Monday, July 30, 2012

My First Ever Giveaway AND Another Link Up!

When I started updating my blog and really getting into the blogging scene this summer I had one follower, the former art teacher at my school who had followed all the teacher blogs at school. Nothing special. When I figured out how to add Google friends follower I added myself as a follower of my blog because the one picture looked so lonely. :( I did my first linky party for the newbie blog hop and bam! I suddenly had a follower and then another one. My husband came home from the movies that night and I came pounding up the stairs from our basement as fast as I could to proudly announce that I had 4 people following my blog and I had figured out the steps to create a hyperlink for when I commented on other people's blogs. Then I promptly turned back around and ran back downstairs.

I told myself then that if I ever reached 25 followers ( really 26 since I didn't want to count myself!) that I would do my first giveaway to thank those people who had thrilled me by following me. :) Well, yesterday when I logged on I had hit that magic number! If you go to Teachers Pay Teachers you will see on my profile that I am signed up for a store but there is nothing in it. Since I obviously don't have something cute from my store to giveaway to you all, I thought I would do a $10 gift certificate to Teachers Pay Teachers.

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However!!!! To sweeten the pot. If I can get up to 50 followers by the end of this giveaway I will up the ante and award 2 $10 gift certificates. So SHARE, SHARE, SHARE! I know it's not the most exciting giveaway but I'm new to this AND who among us can't use $10 of free TPT product?!

SO, here's the deal. I have been trying to get on to rafflecopter to use that for my giveaway, but unfortunately it is not letting me on. So the way to enter the giveaway is simple, follow my blog and leave me a comment in the comments section of this post. I will use a random number generator when it's all said and done to figure out who my lucky winner ( or two?) is. This giveaway will go for 1 week. That means it will end next Monday, August ( already!) 6th. I will do my winner post on Tuesday, August 7th. :)

NOW, on to the linky party.

  I am linking up with the wonderful Amanda Madden at Teaching Maddeness to share my New (School) Year Resolutions with you all.  My very first post on this blog last August was about my resolution to keep my blog updated throughout the year. I failed on that one. But all the same, I am going to add my 4 New School Year Resolutions for this year and hopefully, I actually keep these this year!

RESOLUTION #1. KEEP UP ON MY BLOG! I made this resolution last year and didn't do it. I am hoping that now that I have gotten the hang of it a bit more, have people following me, and have put it out there for more people to see, that I will actually follow through with this one.

I keep all of my kiddo's writing throughout the year and then I send it home in a 3 ring binder at the end of school. Last year I had every intention of using the binder at all 3 of our Parent Teacher Conferences. I didn't have them ready until the last one. Not the most effective use of them. This year I hope to have all the papers in the binders for EACH conference and not keep them in a stack in the back of the tub after I grade them.

I LOOOOOOOOVE to be hyper organized. I HATE clutter on my desk. BUT there are times when I print a bunch of things out, swap out station activities, have a bajillion things going on etc and I need somewhere to put those items so they aren't cluttering up my desk top. Enter a scholastic book box that I started putting things in a year and half ago and JUST completely emptied last week. Don't get me wrong,I didn't have year old papers stashed in there. It's just that for every item I took care of it seemed like 2 more would take their place. BUT! No more! :)

I'm pretty psyched to have my first pre-student teacher observing/ learning/ helping out in my classroom this fall. They will be doing 80 hours of observation as part of their method's classes. This is the last step before they will start student teaching. I had great mentor teachers for all of my field placements and I hope that this person will get some good idea's that they will take into their student teaching and beyond.

So there we are. My resolutions for this school year. Maybe I should add a number 5 which is to keep numbers 1-4! Ha-ha!

Link up and share your resolutions with the rest of us and enter and share my giveaway! I would love to be spending $20 instead of $10! :)


  1. Congrats on 26 followers!!! I also "follow" my own blog... and is it bad that I guilted my husband into following me too, so I would have TWO WHOLE followers??? I'll have to do a giveaway when I reach 27 followers LOL!

    Angela :)
    Hippo Hooray for Second Grade!

  2. Woo Hoo! I didn't have any followers either before the Newbie linky. This is fun!
    I have a stash under my desk too. So, this year I got rid of the desk. I wonder where I will hid stuff? LOL

  3. Congrats on your 25 followers! I know it's exciting. I just started blogging a few weeks ago and I can't believe all the wonderful ideas I've come across. I can't wait to read more from you.

    Tales From Rm 17!

  4. I thought I commented, but I'm not seeing it... hope I didn't post it somewhere else LOL!

    Anyway, CONGRATS on 26 followers! I "follow" my own blog too, and I even guilted my husband into following me, so I could have TWO followers! Hahaha!

    Hippo Hooray for Second Grade!

  5. just followed your sweet blog!!!! I think you resolution #4 is so important! I had great mentors but some of my friends, unfortunately did not! I'm sure you'll be wonderful!

    Mrs. Kelly's Klass

  6. Jean,
    Thanks for joining the linky party! Your resolutions are good ones! This will be my first year teaching and blogging so I'm worried about keeping up with it all, too! ;)

    Teaching Maddeness

  7. Congrats on your followers! Happy to be number 30! :)

  8. Woo! Hoo! You're up to 31! Only 19 to go...:) Good Luck! Off to check out your blog...:)

    Keep Calm & Imagine

  9. Jean, I appreciate you becoming a follower of mine and now I feel lucky to be a follower of yours! Thank you for visiting my site and I love everything you have to share. Wishing you make it to 50 soon, best of luck! :)

    Confessions of a Teachanista

  10. Thank you for being my 10th follower. I hope you make it to 50 soon.

    Fun and Learning in First

  11. Nothing like a give away to get followers! Teachers love free stuff! :). I found you through the resolution linky. You should do Monday Made It linky! Last week over 200 linked up!!

  12. A new follower today! Your getting more and more. Love finding more 2nd grade teaching blogs since I teach 2nd grade too. Come check me out sometime if you get a chance.


  13. I'm number 37! I posted about it on my blog too! The Frugal Teacher

  14. I'm number 38! What a great way to start with a blog!

  15. Reading this gave me a flash-back to me this time last summer!

    ❤ Karen
    Flamingo Fabulous in Second Grade

  16. I am number 45! Almost to 50! I really enjoy your blog and thanks for a great giveaway! How fun!

  17. I think I'm number 46!! I love finding new blogs to follow and give me ideas. I can't wait! Thank you!

  18. im # 46 almost have 50 whoo hooo i dont make resolutions for the simple reason i never follow thru so i just have a few life goals
    1.loss 100 lbs
    2.try to be healthier
    3.quit smoking

  19. What a cute blog! Thanks for our sweet award!! We are your newest followers!
    heather and juli

  20. I'm #48! Nice to see another second grade blog on the block!

    Sally from Elementary Matters

  21. Hey there, nice blog!

  22. So close to 50! Maybe you should pick me since I'm #49... :)

    Tangled with Teaching

  23. You made it over 50...I believe I am number 51! Yay for you!! Great blog..can't wait to check it out more!


  24. Ok I found the original post! HAHA! Glad I was your number 50!!! Can't wait to see more of your room! :) Best wishes!

    Brigid's Daily Lesson Log

  25. I'm a new follower :)
    I love your goals for the year. I had great mentor teachers during college and I hope they have prepared me enough to have my own classroom this year.

  26. because of pinterest in TPT i have seen so many teachers out there using math notebooks, reading notebooks, and science notebooks...a notesbook for every subject i'm sure! in 11 years of teaching, i've never done this before. i'd really like to utilize a reading notebook this year.

  27. Congrats on having 50 followers! My resolution is not to spend all of my free time doing school stuff.


  28. I'm a new follower!! Cute blog!!



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