“Giftedness is not what you do or how hard you work. It is who you are. You think differently. You experience life intensely. You care about injustice. You seek meaning. You appreciate and strive for the exquisite. You are painfully sensitive. You are extremely complex. You cherish integrity. Your truth-telling has gotten you in trouble. Should 98% of the population find you odd, seek the company of those who love you just the way you are. You are not broken. You do not need to be fixed. You are utterly fascinating. Trust yourself!”

Linda Silverman~Gifted Development Center Denver

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Currently and Introducing a fellow Canadian blogger...

Photo of December Currently from Teachingisagift.blogspot.ca

I am usually late linking up with Farley at Oh' Boy 4th Grade...so this month I am trying to get this posted on time and it
allows me to introduce you to a fellow Canadian Teacher Blogger and all round great person. I hope you will take the time to support Krystal's amazing project...imagine what a great holiday gift THIS would be for the kids!

I feel so privileged to be writing a guest blog post here at Teachingisagift for you today. My name is Krystal Mills and I'm a grade 7 teacher-blogger from Souris, Prince Edward Island. I'll waste no time getting to the point: My school needs your help!
We are in the semi-final round in a contest to win up to $140 000 for a new, inclusive playground for our school. As with many schools, students who are in wheelchairs have limited to no access to our playground equipment and recess time is not a time where they are physically able to interact with their peers. However, this social interaction is so important to their development and they deserve it!
Due to age, and health concerns our current school building will be demolished at the end of this school year. We will be moving into a renovated high school building in the fall of 2014, becoming the first K-12 facility on PEI. Of course, playground equipment is not part of the budget and not covered by the government. So, my community applied for the Aviva Community Fund to help us out and we are SO CLOSE we can taste it! That's where you come in!
To get into the final round (and be one of the projects in front of a panel of judges) we need votes and lots of 'em. It takes just a moment to register your email (or you can log in using your Facebook account). After you have registered, voting takes just a second. You can vote once a day from December 2nd to the 11th. Some incredible teachers have actually taken this on as a "Random Acts of Kindness" project and their whole class has registered and is voting for us every day! I'd like to thank those teachers again! If you feel that this is something you could do - it would be absolutely amazing!
Also, we'd love your shares via social media: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, blog posts etc. Any and all exposure is WELCOME and APPRECIATED!
We WILL do this. I know we will. And we need people like you, to help get us there.

PLEASE Feel Free to Pin!
Thank you so much and I hope to send you an update in a month or two saying," WE WON!"
Lessons From The Middle
Lesson From The Middle


  1. I am about to head to WalMart to take care of some gift and grocery ideas! I love buying for my kids and friends at work, but boy, can that add up quickly!

    Pizza on Christmas Eve sounds awesome!

    First Grade Nest

    1. Jessica,
      You sure are right about it all adding up! Even when I make gifts for my staff, it costs a fortune. This year I am giving the ladies lemon sugar hand scrub, which I make. The thing that costs so much are the cute containers, the cute labels, the cute decorations, the cute washi tape, the cute little charm and ribbon I'm adding! Honestly, it would probably be cheaper to just buy something at Bath and Body Works! Hope you are having a great week!

  2. What an amazing project Krystal is heading up! I'm glad you were able to highlight her on a linky day!

    1. Thanks for stopping by Teran! I hope you get a chance to vote...such a worthwhile cause!
      Hope you are having a great week!

  3. Mmmm...that soup sounds amazing! Do you mind sending some to Illinois??
    Happy Holidays!
    Short and Sassy Teacher

    1. Erin,
      I can't send you the soup but I can send the recipe if you would like it. SO STINKING EASY! I make a double batch at least twice a month once the weather gets cold. It lasts me all week for school lunch! It freezes really well too!