31 July 2016

Best Year Ever TpT Sale Must Haves

When I think of the Teachers Pay Teachers #bestyearever sale, the song It's the Final Count Down comes to my mind.  I am sure most of you have heard by now it is all going down starting tomorrow. Carts are getting filled, wishes are getting made, and teachers are getting their shopping on!  So, what are some must haves from my shop?

Up first, my FLUENCY BUNDLE I literally just added to my store.  It has all my seasonal fluency sets bundled into one.  You can save big on this bundle set.  Plus, if you buy the bundle then you will have enough weekly nonfiction passages to get you through the year.  I am not trying to toot my own horn, but the fluency sets have been life savers for me!   I use them as my weekly fluency homework. Keep scrolling to see what others are saying about my fluency sets.  They are some of my best sellers.

I teach second graders and the past couple of years my class has needed more challenging passages than what our reader offered.   So, I decided to create my own!   The passages start around a third grade level and build as the year progresses!  To read my blog post, "Why Fluency is so Important", click here!

Fluency Bundle Set

Fluency Bundle Set

Fluency Bundle Set

Fluency Seasonal Bundle Set by Teaching Tidbits and More with Jamie

This is my other set of nonfiction fluency passages.  

Fluency Passage Set for Advanced Readers

Here are what customers are saying about my fluency sets:

Fluency Bundle Set

To see a list of the titles just click on any of the previews.  I have listed the titles and their levels for each set!

Another great product that is fairly new to my store is my, Word of the Day Set!  I used this last year with my class to introduce more challenging and rigorous vocabulary.  After seeing it was a big success in my own class, it became an official product.

Word of the Day:  Exploring words through the use of vocabulary!

Word of the Day:  Exploring words through the use of vocabulary!

Of course if your not only a teacher but a seller too, don't forget to check out my digital paper packs to help you make all your fabulous products!

Digital Papers:  Brights on Black Collection by Teaching Tidbits and More with Jamie

Digital Paper:  Pool Party Collection by Teaching Tidbits and More with Jamie

Digital Paper:  Primary Love Collection on Black by Teaching Tidbits and More with Jamie

Don't forget to leave feedback for previous bought items so you can earn your credits.  Also, be sure to enter the code BESTYEAR to get your extra discount.  What are some items on your wish list?  I hope all you have fun shopping and score some really great deals.  Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek!

Teachers Pay Teachers Best Year Ever Sale

28 July 2016

Back to School Giveaway Winner

I want to say thank you so much for everyone who took a chance and entered in my Back to School Giveaway!  Because of you it was a huge success.   I hope everyone will continue to follow me on my blogging journey.  I have some really great ideas in the work.

Back to School Giveaway
Carrie Gouldman:  I sent you an email with information regarding how to claim your awesome prize!

For now I am off to finish getting my room ready for the new year.  I hope everyone has a great first week back to school and a fabulous school year!

20 July 2016

Back to School Giveaway

I have about 1 1/2 weeks {yes, you read this correctly} left before I return to school.  I start back on August 4th for our first teacher inservice day.  Where did my summer go?  I swear this summer flew by so much faster than the previous years.  Maybe because I was so busy playing taxi driver to my kids.  When do you start back to school?   I know many people start back at some point in August.  I know a lot of you are like me and are starting to get ready for the upcoming school year.  I wanted to help get you going with a HUGE giveaway.  All summer I have been picking up little things here and there to add to my Back to School Giveaway!  When I put all the goodies  together this afternoon it was A LOT of fun stuff.  Let's just say you will not be disappointed!  You have a chance to win EVERYTHING you see in the picture below.  All you have to do is enter the Rafflecopter.  

Back to School Giveaway

Wondering what all is included?
Well, here is a list of just a few of the things you can win: 

*  Sharpie 14 Piece Set 
*  Numerous Notepads
*  File Folders
*  Award Pencils
*  Chalkboard Clips
*  Bookmarks
*  Student Awards
*  Teacher Stamps
* Ink Pads
*  Note Cards
* Stickers
*  Sticky Notes

I get all kinds of teacher happy when I have a fresh set of Flair Pens, Sharpies, and Mr. Sketch Markers.  So, I knew that you would definitely love those too!  Be sure to spread the word to your teacher friends and let them know about this giveaway.  I will announce the winner next Thursday, July 28th!  I can't wait to see who the lucky person is that will win all of this fabulousness!  Thanks for stopping by and entering and taking a peek!

08 July 2016

Are You Posting Your Rich Pins Correctly? A Pinterest Tip!

If you have been a follower for any amount of time, you have probably noticed I have updated a few things on my blog.  I kept my logos and headers the same, but I added several new widgets and a new navabar (which still needs info. added #sorrynotsorry #teacherisonsummerbreak).   I also switched from using the free blogspot.com to a custom domain name (read this great blog post on why you should dot.com).  I know many people have switched over to Wordpress, but I just couldn't make the switch. I am not unhappy with blogger and it is very easy for me navigate.  So for now I am sticking to the mantra, if it is not broke then don't fix it!  Which leads me to why I am writing this post.  When I made the switch from teachingtidbits.blogspot.com to www.teachingtidbitsandmorewithjamie.com, most of my stuff redirected as it should.   The two social medias that were giving me heck were FB and Pinterest.  Well, I sorted the FB issue out relatively quickly, but Pinterest had me about ready to pull my hair out!  I could not figure out why my Rich Pins were not showing up.

How to pin your Rich Pins

When you switch to a custom domain name you will have to go in and reverify your business Pinterest account under the new name. Then, you have to resubmit your rich pin code to make sure that it is validated under the new domain name.  Now, if you have made it this far and are wondering what in the world are Rich Pins and do I need them?  The answer is yes, especially if you do any type of pinning to help promote your blog, TpT store, or any of your own personal brand.  I am not an expert on explaining Rich Pins or how to install them on your blogs HTML, but over at I Teach. What is Your Super Power?  Megan has all the explanations and help you will need for a further understanding of Rich Pins.

My tip for you is to make sure you are pinning correctly, so your Rich Pins show up.  So, back to my story ....  when I made the switch to the custom domain name I noticed my pins were showing up, but not as a Rich Pin.  I kept racking my brain!!!  I couldn't figure it out.  My blog designer and I both checked the HTML codes (yep, they were correct), the domain name had been verified, and the Rich Pin/favicon had been validated.  So, what was my issue???  After sending in a request to Pinterest, this is what Darci (AKA: best Pinterest helper ever) informed me (I am almost embarrassed to tell you, but I figured if I didn't know this and I have been blogging and pinning for a while, then there is probably someone else who doesn't know either):  When you pin from your website/blog make sure that you are pinning under the BLOG POST TITLE URL!!!!   This means you do not want to pin from your blog home page URL address!  So for example, I would NOT want to pin a picture under the URL www.teachingtidbitsandmorewithjamie.com.  I would click on the blog post title and pin under that URL.  Here is an example of what that URL would look like from my own previous blog post: (http://www.teachingtidbitsandmorewithjamie.com/2016/06/two-for-tuesday-and-giveaway-reminder.html).  Notice how my address and blog post title all show up in the URL.  Make sure you click on the blog post title and get the entire extension in the URL.  Once the blog post is in the URL, then you are good to go and free to start pinning away from your own website/blog!  If your Rich Pins have been installed correctly and you follow this tip then all things you pin from your website/blog should show up on Pinterest as Rich Pins.
How to promote Rich Pins correctly?
If you notice in the picture (please excuse my pinning, this was during my hour of frustration of trying to figure out why it was not consistently working) that in order for a pin to be technically considered a "Rich Pin" it must have the favicon present.   The last two pictures are missing the favicon.   This is because I pinned under my blog's home page instead of under my blog's post title.

If you want to make sure your Rich Pins are showing up CONSISTENTLY on Pinterest, then remember: TO PIN IMAGES UNDER YOUR BLOG POST URL AND NOT BLOG HOMEPAGE URL!

After Darcie from Pinterest explained this to me, I went back and realized there had been numerous times when I was not pinning correctly.  And let's face it, if we are taking the time to pin, then we want to make sure we are getting the full benefit from everything it has to offer!   Rich Pins allow you to have a better description of what your pinning, which means more hits in the search results.  It also allows for all your content to be directly linked back to your blog/website.  This is very important if you are doing any kind of promoting. If you are not following me already on Pinterest, I would love for you too!  Do you have any Pinterest secrets or tips?  If you do please leave in the comments section, I would love to hear from you.  Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek!
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