Class Set of FISH IN A TREE Giveaway #SupportTeachers
Greetings, Teachers and School Librarians,
What strange times these are, huh? I have been thinking of you all, knowing that whether you are distance teaching from home or in your school building, these times are full of unique challenges. There are plans that seem to change daily. There is uncertainty. There are times when you, as teachers on the front lines, do not feel seen and supported.
But you ARE supported. There are scores of us out in the world thinking of and praying for you. I think teachers this fall must be experiencing the epitome of conflicting emotions. Thrilled to be in your classrooms and to see your kids again (if in person) but the worry of masks and social distancing and the unpredictability of…well, of it ALL. And those of you teaching online. Yes, it feels safer but it’s teaching without the very BEST part of teaching – the kids.
I love to visit with kids virtually, but it isn’t like standing in a gym with them. Walking up and down the aisles, high-fiving kids, asking their names, shaking hands with their teachers, visiting their library and signing things for them. Quiet conversations with kids who connect to my books in special ways; making memories.
YET…this school year is one your kids will LONG remember. They will remember how you showed up for them. They will remember how hard you tried. They will remember your efforts to connect to them such as a hand-written, (mailed if distanced) note. Yeah, something like that takes time but it will make a BIG impact on kids. If Lynda at 10 years old had you for a teacher this year, I would have need you. And if I knew you cared. That you saw me. I’d log in each day. I’d work very hard for you.
See the child before the student. Tend to their hearts and souls as well as their brains. Even in these nutty times, the HEART of teaching is STILL the Children. NO ONE expects perfection. Do the best you can. Take care of the child. At ANY age. You know, those big high school kids really need their teachers as well. This is sometimes forgotten.
I DO support you – as always. During the fall, I will be posting videos for you. I will also be doing giveaways for virtual visits and personalized videos. But, for the time being, I have teamed up with Kimberly Lynn, illustrator of FISH IN A TREE for the following giveaway. It includes an original piece of art which I find VERY hard to part with! SERIOUSLY. But for you, I WILL!
Here are the giveaway items. (Directions to enter are at the bottom of this post.)
GRAND PRIZE WINNER:
Everything in these pictures:
NOTE: Digital planning pages generously offered by:
***IN ADDITION, I will choose some additional winners to get smaller “Just Swag Packs” OR “Just Stickers Packs”.
To ENTER, please retweet and/or post to social media with the hashtag #FIAT. ALSO, please include your twitter handle, if you have one!
ALSO, please comment below about some of the challenges and victories you are experiencing – whether they be virtual or in person. If I learn more about your experiences, it will help me find ways to help you.
I am planning to create more videos for the fall that you can share with your kids. Also, I have asked the illustrator of the Sketchbook of Impossible Things (found at the back of the paperback) to create activities for you to share with your kids – they will be coming in early September. If there are ANY specific activities you’d like made, PLEASE share that with me as well. WE WILL MAKE IT FOR YOU! Again, I would like to help, if I can.
NOTE: I will ship to a private residence, however, winner MUST be currently employed by a school system (and listed as such on their district website). ALL materials will come in ONE box. Winning teacher is responsible for distribution to kids. US and Canada only.
GIVEAWAY ENDS Tuesday night at 11:59 PM.