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Friday, May 29, 2015

Creative Teaching Press Classroom Decor Giveaway!

This time of year, I always start to think about next year. Am I crazy?!

On our teacher work day today, I’ll be taking down things from this year and thinking about my classroom setup and classroom décor for next year… which is perfect, because I get to work with Creative Teaching Press this year!

Creative Teaching Press was founded by a teacher fifty years ago, and her creative ideas grew into a family-owned, teacher-managed business that aims to give teachers the supplementary materials they need to help students learn and feel comfortable at school… and as part of their 50th anniversary celebration, Creative Teaching Press is letting 33 bloggers EACH give away $50 in free classroom supplies!

Did I mention they really listen to teachers and make adorable things?

I’m not gonna lie- my classroom this year was pretty bland. As I’ve written, I had that new teacher feeling something fierce- and classroom décor fell by the wayside.

One of my goals for next year is to make my room more welcoming, calming, and organized- because I want my students to walk in the room relaxed and ready to learn. Since I teach fourth grade, I need something calming that still feels mature and not a bit “baby-ish” to my big kids.

The new  Chalk It Up! collection will be the perfect contrast to my stark white walls, and I’ll add in some of the blue, green, and turquoise I love using the Painted Palette collection.

I love how cohesive each collection is- makes it easy for teachers because the colors all match!
I plan on using similar bulletin board borders around my classroom for consistency. I love the idea of layering the borders together for a new look!  Check out a Solid Turquoise Wavy Border plus Chevron in Chalk border- I can absolutely see this on a bulletin board!

You can stick to one color and combine the collections, like this look with Chalk It Up! Dots on Chalkboard! Lime Border paired with a HexaFun Lime Green Mini Hexagons Border.

I think this is my favorite- an Ombré Turquoise Scallops Border from the Painted Palette collection with the Chalk It Up! Dotted Swirl Border. I love this pattern and how it looks hand drawn!

With 5 classes going in and out of my room and all the supplies that come with a science classroom, it’s so important to label things- so these Painted Palette Ombre Scalloped Labels in blue and in turquoise are going to be perfect, especially with the Chalk It Up! Chalkboard Labels.

See? So many cute classroom ideas!

I am also super excited to transform my functional-but-boring make-up work system to something a little more wow using these jumbo library pockets! They will fit a full size sheet of paper, which makes it so easy for me to keep track of it all!

You can enter below:
a Rafflecopter giveaway

If you’re feeling lucky, each CTP teacher blogger is posting about her favorite new products (and giving you more chances to win!) Next, Kayla at Top Dog Teaching shares how she combined the Creative Teaching Press Chalk It Up! collection with rainbow colors from the Painted Palette collection.

(She’s also doing a TED Talk about teaching soon, so she’s pretty awesome!)

Check out Top Dog Teaching here:

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Sunday, May 3, 2015

You Are Appreciated- Grab Box Giveaway!

Teachers, lots of people are using this week to say that they appreciate you, and it’s nice. But let me say this… I GET IT.

I know you get to school early or stay late on a regular basis. Or both.

I know you will spend nights lying in bed wishing there were something more you could do for that one kid.

I know you bring home a very full bag and feel at least a little guilty if you let it sit all night while you actually spend time with your family.

I know you will feel crushing defeat when your kids don’t get it, or a lesson falls apart- and yet, come back and try again the next day.

I know how the littlest moments of triumph make your day or your week.

I know a significant amount of your paychecks through the year will go towards something for your class.

I know you spend most of your TV time catching up on grading or cutting out laminated stuff.

I know you want to not worry about the tests, but you can’t help it.

I know you will spend at least part of your summer “off” scouring Pinterest for ways to make your classroom better next year, and then many unpaid hours actually making it happen.

I truly, truly get it.

As a teacher, you probably spend so much of your time doing things for the kids- but I’m teaming up with some other bloggers to do something nice for YOU.

teacher appreciation giveaway

I’m sending one lucky teacher a thank you “grab box” full of surprise goodies to help you make it to the end of the school year!

Reach for the starsNonsense Word Context Clues- Luckeyfrog's Lilypad

I’m including a flash drive of some of my favorite TpT resources, like my Reach for the Stars Fluency Folder, May Text Detectives- Find the Text Evidence  for 2nd grade and 3rd grade, and Nonsense Word Context Clues.

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You’ll even get a hard copy of Summer Fun! A Multisyllabic Word Game for Prefixes- ready for your students to play!

There’s more! I’ll send the winner a $25 gift certificate to TpT  right away so you get to take advantage of the TeachersPayTeachers sale on Tuesday, May 5 and Wednesday, May 6!

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Finally, I’ll fill the box with some of my favorite things that I know other teachers will LOVE. I’m keeping them mostly a surprise, but I’ll share a few hints (and you might catch a few more on Instagram, too!)

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Getting excited yet? You can enter to win my grab box in the Rafflecopter below. (Sorry, I can only ship this one within the U.S. and Canada!)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Even better? Enter for the chance to win a grab box of goodies from some other teacher friends here:

Whether you win or not, THANK YOU for all that you do. I see your late-night grading, your hurried lunches, your creative plans, and your love for your students- and it makes me proud to share this profession with you!

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