Teacher Swap?

Just tossing an idea out there, trying to gauge some interest-

In my frequent blog reading, I have noticed a lot of swaps being mentioned. After a little bit of digging, I found out that a swap is when a group of bloggers/readers are paired up and send each other packages according to a theme. For example, there are New Mom swaps, Paper swaps, Pet swaps, and so much more. They are similar to random acts of kindness, or RAOKs, which are also popping up all over blogs and message boards. I LOVE this idea.

Would anyone be interested in a Teacher/Kidlitosphere swap? I am thinking the theme could be “Back to School”, though you wouldn’t have to be a teacher to participate! If you are interested, I will pair people up using the random number generator. You can send me your name and address and I will forward it to the person who has you. It will be a great way to promote blogs (yours or the ones you read)! Plus, who doesn’t like getting surprises in the mail?

For the actual swap, the theme word will be SCHOOL. You choose items to send to your partner based on this word. They can be teacher items, book related items, writing related items, or just plain fun ones! Here is an example:

S- Something to write with. You favorite type of pen/pencil to write with.

C- Crayons to brighten your life.

H- Happy things. I would totally send a copy of a favorite book here!

O- Organization. Something to keep you organized.

O- One thing I couldn’t live/teach without

L- Lazy days. Something that helps you relax, or calms you down during stressful times!

OK, in the act of typing this I have decided I want to host one!

Rules:
Sign up by: August 21st
Partners given by: August 23rd (I hope!)
Send out items by: September 20th

Budget: $20 (not including shipping)

To Sign up: e-mail me at thereadingzone@gmail.com with your name, mailing address and blog address. You do not have to be a blogger to join in the fun….Lurkers this is your chance to come out and play!!

I will list randomly selected partners on my blog by first name or nickname with links to their blogs…don’t worry if you don’t have a blog you can use e-mail to get to know each other.
I will send each person an e-mail with their partner’s e-mail. You guys can then exchange address info.

Theme: Back to school. Think along the lines of being a teacher, or starting a new year (us teachers always see September as the “real” New Years!). You can also think along the lines of passing along the love of reading/writing.

Details: You send your partner 6 items (somewhat school/reading/writing/teaching) in the theme which will represent the letters “S-C-H-O-O-L” (see above for example).
Your items can be store bought, handmade, secondhand, whatever…Be Creative!
Most importantly have fun!!!
Any questions please e-mail me at thereadingzone@gmail.com
Have Fun!!! Happy Fall!!

*ETA:  Once you receive your package, you can blog about it and the sender!  Hopefully, we all meet someone new in the blogosphere, plus get our names out there on new blogs!

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10 Responses

  1. I’m in, I’ll send you an email next. Great Idea!

  2. I think I am in too. This sounds like fun!

  3. This sounds fun! Count me in. I am in Canada, but shipping from the US is easy and not expensive.

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  5. Will do it.

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  7. This sounds fabulous! Please count me in!:-) Lori

  8. I hate I missed out on this! Let me know if you do anything like it again!

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