Miss Galvin Learns

October 29, 2012
by Ms Stefanie Galvin

Sale, Giveaway & Classroom Photos

TeachersPayTeachers Store // TeachersNotebook Store

To celebrate the Halloween season, I’m joining in with other TpT and TN sellers and having a sale in my store! Just click  on the links above to visit my stores and receive 20% off all my products!

Even though my Clustrmap is still waiting to catch up – I’ve officially had OVER 3000 visitors to my humble little blog! This is terribly exciting for me, and so I’m going to host a giveaway to celebrate (because who doesn’t love free things?!).

If you would like to contribute a prize for the giveaway, please send me an email (galvin.stefanie.s@edumail.vic.gov.au) with the following details:

  1. What you’d like to contribute
  2. Your preferred email
  3. Your blog/Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter (really, whatever you’d like included!)
  4. Your TpT/TeachersNotebook store

I really hope that there are a few people interested, because this could be amazing fun!

I’ll keep collecting contributions until the end of November 1st (whenever I get home!).

Inspired by this Pin

On Saturday my colleague and I spent a few hours making 8 batches of orange playdough to give our students as a cute Halloween treat this Wednesday. (I’m not a huge fan of giving out lollies and sugar to kids – especially when some of them will get lots of it ANYWAY!) But these Pumpkin Playdough treats turned out beautifully and can be stored and reused!

Inspired by Melanie from Frog Spot!

So, I totally stole this idea from Mel – because it was too darn cute, and Australian to boot! Plus, she had an adorable freebie writing template to use.

My kids had great fun designing their own Wombat Stew recipes (most choosing a combination of story ingredients and spooky additions!).

Thanks for the great idea, Mel!

October 23, 2012
by Ms Stefanie Galvin

Crazy & Rockin’ Teachers Giveaway

It’s such a crazy week this week! We have the official opening of our Building the Education Revolution (B.E.R.) building on Thursday and we’ve been madly preparing our school and classrooms for the event. We’ve got lots of people coming to have a look as well, which is great!

(Will definitely put on my IWB to showcase the work that my Little Smarties have been doing!)

I also had a great refresher PD on Running Records for informing teaching reading. It was really fascinating to sit down with the P-2 team and go through it and clarify our understandings and collaboratively assess an example RR. I took so much away from it – I’ll have to share some thoughts here at a later date!

But I have some more giveaway news to share – it’s such great fun being involved in these things, so I hope that you’ll indulge me a little longer!


The lovely Hilary from Rockin’ Teacher Materials is hosting a great giveaway with over $170 worth of products up for grab, including my Label the Superheroes (Pack 1):

Click on Hilary’s banner or the link above to join in the giveaway fun!

I’m approaching 3,000 visitors to this blog… I’m considering running a giveaway. If people are interested I’ll put up a post later this week to invite contributors!

I hope your week is going well!

October 21, 2012
by Ms Stefanie Galvin

Giveaways & Link-up!

Mrs Poultney's ponderings

The lovely Tania, from Mrs Poultney’s Ponderings, has reached 101 (and beyond) followers and is hosting a giveaway on her blog. Click the banner or link above to go to her blog to see the awesome prizes up for grabs!

I’m offering any item from my TpT store, along with lots of other fantastic teachers. So don’t be shy – go and enter!

I also had to add a link (and participation entry) to The 3AM Teacher‘s fantastic link-up – and it’s all about reflecting on your first year of blogging.

My favourite memory from my first year of blogging (and really, I still consider this to be my ‘first year’ even though it’s probably more like 15 months!) is not one specific event, but more a cumulative event.

I’m constantly astounded and amazed by the talent and dedication of the teachers who blog and share resources online. When I first started blogging, I thought that I would only be blogging about technology-based tools and ideas to assist my students in the classroom – and the teachers that I met online had very similar goals. Then I also met and started following teachers who shared classroom activities and ideas beyond technology – who introduced my to Pinterest and TpT and the wonderful world of creating resources.

My greatest memory is knowing that there are so many wonderful teachers who are willing to share their knowledge, expertise and love of teaching with the world, and inspire people to make a difference.

That is a memory I will keep forever.

What is your favourite memory from your first year as a blogger?

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