FREE STUFF! (We knew that would get your attention!)

Back to School with Five StarIt’s back-to-school season, and the shopping for new clothes and classroom supplies is well underway. We want to give one lucky reader an additional “boost” in their supply shopping—all we ask is for you to tell us a story.

And we don’t mean just any story—we want your best back-to-school story. Be it a funny experience at the office supply store or something memorable that happened on the first day of class last year, we’re all ears. We’re even interested in your favorite parts of back-to-school, and maybe your not-so-favorite parts.

The best “story” will receive a Five Star back-to-school prize pack with best-in-class supplies that are built strong to last long. The deadline for submitting stories on the AT-A-GLANCE Blog is Thursday, Aug. 1 at 12 Noon EDT.

Act fast and give us your best anecdote for back-to-school season. Good Luck!

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12 thoughts on “FREE STUFF! (We knew that would get your attention!)

  1. Rhonda (Flinck) Peña

    Every year I introduce myself to my classroom full of eager third graders here in South Texas. I explain to them that I grew up in northern Minnesota, and I tell them a little bit more about my childhood and family. Well, one year, a cute little girl had a concerned look on her face so I asked her if there was something wrong. She said with the utmost sincerity in her voice, “But, Ms. Flinck, how do you get to school on time every day?” She thought that I traveled from Minnesota to Texas each day!

    Needless to say, this led us into a great lesson on geography, time, reasonableness, etc. I will never forget that question on that day twenty years ago or the precious, sincere look on her face!

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  2. Mily

    I think all teachers can attest to this in one way or another…
    I landed a new job in a elementary school for 1st-3rd grade for students who have an intellectual disability (prior I was a High School Sped teacher for learning disabilities). I was preparing my room 3 weeks prior to the beginning of the school year, etc. I felt I was in total control and ready for my little kiddies. I felt good yet nervous, excited yet scared. So I am wondering around campus getting a feel for the students, the culture, environment, my principal stops me and says “You need to get to your room.” So, I go to my room. Some of my students and their parents are waiting for me, and I nearly faint catching myself against the wall. Was I in for a total shock!! Thank goodness I had an aide who came to my rescue and began the day for me…

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  4. Barbara

    A couple of years ago I wanted to assess my brand new first graders using Fruit Loops. My primary goal was to assess those students who could make a pattern using the different colors. I let them vote on whether they wanted to make a necklace or a bracelet. They of course voted unanimously to make their own necklace. I demonstrated how to add the cereal onto the yarn after they completed their pattern. I quickly began taping the ends of the yarn to their desk to prevent the cereal from sliding off the other end. The students eagerly started to make patterns from their cereal. After their pattern was formed on their desk, they began to carefully place their cereal onto the yarn. Within a few minutes I was startled by a little boy yelling “Look! It’s a zip line!” Second later, there was an outbreak of “wee, wee, weeeeeeee!” as they watched their cereal travel down their yarn. Apparently they loved those Geico commercials as much as I did! I laughed so hard my sides ached! At that moment, I knew I was going to have a great year.

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  5. Joanne M.

    This will be my first year in my own classroom, so I don’t have a teaching story yet. I have a Mom story though. My Mom passed away the March before my son started kindergarten, and the two of them were very close. As we stood in front of our house to take First Day of School pictures in between the raindrops, a rainbow suddenly appeared. Beaming up at me my son said, ” See Mommy, Ahma IS here today!” Out of the mouths of babes…

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  6. Allison

    I am going into my 2nd year of teaching so my heart is still full and warm from meeting my first group of students last year. I don’t think I will ever forget the anticipation, excitement and nevers that I felt on my first day of school.

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  7. Bob Sadowski Post author

    THANK YOU to everyone who submitted their back-to-school stories! We will look them over and announce the winner of the Five Star prize pack tomorrow.

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  8. Bob Sadowski Post author

    Congratulations to Joanne M. who’s back-to-school story was selected as the winner of this week’s Five Star prize pack! Thank you to everyone who participated–and if you didn’t win, don’t fret. We’ll have another contest ready to go next week. So keep reading the AT-A-GLANCE Blog and be sure to subscribe so that you receive all the latest information (and contests) delivered directly to your email. Have a great weekend!

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