Thursday, November 28, 2013

Wow Wednesday & Thankful Thursday

I have an exciting giveaway for you today, so be sure to read all the way to the bottom to enter! It’s unlike any giveaway I’ve seen on a teaching blog before :)

I only had two days of school this week, but I still want to share a “wow” from my week. I’m linking up with Emily & her pals at Curious Firsties!

You might remember that when I moved this year, I found a great new position- but it was only a half-time position. To be honest… it’s been a little tough on me. I really, really miss the classroom and sometimes I don’t feel as great about myself as a teacher because I just don’t feel like I’m able to teach to my potential, if that makes sense.

I do love working with kids who are low in skills. These kids need me- if not for reading help, for basic love and attention- and I absolutely adore working with those kids. And I’m fine-tuning a lot of my RTI skills this year, which is fantastic for if I ever do move back into the classroom.

But my “Wednesday Wow” for this week is that I’ve started a long-term subbing position in the afternoons- so for a few weeks, I’m working full-time! The ESL teacher at my school needed to be out until after winter break, and my principal worked out a way for me to sub for her every afternoon.

This is “my” room for the afternoon- just look at the resources she has! (And that’s not even going into her cabinets, which are full of tons more!)

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It feels amazing that my principal went to special trouble to have ME teaching those kids, but it also just feels great to spend all day at school and feel like I really get to use my talents!

I know, I know. I’m a person who is actually ENJOYING more hours of work—but I’m so thankful to have a job I love so much!

I am also incredibly thankful for all of you!

Thank you   for your support.

Thank you   for validating my teaching ideas.

Thank you   for commenting, sharing ideas, and becoming friends.

To say thanks, I want to offer 3 copies of my newest Text Detectives pack for free. I’m working on the last few passages in the next couple of days, and I’m so excited to give some away! It includes passages about Holidays Around the World, winter and snow, and some December fiction.

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Plus, I want to offer something one-of-a-kind.

My uncle is an incredible artist who has recently turned his talent into a business called Imitation Station.

He can take a photo and turn it into a personalized sketch. What I really love is that he can do a more realistic sketch or more of a caricature to match exactly what you want!

He can even do a portrait of a celebrity. Because he’s my godfather, I’m lucky to have three of his portraits as gifts—Josh Groban (my celebrity crush) and two of Donald Driver (my absolute favorite football player!). They are incredible- and such a great gift.

Every piece of art is completely unique and hand-drawn.

You can order your own custom caricatures and sketches from Imitation Station’s website and Facebook page. (He even offers Facebook promotions sometimes, so it’s worth following!) He even guarantees your satisfaction with the final product!

As the grand prize of this giveaway, you can win a $40 gift certificate from Imitation Station plus FREE shipping in the continental U.S.!

Enter to win a Text Detectives pack or a custom caricature using the Rafflecopter below! :) Thank you so much for being a fan, and happy Thanksgiving! The giveaway runs until midnight Monday, December 2nd.

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43 comments:

  1. Great giveaway! I would want a sketch of my children:)

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  2. You're right Jenny! This is a unique giveaway! I love it! I would want my kiddos and my hubba of course! Thanks!
    Hilary
    Second Grade is Out of This World!

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  3. Guess I can jump on this bandwagon! :) I've been hinting for a pic of my kids for a couple years, one of them together). Maybe I will just have to get it for myself. ;)

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  4. So happy you finished your Dec. packet! I just love these for morning work!

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  5. Such an interesting prize! I'd have him sketch either a picture of my dog or one of my wedding pics!
    Liz
    teachinginthevalley@gmail.com

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  6. I would have my family portrait sketched. It would be amazing.

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  7. I would have a portrait of my children. Love your super text detectives pack! Happy Thanksgiving!
    -Courtney

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  8. I would choose to have my children sketched :) My students love to play detective!!

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  9. I love your text detective passages! They are great and my kids love them!

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  10. I'd have my son's picture sketched! Thanks much! :)

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  11. Your detective passages are the best! My kids even admit they have to think. I love it.

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  12. Excited about your December detective passages!

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  13. A beautiful beach bungalow on a warm tropical island!!

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  14. Thanks so much for linking up! That room is amazing. I want to come in and dig around :) There is so much in there! It was a great post to read!

    Em

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  15. My granddaughters! wendy 1stgradefireworks@gmail.com

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  16. I would love a sketch of my beagle. bartramsbuccaneers@yahoo.com

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  17. This is a very unique Giveaway. I would want a picture of my two grandchildren. Thank you for sharing. cwhaccent@aol.com

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  19. I would pick my children! aftershockrut@comcast.net

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  20. Agreed -- I'd get a drawing done of my children...it would be the only way to get both of them looking at the "camera" at the same time!!!
    emaustin@gmail.com

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  21. I have a photo of my Dad and my son that I just love! My Dad passed away two days after Christmas last year, and I would love to have this drawn as a special gift for my son.
    jkmatuch@aol.com

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  22. I would do a pic of my puppy who is the cutest thing ever!!

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  23. I would Loooooove a sketch of my grandbaby!

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  24. I would love a sketch of my parents on their wedding day.

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  25. Would love the December Super Text Detectives Pack

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  26. What a great giveaway Jenny! Your uncle is SO talented! I will definitely be checking his site out! I would to have a sketch of our dogs or one of our wedding pictures! I hope you're doing well! We definitely miss you at Cumberland!

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  27. What a unique giveaway! I think I would chose to have a sketch of my children when they were little. dbednarsk@yahoo.com

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  28. I'd have him sketch my granddaughters' picture!

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  29. I love your "prove the answers in the text." I hope you get a full time job soon - with your own set of kids! I bet you're an awesome teacher! Your love of kids shines through your blog posts - and resources. I love the freebies you've created. Thanks for all you do for kids! Gosh, I'd have to think about the sketch thingy. OK, I've thought - a picture of my late husband! He was a police officer. That would be a great tribute to him! Thanks!
    susanlulu@yahoo.com

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  30. would love the text detectives pack! (although a sketch of my super cute dog would be awesome too!) stephb38429@gmail.com

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  31. Thanks for a chance to win either prize. I would probably have him do a picture of my dog, Shadow.

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  32. I LOVE your text detective packages! Loved your freebie and bought the November ads soon as you posted! can't wait to see December!

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  33. I would love to have one of my daughters. That would make a very unique Christmas card!

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  34. Im a newlywed, so I'd probably have them do a picture of me and my new hubby! :D

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  35. Either my favorite picture of my fiancee & I where hes got a ridiculous pouty face or one of my pup :)

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  36. The rafflecopter is not loading for me :-/

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  37. I would probably want a picture of my little son! So cute!
    Learning With Mrs. Leeby

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  38. A picture of my youngest granddaughter

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  39. I have a great pic of my mom and daughter that I would love sketched. Thanks for the opportunity to win!!

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  40. A sketch of family would be so cool!!

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  41. Love the super detectives! I would want a sketch of the Orioles Bird.

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  42. Love the super detectives! I would want a sketch of the Orioles Bird.

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