Monday, November 28, 2011


Ok, so maybe having a giveaway right before Thanksgiving was not so wise. I have extended my giveaway for the book Awakened: Change Your Mindset to Transform Your Teaching by Angela Watson. She has graciously agreed to give away an e-book or paper copy to one of my followers! I wrote about this awesome book in a previous post. You have 2 chances to win! Click here to enter.
Giveaway ends this Friday, Decemeber 2nd!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Book Giveaway!

I posted about the book Awakened by Angela Watson yesterday. She has graciously agreed to giveaway an e-book or paper copy to one of my followers! Here's how to enter:

1.) Follow my blog and comment stating you do.
2.) Post about my giveaway on your blog and leave a link to it in the comments section.

Since it's Thanksgiving week and many are busy and traveling I will leave this open until Wednesday, Nov. 30th. I choose a random winner on Dec. 1st.
Good Luck!

Monday, November 21, 2011


I am truly blessed to have this job which I call my ministry. But I'll be honest that there are times when I just want to throw the towel in and question whether this job is really worth all the stress. I recently read Angela Watson's book Awkened: Change Your Mindset to Transform Your Teaching. She is also the author of one of my favorite books The Cornerstone. It was such an eye opener to the way I view situations that I come across in my almost 10 years of teaching. I had a lot of  "aha" moments while reading it. She helps you see how you might be looking at a situation in a way that brings you stress or unpleasant feelings towards your job. Angela also gives practical ways to change those thoughts so that your days are filled with more focus on the parts of teaching that you enjoy. I will definitely be referring to this book often. If you have read it please tell me what you think!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Disguise-A-Turkey Project

Oh wow! I haven't posted in a loooong time! I didn't expect the beginning of the year to be so busy and exhausting. I really want to get back to blogging more regularly. Thanksgiving is next week and I love this time of year. So many fun things to incorporate into the curriculum. Last week I sent home the Disguise-A-Turkey project. Now this was not my original idea. I believe it came from Proteacher. Basically the kids have to disguise their turkey so it won't be eaten for Thanksgiving. Then they have to write what their "turkey" really is and persuade us otherwise. I've gotten some creative ones over the years and here are a couple I've gotten this year.

He added some leaves for the turkey's feathers.
He didn't completely disguise his turkey
but I love his creativity!

I would have never thought of using
doll clothes! So cute!

I have included the letter I sent home along with the turkey and writing templates I used. I usually print the turkey out on white cardstock so it's sturdier. I included the original primary writing template that I had and the new one I created for older kids. You can send this home or it would be a great project to work on if you have only a couple days of school next week. (I just have to say that I have the whole week off!)

 I will post more pictures later in the week when more are turned in!

 Disguise-A-Turkey Project Letter                      

Turkey and Primary Writing Templates