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Gift Card Giveaway, Y’all

PLEASE NOTE: The contest has now ended. Congrats to our drawing winners, Prairie Girl and Gloria Autran! The free posters are still available at the link listed below. Thanks.

Happy holidays, blog friend! In this season of gratitude and giving, it’s my pleasure to spread some joy by sharing a little thank-you gift with everyone and giving a really big thank-you prize to two lucky blog readers.

First, everyone can grab this new collection of five inspirational posters/slides for free in my shop. These slides are tied to my latest 20Time project (details to follow in the new year), but I thought we all could use a dose of motivation as we head into 2017. Whether you use the images to decorate your classroom, complete a growth mindset bulletin board in the hallway, or project them as quickwrite warm-ups/conversation starters, folks should be able to get some good use out these messages of hope and endurance. posters

Second, this week I was generously given two $25 gift certificates from my friends at TpT to share with my gorgeous blog readers. (Yeah, I’m looking at you.) If you wanna snag one of these two prizes, just scroll down to the “Leave a Reply” area below and enter the following:

1. Your email address in the bar at the very bottom (will not be shared publicly or ever used to spam you – I respect your need for an empty emailbox)
2. Your first name in the other bar at the very bottom (or secret spy name, whatever)
3. In the comment box, tell us how many years you’ve been teaching.
4. Finally, tell us about something you’re looking forward to using in your classroom this spring semester (could be a specific TpT product, a fresh teaching strategy, a new-to-you classroom routine, a fluorescent green bean bag chair you just swooped on clearance – really, anything that has you excited for the second half of the year)

Everyone who leaves a comment will be entered into a random drawing to be held at noon (MST) on Friday, Dec. 30. (NOTE: The contest is now over.) The two winners will be individually notified by email and announced here on the blog. Yea!

Okay, now don’t be shy. I know there are a lot more of you out there reading this than usually comment (blog traffic stats don’t lie), and this is your moment to shed that lurker status. Your odds of winning are really pretty good. I mean, have you seen how short my comment lists usually are? So scroll down and enter already.

Vacation on, everyone!

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Jenn
Jenn
7 years ago

This is my 7th year of teaching HS ELA. I am looking forward to using a new in class Independent Reading Project that a fellow teacher has used and shared. Thank you for the gift card opportunity. 🙂

allisonlc
allisonlc
7 years ago

This is my 20th year of teaching middle school ELA. I am most excited about teaching “The Book Thief” for the first time and then going out on maternity leave!

Heather
Heather
7 years ago

Hi Laura, I have been teaching for 16 years. Last week, my eighth graders and I unwrapped some fun with your White Elephant assignment. Aunt Ethel sure sent us some crazy gifts for which we were most thankful.;) I look forward to using your Julius Caesar unit with my tenth graders when we return from break and your Dead Poets Society lessons with my seniors before they graduate. Merry Christmas!

Jerolyn
Jerolyn
7 years ago

This is my 12th year of teaching. I am looking forward to trying some new activities for Romeo & Juliet.

Timi
Timi
7 years ago

Hi Laura, I recently found your web site and it has saved my sanity!! Since then, I have purchased quite a few of your tPt products. The way you have set up your units is perfect. I teach middle and high school at a youth residential facility and I’m responsible for teaching math, science, ela, and social studies at different grade levels. I have been able to take your units and use them in social studies. Thank you so much for sharing your expertise.

Gratefully,
Timi
Grand Junction, Colorado

Tracey
Tracey
7 years ago

I’ve been teaching for 15 years. I teach ESL. This year I’ve been using your MUG activities and the students LOVE it. I’ve been thinking of incorporating your vocabulary…

Selina
Selina
7 years ago

I have been teaching for 13 years. I’m looking forward to creating a mindset bulletin board.

Tracey
Tracey
7 years ago

I am in my 15th year. Next semester I’m looking forward to my students finishing their autobiography pieces… I love reading them.

mstee1220
7 years ago

This is my 29th year teaching (only 11 to go!). I plan on inserting more ACT prep into my regular daily routine since my freshmen are going to be taking it sooner than they think!

Cassandra E.
Cassandra E.
7 years ago

I love your blog and I’m a sucker for a giveaway contest. Even though I have never won anything, I can’t help myself from entering every one I see. I have all the spam email to prove it. Thanks so much for all the great stuff you post and share…you are a ROCK STAR!
CWE

Cassandra E.
Cassandra E.
7 years ago

Darn, I got so excited for a giveaway I didn’t make it to the directions. I just watched the Dr. Strange movie and couldn’t help think of the part where he said the warnings should go before the spells not after because he didn’t read far enough to see the warnings. I have been at my school since 2002. I am excited about sprucing up our faculty room for the new year…our current one is so sad and depressing — think moldy fridge, no sink, institutional wall colors, etc. Not sure exactly how…so need to do some after the holiday shopping to get inspired.
Cassandra E

Karra
Karra
7 years ago

Hi Laura!
My name is Karra and this is my 5th year teaching. I have taught English and History to grades 7-12 in Southern California Charter Schools. I’m looking forward to utilizing my quarter groups (4 instead of your 3) more through integrating more games with vocabulary, critical thinking questions, and your awesome brain teasers! I hope you have a wonderful holiday season in the snow!

Rhea Lynn Kaufman
Rhea Lynn Kaufman
7 years ago

This is my 6th year teaching! I am excited for the 20 time project with my Pre-AP students and doing TED talks with my on-level students in the spring!

Slice
Slice
7 years ago

Hi! I am in my 2nd year teaching ELLs, but I have taught 24 years in total. I am excited (and grateful) that my district just purchased the internet linked component to our textbooks. I cannot wait to try it out, and it should be accessible to us when we come back from break.

Mrs. Wedell
7 years ago

Hi Laura, I am going into my 30th year of teaching! I also used your White Elephant gift exchange this past week and my students loved it! We even went “Live” on Social Media, ended class with “Holiday Charades,” and a Sing-a-long! Who doesn’t love to sing? I am looking forward to creating an argumentative playlist (Hyperdoc’s) for my students to complete in 2017. It is a differentiated, self-paced approach. Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas and Happy Kwanza!

Fran
Fran
7 years ago

I’ve been teaching for 15 years after a career in information processing. I moved into a new room over break, so I’m looking forward to being on the first floor, and using some of the “people traffic” that inevitably goes by in my classes. (Those folks are going to distract anyway, so I might as well use it.) Have a great holiday and New Year!

Maria Hudson
Maria Hudson
7 years ago

I’ve been teaching for 18 years. My classroom is being renovated in January and February, so I’m looking forward to getting into my newly renovated room in March!

Rachel
Rachel
7 years ago

This is my 13th year of teaching, and I am looking forward to using some new resources I purchased from the TpT sale! I went a little crazy, but every resource of yours I use is always so effective! Thank you!

Christi
Christi
7 years ago

This is my 18th year teaching. I’m looking forward to student-led conferences this spring!

Kylie
Kylie
7 years ago

Good afternoon, Miss. Laura,
I buy so many of your products and talk about you and your work with fellow friends and teachers from Texas to New York to Oregon.
This is my third year teaching 7th grade ELA and 8th grade reading.
I am actually giddy to return to school. I just recently got fully funded on a project through a donor site. I was able to order all of my 8th grade students books that THEY are interested in, not just books they have to read for AR points (not my choice).
But I am in the middle of creating a a unit on these different books. I don’t want a run of the mill book report. I want to engage in a book talk, written reviews newspaper style, a movie project, a characters’ ball…anything and everything! After that…we will be on the grind with Non-Fiction Text for their state test. (Boo)

Susan Ketcham
Susan Ketcham
7 years ago

This is my 15th year of teaching HS English. I am excited to teach Gatsby to my juniors, Romeo & Juliet to my freshmen and the 20time project with my seniors!!!

mrsturnerblog
7 years ago

I taught for 5 yrs (high school), 3 yrs community college, 11 yrs as an online writing tutor, and now 3 yrs back in a high school classroom, so that’s 11 or 22 yrs, depending on how you count it. ?

I’m excited about a 20Time/TED talk/REHUGO project that I’m putting together for my AP Lang and Eng 11 folks. ?

Antionette
Antionette
7 years ago

I am so impressed with your unselfishness. You share so freely and with top quality. I have been teaching for a long time. Your work is very professional. Thank you!

Betty Morgan
Betty Morgan
7 years ago

I am so very excited to begin teaching Moby Dick! My absolute favorite!! All things whales!! I am also going to have a contest among the students to see who can match the most opening lines of novels to the correct title.

Annie H.
Annie H.
7 years ago

This is my 15th year teaching middle school MATH. I use many of your strategies with my students to decode word problems. I am looking forward to using the STEM CSI from Tpt next semester.

Amanda Diaz
Amanda Diaz
7 years ago

This is my sixth year teaching and I’m excited about teaching research skills to my freshman.

Nicole Lowe
Nicole Lowe
7 years ago

I have been teaching for 18 years. I am looking forward to finding more ways to connect my lessons to the “real” world.

Lorie Rude
Lorie Rude
7 years ago

Hi Laura! I’ve been teaching for six years, and I teach Freshman English and Senior Speech. I’ve been using your MLA 8 format this semester as well as your M.U.G shots and Vocab prep. Next semester I’m looking forward to teaching To Kill A Mockingbird and The Odyssey. I want to incorporate some of your poetry stations into these units.

kminard09
7 years ago

This is my 8th year teaching high school English and my first teaching it online. I’m looking forward to that spring semester groove – you know, when I finally have the newness in check and systems solidly in place. 😀

Megan Dunn
Megan Dunn
7 years ago

This is my third year teaching, 2 years of 6th grade ELA and now in my first year of 6th grade Literacy-Based Social Studies.

I’m most looking forward to completing a primary source document analysis between Ashoka’s Edicts and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights! Perfect for during our school’s Social Justice Week and right before MLK Day!

Rachel
Rachel
7 years ago

Hi Laura, I have been teaching high school (mostly 9th grade) ELA for 5 years. I am looking forward to using your “Words on Wednesday” with my classes next semester. Happy Holidays!!

Courtney
Courtney
7 years ago

Hi Laura! This is year 13 for me! I’m excited to teach my new, semester-long satire class for the second time. It’s always better the second time around!

cawllc
7 years ago

Hi! I am in my third year of teaching. I have been asked to teach AP Language starting in January, so I am most excited to incorporate some new rhetorical analysis strategies. I look forward to teaching In Cold Blood, assuming I can raise enough money on my Donors Choose page to purchase books. The gift card would really come in handy, as I’ll be teaching all new courses after break and filling in for a teacher who left suddenly. Thanks for the offer!

Valerie
7 years ago

I am looking forward to using ClassFlow.com to deliver my notes. Break will be spent revamping old notes.

jennwilles
7 years ago

This is my 9th year, and my 4th doing 10th ELA at Burley High in southern Idaho. I am looking forward to two of my faves, a Mythology unit and into Macbeth. I can’t wait to witness the ‘a-ha’ moments as my oh-so-techy and rarely impressed teens pick up on the lingering bits of these ancient legends that still influence culture and literature today. Thanks to you (oh, how I love your lessons and teaching helps!) and to TpT for being my go-to stop for new, exciting ways to teach core curriculum.

Megan
Megan
7 years ago

Hi Laura! ? This is my 9th year teaching 9th grade English-lucky #9! I am a huge fan of your TpT products and get excited every time I see you made a new blog post. ??

If I were to choose ONE thing I’m looking forward to the most about the 2017 semester, it would be getting to know my students more. I was on maternity leave till November, so I didn’t get much time with them before the Winter break. However, the time that I did have with them, I realized that so many of my students have high anxiety and depression. I’m hoping to inspire them with some great poetry. These kids need to express themselves and poetry just might be the trick!

Happy Holidays!

MrsBobThompson
7 years ago

This is my 24th year of teaching! Eek! I’m looking forward to a new classroom library next semester…crossing my fingers that my donors come through! 🙂 Thanks for all your help and thoughts – I love reading this blog!

Angie
Angie
7 years ago

I have been teaching English for 5 years. I’m starting a brand new literature circle unit in January using books chosen around the theme of tolerance – I’m so excited for this one!

Kirsten
Kirsten
7 years ago

I’ve been teaching for 3 years. I’m looking forward to goal setting with my gr 10s when we get back from the break 🙂

Sarah H.
Sarah H.
7 years ago

Laura! I have been teaching for 7 years in North Carolina. I love all of your activities and so do my students! They look forward to M.U.G. Wednesday and they love correcting each other’s grammar.

I look forward to teaching a speech and debate class for the first time. I know we will use your TED organizer. Happy holiday! Enjoy your break!

angelastaber
7 years ago

Hi Laura! Merry Christmas. This is my 14th year of teaching high school English. I am looking forward to teaching Hamlet after the new year, and your TPT product will certainly be of use! Thanks for everything. -Angela

wendygergen
wendygergen
7 years ago

I have been teaching for 9 years, and I have loved each twist and turn along the way. This winter I will be teaching creative writing and I can’t wait to see the micro fiction stories and six word memoirs that my lovelies will create.

Amy
Amy
7 years ago

I have been teaching for 16 years and am looking forward to teaching Night for the first time.

Rachel
Rachel
7 years ago

I’m in my second full year of teaching, and this spring I am most excited about finishing my first yearbook as an adviser and seeing it in print!

Julie Keith
Julie Keith
7 years ago

Hello Laura!

I have been teaching high school English for 20 years – not counting that little “break” I had when my kids were all little.

Next semester I am looking forward to trying some new strategies to get my kids writing more often which will (I hope) lead to a higher quality of writing.

Beth
Beth
7 years ago

I have been teaching high school English twenty-four years.

Next semester I look forward to trying interactive notebooks with my standard-level ninth grade class. I tried ISNs with my honors ninth graders this semester, but I am excited to see how my standards and special ed kids do with them.

Misty
Misty
7 years ago

I am a Special Education teacher of 5 years. Next semester, honestly, taking it one day at a time. Trying to achieve a work-life balance.

Rhonena
Rhonena
7 years ago

Hi Laura,
This is my 30th year of teaching HS English students. I am looking forward to the second semester of the course I got to design–Ancient Greek Lit and Myth–when we start with the roots of Greek theater, Oedipus Rex, and Antigone. Talk about a challenge and great fun!

Rhonena
Rhonena
7 years ago

Thank you for the posters! Is there a typo on the Motivation1.jpg? Should it say “even if you don’t”?

Tom
Tom
7 years ago

I have been teaching since 2000.

I’m in the middle of digitizing the stories we read in class for my students who struggle. It’s time consuming and fun and, I hope, a real benefit.

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