“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

Friday, 23 August 2013

Back to School Freebie from Teachingisagift at Tools for Schools

Back to School Freebie from Teachingisagift at Tools for Schools

Well it's Friday my bloggy buddies!  Some of you have been back to school for a week or more now.  I am finally facing the reality that next week is my last week of freedom for the summer. I am going into my classroom on Monday to try and get it put back together and looking fantastic for the first day of school, September 3rd.  

My summer has been unsettling to say the least. The sudden death of my mother and the subsequent chaos surrounding it has left me feeling drained and depleted.  Not the best way to feel when you are about to face a room full of energetic 6th graders!  I have kept myself "distracted" this summer with blogging a little, playing games on FB a LOT, and opening a new store on the ePals site Tools for Schools.  

I have uploaded a few things into my my new store and if you would like to check it out and download a NEW FREEBIE then click on the image below.

Photo of Back to School Freebie from Teachingisagift at Tools for Schools PDF FREEBIE
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My new Freebie is a pencil holder...yes, you read that right, you can turn a lovely piece of paper into a pencil holder for the first day of school. I explain in the instructions that come with this freebie that you copy it onto heavy paper, card stock works best, and then you make a slits in each little yellow star for the pencil to slide through. You cut around the top of the stars and then fold the page in three.  This makes a standing card. Slide the pencil through the slots and VOILA a cute little card to welcome your students back to class!  

I had to experiment a little with the first one I made, but once I had it, it was super easy to assemble and it looked great, even when I printed it in black and white (I don't have a colour printer at home).  Hope you LOVE it and that you have a fantastic first day, or continue to have a fantastic first month!  

Photo of Back to School Freebie from Teachingisagift at Tools for Schools Freebie Fridays
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Be sure to stop by Freebie Friday from TBA and pick up more back to school goodies.  My bloggy buddy Kristy from 2PeasandaDog has a great Back to School Bingo product featured today!

It's also Share the Wealth Saturday at An Educator's Life so hop on over there and check out more great freebies!


  1. Great freebie this week! We just finished our third week of school. GAH!

  2. Gary,
    I was just reading about your "Saving Fred" activity on Head Over Heels for Teaching and I want to know more! Do you have a post about it? Sounds as though everyone who tries it loves it! Wow! You are finished your third week, and I have not even started my first! BUT...I am going in next week to set up my classroom so I will be ready for the following week.
    If you have something about the Saving Fred activity can you shoot me an email at teachingisagift@outlook.com

  3. I hope your first day with your kids is just the tonic for your heart and spirit! We have been back since Aug. 1 with our kids!

  4. Thank you so much for your kind words. I hope that getting back into the swing of things is just what I need too! I am dreading going into my classroom on Monday, but I am sure that once I am over that hurdle I will be off and running!

  5. So sorry to hear about your mom. That isn't a good place to be (feeling drained and depleted) when you are starting a new school year. I hope you find yourself with some extra strength and energy as you go into this upcoming week and start school!