Tag: school supplies

Preparing for Back-to-School: Make It a Great Year

Preparing for Back-to-School: Make It a Great Year

I’m a planner, especially when it comes to Back-to-School season. This lady prepares early. So, I planned my first day of school outfit several weeks in advance. As one does. However, one year I did not account for Restaurant Week. If your city doesn’t have […]

5 School Supplies That Will Get (And Keep) Teens Organized

5 School Supplies That Will Get (And Keep) Teens Organized

I’ve taught a lot of organizationally-challenged kids, but Tommy* takes the cake. He had no form of organization that I could see. He asked for a pencil each and every class period. Oh, and he also needed a piece of paper to take notes. He […]

DIY It This Year: Make Your School Supplies Awesome

DIY It This Year: Make Your School Supplies Awesome

When I was in school, it never occurred to me to personalize my supplies. The only personalized thing I ever had was my paper bag book covers. Yes, that was a thing. Other than that, I had the same yellow pencils, green scissors, and binders […]

Buying a New Backpack: How to Buy the Best Bag

Buying a New Backpack: How to Buy the Best Bag

I was ready to head back for my senior year of college, when it finally happened. My backpack broke. This had been my backpack for all of high school and the first 3 years of college. It had held textbooks, notebooks, gym uniforms, and so […]

Homework Caddy: How to Create One for Cheap

Homework Caddy: How to Create One for Cheap

For two years, I taught in four (yes, four) different classrooms. The school was overcapacity. As a new teacher at the school (and lowest on the totem pole) I had to move from room to room. After 12 years of always teaching in my own […]

How to Be Thrifty when Back-to-School Shopping

How to Be Thrifty when Back-to-School Shopping

This lady loves a good bargain. A few years ago, I was inspired by the show Extreme Couponing and went all in. My crazy couponing days are past me, but I still break out the coupons every fall for some thrifty Back to School shopping. […]

What NOT to Buy a Teacher for Christmas

What NOT to Buy a Teacher for Christmas

In my husband’s favorite Christmas movie, “A Christmas Story”, every student gives their teacher the same gift – an apple – for Christmas. Except for Ralphie, of course, who brings an entire fruit basket Teachers, especially elementary school teachers, get inundated with similar gifts during […]

Christmas Gifts that will Make your Teen a Better Student

Christmas Gifts that will Make your Teen a Better Student

It’s the most magical time of the year – no, not the end of the school year. It’s the holiday season, when I slowly gain weight from all the chocolates and cookies my students bring me. And I eat.them.all. #norestraint   You probably already know […]

Back-to-School Supply Shopping for Teens

Back-to-School Supply Shopping for Teens

It’s the most wonderful time of the year.  No, not Christmas. It’s Back-to-School season!! The National Retail Federation estimates that Americans will spend $29.5 billion in the next few weeks to get ready for school. Billion. And just like Christmas, Back-to-School seems to start earlier […]

5 Steps to an Organized Backpack – Improve your bag today

5 Steps to an Organized Backpack – Improve your bag today

“Uh, Ms. P, I never received that paper.” “That’s funny, Isaac, because I specifically remember giving it to you last class. And the class before. Let’s check your backpack.” “Good luck,” he replied. Isaac opened his bag and I goggled at the contents. It was a […]