Thursday, April 23, 2015

Must Have for Your Emergency Kit

           Our district has been plagued with lockdowns. After my high school niece got stuck in one and told me her experience I thought this is a practical solution that you can do inexpensively, even if your school won't get the supplies for you.

             What is it? A portable toilet! My niece said students were using the classroom trash can as a toilet with no privacy after hours in a lock down.

Here is my simple solution:
1. Home Depot 5 gallon bucket $3...
2. Camping toilet seat (Amazon) made to fit 5 gallon bucket ($15)
3. Plastic garbage bags (tall Kitchen size)
4. Toilet paper
5. Duct tape
6. Tarp
All supplies are kept in the bucket.
Great for emergency kits too!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Celebrate With Us At Thank A Teacher!

Over here at Thank A Teacher, we are feeling a lot like The Little Engine That Could. We've been a-chuggin' and a-chuggin' away for over a year and just looked up, amazed at how far we've come! Here's what's going on at the corner office in the corporate tower of Thank A Teacher. (Ok, it's more like a cell phone in the driver's seat of the minivan...but we can dream!)

Good News #1

Sometimes it pays off to be mouthy. Our Letter to the Editor was just published in the March 2015 issue of California Educator magazine. The issue was teacher of course we had to chime in with our own experiences. We think blogging has made teaching less isolating and more rewarding in so many ways. To see the original article and our follow-up response, click here­­­­­­­­­ ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ . Then forward it to all your teacher friends and your mom and the cable guy and that jerk who keeps stealing your parking spot at school...This could be viral!

Good News #2

Yippee! Teachers Pay Teachers has recognized our TPT store for hitting a major milestone. No, we haven't made a million dollars or we'd be writing this blog from a cute little café in Paris instead of the couch where a pile of laundry is waiting to get folded. But still, we like any excuse to cue the confetti! And while TPT didn't offer us a photo op with Brad Pitt, they are doing something pretty special...

TPT is going to promote our store on their website ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­  and Facebook page . Considering that there are more than 50,000 sellers and over 13 million products on the site, it is like getting to cut to the front of the line at a Taylor Swift concert. Whoo-hoo! In celebration, they are offering buyers our wonderfully creative and creatively wonderful Mother's Day Art Project/Gift FREE for a limited time.

But we can't wait! We wanted you to have it FREE before everyone else. So here it is! Enjoy!

Problem: Some years Mother's Day just sneaks up on you and you need a great project fast and with supplies on hand. Other years you want to have the students make a gift that will be kept and remembered.
Project 1- No prep, easy doodled handprint with watercolor background for the front of a card. Inside the card is a Report Card on Mom. On the back of the card is babysitter information if mom wants to hang the card on the refrigerator.
Project 2: Same doodle handprint taken to the next level! Shrinky Dink it and make into a keychain for mom! Recreate the famous Picasso flower bouquet with the key chain attached. Inside the card has the Report Card for Mom and the back has babysitter information.
On a year you have time to order the supplies, allow 3-5 days, or check your local craft store, and the funds (about .30 a child) do the fun keychain! I order enough supplies for at least two years. Other years you have all the templates ready for the handprint card!
My students loved the project! I brought in the toaster over and we had a blast! The key chains turned out great!

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