Friday Faves

Afternoon All,
(Thank God It's Friday Before A Long Weekend)

I've fallen in love with many things this month. Today, I want to share these things with you, in the hopes you will love them as much as I do...

one. My newest Appsession (see what I did there...) is Steller. Compose your own story using text, pics and vids, all from your iPhone. Check out other amazing journals too! Here is one of mine to give you an idea.

two. This article from Upworthy is quite funny...if you think satirical sexism is funny.

three. Dolly Poulet. Just Google her. She is everything.

four. Tiny Hamster eats tiny pizza, tiny burritos, and tiny spaghetti

five. This video is instant therapy. Seriously.

six. The Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival. Surprised The Husband with tickets (jeez - count the capital letters so far), and had an absolute blast! We are both big into stand-up comedy, so this was quite the treat.

seven. My newest purchases and recent loves. Turns out they make a pretty good outfit too...

My Recent Loves

eight. Speaking of comedy, check out my newest TV obsession: Nathan For You on Comedy Central. Remember Dumb Starbucks? Yeah, it was him.

nine. And now, speaking of newest TV obsessions, The Husband has gotten me into watching (or re-watching for him) The Shield. I know I'm like...12 years behind (The series started in 2002), but with my weird TV anxiety (absolutely NOTHING scary, or gory, or upsetting) it took a lot of convincing to get me to give it a shot. Now, I'm obsessed. However, I do still need to leave the room sometimes, and one time last week, an episode was too upsetting for me that I had to take a break from the series for a few days...

What are some of your faves? Share! I LOVE checking new things out :)


Quickie Post: 3K GWAY

Hi Folks,

Just dropping in to tell everyone about a HUGE giveaway from my friend Natalie over at Teachery Tidbits! Make sure to stop by to congratulate her on reaching 3,000 Facebook likes AND make sure to enter to win one of five awesome product bundles!

 Enjoy and good luck!


The Job-Hunting Teacher Series: Thank You Notes

Hello again friends!

Welcome back to the Job-Hunting Teacher Series. Today's post is about writing "Thank You" notes after your interview. This is a crucial step in the interviewing process! Some employer's actually think less of those interviewees who do not send a prompt "thank you." To make sure you don't end up on the Black List, follow these tips for writing and sending the perfect "Thank You."

Preparing Your Thank You
  • Make sure to have the name(s) of the person(s) who interviewed you.
  • Make every effort to write to each interviewer. If it was a large panel interview, it is appropriate to write a note to each of the mangers of the departments that were present.
  • If you grabbed business cards at the interview, this is an easy way to make sure you have everyone's name and correct spelling.
  • Don't be afraid to ask for help! When I interviewed for a teaching position a few years ago, I knew a fellow teacher already on staff. When I went to write my thank yous, I realized I didn't remember one of the interviews. I Facebooked (yes this is a word) my (future) colleague to ask her for her name, as I knew what her position was. Easy as that!
  • Alternatively, you can make use of the internet for this as well. If you don't have the spelling of the Assistant Principal, take a look on the school's website.
Writing Your Thank You
  •  You want it to be personable, but not too chummy. Make sure to include a formal salutation, but do not spell out titles such as Mr., Ms., or Dr. Err on the side of caution when choosing to write Mrs. This assumes more than you know. Stick with Ms.
  • Use a colon after the salutation line. This is more formal, for business purposes. Save the commas for your letter to Grandma.
  • Click the image below for a PDF to help format your thank you letter. 

Sending Your Thank You
  • Send your thank you letters within 24 hours of the interview, if possible.
  • If time is a factor, a thank you email or phone call can also be appropriate. You may still choose to send the traditional thank you note as well.
Handwritten vs. Typed:
  • Some people believe handwritten notes are dated. Others think typed and signed letters are too stuffy. Still others find e-mail too informal and inappropriate. So which is best?
  • The answer is not that simple. It depends on the company's climate (in many of our cases, the school's climate), your personality (particularly in regards to how you interview), the job you have interviewed for, and how much time the employer has before offers are made. For example, a handwritten note may indeed seem very irrelevant if you are interviewing for a high-end tech firm. Likewise, in a small community school, an email thank you may come across as cold and ingenuine. Know your audience, your field, and yourself to make the decision. But if time is a factor (such as school starts in 2 days and they need to hire a teacher), it is generally viewed as acceptable to send an email thank you as an initial follow-up.
For most posts in the series, click the image below.

Do  you usually write thank you notes after your interviews? Which method do you use? I want to hear your thoughts!


We Love Special Educators FREEBIE Hop and Giveaway!

Did we mention how much we love special educators??! 
Well just to show you how much, 24 of us have joined together to help you start your new year out with a BOOM! 
We are beyond excited and even more excited for you! Ok, maybe even just a wee bit jealous! :)
These 24 awesome special educators, including me, have put together 5 fabulous giveaways and a freebie hop with over 20 freebies just for you!! 
Shall we get this party going!!? 
Are you ready?
The first 3 giveaways are split into 3 categories; early childhood, primary, and intermediate! So be sure to enter the one for your grade level! You can click on any of the pictures to view the product in their store or to wishlist it in case you don't win!!{wink}
Here's a look at everything one teacher will win in the Early Childhood Pack!
Here's a look at everything one teacher will win in the Primary Pack!
Seriously!!!!?? Are you feeling the Love?!
Here's a look at everything one teacher will win in the Intermediate Pack! As you know, it can be a challenge finding resources on TpT for this level, but we did manage to put a few things together that we think you'll love!
a Rafflecopter giveaway But wait! There's MORE! David at "Attainment Company" was generous enough to give two lucky teachers a copy of this e-Book for their iPad. (This e-Book is compatible ONLY for iPad, so if you do not have an iPad do not enter!)
a Rafflecopter giveaway How many of you have seen this book, or are even using it in your classroom to assess and determine presents levels?? Brigance CIBS
Last year a new and improved updated version was released...... Brigance CIBS II
and we're super excited that Robin at "Curriculum Associates" has generously donated it for us to give to one of you!! Folks, this is a $339.00 value!! Now this one definitely makes us just a wee bit jealous!  (Our apologies, but this one is for U.S. residents only) a Rafflecopter giveaway And now it's time for a............... FREEBIE HOP!
Check out a sample of my Kindergarten Daily Warm Ups! Then, enter for your chance to win my September Daily Warm Ups! OR, if you are feeling eager, you can purchase my new Daily Warm Up BUNDLE - 20% off the regular price! It's like getting 2 months for free!

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