'll be giving away the following to one lucky winner:

$10.00 Target Gift Card

$10.00 Amazon Gift Card

$10.00 MelonHeadz Illustrating gift certificate

AND one lucky winner will win the following items from these amazing bloggers:

Katie & Lisen from Second Grade Smartypants
are giving away their Beginning of the Year Fun pack!

Aimee from Pencils, Books, & Dirty Looks
is giving away her Comprehension Station: Book Talk Jar pack!

Shanyn from Coffee, Kids & Compulsive Lists
is giving away her 2D & 3D Shape Dominoes pack!

Corinna from Surfin' Through Second
is giving away one thing from her store - winner's choice! (click the TPT link below to browse her store!)

Lisa from Learning is Something to Treasure
is giving away a $10.00 TPT gift certificate!

MrsMc from Buzz Buzz Buzz!
is giving away her First Day Frenzy pack!

Candace from 005 Watkins' Way
is giving away her All About Me Journal pack!

Sara from Miss Elementary
is giving away her Rockin' Back to School pack!

Kate from EduKate & Inspire
is giving away another $10.00 TPT gift certificate!

Allie from The Gypsy Teacher
is giving away a Custom Set of Objectives template!

Storie from Stories by Storie
is giving away her (Saying Goodbye to the) Sweet Days of Summer pack!

Jenna from Diving Into Learning
is giving away her Graphing Up to Ten Unifix Cube Theme pack!

Marlana from Lil' Country Kindergarten
is giving away one thing from her store, too - winner's choice! (click the TPT link below to browse her store!)

Man, are those some great prizes or what?! This giveaway starts TODAY (July 23rd) and goes until 12:01 AM July 31st! So, you have an entire week to enter the giveaway! Enter using Rafflecopter below - good luck :)

PS. I am closely watching this giveaway - you MUST leave me a comment in order to proceed to the next entries. Honesty is valued here - help out a fellow teacher :) 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Linking up with Tara over at Fourth Grade Frolics for her Monday Made It! :) I haven't participated in a while.. been kinda busy. But I'm back! I, along with a lot of other people, decided to do the READ letters. Only, I didn't use any papers on them. I simply left my letters the way they came. Instead, I added a few embellishments on them. Simple and easy, just the way I like it! :)

Wooden letters - finished or unfinished
Glue dots (mini sized)
Embellishments of your choice

Have a great day, y'all! GOOD LUCK ON THE GIVEAWAY :)


  1. Be flexible. A variety of things will interrupt your plans ... it's okay!

  2. Best advice is to not try and do everything your first year. Find balance between work and your life.

    Yearn to Learn Blog

  3. Don't be afraid to ask for advise. If you don't have a supportive team to do this with at school -- come to blog world! Everything you're going through others have gone through before you and they're likely to have some really good suggestions that could possibly save you from having to re-invent the wheel when you find yourself feeling stuck.

    ❤ -Stephanie
    Falling Into First
    300 and THIRTY ONE Follower Giveaway

  4. Work with your teammates. Try not to stay too late or come in too early - remember you need to have time to recharge!

    Jennifer @ Herding Kats In Kindergarten

  5. Read this book called "the deliberate dumbing down of america" it great info for new teachers.

  6. Ask teachers in the building questions before you go to the administration.

    The First Grade Jungle Room

  7. Don't forget to breathe and smile! Children sense fear, so, don't let on how you really feel inside! LOL!

    Ѽ Lori
    Teaching With Love and Laughter

  8. Don't be afraid to share ideas and be open to learn from others.

    My (Not So) Elementary Life

  9. Congrats on your blogging success! My advice would be to always remember to take time for yourself ;)
    Happy Teaching,

    TIPS: Teach, Inspire, and Prepare Students

  10. My advice would be to always be willing to try new things!

  11. Take care of yourself!

  12. Oops! My email:!

  13. My advice would be to have one weekend day with NO school work - all family, friends, and fun!
    Mrs. Cobb's Kinder Sprouts

  14. Follow advice from your team mates until you "know" otherwise. Plan books contain some plans that won't go as planned and some that will never get done - it's okay :) You will not get it all done the first year, or second, or third, but you will keep getting better at it. Get your management in place first so the learning will come the rest of the year.


  15. Be patient! Especially the first weeks of school as the kids learn the routines and expectations.

    Kari :)

  16. Don't get overwhelmed and always have a back up plan.

  17. Don't try to be your student's best friend and be very flexible!!!!!!!!!
    Practice and model expectations and procedures!!!!!!!!!!
    Fabulous 4th Grade Froggies

  18. Take it easy! You can't do it all your first year! Make one goal and focus on that!!! :)
    ❤ Sandra
    Sweet Times in First

  19. First & foremost-- model expectations & practice...practice...practice. As soon as someone does it (whatever you're practicing) wrong..STOP. Don't let them practice it the wrong way & don't worry about taking the time to'll pay back later!

    Primary Inspired

  20. Remember to take a step back and you are not a miracle might not all get done in one day, but it will get done.


  21. Patience! Lots of Patience and remember to keep a calm breath and count to 10 when you get aggravated and that only you can make yourself upset.. no one else can MAKE you get mad. :) You choose how you react to a situation.

  22. Happy 200 followers. You don't lo9ok like a new teacher at all.

    I love the white read letters with the cute beach appliques.

  23. Don't try to do everything at once. Set priorities and build on as you go.

  24. Procedures are the most important thing to do for the first weeks of school! Get those down and the rest of the school year will be a breeze!
    Primary Pizzazz

  25. Be patient with your students. During the first few weeks spend a lot of time perfecting classroom procedures and creating a caring classroom environment and the rest of the year will be a breeze!

    Love your giveaway! Congrats on 200+ followers!

    Fourth Grade Garden

  26. I have to agree with everyone, Patience will help you the most with your students! They will test you, but just love them and know that you might be the only positive person in their life :) Congratulations on 200 followers!!

  27. Document everything.... student behavior, parent contacts

  28. Congrats on 200! My advice for a first year teacher would be to take tons of pictures...the first year goes by so fast...breathe and enjoy it :)

    Treasures for Teaching

  29. Don't reinvent the wheel, steal ideas from other teachers!

  30. Hooray for the big giveaway!!! I just got home from a conference in Chicago, so I will do some major blog catching-up tomorrow! My advice for a first year teacher is to keep it simple-- don't try to tackle everything the first year!

    EduKate and Inspire

  31. OMGoodness! I am amazed by all he great items you are giving away. How exciting!

  32. My advice to a new teacher is to take it all in. Celebrate the good and learn from the bad. Don't be afraid to stop if your lesson isn't going the way you want it to. Laugh with you students but don't hesitate to be firm when needed. CONSISTENCY does not equal boring.

    Congrats on 200!
    Kinder Cuties

  33. Spend A LOT of time (more than you think) on procedures, transitions, etc. the first few weeks (or more) of school.

  34. My advice to a new teacher would be, Don't be afraid to ask questions!

  35. The one piece of advice that I was given and is so true is remember to take time for yourself (even when you think you have none). Always make time for yourself. :o)

    jennkeys @ gmail . com

  36. Be very open to learning from others more experienced.
    family74014 at gmail dot com

  37. Just found your blog through Monday Made It w/4th Grade Frolics
    Congrats on your 200 followers! Fantastic giveaways~would love to win! :)

  38. Advice for new teachers- it gets easier. But not immediately. Maybe not until a few years. But each year, things will start to get better. You will get overwhelmed but it is ok. Everyone does. Take on as much as you can handle, and nothing more. Also, some stuff, you will learn, has to go in one ear and out the other. You will learn to decide what is most important to stress about.

  39. Don't try to do it all your first year! (And be careful who you befriend...learn about people and what they're like before you do!)

    tokyoshoes (at) hotmail (dot) com

  40. Congratulations on 200 followers!!! I love your read sign. It looks great and is easy to make. I have a feeling I'll be heading out to Michaels for some supplies later today. :)

  41. I would advise a new teacher is get to know your students and their families. When you know what a child is dealing with at home you can better understand his or her behavior in class. Plus, a good relationship with the parents goes a LONG way. Parents are more willing to work with you and go the extra mile if they have a good relationship with you.

  42. this will be my 3rd year teaching, so i still see myself as a NEW teacher... but i'd tell someone just graduating to take it slow. It can be overwhelming looking at blogs and pinterest and getting soooo many ideas. I have to remind myself that I need to slowly see what works and incorporate ideas in. I dont need to do it all at once.

  43. Hi,
    I just found your blog through Lisa at Learning is Something to Treasure. What a great giveaway. I am your newest follower. Come pay me a visit at my new blog!
    Ms. Jones’ Junction

  44. Advice that I would give to a new teacher is to come up with a system to get and stay organized, grade papers at school the same day you take it up, and learn how to cut it off (meaning-have a healthy)!!

  45. Start a journal. :) You will be so glad that you did.

  46. Get organized. Document everything.


  47. Align yourself with the positive people in your school & get to know your custodian & office staff!
    My Heart Belongs In First

  48. Be consistent with behavior management from the beginning. Ask the other teachers if you have any questions.

    Thanks for the great giveaway!
    Totally Terrific Teaching

  49. Start out the year "tougher" than you think you can possibly be. It makes things a lot easier!

    I'm so excited about the giveaway...and what an awesome blog, you have!

    Mommy, Teacher, & So Much More

  50. Congrats on 200 followers! What an amazing giveaway! =)

    Advice to a new teacher.. get super organized & plan ahead! Try not to listen to any of the teachers' room drama (even though it's super tempting!).

    The Resource Room Teacher

  51. My advice is always over plan. Have something for your "early finishers".

  52. Everyone's advice is perfect...I ditto to all of that. Not sure if this was said but don't be afraid of/to change...I guess that goes with be flexible as someone said. Even after 15 years of teaching ONLY first, I STILL change/modify things to improve myself and my classroom as I learn from myself and others...and even the kiddos! And yes, pics, pics and more pics!!

    Apple Blossoms

  53. Congrats on 200 followers! I am a new follower!

    Advice: Things may not always go as planned. Flexibility is key!

  54. Being organized and flexible makes your life so much easier!

  55. When you first start getting sick, go to the doctor. Don't wait until it gets worse. It's hard to do but it's better in the long run.
    Ms. Kerri and her Krazy Kindergarten

  56. Make sure to go to the bathroom!! I know WAY to many first year teachers who got bladder/kidney infections! :)

  57. Collaborate with other teachers and ask for help when you need it!

    Sara :)
    Smiling In Second Grade

  58. The advice I would give is to start organized because soon it will all be worth it :)

    Lauren Kassner

  59. My advice to a brand new teacher is to create a rapport with parents. They are the key to helping your children learn.

    Reading Toward the Stars!

  60. Try your best to finish everything (at least the grading papers) during free time at school. You need to have your own life outside of school to keep from going crazy!

    The Dalton Gang

  61. I would say reflect, reflect, reflect! I always would plan out a lesson so perfectly (or what I thought would be perfect) and find that it was a total bust! If you notice you're losing kids, and it's not beneficial then scrap it! It's okay! It happens! Just reflect afterwards, ask yourself why, learn from it, and change it for next time! I'm always thinking of how to better things, and always asking myself why. I think it's so important to know how much a learning process teaching is.. and how much there is going to still be to learn in the future :)

    Reaching for the TOP!

  62. My advice is...Don't worry about being perfect. Even after 10 years I still make tons of mistakes. At the very beginning of the year, be very firm with your kids. You can be nicer as the year goes on. My first year was pretty rough because I was too nice at the beginning. They walked all over me! And try not to bring anything home. Teaching can take over your life if you let it. :) Congratulations on your 200 followers!

  63. Enjoy every minute and don't worry about the small things.

  64. My advice for a new teacher is to find the positive people. Don't let negativity from some get in the way of your excitement.

  65. Relax & take time for yourself, you don't need to spend every minute of the day working on things for school.


  66. Remember that even the best planned out days can be sabotaged by things outside of your control- be flexible and keep smiling :)

  67. Ask if you don't know and document everything.

    Heather (

  68. I would tell a new teacher, to find other teachers and ask them questions, take any advice and help you can get. Also, it ALWAYS gets done! so don't stress, one day at a time.

  69. Don't be afraid to piggyback on your awesome teammates and enjoy every day with your class.
    I Want to be a Super Teacher

  70. My advice would be to not be afraid to ask for help. :)

    Live Laugh and Love to Learn

  71. I don't have my own class yet, but I do Sub. The best advice I have is to be yourself. The kids will know when you are sincere and so will your co-workers. You went into teaching because you wanted to make a difference and that will show.

  72. When you have questions or need help ask your fellow teachers, they want to help you be successful! Don't forget to document!!!

  73. Take time for yourself, and make sure you have someone to talk to. LEt out frustrations is necessary sometimes

  74. Be kind to your school secretary and custodian, as you will need their help more than the principal's most of the time!

  75. Be kind to your school secretary and custodian, as you will need their help more than the principal's most of the time!

  76. My advice to any brand new kindergarten teacher is to get through the first three weeks of school, it will get easier! I also advise teachers to go over procedures and rules starting with the first day of school.

    Mrs.G's Kindergarten in Heels

  77. my advice is- listen when the kids talk, they will cooperate more! Thanks for a super giveaway!
    My email: anashct1 [at] yahoo [dot] com

  78. Do not be scared to ask for help from other people.....they will help you so much! I learned this my second year.... Also, I number off my students at the beginning of the year based on my role. 1- Susie A. 2-etc....this helps me not to have to redo all my mailbox, file, and dividers tabs by name every year. It also helps when turning in papers....I just call out the numbers and they turn their papers in ABC order. =)

  79. My advice - You have to be patient and make sure to help others (especially those on your team) for advice. Other teachers know what it is like to be in your shoes. You also have to teach your procedures and expectations over and over at the begin of the year. It will help you keep your sanity later on!

    Mrs. M's Kinders

  80. Don't try all those great ideas at will get overwhelmed! Pick the few that most affect student learning and then do the rest when you have your first summer break

  81. I would tell new teachers to just relax, its not all going to go perfectly no matter what you do.


  82. My advice would be... don't be afraid to ask for help!!!! Great giveaway- congrats on 200!

    First with Franklin

  83. Best advice is to make friends with the custodian!

    Pitner's Potpourri

  84. What an awesome giveaway!! My advice is to make sure you have good classroom management, starting on day one. It's important to be consistent with behavior policies.


  85. Being a new teacher myself, I'd have to say my best advice is not to be afraid to try new things and ask lots of questions!!

    Teaching Snip-Its

  86. Get involved, and be flexible. Also- the word "no" is okay from time to time so you don't overdo it!
    Shar W.

  87. Ask for supplies from other before going to get it yourself. I spent soooo much money my first year buying things, that I would have just asked, my colleagues probably could have given me!

  88. I'm still studying to be a teacher,however,I highly recommend 2 books I just finished reading "The Organized Teacher" by Steve Springer, Brandy Alexander, and Kimberly Persiani-Beeker and "How to be an Effective Teacher the First Days of School" by Harry & Rosemary Wong. These were both great resources I believe any teacher needs to read. :)

  89. You are not alone! Make sure to ask questions and let other teachers help you when needed.
    Bright Concepts 4 Teachers

  90. My first year was my best year!
    #1 - Make friends with the school secretary, she runs the school!
    #2 - Be on time for meetings and turn things in on time. There are teachers who are "known" for not turning things in on time.
    #3 - Get through the first week!

  91. My advice to a brand new teacher: you don't have to conquer the world on your own. Don't be afraid to ask for help - you will have many questions during your first year, find some teachers you respect & trust and they will gladly show you the ropes! :)
    Antonia @ forkin4th

  92. My advice is to stay away from the "drama". Work hard and do what's best for your students. :)

  93. I'm going to be a first year teacher as well so YAY US!! I think the best advice I've heard so far is "Don't try to do too much! Do what you can handle and don't overwhelm yourself. Rome wasn't built in a day!" Good luck!

  94. Find a mentor- even if one is already assigned to you. Find someone in the building that might not be on your grade level but you think is pretty cool and pick his/her brain! In this line of work you need as many people on your side as possible!

  95. My advice is to ask for help and don't sweat the small stuff. A teacher once told me "Just take care of today" and do your best. Robin C.


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