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A Shoe Organizer Might be the Answer to Your Classroom Organization Problems
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A Shoe Organizer Might be the Answer to Your Classroom Organization Problems

Does anyone else have a school supply organization system that looks something like the box below? Transform your school supply organization with a simple-to-make and easy-to-use over-the-door organizer. Use it in your classroom or in your teach-from-home space! Step 1: Go shopping and print out your labels Pick up a hanging shoe organizer and some brads. While you’re there, you might as well pick up a box of fun colored pens or some new cute binder clips. After all, you will now have a fun place to store them. You’ll also need to download and print out a set of our free classroom organizer labels. (We printed ours on heavy-duty card stock and they turned great, but if you have access to a laminator, that would work out well, too.) Click here to print your labels. Step 2: Hang your shoe...
Teach Kids How Germs Spread with This Free Printable Activity
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Teach Kids How Germs Spread with This Free Printable Activity

Teaching kids about germs can help prevent them from getting sick. This germ education activity was designed especially with grades K-2 in mind and teaches kids how germs spread through a fun story and cut-and-paste task. Plus, it provides extra practice in an important reading skill: sequencing! We love this activity because it works for either in-person or virtual learning. The Story: “A Germy Day” Follow Tim as he makes his way to school … and picks up lots of germs on the way. Depending on your students’ reading levels, you can read this aloud, post it in a center, print it out for them to read on their own, or send it for learning at home. The Activity: Sequencing Students can color in the comic squares before they cut them out and paste them in order on the story mat. This makes f...
Five things you can use for your students this fall (whether your school is in-person or remote)
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Five things you can use for your students this fall (whether your school is in-person or remote)

Maybe you’re adapting your entire curriculum to work in a hybrid or remote teaching environment. Maybe you’re teaching in-person—but in a classroom environment that  doesn’t feel like any you’ve experienced. Or maybe (and, oh man, our hearts go out to you), you’re still just not sure what your school has planned for the school year.  No matter what, you know there will be a list of things you’ll need for your students to learn. Here’s five things you can stock up on right now, no matter whether you’ll be teaching in-person, remote, or a mix of both. We’ve made sure there’s more flexible shipping options available than ever, so for lots of items, you don’t need to be at your school building to get packages delivered. 1. Basic supplies Kelly, a third grade teacher in Virginia, is s...
12 Frequently Asked Questions About Student Loan Debts
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12 Frequently Asked Questions About Student Loan Debts

For millions of Americans, student loan debts are something that is always in the back of their minds. They can be very complicated, and this can lead to a lot of questions. We’ve compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions about student loan debt to give you the answers you seek in one place below.1What types of student loans are available for college expenses?You can break student loans down into three broad categories. There may be Federal Pell Grants available, but you can borrow from the government if you don’t qualify. Your choices are Direct Stafford loans, Perkins loans, or PLUS loans. Direct Stafford loans come in Subsidized and Unsubsidized forms, Perkins loans are for students in great financial need, and PLUS loans are for a college student’s parents to apply for...
Teachers Pay Teachers Is Having a Sale This Week & Here’s Everything on Our Wishlist
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Teachers Pay Teachers Is Having a Sale This Week & Here’s Everything on Our Wishlist

Hooray! It’s time for the 2020 back-to-school Teachers Pay Teachers sale! With most schools prepping for some sort of distance learning option, this is the perfect time to purchase new materials for online learning or to print and send home. On August 4th and 5th you can use code BTS20 to save up to 25% on Teachers Pay Teachers items. (Note: Some sellers may not be offering the full 25% off on their items.) While you may already have a list of what you want to buy during the sale, we thought we’d put together some of our favorite Teachers Pay Teachers items. The sale is an especially great time to buy the pricier bundles, and the ones below come with great reviews! Plus, check out our favorite TPT sellers for kindergarten, first grade, second grade, third grade, fourth grade, fifth grade,...
We’re Taking Steps to Improve Federal Loan Servicing
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We’re Taking Steps to Improve Federal Loan Servicing

You may have heard that changes are coming to student loan servicing, and that’s true. But, there’s no need to panic. Your loan servicer will not be changing this year. In fact, long before your loan servicer changes, we’ll communicate with you. We’ll make sure you have lots of advance notice, we’ll explain how your loans will be serviced going forward, and we’ll make sure your account transfer is as seamless as possible. As a matter of fact, we’ve set out to make all of your experiences with federal student aid better. In 2017, Federal Student Aid (FSA) launched the Next Gen FSA initiative to bring the federal student aid experience into the 21st century and improve how you—students, parents, borrowers, and schools—interact with our programs. Things we’ve done include making th...
9 Productivity Tips Your Work-From-Home Career Needs
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9 Productivity Tips Your Work-From-Home Career Needs

Whether you are a full-time office worker, a freelancer, or entrepreneur, get ready to pile your bricks and really get stuff done! The population percentage of remote workers is on the rise. Several organizations are getting used to their employees working virtually from anywhere in the world. Working from home allows flexibility, reduces the ”office” work tension, and bossophobia. It is all fun and exciting when you work from your comfort zone until you realize you are falling behind on your target or goals. The “work-from-home” life has its downside, but it is nothing you cannot handle. Here are 9 productivity tips that would make you successful in your work from home career.1Set Up a Work Plan When you work from home, you need to set up a work schedule you actually stick to. Work-...
How to Shape Your Startup into a Brand
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How to Shape Your Startup into a Brand

According to Seth Godin, a brand is defined as:“The expectations, stories, memories, and relationships that account for a consumer’s choice of a product or service over another.” In simple terms, a brand is what your business does to create a memorable impression in the mind of your audience. From color to logo design, product selection fonts, and other factors, contributes to your brand. But more significantly, it is a reflection of your business values, practices, and the motivation for why you started on the journey. That said, here some steps you can follow to build your brand. Steps to Build Your Startup Brand Essentially, what you need to build a brand is a business name, a logo, colors, fonts, and brand personality. But it’s not as straightforward. You need a lot of research befo...
Master Peace Box: Meditation-Infused Art Classes, Delivered Monthly
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Master Peace Box: Meditation-Infused Art Classes, Delivered Monthly

Do you ever read about other people’s creative hobbies and think, “Man, that sounds like a lot of fun”? Do you ever look through creative Pinterest pages and think, “You know, I bet I could do that?” There’s something about art that instantly evokes a feeling of joy and relaxation—or at least it does for me. Maybe it’s memories of carefree childhood afternoons spent creating Lego houses and playdough sculptures. Or maybe it’s the fantasy of being an artsy kind of person—eccentric, free-spirited, and driven by passion and awe. Whatever your personal draw, there’s one thing we have in common, us aspiring amateur artists: We love the idea of being creatively zenned out, and we’re always excited for an opportunity to get lost in a state of fun and flow. If this sounds like you, you’re gon...
3 Ways to Break Through When You’re Burning Out and Ready for a Change
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3 Ways to Break Through When You’re Burning Out and Ready for a Change

In the midst of particularly hard days when I feel that I can’t endure, I remind myself that my track record for getting through hard days is 100% so far. On my birthday many moons ago, when Google and I were both a lot younger, I Googled “how to change your life when you’re burning out” to see what would come up. I had been feeling hopelessly trapped in a cycle of busyness—like I was racing around in circles every day without any meaningful progress. And it was time to find a better roadmap because I was literally getting depressed with the same old grind. Granted, I was working 60+ hours a week, struggling with a failing business, and coping with the recent deaths of two loved ones. The stress and pace of life just seemed to keep me busy from sunrise to midnight every day without much...