Only a few hours left!!

Hurry!  Time is running out!  The TpT Cyber Monday Tuesday sale is almost over!  For the first time (because I finally figured out how to do it!), everything in my store is on sale!  Enter the code CMT12 at checkout for an extra 10% off your total.  I've did a little shopping yesterday and will be heading back shortly for a few more items.  Here are a few things that I have purchased so far...
 Third Grade Emergency Sub Activities by Teacher's Clubhouse
 Movie Response Pack by Ashley Hughes
 Map Skills Lapbook & Foldables by Amber Polk
Loving Literature Circles by Panicked-Teacher

Happy shopping!!

New Christmas Product and Sale!!

I finished my Writing Workstation Jar of Christmas Writing Prompts.  My students enjoyed my Halloween prompts so much that I decided to do one for Christmas as well.  Here is a preview of the product
You can check it out at my TpT store or TN store.  It's on sale right now in my TN store and will go on sale tomorrow in my TpT store.

How do you plan for a substitute teacher?

The dreaded day has finally come!   Tuesday I will be in training all day and will have a substitute teacher.  I hate being out of the classroom not just because I miss my students but also because I hate making sub plans!  I know what it's like to be a substitute teacher in a classroom with poor sub plans.  It is for this reason that my plans take me hours to prepare.  I try to keep the day as normal as possible.  I purchased Amanda Nickerson's Sub Tub.  This has been a life saver for getting things ready!
Do you do any special preparations for having a substitute teacher in your classroom?  How do you encourage your students to behave for the sub?

And we have a winner!

Thank you so much to everyone who entered my 300 follower "My Favorite Things" give away!!  The winner is... Sara Kovach!  Congratulations Sara!  I hope you enjoy a few of my favorite things!!

24 hours and counting!

Twenty-four hours and counting until the end of my 300 follower giveaway!  Don't worry, there's still time to enter!  I'm so excited to announce the winner!

Target, Panera, iTunes, Starbucks!! Only 2 days left in my giveaway!!

Only two days left in my 300 follower giveaway!  I'm giving away a Target, Panera, iTunes, and Starbucks gift cards plus a few other goodies to one lucky winner.  Please help me spread the news and blog or Facebook about my giveaway!  Thanks for your support!!

100 Follower Giveaway!!

Quick!  Head over to Amy at Little Miss Organized for her 100 follower giveaway!!  She is giving away lots of wonderful prizes (one being my Parts of Speech Jar)!  The giveaway ends soon so hurry, hurry, hurry!!

I did it! I survived the first trimester!

60 days down!  I did it!  I survived my first trimester of 3rd grade (after 18 years of teaching special ed. and 1st)!  And to top it off... NO SCHOOL TOMORROW and a 3 day girls weekend in Tennessee!  I'm looking forward to relaxing, laughing and enjoying the company of my good friends.  Wifi is iffy on the lake so this will probably be my last post for a few days but before I go I wanted to let you know about a huge giveaway from Megan at I Teach.  What's Your Super Power.

Also, don't forget to enter my 300 follower giveaway!!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Cutest giveaway EVER! Plus My Favorite Things Giveaway!

Hurry over to Ms. Fultz's Corner for the cutest giveaway EVER!  Christi is giving away a personalized pencil bunting banner!  Click the picture below to enter!

(I mean, how cute is this!!!)

Also, please don't forget to enter my 300 followers "My Favorite Things" giveaway!  Feel free to blog about my giveaway for an extra chance to win each day.  I'm thrilled that my first giveaway is going so well, thanks to all who have entered!

Also, it's a great day for education in the state of Indiana!  Glenda Ritz has been elected as our new Superintendant of Public Education.

Top 10 things I'm thankful for...

I'm linking up with Storie at Stories by Storie for her Top 10 Things I'm Thankful for linky party.

Here's my list...
I'm also thankful that it's election day!  All Indiana teachers are on edge today.  We are voting for Superintendent of Public Education.  Our current superintendent is not a friend of public education and must go!  Fingers crossed that Glenda Ritz wins this election!!
Also, don't forget to enter my 300 follower giveaway!!  Thanks!

Made It Monday and 300 Follower Giveaway

I'm so excited it's the first Monday of the month so I can link up with Tara at 4th Grade Frolics and her Made It Monday linky party!!
I actually started working on my project earlier this summer. This is what my table looked like before I got started (the chair is my next project).

This is what the table looks like now!  I painted it black with lots of dots.  I have the table next to my classroom door so I can enjoy it every time I walk through the door.

Also, don't forget to enter my 300 follower giveaway!  One lucky person will win everything!
Click on the picture to enter!

My 300 Follower Giveaway

I'm so excited to reach 300 followers!  It's time for my first giveaway!!  I decided to give away a few of my favorite things (I guess I'm in the mood for the holidays).

One winner will receive the following items:

a $20 Target gift card... I love this store!
a $15 Panera Bread gift card... Wonderful soups for this time of year!

a $10 iTunes gift card... I couldn't afford to give away an iPad so I had to settle for a gift card!

a $5 Starbucks gift card... Chai Tea Lattes make the world a happier place!

A package of Sharpie Chart Markers and PaperMate Pencils... My favorites for the classroom!

The book The Night Before Christmas... My favorite Christmas book!
Lindt Excellence Intense Orange Dark Chocolate... Need I say more!
Any item from my TpT store... You choose your favorite item!

Thanks SO much for following my blog and entering my first giveaway!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Wow!  I can't believe I'm at 300 followers!  Stay tuned for my "Favorite Things" giveaway.  I'm putting the finishing touches on it and will hopefully have it up and running later today.  Thanks again for following my blog!!!

Currently November

So glad it's the weekend and it's the beginning of November - my favorite time of year!  I'm linking up with Farley at Oh' Boy 4th Grade for her November Currently.
I can't believe I'm so close to 300 followers!!!  295 to be exact!  I want to do a giveaway of my favorite things.  My goal this weekend is to learn how to set up a giveaway on Rafflecopter.  You'll know soon if I was able to figure it out!
How many of you have a never ending list of products to make?  I have three from the list that I'm working on right now.  Maybe with that extra hour tomorrow I'll be able to finish one!
Is it horrible that I don't play music in my classroom?  I've tried in the past but have found that my students eventually talk over the music.  I would like to incorporate music as a reward, so if you have any tips on how you include music in your classroom please let me know!!
On a side note, I had my first 45 minute observation of the year this week.  I chose a math lesson and it went very well.  Even after 18 years of teaching, I still get nervous about being observed!  Have a great weekend and enjoy your extra hour tomorrow!!