Blogiversary Giveaway...EVERYONE wins!!

WOW! It is hard to believe that I began this blogging journey a year ago. I have met so many wonderful teachers through this community who I have learned from. I say this all the time, but I truly believe that blogging has made me a better teacher. I learn from wonderful people like YOU who leave comments and suggestions, and who posts on your blogs with inspirational ideas.

Thank you, from the bottom of my heart for following along and reading about my lil ol' classroom journey. It means more to me than I could ever say!

To celebrate, I am joining up with one of my fav bloggy friends Diane, over at Fifth in the Middle. She has 1,000 followers... isn't that amazing?!




To show our appreciation, our bloggy friends are helping us with two days of giveaways that you will not want to miss!

I'm not going to tell you exactly what you'll win (some of them are exclusive to this giveaway!), but they are products from the following bloggers:

Me :)

Today's giveaway is easy! All you need to do is fill out this form and wait for goodies to be sent to you! EVERYONE wins, but you MUST enter today! I will be reverting this post to draft status before bedtime tonight! Good night, everyone! Thanks for participating :) Come back tomorrow for more AWESOME chances to win!

Giveaway Form

Check back tomorrow for an easy and fun scavenger hunt that will qualify you to win a bunch of amazing prizes!!

I also wanted to share two quick student motivations that have worked SO well with my new group of kiddos these first two weeks. I'm linking up with the amazing Joannne (you have to read her mad scientist post today, it's great!!) :)
The first is my NOISE letters

Both of my classes start with the full letter on the board at the beginning of the day in both my classroom and my teaching partners. When their noise level is too loud, I take down a letter. If we get to  "E", there is nothing above a whisper allowed. If they lose ALL of their "NOISE" we go to silence. If anyone talks at that point we lose recess.  The letters they've lost carry over when they switch to Math and Science with my teaching partner. We had SUCH  a talkative group last year and knew this group would be, too. This has worked WONDERS so far.. hopefully it continues :)

The second motivation is an idea I got from one of the first blogs that ever inspired me, Lady Bug Teacher Files.  I {love} all of her amazing ideas! 
Last year I almost had a mental breakdown from giving out so many pencils. This year, so far.. problem solved! I numbered pencils the first day just like she suggested. I told students if they could keep that SAME pencil until Friday, they would get a sugarless chewing gum day. The applause and excitement erupted! I am proud to report that EVERY students, yes ALL 54 of them kept their pencils the first week!!!! The second week, only ONE student lost his. YAHOO! I can already feel the mental breakdown of pencil disaster going away this year :) 

These two little things have made my teaching life so much better. What do you do to motivate students?


22 comments

  1. Happy blogiversary! Must try this NOISE idea...I can tell I have a chatty bunch this year!

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  2. Happy Blogiversary Amelia...you are amazing! I have a chatty bunch this year too! I HAVE to try the Great Pencil Challenge! I think my students eat the pencils! And, I know they will love a gum chewing day! Trying it next week! Thanks for sharing and linking up!
    Joanne
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

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    1. Thank you girl, that means so much coming from you! I highly recommend the pencil challenge! I swear my kiddos ate them last year, too! It works GREAT :)

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  3. Happy Blogiversary from me, too! I found my way to your blog from Diane's post...and I'm glad I did! I'm signing up as your newest follower (probably not your newest for long, though, as I bet you'll get lots of Diane's followers over to check you out today!) Thanks for the incredible giveaway!
    ~Deb
    Crafting Connections

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    1. Awe, thank you!! So glad you found me :) Thanks for following!!

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  4. Happy Blogiversary! I love this idea. My kids would love a gum chewing day. Thanks for sharing!

    Hunter's Teaching Tales
    Find me on Facebook

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  5. I linked up NOISE today, too ;) I do mine a little differently than you do, though LOL! Thanks for celebrating with me this weekend! I'm so excited :)

    Diane
    Fifth in the Middle

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    1. So funny.. great minds think alike :) I am so happy to be a part of the celebration! YAY!

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  6. Are you going out to celebrate your Blogiversary? I don't know about you, but once school starts, those first few days I feel like a zombie and have a difficult time making dinner!! I love the NOISE idea. My principal wants every class to have a behavior clip chart this year. The NOISE idea would work well with that, too. I definitely checked out the Mad Scientist.. loving her lab coats!!

    Happy, Happy Blogiversary!!!

    Susan

    LopezLandLearners

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    1. I had 3 volleyball matches today so I was in a gym ALL day.. which = not really up for much celebrating! But enjoying a night in with the hubs :) the noise works GREAT with my behavior clipchart! I highly recommend it :)

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  7. I have been using the NOISE letters as well. They work wonders in my classroom too. I do it a bit different though. I work backwards and take down the "e" then the "s" then the "i" and what is left is NO and it is no more talking. So far we have only been on "NO" one time. I love your pencil idea! I must give that one a try as well because at the rate I am going (we have been in school a month now) I will be out of pencils by Christmas.

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    1. Donna, great revision. I'm going to try it!

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    2. I like how you do the letters, too! :) Thanks for the suggestion!! Definitely try the pencil challenge! It's working great so far :)

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  8. Happy Blogiversary! Thanks for the awesome giveaway! I also think I'm going to have to try the pencil challenge. My kids are going through the pencils like crazy already!
    Wendy
    One Happy Teacher

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    1. Thank you, girl!! Thank you for participating :) The pencil challenge works great!

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  9. Happy Blogiversary, Amelia! A blog is such an awesome tool for collaborating with teachers all over the world! I love your blog!
    -Lisa
    Grade 4 Buzz

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    1. Thank you so so so much! I love this bloggy world:)

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  10. Happy Blogiversary! Thanks for the give away. I'm going to try the pencil challenge. I can't believe how fast this class is going through them!

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    1. Thank you for taking part in the celebration!! Definitely try the challenge.. it works great:)

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  11. Happy Blogiversary! I am so glad I found your site - there are so many good ideas. :)

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