I would definitely say that the sense of community is the best thing about blogging. I have met other teachers and virtually stepped into their classrooms. I have been inspired by their ideas, and tried out new ideas in my classroom. In the past two years that I have been reading the blogs of other teachers, I have blossomed as a teacher as well. There are so many amazing teachers out there, and I feel honored just to get to peek into their classrooms! Everybody in this amazing community is so positive and helpful. It's wonderful to feel like I can ask a question of another teacher, or post my own ideas, and these other ladies (and gentlemen!) are always willing to answer me or leave a positive comment! I would like to say THANK YOU to all of you!
As I said before, there are so many teacher bloggers out there it is hard to keep up! I have several that I really enjoy reading. I am always finding great new bloggers! But before I started blogging, there were a few bloggers that I read consistently. These were the same bloggers that I added to my Google Reader account first, and the ones that I still eagerly check for updates! So this week, I'd like to introduce you to some of my favorite bloggers, the ladies who have inspired me in my classroom and the ones who inspired me to start my own blog.
These awesome ladies proved to me what a wonderful community this is when I nervously approached them asking to be a part of my blogiversary celebration giveaway. I was SURE there was no way they had any idea who I am, and yet, every single one of them recognized me and they were all so generous. I am so grateful to all of these ladies, not only for agreeing to contribute to my little blog, but also for just making me feel like a million bucks with their sweet responses. Seriously, they made my morning when I woke up to some really sweet messages on Facebook. Thank you!!!
So here's how I'm going to run this little celebration:
Each day, I am going to feature a teacher blogger that has inspired me in my own classroom. I will tell you a little bit about how they have inspired me, some of my favorite products from their TPT stores, and a few favorite posts from their blogs. Each of the bloggers I am writing about has also agreed to give away one item from their store as well! I will give away the bundle of these 5 products, plus a few items from my own store, at the end of the week. I will definitely add a few more things throughout the week as well, though the amount will vary depending on how much time I have! The Rafflecopter will be up all week, though, so you can enter any day of the week for these items.
So here is what you can win:
From my store, I am offering 2 things. You can choose 1 postcard set from my store, which I will customize for you if you like, and any one item from my store that you can choose.
Lisa Mattes of Growing Firsties has agreed to let the winner choose one item from her store. She's got some really great stuff in her store! I have a few of her "Common Core Crunch" packs, which are full of activities for language arts standards. I have used some of these activities for homework, and some of them for activities in the classroom. They are easy and quick! I also have her Personal Narrative Unit, which has some wonderful ideas for teaching Personal Narratives. I will be using it again this year!
Abby Mullins of The Inspired Apple is donating her "Parts of Speech" centers. These centers are awesome! I know my students always need some extra help with nouns, verbs, and adjectives. There are sorts, charades, sentence making activities, and more in this pack. I know my students will love practicing nouns, verbs, and adjectives with these activities!
Katie King from Queen of the First Grade Jungle agreed to donate her "Money Mega Pack". I know that money isn't in the first grade math standards, but I believe it is so important that we work with students on these skills! This is a great way to get some extra practice! These centers are great for students who have a good grasp on coin values, and I definitely will use them with my advanced firsties! Plus, they will work great for differentiating math centers!
Since I started teaching, Math centers/workshops/activities have always been a struggle for me to set up and maintain. There are some things I struggle with, and one of those is student choice! I love Tori Rebholz of Tori's Teacher Tips' Daily 3 pack. It helps you set up Math Daily 3 in your own classroom. If you love Daily 5, you will love this! And I know I will take all the help I can get!!! Also, this is an EXCLUSIVE giveaway! Tori has never used this item in a giveaway before! :-) So the winner will be extra lucky to get this pack!
Reagan Tunstall has agreed to donate her "Picnic Pals" Common Core Math and Literacy centers. Just like all of her other ideas, these are fantastic! They are super cute, and yet still rigorous, centers with a fun picnic theme that can be used any time of the year! These centers made me want to run out and buy a picnic basket and picnic blanket and have a picnic right there in my classroom! I don't know where she gets her amazing ideas, but she is awesome.
This giveaway will end on August 4, and I will choose a winner sometime on August 4th or 5th! Please make sure you check back this week- you can enter each day by leaving a blog comment on that day's post, and there is a pretty good chance there will be some other items I will be giving away throughout the week or freebies I will be posting! I will be back later with my first blogger post!
Happy Birthday to my Blog!
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