What Works for Teachers {Teacher Appreciation Giveaway}

I'm happy to be linking up with Lisa and joining her giveaway for Teacher Appreciation Week.  She has gathered lots of teachers to share some of the things that work best in their classrooms!  There's no way we could ever THANK YOU enough for what you do on a daily basis, but we can try! ;) 

Here are a few secrets I want to share with you that have worked well in my classroom.  I hope they'll work well in yours, also!


Work smarter - not harder!  I used to HATE homework.  Finding it, passing it out, collecting it, checking it.  Then, I discovered that homework didn't have to be dreadful...for the students or ME!

If you missed my initial {detailed} post about my math homework, you can visit it here.  Basically, I scrapped all math homework pages and now use playing cards as homework.  You know every child would rather play a game than do a worksheet, right?  My thought is that it still has the child practicing the math concept, but it also lets them squeeze in the quality family time!  No more homework battles!

It took a while to figure out how to meet all of the standards with playing cards...I mean, geometry and graphing?  Check!  All of the work is done and ready to go before the year event starts!  I just copy the games on bright cardstock and place them, along with a deck of playing cards (with face cards removed) into a pencil pouch that students keep in their daily folders.  Homework for the year is complete...students enjoy it, families rave about it, and I don't have to collect or check it!  #winwin

Would you like to win a set?  We have them for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade!  You can win these and SO much more at the end of this post!!

Remember those families that we just involved in homework?  Secret #2 - Involve families in your classroom!!  We hold learning "celebrations" at the end of each of our genre studies.  These are definitely the highlight of 2nd grade!  They give families a glimpse into our classrooms and they give students an audience for an authentic learning experience.  They are so meaningful and memorable.  I challenge you to invite families into the classroom to celebrate your students' learning... you won't regret it!

We invite families to a Living Museum at the end of our biography study!

Families are invited to tour our classroom zoo at the end of our informational study.

We invite everyone to a tall tall tea where we put on plays, sing songs, read our own tall tale stories, and show our region scrapbooks!

At the end of our poetry unit, families are invited to a poetry picnic to hear us read our favorite poems and show off our fun work with literary devices!

These learning celebrations are definitely something that students and parents will always remember!

Now, are you ready to hear more about that amazing giveaway??  There are TWO prize bundles - both valued at over $475!!!!  Take a look....then pick you jaw up off the ground and ENTER!  Remember the more entries you have on the Rafflecopter, the better your chances are of winning!  Good luck!

Just take a look at everything you could win...One lucky reader will win this entire prize package!!!
Prize Bundle #1 Includes
PLUS....$140 Gift Box of Fabulous Teacher Supplies sent to you from Amazon
We aren't finished yet....take a look at everything a second lucky winner will win!!!
Prize Bundle #2 Includes
PLUS....$140 Gift Box of Fabulous Teacher Supplies sent to you from Amazon
Be sure to enter both rafflecopters for a better chance at winning one of these amazing prize bundles!

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You won't want to miss out on all the other great secrets being shared by successful teachers!  Be sure to check out all the other great posts below.


  1. I would love a blog post on each of your celebrations. I have tried to incorporate more of those into my classroom this year, but struggle with how long they should be, sharing format (whole group, individual etc...).

  2. i know this is going to sound stupid, but how do you figure out what follower you are on TPT? I've followed people for years and always thought it was the number by the star but I see their numbers growing so I know that's not the number follower I am. For now, I'm just typing the number of followers each has.


  3. I love how much you involve families in student learning!

  4. I LOVE this idea for homework!!! I wish I had seen this earlier, it would have been amazing starting this school year off knowing that my math homework was ready! Looks like I will have to try this for next year :)

    Neat Sweet & Hard to Beat

  5. Living Museums are ALWAYS a favorite all around! Yours looks spectacular!

    ♥ Stephanie
    Fishing for Education Blog


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