Giveaway Time!!

 Take a look on the side bar over there ---->

Notice anything new? There are two correct answers...but I won't make you guess.

The first change is another social media button. I'm joining the bandwagon and joining Facebook! I figure it will be away to share things I don't necessarily want to blog about, and family/friends who don't necessarily blog or want to follow that way. I'd love for you to follow me there as well. If you'd "like" to just click the button on the side!

The second change is that I now have 200 followers. What!? That is completely crazy!! I never dreamed I'd have 2 followers let alone 200! So I feel a little celebration is in order!

Many of you may know that I am switching from K-5 Special Education to 4th grade General Education next year.  I'm pretty excited for the transition and all that it will hold. I'll be able to work with my mentor teacher from this past year, and co-teach with her. I'll be teaching ELA as my school is departmentalized. All sorts of newness all over again, and I can't wait!

But I have to.

There is still this school year. I love the kiddos I work with and the staff members as well (. There is still a lot to do to get ready and done for the last few weeks of school. I feel as though I have a foot in this school year and a foot in next year as well. I have things I both need and want to do to finish out this school year, but I can't help to think about next year as well.

That's why I've made this giveaway something that hopefully everyone can benefit from whether thinking of plans for those last few weeks of school...or onward to what the future holds.


If you can bear with me for just a little while longer (sorry for the novel of a post) just two more things that I want to say.

Please look and be sure that you are not a no-reply blogger! I've made so many great friendships over the past through months through commenting and then emailing to converse with other bloggers. If you are a no reply blogger, then you miss out on this, and besides, it's hard to remember to check all of the comments that you have left to see if any replies have been made. If you are unsure, please check out a great tutorial from Jivey here!

Also, in case you haven't heard... teachers are taking over Instagram! I love this app and although I have a personal account that I post "teachery" things to, I will be creating an account specifically for this little blog. I will let you know for sure come Tuesday what name it will be under (most likely this blog). If you would like to join in, but you aren't sure if pictures of your personal life need to be displayed too, check out this wonderful tutorial from What the Teacher Wants to separate the two!

There you have it... be sure to to try for any items that catch your eyes and join me with some other social media ventures :)


  1. Love the instagram takeover! I will miss this week's #talkabouttuesday due to screen free week, but will look for you next week, on instagram!

    Chickadee Jubilee

  2. I love your blog and have been stalking for awhile but am now an official follower. I have your blog listed on my blog under Blogs I Love!

    Come Visit and See What We Are Up To at Third Grade Is The Place to BE

  3. Must Haves.... Clipboards! We loooove our clipboards. I begged and borrowed a full set, designed a big one page label that, of course, matched my room. The students use them on scavenger hunts, to sit on the floor to do work, or just about any excuse!
    Come Visit and See What We Are Up To at- Third Grade Is The Place to BE

  4. My kids love Mr. Sketch scented color markers! A must-have in our class! :)

  5. My kids love those dot markers for spelling practice:) Alphabet stamps too.

  6. 1" white binders for each student. wendy

  7. Love the giveaway! I have basic things on my must have list: tape, dry erase markers and white out!

  8. Individual whiteboards and oodles of wipe-off markers are a must have. Congrats on the followers, facebook, the giveaway, instagram - just congrats on everything!!!

  9. I LOVE giveaways!!! I may be slightly addicted to trying to win things....haha :)

    Mind Sparks

  10. I forgot to tell you my must have for classroom orders! This year I got the book "big words for big kids" which has over 100 lessons on words with multiple syllables. That is where my kids struggle....dang those "big words."

    1. That's a great suggestion. My kiddos are definitely struggling with multisyllable words. Check the tutorial at the top. Your a no-reply blogger :)

  11. My must haves are whiteboards, dry erase markers, labels (lots of them!) and a new set of colorful correcting pens. Great giveaway!
    Teacher Gone Digital

  12. A must have are dry erase boards and markers.


  13. Personal laminator. Don't know if you can get that, but it's a must-have for me!

    Fifth in the Middle

  14. My must-have is LABELS! I label EVERYTHING - and I make sure to stock up on labels of all sizes for a variety of needs.

    Joy in the Journey

  15. I'm not a teacher (yet -- I hope to have a teaching job next school year!) but my must-have is binders! I've already started creating binder covers for teacher organization, lesson plans, guided reading, student information, etc. etc.! Now I'm waiting on some Back to School Deals so I can buy up a bunch of binders! :)

    Recess and Beyond

  16. My must haves are laminating pouches & Velcro.

  17. Books...grow your library with all sorts of books for the kids to read!

    Rosie's Rambles

  18. Must have:
    Quick warm-up games/activities/routines that work well during transitions and are readily available.

    Love your blog! Congratulations on having 200 followers!

    The Math Maniac

  19. Congrats on 200 followers, Christy! How exciting! Gosh, a must-have...hmm this is a tough one! I had to put my orders in already and I think my favorite thing that I got was dry erase crayons! I'm sure you could use them in 4th too, but my kinders LOVE them and so do I!! :) They work so much better on laminated things than Expo markers do.

    Kinder Krazy

  20. Yay!! I am so excited for you and your amazing giveaway!! On my "must have list" are smelly stickers, dry-erase markers, and laminating pouches.
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  21. Congrats on hitting 200 followers and on your upcoming changes. I am sure next year is going to be a great adventure.

    I must have Ziploc bags in all sizes! They are perfect for storing games and manipulatives.

    Compassionate Teacher

  22. My must have is a simple one- dry erase markers. We do lots of small group work on whiteboard and we go through dry erase markers like nuts. Definitely gotta get those! Congrats on 200 followers! :)

    Caffeine and Lesson Plans

  23. Mandy B stole mine! :) We do so much with white boards, the kiddos destroy the markers after awhile. I need to order more than I think I need. :)

    ❀Beth Ann❀
    Taming My Flock of Firsties

  24. A must have for my room are spiral notebooks for organizing the kids as well as colored folders...Red is our reading response folder Purple is our Poetry folder.


  25. It has already been mentioned--velcro & laminating film is a must for me.

  26. Chart paper, sentence strips, and plain copy paper are my must haves. When the copier breaks down, I can still teach if I have these three items.


  27. My must have list includes white cardstock, blue cardstock and some new blue folders that we are trying out this year.

  28. My must haves....lots of glue, good scissors, individual white boards, fresh dry erase markers, lots of construction paper and cardstock.

  29. white card stock, color printer ink, construction paper, erasers, glue sticks, dry erase markers, ziplock bags, 1" white view binders.

  30. I MUST have fancy pens! It makes me feel so fancy when I can color code thing!

    Lucky to Be in First


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