FISH IN A TREE En Espanol Giveaway

Hey! As promised, I have gotten my hands on a SPANISH version of FISH IN A TREE. It came all the way from Amazon Spain.

Usually, I choose winners randomly, but here I will ask entrants to tell me in the comments section why they would like this Spanish copy. Giveaway will end on October 30th at 11:59pm and will be mailed out the following morning.

Muchas gracias por entrar en mi regalo para COMO PEZ EN EL ÁRBOL 🙂

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My New Website and Some Giveaways of Signed Books

Hey, Everyone!

I have just launched a NEW website! One facet of the website is the opportunity for readers to post their personal stories and/or favorite classroom ideas.

Below are links to these pages and giveaways for each. To ENTER:

  1. Leave a comment on the given page with your Twitter handle at the end of your comment so I can find you (or send an e-mail with your info to lyndamullalyhunt@yahoo.com with “book giveaway” in subject line. Please include your name if it isn’t obvious from your e-mail address.)
  2. Retweet (optional) the link with the hashtag #sharewithLMH (again, so I can find your entry)

NOTE: Comments on website need to be accepted by me to avoid spam and such 🙂 Winners will be announced October 30th at 11:59 PM

ENTER HERE FOR A SIGNED COPY OF FISH IN A TREE:

Do you have a personal story of overcoming adversity? Did you struggle in school but, because of your grit, came out standing tall on the other side. Please share your story here on the Personal Stories re: FISH IN A TREE here:

http://www.lyndamullalyhunt.com/books/fish-in-a-tree/personal-stories/

ENTER HERE FOR A SIGNED COPY OF ONE FOR THE MURPHYS:

Do you have a personal story of struggling as a kid with your family life? Did you struggle but, because of your grit, came out standing tall on the other side. Please share your story here on the Personal Stories re: ONE FOR THE MURPHYS here:

http://www.lyndamullalyhunt.com/books/one-for-the-murphys/personal-stories/

ENTER HERE FOR A SIGNED COPY OF FISH IN A TREE:

Are you a teacher who has used an activity with your class re: FISH IN A TREE? Please share your idea (and see others’ ideas!) Here:

http://www.lyndamullalyhunt.com/books/fish-in-a-tree/classroom-activities/

ENTER HERE FOR A SIGNED COPY OF ONE FOR THE MURPHYS:

Are you a teacher who has used an activity with your class re: FISH IN A TREE? Please share your idea (and see others’ ideas!) Here:

http://www.lyndamullalyhunt.com/books/one-for-the-murphys/classroom-activities/

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Many THANKS to all! I am SO BLESSED to do what I do. ❤

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Lynda Reads Chapter 24 from FISH IN A TREE and Answers Questions re: Chapters 18-24

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Lynda Reads FISH IN A TREE – Chapter 17 and Answers Questions re: Chapters 9-17

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Fish in a Tree ~ Lynda Reads Chapter 8 and Answers Questions About Chapters 1 – 8 #GRA15 #GRAFIAT

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Welcome to #GRA15 & Lynda Reads Chapter One of FISH IN A TREE

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Global Read Aloud Poster Giveaway #2 #GRA15

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Hello GLOBAL READ ALOUD READERS!

I am SO EXCITED! GRA15 is just about here and I have been working on those videos that I promised you. I hope you like them when they are released.

So, now to follow through on another promise. Another GRA15 GIVEAWAY!

So, the questions you posted for the last giveaway were extraordinary! THANK YOU!Fish in a Tree cover and badges POSTER 18 x 24

Here is how you enter THIS poster giveaway:

  1. In the comments section below, please leave a question about a *SPECIFIC SCENE* within the book. If you know the chapter, all the better. (SO many GREAT questions last time but most of them were big picture questions.) For the sake of the weekly videos, I’d like to have some questions pertaining to each section of the book. (See schedule below for chapter breakdown)
  2. Any teacher or librarian who posts a question not already asked will receive ONE signed poster for your school. But only until 8:45 tonight! (until the next giveaway!)
  3. The question you post CANNOT have been already posted. For those of you coming in late, that’s more of a challenge!
  4. Please send your name and SCHOOL mailing address (including name of school) to lyndamullalyhunt@yahoo.com. GRA POSTER GIVEAWAY *must* be in subject line. That’s how I will find you.
  5. I will choose THREE of my favorite questions and those readers will receive a free signed copy of FISH IN A TREE.
  6. If you entered the last time, please do not enter again. Your poster has been sent and will arrive soon! (if not there already.)
  7. This will END AT 8:45 SHARP! I will make a note in the comments section! *Please* do not post or send e-mails after that time.

THANK YOU ALL! I am so grateful to be part of this phenomenal movement. Seriously. I know I’m supposed to be good with words, but this? Well…

Have a silver dollar night,

Lynda

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Below is the GRA schedule just in case you’d like to see it again J

I will be posting Q&A videos pertaining to Fish in a Tree on each Thursday morning of Global Read Aloud. My first video will appear on Thursday, October 8th and will cover chapters 1-8. The other videos will follow each of the following five Thursdays to follow this GRA reading schedule.

Week of October 5:  Chapters 1 – 8

Week of October 12: Chapters 9 – 17

Week of October 19: Chapters 18 – 24

Week of October 26: Chapters 25 – 33

Week of November 2: Chapters 34 – 42

Week of November 9: Chapters 43 – end

The videos themselves (which will remain up permanently for future use) will be found both on YouTube.com and on my blog here:

https://lyndamullalyhunt.wordpress.com/

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Global Read Aloud Poster Giveaway

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GLOBAL READ ALOUD, a bonafide international movement created by the fantastico, Pernille Ripp, is almost upon us! I cannot even TELL you how honored I am by this. By all of the readers who will be meeting Ally, Albert, Keisha and the others. I never take it lightly. I promise you that.

I wish I could visit EVERYONE! I also wish that I could respond to every Skype request with a YES! Unfortunately my schedule will just not allow for any more. However, I want kids everywhere to know that, although I can’t visit in-person, I am with them in spirit on this journey. So…

I will be posting Q&A videos pertaining to Fish in a Tree on each Thursday morning of Global Read Aloud. My first video will appear on Thursday, October 8th and will cover chapters 1-8. The other videos will follow each of the following five Thursdays to follow this GRA reading schedule.

Week of October 5:  Chapters 1 – 8

Week of October 12: Chapters 9 – 17

Week of October 19: Chapters 18 – 24

Week of October 26: Chapters 25 – 33

Week of November 2: Chapters 34 – 42

Week of November 9: Chapters 43 – end

The videos themselves (which will remain up permanently for future use) will be found both on YouTube.com and on my blog here:

https://lyndamullalyhunt.wordpress.com/

I love the idea of getting questions from kids and picking some to answer, but my Fish in a Tree cover and badges POSTER 18 x 24schedule will not allow for that. As you’re reading, I may be flying over your school in an airplane! So, I will sit and record all of the videos prior to reading weeks and schedule them to appear throughout GRA. In addition, I WILL answer tweets from classes reading FIAT during GRA (although it may be at night).

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To enter:

  1. SORRY -TONIGHT’S GIVEAWAY IS OVER…..

THANK YOU for choosing FISH IN A TREE. For your Read Aloud choice! I am humbled, happy, and grateful.

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SORRY -TONIGHT’S GIVEAWAY IS OVER…..

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Teacher Appreciation C E L E B R A T I O N #5 ~ Double for Me

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I have written about my sixth grade teacher, Mr. Christy, several times now as he was the inspiration for Fish in a Tree. However, there were other teachers who made a difference as well. Today, I’m thinking of two of them: high school algebra teacher, Carol Masonis, and high school English teacher, Patricia Yosha.

I was an average student. Looking back on it I could’ve done better, but to be perfectly honest I had bigger issues on my mind than school. I was not a student that stood out a whole lot and I suppose I wanted it that way. As a freshman, I had a terrible math teacher who’d get through a problem on the board only to find that her answer didn’t match the book. She was also unkind. I did not do well that year.

On the first day of 10th grade, however, Mrs. Masonis commanded the room. She walked swinging a pointer and playfully slapped our desks to get our attention. She gave us a rundown of the rules including, “If you’re going to chew gum in my class you better have enough for everyone in the class and double for me.” The other thing about mrs masonisher is that she knew her material very well. Math just made sense when she taught it. She obviously loved her subject matter and she obviously loved us as well.

So, there was this one morning when she handed back our quizzes. I had received a 100%. I remember lingering in my seat for a bit longer than my classmates at the end of class, staring at the number. When I finally did get up to leave, she called me over. She took the quiz from my hand, held it up in front of my face, looked me in the eye, and said, “You know something? You’re very good at math.”

I think I half smiled and I think I may have mumbled thanks. But on the inside, things churned and I wondered if she was right. I started doing extra homework and studying hard for every math quiz and test. From that day forward, I never received anything less than 100% in math.

The following year, Mrs. Yosha, my English teacher called me up to her desk, held up a paper I had written, looked me in the eye, and said, “You know something? You can really write.” What do you think the chances are that these two were friends? It led to a similar result. I did not leave English with a 100% average but my grades did increase dramatically.

invisible to invincibleSo, maybe I’m overly open to suggestions? :-). I think in both cases, it was the intensity and the brevity of their messages. People who know me well wouldn’t believe it, but I was pretty quiet in high school. However, these teachers both gave me a goal and reaching that goal helped me view myself in a better light. Those improved grades got me into the University of Connecticut which led to other big changes. Great changes.

When I sat down to write one for the Murphys and it was time to create Mr. Ruben, the very first thing I ever gave him was a pointer to swing that he would use to playfully slap the desks. Although his gender and appearance are different, both his command of the classroom and that pointer came from 10th grade algebra and Carol Masonis who appears in the acknowledgements of Fish in a Tree because she was one of the very best teachers I’ve ever had.

She has been the subject of much conversation at high school reunions. I knew in high school that she was special, but it wasn’t until the reunions when I heard stories of things she’d done for other kids that really blew me away. She is one of those teachers that made a difference. A huge difference. Many of us out in the world are still grateful to have been her students.

Happy Teacher Appreciation—you are most definitely appreciated. I think teachers rarely understand the impact they can truly have. Perception changers. Life changers. World changers.

Thank you all! I do hope that you have enjoyed this week of celebrating YOU! This is a much-deserved celebration!

I’ll leave you with this…I recently heard, “If you are married to a teacher, raise your glass. If you are not married to a teacher, raise your standards.”

GIVEAWAY #5:

In the spirit of awesome teacher who swing pointers like Mr. Ruben from ONE FOR THE MURPHYS, I am offering:

  • 5 signed paperback copies of ONE FOR THE MURPHYS which you can add to your library, give to kids, or use for a book club.
  • 1 signed copy of FISH IN A TREE
  • 30 bookmarks for your students

Please enter by leaving a comment below with your contact info (twitter handle or e-mail) and/or tweet/retweet with the hashtag #LMHmath . This will help me find your entry.  🙂

Winner will be chosen on Monday, May 11th. Please be able to provide a school mailing address, your grade level, and the number of students that you have.

THANK YOU!!!

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Teacher Appreciation C E L E B R A T I O N #4 ~ Norman Rockwell Visits the School Cafeteria

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Here some cherished colleagues celebrating my 30th birthday. No better way to end the school day than with a surprise party. 🙂

During my first year as a third-grade teacher the reading program called for a vocabulary lesson each Monday morning. In the days that followed, it was my job to motivate the kids to use those words in order to add them to their repertoire.

Sometimes, this involved the use of a marble jar that I used as part of my discipline program. The class would earn marbles for various things such as unsolicited compliments from other adults in the building, especially good effort and/or attitude, etc. The kids also knew that if they came up with inventive ways to use new vocabulary that they could earn bonus marbles. When the marble jar was filled they would receive a class-wide celebration.

Just before lunch on a November morning I stopped to tell the kids how much I adored my job. How much I adored being with them. I told them how blessed I was to be a teacher. However, there was one thing I did not like about teaching and that was lunch duty. I warned them that I had my first lunch duty that afternoon and that I expected them to be their usual wonderful selves. Just because I adored them, didn’t mean that they could get away with anything that other classes couldn’t.

What I didn’t tell them was that I was rather nervous. I was a first year teacher (22 years old) who had never done lunch duty before and it was the expectation of my school that while the 240 children cleared their trays there would be absolute silence. I think I was a pretty good disciplinarian but, I must admit, the number of kids worried me. So, when I introduced myself at the beginning of the lunch period, I laid out the rules and consequences so that the 220 kids who did not know me would know I meant business. Yes, I admit to trying to appear scary. But, when I was finished with my little speech, I turned to my class with my palms up and shrugged my shoulders a little bit as if to ask them, So what did you think? I expected a quiet thumbs up. What I got was far different.

My 22 students stood with rousing applause, yelling, “ENCORE! ENCORE!” It had been one of our vocabulary words that morning and they had, indeed, found a way to use it creatively.

I started to laugh but quickly realized that the other 220 kids were watching, so in an inexperienced-teacher-frenzy, ran to the end of their table and said, “Oh my gosh! You guys are adorable. I love you. But you have to be quiet. I mean you have to. Please sit down. Please be quiet. Pleeease sit down.”

As luck would have it, my principal strolled into the cafeteria at that moment. He paused about 8 feet inside of the door and just stood and watched me with my kids. I kind of thought I was doomed (This is the same principal from my job interview post). Much to my surprise he just walked out, never mentioning it.

To this day, I refer to this as one of my, “Norman Rockwell teaching moments” for I can see the painting clearly in my mind of a bunch of rowdy third-graders and a nervous, brand-new teacher. To this day, every time I hear the word, “encore” I think of those proud faces standing among the other silent, serious ones and hope they remember it, too. And just in case you’re wondering I did indeed give them a bonus marble.

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week to all of you teachers out there. It is my deep, down-to-the-tips-of-my-toes wish that none of you are doing lunch duty this week.

GIVEAWAY #4:

In the spirit of a repeat performance, I am giving away:

  • A signed copy of my first book, ONE FOR THE MURPHYS (first book)
  • A signed copy of my second book, FISH IN A TREE (second book)
  • A set of bookmarks (30)
  • Be someone’s hero/GOT GRIT? bracelets (30)

Please enter by leaving a comment below with your contact info (twitter handle or e-mail) and/or tweet/retweet with the hashtag #LMHfun . This will help me find your entry.  🙂

Winner will be chosen on Monday, May 11th. Please be able to provide a school mailing address, your grade level, and the number of students that you have.

THANK YOU!!!

FYI, here is Monday’s giveaway:  https://lyndamullalyhunt.wordpress.com/2015/05/04/happy-teacher-appreciation-c-e-l-e-b-r-a-t-i-o-n-day-1/

FYI here is Tuesday’s BIG giveaway:  https://lyndamullalyhunt.wordpress.com/2015/05/05/teacher-appreciation-c-e-l-e-b-r-a-t-i-o-n-2-a-thank-you-letter-albeit-late/

FYI here is Wednesday’s giveaway:

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