Taking the Plunge: Win a Book That’s Way Cool for Back to School

I love the look on this little penguin’s face. It perfectly reflects the way lots of kids and teachers are feeling right now. Are we ready to take the plunge?

Submit a comment to this blog by 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, September 5, to let us know how you’re feeling about back to school. All settled in? Still gearing up? Please share! TWO lucky teachers will be randomly selected to win a copy of this book. Good luck!


Ready to jump in for more freebies? Here you go!


Here’s a new resource to help with the serious and scary topic of bullying. Check out the book What Happens Next? and the free teacher’s guide from Owlkids. The story is sure to resonate with any child who has ever felt like an outsider, and the guide includes ideas for productive discussions for grades 1–3 and 4–6. The materials are written by a clinical child psychologist. Click here to learn more and to download the free guide.


No need to stay after school for meeting and planning when you have Flipgrid. With this free video discussion platform you can create a community and start a discussion from anywhere. Take a peek at info.flipgrid.com.



Get students off to a happy, healthy start with fit4Schools. Students learn about the importance of eating and sleeping well, being active, and making healthy choices. Get the free resources at fit4schools.sanfordfit.org.


As the school year gets rolling, remember our penguin friend and be brave!


PS: The contests at Learning magazine are featuring 123 prizes. Yep, 123! Will one be yours? Enter here!

36 thoughts on “Taking the Plunge: Win a Book That’s Way Cool for Back to School

  1. I am itinerant, so I am meeting with lots of teachers and trying to get things organized. Definitely jumped in and overwhelmed right now!

  2. We are in our second day of school. I had all of my students last year, so we are pretty much back in the swing of things. I am excited to be working with the students again this year.

  3. This is our first full week of school, my second year of kindergarten at this school and I am feeling very good, confident and excited for the school year! Like the little penguin, I was somewhat nervous, but was ready to take the plunge!!

  4. I’m a preschool teacher for children with special needs. I have a total of 7 students, between the afternoon and morning. classes. I was totally ready to take the plunge the first week. Now we are into the third week and many referrals are being made, so I’d like to back paddle at this time. FYI, I did know it would happen.

  5. I am having an awesome year with one of the best group of kids. We have had 7 days and they are a great bunch!

  6. I am excitedly anxious about this year. New roles and responsibilities will do that to you I guess. We just finished our second week of school and are starting to settle in.

  7. Just started this Wednesday, as a long term sub in a K and 1st grade combination, and am excitedly overwhelmed. Thought I was going to retire at the end of the month, …but I met those kids and fell in love with them, so now I am excited to teach them and work with a wonderful assistant! Would love to read that book to the students, so they can see they are not the only ones who did not seem ready to “Jump in.”

  8. Two weeks under my hat so far feeling great! This week is Back to School Night which always brings up a little anxiety.

  9. I had to leave the comfort of the elementary school and plunge into the middle school as well. So I teach 2nd, 1st and then Kinder, eat lunch make some changes to the plans, then head off to the middle school for 2 classes in the afternoon. this on top of recovering from ankle replacement surgery and recovery, still wearing the boot after 3 1/2 months! Whew!

  10. Pretty overwhelmed at the moment since I’ve been on medical leave until last week which caused me to miss the beginning days, I’m hanging in there!

  11. Every August starts with the back to school crazy dreams. They are random and make no sense but it’s a reminder that it’s time to get going for the new year. Labor Day weekend is part sit back and enjoy the last days of vacation – part planning to make the first week go smoothly – part one more day in my classroom to be sure that everything has that organized and ready look. I’m waiting on the last one for Monday!

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