How many of you are Downton Abbey fans? Even though the show is long over I still love it. To celebrate Valentine's Day my husband and I decided to take advantage of the mild February weather and traveled to New York City.  We visited the Downton Abbey Exhibition and then went out to dinner. It was a perfect day to celebrate!

We were greeted by Mr. Carson who reminded visitors that he keeps a strict count of the silver.


       

Standing in Mrs. Patmore's  kitchen was awesome. I felt like I should get busy helping  or at any moment a bell might ring summoning attention in another room of the house.

 

The dining room was impeccably done. Portraits of the Crawleys decorated the room with lots of good information about the characters.

In a video, "Protocol with Mr. Carson," Mr. Carson reminds everyone of the proper behavior that is expected in the dining room. Missteps quickly identify one as---not one of the elite. Clips from characters are shown on the screen. The old-fashioned Dowager has plenty of advice for everyone.

Lady Mary's bedroom is complete with her lingerie.

The Dowager is highlighted stating some of her more memorable quips.

 

 

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Lady Mary and Lady Edith ready to party. Glass cases display their jewelry.

Lady Edith's Wedding Dress

 

There was no shortage of fashion at the exhibition. It was so much fun viewing all the costumes. Pictures of the characters wearing the outfits with brief descriptions identified each one.

Downton Abbey is hiring household help. I filled out an "application." It appears I am on the list to be interviewed by Mrs. Hughes and Mr. Carson for the position of housemaid.  After reading my educated responses, someone decided that training to become a housemaid is the job I am best suited to do! WHAT??

The outfit of my dreams? Yikes!  Help me Anna Bates!

 

If you are a Downton fan, it is a real treat to visit the exhibition and get a little closer to the Crawleys and learn some secrets about the show's creation. The exhibition is touring across the country. Google it and see if it will be near you.  The New York City exhibition closes in March.

After two hours of humoring me at the exhibit, a venue I chose, we walked over to the restaurant my husband chose.  Loved it! Dinner was delicious, complete with a Swiss chocolate wrapped in a Valentine heart-shaped box with a red ribbon. So sweet!

How did you celebrate Valentine's Day?

Downton Abbey fans tell me what you think.

 

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Chandra from Teacher Gameroom and I were each lucky enough to snag a $10 Teachers Pay Teachers gift card and we are going to award them to one lucky winning teacher on Thursday morning. It's a short contest--only open on Valentine's Day, just 24 hours, so get in on the fun and use the Rafflecopter below to enter.

The winner will have plenty of time to shop during the second day of the Teachers Pay Teachers site wide sale.  Just think of all the time-savers you can buy on your TpT shopping spree! Gift cards would be so nice!

Don't forget to use promo code XOXO to save additional $$ when you check out.

Good luck!

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For the first time ever this monthly giveaway has a $100 prize, a  Teachers Pay Teachers  $100 gift card. Imagine all the resources you could get with that to make your job easier--and a lot less time consuming. My friend Kelly Malloy has organized this great giveaway. Use the Rafflecopter below for your chance to enter the contest! And Good Luck!
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Prize: $100 Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Card
 
Giveaway Organized by: Kelly Malloy (An Apple for the Teacher)
 
 
 
Rules: Use the Rafflecopter to enter.  Giveaway ends 2/13/18 and is open worldwide.
 
 
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The school year is well underway and like most teachers you could probably use a few new things for your class. October's monthly giveaway has begun and the prize is a $75 Teachers Pay Teachers gift card. Wouldn't it be great to go on a shopping spree to get new resources for your class? Maybe you would like a few new holiday themed activities. Whatever is on your wish list, you can make it come true if you have the winning entry.
Enter below for your chance to win the contest and get some of the hot items on your wish list.
The organizer, Kelly Malloy, invites you to join more giveaways too.  See the link at the bottom of this post if you would like to co-host too.

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Prize: $75 Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Card
 
Giveaway Organized by: Kelly Malloy (An Apple for the Teacher)
 
 
 
 
Rules: Use the Rafflecopter to enter.  Giveaway ends 10/13/17 and is open worldwide.
 
 
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"How do you see your role in the classroom in terms of the first month of school?"  That was a pivotal question on my job interview many years ago. Sometimes the more things change, the more the stay the same. Whether it was asked during your interview or not, the answer can make or break your classroom management plan. If you don't accomplish anything else during the first weeks of school but to have control of your class, then you have done a good job! It was my answer and the  school superintendent interviewing me agreed!

It is absolutely critical that clear, concise rules and procedures are established during the first few weeks of school. Nothing can be accomplished until the class knows that you, the teacher, are in charge. Just as teachers  have high expectations of students, students have high expectations of teachers. If you send the message that you don't always mean what you say and are quite lax about enforcing established rules, don't be surprised when your students do whatever they please in your classroom. This doesn't mean there are no exceptions, but there needs to be a valid reason for an exception and the student should understand that he is getting a special privilege.

So what rules are important and how do you establish them? Here are a few helpful hints.

1. Greet your students warmly. After giving seat assignments, taking attendance, putting away all their school supplies, etc., begin discussions about the wonderful school year you are about to share. Discuss how important it is for the teacher and classmates to respect each other. Discuss how people feel when they and/or their property are not respected. It is as important to give respect as it is to receive it.

2.  Together with the kids write a list of the classroom rules. Keep it short. Too many rules can become overwhelming for kids. Write rules that encompass many things. Here are a few examples. You can verbally expand on these rules but they do not need to be written out. It is always nice to say to kids, "We only have 3 or 4 rules to follow. So I expect everyone to follow them." It makes the requirements seem much more doable!

  • Respect the teacher and your classmates. It is wrong and rude to use inappropriate or insulting language.
  • Respect the property of others. Materials are expensive and cannot always be easily replaced.
  • Listen when others are speaking. It is rude to interrupt lessons or the conversations of others.
  • Keep hands, feet and objects to yourself. It is not okay to risk the safety of someone else.

3.  After discussing rules and receiving student input, give students the opportunity to write the rules they feel are most important. You will have an opportunity to view what your students think and kids have the opportunity to assess what they learned in the discussion.

 


Read about my newest resource and then download FREE brag tags created especially for you, my followers!  The free brag tags are not the same ones offered in this resource. The free brag tags can be downloaded below.

Of course you know what to do, but time is often a factor at this time of year. If you are short on time you might want to try my new resource highlighting three areas of school rules. My principal always wanted them addressed the first week of school. After a long vacation kids need reminders!

Important areas to discuss:

  • classroom rules
  • school bus safety and
  • fire safety

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includes boy and girl clip art

After a class discussion kids can list the highlights of what they see as the most important. When you have completed each section, there is a brag tag for you to reward your students.

Buyers said:

  • Rules are something I spend all year on with my students, thanks for sharing another way to cover rules.
  • Thank you! I especially love the brag tags that go along with each topic!

 

Getting to Know You Activities

Get off to a good start! Plan to do an activity that you know they can complete with success. Getting to know you activities are especially appropriate and fun this time of year! We want kids to be happy and comfortable. Kids love to share information about themselves and learn what their classmates have been doing. To make the most of these activities be sure to take notes documenting what you see when the kids are working.

Teacher tip: Keep a year long log. I always started the year with a large index card for each student. (Before meeting the kids, I wrote their name and any services they are mandated to receive, OT, PT, Speech, etc. This helps to  have important information at your fingertips) Be sure to date every comment. Your notes may include observations such as: works well with a partner, work is neat, poor organizational skills, able to stay on task, poor spelling, unable to write a sentence. The list is endless! After a few days, you will have a wealth of information about each child. What last year's teacher saw may not be what you see. As the year progresses add information regarding academics and behavior. Also write dated notes whenever you have a parent conference--in person or on the phone. These notes are invaluable when writing report cards and to prepare for another parent conferences.

 

Classmates, so alike, so different

Find the Classmate who. . .

Two Truths and a Lie

Be sure to tell kids to make each statement believable. Who could guess the lie this fourth grader told?

  1. I love to dance on stage.
  2. I've never been on a plane.
  3. I have four pet chickens.

 

Before you go, be sure to download the FREE brag tags I made especially for you. I hope you and your kids enjoy them.

 

 

However you start off the school year I hope you and your students have fun! The beginning of the year is such an important time as well as a very exciting time! I wish you a great school year!

If you have any comments about this post, I would love to hear from you! What's the most important thing for you to accomplish in those first few days?

Be sure to sign up for my newsletter to learn about more freebies coming your way!

 

 

 

Once again my friend, Kelly Malloy, is organizing a great giveaway to help teachers get ready for back to school. This time the prize is a $100 gift card to shop at Erin Condren. Wouldn't it be great to start off the school year by choosing a beautiful teacher planner from Erin Condren's fabulous collection? You'll be smiling all year!

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Giveaway organized by: Kelly Malloy (An Apple for the Teacher)
 
 
 
Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter.  Giveaway ends 8/18/17 and is open worldwide.

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July has been a wild month of sales and giveaways, but all good things must come to an end! Our last big sale week has just ended and we have collaborated to celebrate the July month-long sales event with this BIG giveaway.

There are three Rafflecopters live right now! EACH Rafflecopter contest will giveaway 5 gift cards! Yes, you read that right! There will be 5 lucky winners for each of the following companies:

Five $25 gift cards for Teachers Pay Teachers

Five $25 gift cards forStarbucks

Five $25 gift cards for Michael's

So enter all three Rafflecopters for your best chance to win one of the 15 gift cards being given away!

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A few blogger friends and I have collaborated to host this mega giveaway to cap off our week of special savings! There are three Rafflecopters live right now! Each Rafflecopter contest will giveaway 5 gift cards! Yes, you read that right! There will be 5 lucky winners for each of the following companies:

Five $25 gift cards for Teachers Pay Teachers

Five $25 gift cards for Vera Bradley

Five $25 gift cards for Oriental Trading

So enter all three Rafflecopters for your best chance to win one of the 15 gift cards being given away!

The contest starts now and ends Monday morning at midnight!

 

 

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Today is Day #1 of this tremendous month long sale! There will be different resources on sale everyday, but each offer lasts only one day! There are over 140 resources posted right now that are priced at only $1, again just for today! So hurry on over to grab a few  great bargains!

While you are there check out my two resources perfect for getting back into the swing of things when school opens. They are both $1 today1

 

Resource #1 has brag tags to celebrate  student achievement in various content areas.  The best thing about brag tags is your kids will be motivated to receive them, they are always on hand and you don't have to run out to buy little prizes and spend $$. Brag tags are a great tool for behavior management!

 

Resource #2 is a multiplication game, based on the popular game Uno, with a back to school theme. Kids love to play while reinforcing the times tables. Of course, the object of the game is to get rid of all the cards in your hand. To do that you must match either the answer to the problem on your card or the image on your card to the answer or image  for the last card played.  A few wild cards are in the deck to add to the fun. For differentiation: The game can be played at a higher level by removing the cards for the easier times tables. The game can be played for kids just learning their times tables by removing the more difficult times tables. If more cards are needed to play, just print a few extra sheets of the problems you want to reinforce. You kids will love to play this game!

Have fun at the sale! Check back tomorrow for the link to more great buys!

Summer is finally here and the weather has been beautiful! I'm hoping all of my teacher friends have had an opportunity to wind down a bit are beginning to really enjoy themselves. Speaking of fun, I am so excited to share some news with you! Something absolutely incredible, and lots of fun, is going to happen In July!
75 Teachers Pay Teachers are participating in an incredible sales event. It's time for the Sun, Sand & Savings Summer Sale!! ! There will be tons of sales, drastically slashed prices and weekly giveaways with lots of gift cards for lucky winners! So check back here daily to learn about the event of the day! You're going to love it!