Alright, my friends . . . the time is NOW. Sign ups for the 3rd Annual Pen Pal Pair Up have officially begun . . . and ended 🙁 Sorry friends. See note below.
You may be thinking, “What is this Pair Up nonsense she keeps blabbing on about??!!” Don’t worry . . . I don’t fault you for looking at me a little funny (nothing new here), but how about if I explain the whole deal a bit more?
For years I wanted to start up pen pals in my classroom. However, I never quite knew where to start. Finding a partner always seemed difficult and, well, it made my head spin a little. This roadblock was enough to get me to dismiss the notion every year. Well, that all changed for me two years ago when my friend approached ME about pairing up our classrooms. She made things SO easy and my kids loved getting letters from their MD pals. I wanted others to have this same no-brainer opportunity, so I started the Pair Up that same year.
Once the submission deadline passes, I will work hard to provide you with the best possible pen pal pair up (it takes me a few weeks)! I will contact you directly with your pen pal’s info as soon as I have most of the list compiled. Unfortunately, I can’t make the teacher I paired you with follow through. However, I will be crossing my fingers, toes, and eyeballs that I made a lucky match 🙂
- How does it work with Kinders? – usually teachers do shared writes most of the year, but it’s up to you and your partner.
- Which grades do you pair? – it’s mainly K-5, but I have done a handful of middle school classrooms in the past (6-8).
- Do you pair overseas classrooms? – yes, I have done this in the past. However, I don’t make guarantees if you are outside of the USA, but I do try my very best! Usually these partnerships focus on more techy or online connections.
- Do you pair special education classes? yes, I have in the past. As long as there is an even number . . . this tends to always work out!
I AM SO SORRY IT GOES SO QUICKLY, BUT WE TAPPED OUT AT 800.
I WISH I COULD DO EVERYONE, BUT 400 PAIRING EMAILS IS MY LIMIT THIS YEAR. PLEASE CHECK BACK THIS TIME NEXT YEAR . . .
I WILL HOST AGAIN AND I ALWAYS GIVE NOTICE
BEFORE THE SIGN UPS GO LIVE.
***NOTE: The response last year was overwhelming – I received 500 entries in a few hours. So, if you want in, get in now!!! I’m going to place the first cap at 500 this year. If my wrists hold out (stupid tendonitis), I will take the next 100-200 on the list. So . . . I won’t close the sign ups until I hit 700, but I only guarantee the first 500 to get a match. How’s that sound?? Don’t get me wrong my friends . . . I am delighted to help, but compiling the list and emailing each pairing takes hours and hours. I’ll be icing those cranky little forearms like crazy . . . PROMISE!