Sunday, May 22, 2016

Stress Free Teaching Tips and Giveaway!

I'm so excited for today's post! I know how stressful it can be as a teacher. You work hard all.year.long helping students do their very best! That's why this post is for you! I'm going to share a few tips I've used to help me unwind during the summer months that will hopefully help you out as well. Even better? I'm giving away a great prize as well! But the best part? I've joined some of my other blogging friends, and they are ALSO giving away some fun treats! Read on to learn about my tips for your stress free summer, to enter my giveaway, and to find the links to my friends' giveaways too. :)
So what are some of my stress free summer tips?
Are you a teacher? Are you stressed? Going into the summer months, we want to share a few tips to help you de-stress and unwind this summer. Plus we have a GIVEAWAY! Click through to see how you can win some great items! But act quickly because this deal ends on May 28, 2016.1.  Remember that our "summers off" gives us the chance to recharge at a different pace; we all work throughout the summer--whether we are reading new materials, organizing our digital and physical resources, coming up with new lessons, learning new curriculum...you get the picture.  Remember to pace yourself and do a little bit of work throughout the summer so you don't feel swamped at the start of the school year.

2.  The second part of the first tip--give yourself SOME time completely away from school!  Whether you take the month of July off...or never work after 2 pm...or only work on Mondays and Tuesdays--let yourself recharge for chunks of time throughout the summer.  We have a VERY stressful job and we owe it to our students to come back refreshed.

3.  Challenge yourself to try something new this summer--something NON school related.  Read a book that you have been hearing about.  Try growing tomatoes.  Take an art class or go to a painting night.  Rent a tandem bike.  ANYTHING that is new for you--and find someone fun to share the experience with!

4.  Reconnect.  As the school year goes on, I know my family does less together.  I don't talk with my friends and neighbors as often.  I go into survival mode.  Summer is the time to rebuild those lost connections.  Invite people over for a fire.  Take a walk through the neighborhood.  Slow yourself down.

5.  Treat yourself.  Whether you get yourself a pedicure, buy a new pair of fun sandals, splurge at the bookstore, sleep in until 9:00, or buy that giant treat at the bakery--summer is the time to splurge a little bit!

6.  Make yourself a little bit healthier.  Try yoga.  Reduce your soda intake (GULP!).  Exercise more or differently.  Try to add more vegetables into your diet.  Sleep more.  This "tip" is put in ESPECIALLY for me--because this summer I am setting some major goals in this area!


If we could all take some time to do these six things this summer, I think we will be a little more prepared and "centered" as we tackle our next group of students so we can give them our very best!

Whether you are still teaching and could use some last minute resources--or are already done and want to start thinking ahead for next year, who couldn't use a Teachers Pay Teachers gift card and some free resources from my store?  While I'm not asking you to sign up to follow me in any way, I certainly would appreciate you following me in any of the ways listed here: Newsletter (you get a FREEBIE when you sign up!), Pinterest, Teachers Pay Teachers, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google+. I appreciate the follow, but remember - for this giveaway it is not necessary.  Check out the links in the upper corner of my blog or check the rafflecopter for ways to enter.  That's it! Please enter the rafflecopter below for your chance to win.  
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  As awesome as my giveaway is, I'm excited to share that my fellow blogging buddies are doing their own stress free teacher giveaways too! Click on each link below to check them out. 

  Amy from Teaching in Blue Jeans 
  Heather from HoJo's Teaching Adventures 
  Jennie from JD's Rockin Readers 
  Jodi from Clutter Free Classroom Kalena from Teaching Made Practical 
  Meg from The Teacher Studio 
  Tammy from The Owl Teacher   

29 comments:

  1. Thanks for thinks of teachers at this crazy time. I really enjoy your ideas as I love to use them and they spark ideas of my own. I would love to have your bundle of concept sorts. This idea is terrific as it covers the topics and vocabulary in an open way that sparks conversation among the kids. Great creative idea!

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  2. Thank you for the great ideas and giveaway! I would love your Fish in a Tree novel study.
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  4. I'd like to try the open ended math challenges with my class.
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  5. That's funny - I picked the same product as Emily! https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Thinking-Outside-the-Box-Exercising-Creative-Minds-Bundled-Set-1217847
    Great minds think alike!

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  7. Thank you for these timely reminders! I would love to study your set on "Getting Ready for a Year of Reading."

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  8. I would really love to get many of your Dollar Deals! I'm looking to add more math games for my class. Thank you for the giveaway :)

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  9. I would love to try one of your tandem sets - the fraction one looks great! Thanks for a generous giveaway!

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  10. https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Teaching-Tandems-Fractions-2276122.

    Sorry! I did not read the instructions very well!

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  11. Great ideas! You would think it would be easy to kind of wind down once the year is over, but for many of us, we start thinking or planning more to do lists of things to do around the house, what "fun" things I want to do, or for the next school year! I would love either the Place Value Sequencing bundle https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Hands-on-Place-Value-Sequencing-BUNDLE-556898 or any of the individual pieces in it. I also love the concept sorts!

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  12. I am an avid reader of your blog. It causes me to reflect on how I teach math and I try to implement your ideas. I salute you!

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  14. I do like your math products. I would like the "Select-A-Size" Addition & Subtraction Bundle.

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  15. I would like Number Sense with Number Lines! Teaching/Assessing Place Value Understanding! if I win. Love all of your product, though. chief9937@Yahoo.com

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  16. This looks like a great set of resources: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Thinking-Outside-the-Box-Exercising-Creative-Minds-Bundled-Set-1217847

    Fingers crossed!

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  18. I'd love to have the Growth Mindset Bulletin Board resource: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Growth-Mindset-Bulletin-Board-and-Activity-Set-2021181

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  19. I would love your resource Digging Deeper into Problem Solving: A Resource to Teach Perseverance. My students tend to give up easily when something is difficult, so this would be helpful.

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  20. I teach Kindergarten so there aren't many things available. If I won, I would share it with an upper grade teacher. Thank you!

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  21. I understand that teaching is very difficult but studying is complicate too! And it's great that there are some services like http://payforhomeworkhelp.com/ which can help with some homeworks, for example! :)

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  22. I would love to win Back to School Pennant Glyph Project for Grades 3-5. Thanks!

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  23. Thanks for the ideas that you posted.....just finished my first year teaching in a behavior support classroom and could really use some "me time."

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  24. Thank you for posting all of these wonderful relaxation ideas. I can't wait until my summer break starts!

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  25. I'm really looking forward to this summer. I plan on relaxing and doing lots of PD reading for fun. If I won, I'd love to get this product: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Getting-Ready-for-a-Year-of-Reading-How-to-Launch-Independent-Reading-767169
    to help me launch next year even better!

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  26. Thanks for the stress free comments! I have this product on my wishlist! https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Digital-Readers-Notebook-for-Any-Novel-GOOGLE-EDITION-2551508

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  27. I would love to have Algebra Thinking Common Core Word Problem Collection: Grade 2-3. My student's struggle with this so much. Thanks for the tips as well.

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  28. I would love to have Algebra Thinking Common Core Word Problem Collection: Grade 2-3. My student's struggle with this so much. Thanks for the tips as well.

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