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10 Hacks Every Schoolteacher Should Know

Schoolteachers have one of the most important jobs in the world. Each morning, as millions of children wake up, they prepare for a day to be spent in school learning and engaging with their teachers.

Being a schoolteacher, like any job, has its challenges. These hacks are made to make the little things that may cause bumps in the road during a normal school day as smooth as possible.

 

Hack 1Seating Circles

What You Will Need: Colored Masking Tape or Velcro

Getting a class of young children to sit in a circle can become chaotic. By putting either colored masking tape or pieces of velcro in the shape of a circle, students can easily find a spot by sitting behind or in front of the pieces of velcro or tape. This will cut down on time used to fix circles and make story time and other classroom activities easier.

 

Hack 2: Bulletin Boards

What You Will Need: Fun Printed Sheet or Disposable Tablecloth

Teachers know how stressful it can be to maintain a class and a classroom. To minimize the time needed to decorate a bulletin board, teachers can use a fun printed sheet or a disposable tablecloth to create a visually appealing board without the need to decorate. Teachers can spend more time teaching and less time decorating.

 

Hack 3: Groups

What You Will Need: Color-Coded Labels

Group work is a crucial part of children’s education, as they learn from a young age to listen to other children’s ideas and collaborate. By placing specific colors on students’ desks, the students will learn to identify their group color easily, which will make group work much easier to organize.

 

Hack 4: Informing the Parents

What You Will Need: WordPress, Weebly, or Other Password-Protected Blogging Site

Printing notices to send home wastes paper. In addition, some notices may not even make it home since some students will forget to hand them to their parents. By creating a password-protected site, you can share precious moments from the school day with parents, keep them up-to-date, and post assignments. Sites like WordPress and Weebly allow users to password-protect their sites for free and provide simple interfaces to design sites with ease.

 

Hack 5: Business Cards

What You Will Need: Business Cards or Index Cards

Teachers should use business cards to share any websites or contact information that is being shared with the class. Teachers can give these out on a Parent-Teacher Night or staple one inside each student’s notebook. You can also include an email address designated for communication between you and your students or their parents.

 

Hack 6: Dry Erase Markers

What You Will Need: Dry Erase Marker, Velcro, and a Dry Erase Board

For some reason, dry erase markers always tend to dry out or get lost. By attaching a velcro to each marker and the white board, you will help students remember to stick the marker to the velcro on the board. To prevent markers from drying out, it is best to hang them upside down. so be sure to hang your markers upside down and tell your students to do so as well.

 

Hack 7: Create a Do-Not-Disturb System

What You Will Need:  Poster Board

Children often blurt out how they are feeling at the moment, but you can teach them not to disturb the class. For example, you can teach them hand signals for when they need to use the bathroom or need water. You can paste a picture or draw the hand signal with the meaning and post it on the board.

 

Hack 8: Missing an Assignment

What You Will Need: Open Top File Box

Keep a bucket organized by date with all the materials used each day and store it in a public area, so students can retrieve missing assignments and worksheets without disturbing the class. This bucket is a great way to keep track of your curriculum and help you and the students look for what’s needed with ease.

 

Hack 9: Things to Do When You Are Done

What You Will Need: Jar and Paper

Every classroom has a student who always finishes first and then has to sit in the class waiting for everyone else to finish. To help such student sit quietly and refrain from interrupting or distracting others, keep a jar filled with mini-assignments in the class. For instance, a student may select an assignment that will involve creativity or critical thinking. This will help students remain engaged during class and keep them busy.

 

Hack 10: Submitting Assignments

What You Will Need:  Paper Organizer

Have students hand in paper assignments before they sit down. If you leave a tray on your desk or near the classroom entrance, students can hand in their assignments as soon as they enter the classroom and you can avoid having a rush of students approaching your desk all at once. This paper organizer will keep all the assignments that need to be graded organized and in one place, which will make the grading process easier for you.

 

Teaching requires a lot of energy, but these hacks will help save your energy while maintaining a healthy classroom environment. Be sure to try these hacks in the beginning of the school year to make the school year go as smoothly as possible.

Teachers Need to Travel: Budgeting for Travel on a Teacher’s Salary

Empathy, knowledge and the ability to provide a sense of community are the three characteristics that make a great teacher. Travel rewards teachers with these skills. Today, due to technology, we have the ability to communicate with other nations at a speed and efficiency unlike ever before. For the first time, globalization is an achievable goal. But countries and cultures stand individually. This is a growing problem within the U.S. as well. Our country is viewed as divided by 77 percent of Americans, which is a record high.

The first step to molding the United States back together, and working towards integration on a global scale, is empathy. The primary problem lies in our ignorance of culture. Ironically, with the increasing ability to communicate, we have closed ourselves off.

To fix our cultural isolation problem, we must start from the bottom. We much teach children and young people the importance of empathy and understanding other ways of life. It is imperative that teachers experience travel firsthand, so they can accurately relay information to their students. They should be able to share stories, so we can reach our goal of intercultural understanding. There is a responsibility for teachers to travel, but a teacher’s salary doesn’t always allow for that.

Here are 4 tips for teachers who wish to travel on a budget.

1. Be Strategic

Some of the most culture-rich places in the world are the cheapest to travel to. Instead of a trip to Paris or Rome, look into Thailand. Explore the countries of Central and South America. Uruguay, Guatemala, Bolivia, and Mexico all top the list of cheapest places to travel to. Money goes a long way in poor countries. Why spend $40 on Mahi in the Bahamas when you can buy meals for $1.74 in Thailand.

When you get somewhere, stay there. Country hopping is exciting, but staying put gives people a chance to fully immerse themselves in a culture. Also, it is beneficial for those on a budget. Constantly moving increases transportation costs and the price of living, and doesn’t give you the opportunity to find cheap local food within the countries. Hotels for nightly stays can be very expensive, but subleasing, or renting an Airbnb, can cut down travel costs substantially. In additional, renting an apartment gives you a kitchen, so there is no need to eat out constantly.  

2. Walk

Transportation can be very expensive in foreign countries, so bring a good pair of shoes, pack light, and just walk. This way you can explore firsthand, talk to people, go into stores and shops, and fully experience a new country with all five senses.

If something is too far away, use public transportation. Many cities have subways or buses, so learning how to use a region’s public transportation systems can help keep cash in your wallet. Public transportation gives you similar cultural experiences to walking, because there is still the opportunity to engage and observe. The most important thing is, don’t order a cab or a private car. There is nothing beneficial about closing the doors and being chauffeured.

3. Research your Trip

This is tricky, because spontaneity can help people embrace a culture, but it can also be very expensive. Walk the line between the two. Schedule Airbnbs and transportation beforehand, but also allow some room for impulse.

Pro Tip: Tuesdays and Wednesdays are the cheapest days to book a flight.

Make a list of good, cheap restaurants, markets and shops beforehand. Check if you qualify for a discount at any of the museums. Also, musuem prices can vary depending on the date and time, so research prior to your trip.

Set a budget and try your best not to go over it. Make a rough estimate of how much money you can spend per day. If you go over budget on Saturday, maybe sit in the public park on Sunday. Overestimating the potential cost of your trip can help you save money. In many countries, it is a cultural norm to barter with vendors. But make sure it is incorporated in the culture of the country you’re visiting, so you don’t come off as rude or ignorant and offend the locals.

4. Be Flexible

Don’t set your mind on one specific place years in advance. Be open to new opportunities. If there is a cheap flight to South Africa, because it is the dry season, be willing to take the trip. Cheaper travel prices come in the off-season of tourism. This also will allow you to immerse yourself in the natural culture of a region, rather than acting as a tourist.

Once you hit ground in a country, don’t go by a regimented schedule. Schedules often only amount to added stress. Ask the locals where to eat, drink, or explore. They would know more cheap and rewarding places to go than your travel booking website.

Need for Teachers to Travel

Teaching children about culture and travel is the first step to unification. The responsibility to inform and open minds lies in the hands of teachers. We live in a country, and a world, that is continuously closing its doors, even though we possess the tools for globalization. We must look to teachers to travel and inform young people to resist the trend of cultural isolation. Teachers on a budget can use the tips above to get firsthand experience that they can use to broaden the minds of the young.

Best Year-Round Teacher Discounts and Online Deals

Teacher discounts are everywhere, if you know where to look. 

Below are some national brands that offer teacher discounts and other amazing deals year-round.

➳ Remember to always bring your teacher identification with you, and use our map to locate stores near you that are offering discounts!

Happy saving! 😀

➵ MOST POPULAR TEACHER DISCOUNTS

Ann Taylor– 15% teacher discount and deals up to 70% off

Best Buy– Exclusive deals up to 75% off

LOFT– 15% teacher discount and deals up to 75% off

Microsoft– 10%+ teacher discount and deals up to 50% off

The Container Store– Exclusive deals up to 60% off

➵ Retail: Apparel, Shoes, Home & More

Aerosoles– 15% teacher discount and deals up to 70% off

Ann Taylor15% teacher discount and deals up to 70% off

Banana Republic– 15% teacher discount and deals up to 70% off

Barnes & Noble– 20% teacher discount and deals up to 65% off

Bonobos– 15% teacher discount and deals up to 60% off

Eddie Bauer– 15% teacher discount and deals up to 70% off

J.Crew– 15% teacher discount and deals up to 70% off

Karen Kane–  20% teacher discount and deals up to 70% off

LOFT15% teacher discount and deals up to 75% off

Lou & Grey– 15% teacher discount and deals up to 60% off

Madewell– 15% teacher discount and deals up to 70% off

Michaels Stores– 15% in-store teacher discount and deals up to 60% off

Talbots– 15% in-store teacher discount and deals up to 70% off

The Container StoreExclusive deals up to 60% off

Tommy Hilfiger– 15% online and 10% in-store teacher discount and deals up to 60% off

West Elm– 15% teacher discount and deals up to 70% off

➵ Education

Cheap Online Courses from Udemy + 25% off your first Mediabistro course with code TUN25 & 15% off each subsequent course with code TUN15

Free Online Courses from Udemy

➵ Movies & More

Discount Gift Cards– Up to 35% off

➵ Technology

Apple– Special pricing

Best Buy Exclusive deals up to 75% off

Lenovo– Up to 60% teacher discount and deals

Logitech– Up to 20% teacher discount and deals up to 50% off

Microsoft10%+ teacher discount and deals up to 50% off

T-mobile– $60 off teacher discount

➵ Travel, Transportation & More

Budget Truck Rental 10% off local moves and 15% off one-way moves with code TEACH

Teacher Discounts and Best Deals of the Week – Updated December 21, 2016

Here are this week’s best deals and coupons from brands that offer teacher discounts to educators.  For greater depth of offering, we also highlight other brands with great sales.

Microsoft Office 365 University Deal – Microsoft has an unbeatable offer for eligible students, faculty and staff – $79.99 only for Microsoft Office 365 University, which includes New Office 2016 applications.

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Microsoft Office 365 University$79.99 for 4-year subscription for 2 PCs, Macs, or tablets + 2 phones (fully installed Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote & more, 1TB cloud storage + updates)

Sperry Deals – Save up to 40% off select styles with code BEATTHECLOCK through December 22nd + get FREE Express shipping on $50+ online order.  Plus, save up to 70% on clearance styles (no promo code needed).

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Sperry Select Styles Sale40% off select styles with code BEATTHECLOCK + FREE Express shipping on $50+ order online
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Sperry Women’s Clearance – Up to 70% off + FREE Express shipping on $50+ order online
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Sperry Men’s ClearanceUp to 70% off + FREE Express shipping on $50+ order online

LOFT Deals – Take 40% off everything, including sales, with code FESTIVE40 through December 24th.

LOFT Holiday Sale40% off everything with code FESTIVE40
LOFT Sale on SaleUp to 80% off + extra 40% off with code FESTIVE40 

EMS Deals – Save up to 40% off your favorites brands + get FREE shipping.  Shop clothing and accessories, footwear, camp and hike essentials and save today.

EMS Holiday SaleUp to 40% off sitewide + FREE shipping

Ann Taylor Deals – Save 50% off almost everything, including new arrivals, with code HOLIDAY50 through December 25th.

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Ann Taylor Holiday Sale50% off almost everything with code HOLIDAY50
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Ann Taylor Sale on SaleUp to 75% off + extra 50% off with code HOLIDAY50

The Limited Deals – Save 50% off everything, including new arrivals, through December 22nd (no promo code needed).

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The Limited Holiday Sale – 50% off everything
The Limited Sale on SaleUp to 60% off + extra 50% off

Tommy Hilfiger Deals – Save extra 40% off sale and clearance styles with code EOS40 through January 10, 2017.

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Tommy Hilfiger Holiday Sale – Extra 40% off sale and clearance with code EOS40

Kenneth Cole Deals – Save 50-75% off select items online during Kenneth Cole’s Holi-Deals (no promo code needed).

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Kenneth Cole Holi-Deals – 50-75% off select items online

Eddie Bauer Deals – Save up to 60% off through December 31st and get FREE shipping on ALL orders (no promo code needed).  Plus, save extra 40% off on clearance styles through December 27th (no promo code needed).

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Eddie Bauer Semi-Annual SaleUp to 60% off + FREE shipping
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Eddie Bauer Men’s ClearanceUp to 70% off + extra 40% off + FREE shipping
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Eddie Bauer Women’s ClearanceUp to 70% off + extra 40% off + FREE shipping

Perry Ellis Deals – Save extra 60% off sale items online through January 2, 2017 (no promo code needed).  Plus, take extra 50% off Perry Ellis fragrances with code PESCENT50 through December 31st.

Perry Ellis Sale on Sale – Up to 70% off + extra 60% off online
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Perry Ellis Fragrance SaleExtra 50% off with code PESCENT50

Aerosoles Holiday Sale – Save up to 50% off select styles through December 24th (no promotional code needed).  Plus save up to 70% off clearance shoes, boots, flats and sandals at Aerosoles.

Aerosoles Clearance SaleUp to 70% off
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Aerosoles Holiday SaleUp to 50% off full-price styles

For more great deals, check out Teachers Price Online Discounts and save even more.

Teacher Discounts and Deals for Teacher Appreciation Week 2017

Updated: Monday May 1, 2017

Every day should be Teachers Appreciation Day and every week should be Teachers Appreciation week.

Why? Because teachers deserve it.  

“Teachers, I believe, are the most responsible and important members of society because their professional efforts affect the fate of the earth.” –Helen Caldicott

Teachers are the underpaid backbone of our future, and we want to recognize and reward them.

So while the National Teacher Appreciation Day is May 9, 2017, which is part of the Teacher Appreciation Week (May 8, 2017 – May 12, 2017), Teachers Price wants to go beyond the one week celebration, recognition and appreciation; we want to do this all year round.

But first, here are the teacher discounts & deals from brands and businesses for Teacher Appreciation Day/Teacher Appreciation Week 2017:

We will be verifying the below deals from last year and updating the list so stay TUNed!

  • A.C. Moore – 20% off entire purchase
  • Barnes & Noble – Up to 25% off the publisher’s list price
  • Chick-Fil A – Different deals and offers throughout Teacher Appreciation Week at participating stores
  • Chipotle – Buy One Get One Free – burritos, bowls, salads, or tacos
    • + Customers who spend $25 or more in gift cards before June 10 will receive a free burrito! 
  • Cici’s Pizza – Access to adult pizza buffet at 400 store locations, from 4pm to closing
  • Coffee Bean and Tea – $2 any regular drink with a valid teacher ID
  • EVOS – FREE Meal or Salad with purchase of a meal or salad
  • Joann Fabrics – Teacher Rewards Discount Card (20% off purchase)
  • McDonalds – Different deals and offers throughout Teacher Appreciation Week at participating stores
  • PDQ – Free combo meal (3-piece tenders, sandwich, or salad combo) at participating locations
  • Staples Teacher Rewards program – Up to 10% back in Staples Rewards + 110% Price Match Guarantee + Daily Deals
    • Free “Thank You” Card – Every teacher who is thanked virtually on social media using the hashtag #thanksamillion will also have a chance to win one of 75 Erin Condren teacher planners.

✅ All year round Teacher & Educator Discounts:

✅ All year round Teacher & Educator Deals: 

  • Apple’s “education pricing” offers specials deals and discounts for teachers, lecturers and staff at all levels!
  • Barnes &  Noble offers PreK-12 educators, librarians and homeschoolers a 20% discount off the publisher’s list price on most books.
  • Best Buy gives teachers the Apple Education Discount through the Best Buy price match program.
  • The Container Store offers educators special discounts throughout the year to help organize their classrooms!
  • Logitech offers exclusive discounts and deals for teachers, staff and students.
  • Lenovo’s Academic Purchase Discount Program offers great deals and discounts to teachers.
  • The Microsoft Store for Education offers special discounts to teachers on a variety of Microsoft products, including PCs, software, accessories and more.
  • Staples Teacher Rewards – earn up to 5% back in rewards, plus 10% back on teaching and art supplies.
  • Zipcar offers discount for teachers and faculty at over 500 universities across the US.
  • FREE Online Courses – try something you’ve always wanted to learn, on your own time, at your own pace, all for FREE!
  • CHEAP Online Courses – learn new skills, take a crack at a new language, twist yourself like a pretzel, start playing an instrument and much more!
  • Discount Gift Cards – Buy discount gift cards for your favorite brands and combine them with the teacher discounts + other discounts and deals at Teachers Price.

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