We get it: You’ve been reaaally busy, buried under final exams and keeping your students engaged in these frenzied days before break. Shopping for holiday gifts for friends and coworkers may have slipped off the to-do list, but never fear, it’s not too late!
TeacherPop put together a few affordable options. Best part? They are all under $25, and if you shop til you drop by Friday (Dec. 19), you’ll receive free shipping and delivery by December 25.*
- Be Your Best Selfie Tote
- Moonstruck Chocolates
- Flutter Beauty Tall Canister
- Essie Winter Mini 4-Pack
- Sputnik Vase
- Philosophy Holiday Duo
- Porcupine Pencil Holder
Happy holiday shopping!
*Please check individual stores for specific shipping deadlines.
The holidays are a-knocking, and your students likely need some distraction from sugar highs and thoughts of vacation dancing in their heads. Check out these 15 cheap and easy DIY holiday projects you can start and finish in your last days before winter break.
1. Bring some sparkle to your classroom with macaroni snowflakes. They can be hung from hooks with fishing wire or made into ornaments for the kids to take home.
2. Make a JOY banner with felt, scissors, and a glue gun. This makes a great backdrop for a holiday photo booth, too.
Via Etsy and includes a pre-sewn kit with self-adhesive felt stickers for application.
3. Celebrate the festival of lights with colorful menorahs made of construction or wrapping paper and glue.
4. Transform your bulletin board into a game of pin-the-nose-on-the-reindeer. The kids can help cut out the shapes and take turns trying to pin their noses on the reindeer.
5. Some inexpensive and delicious-smelling cinnamon sticks make great starters for trees, stars, and other holiday décor.
Via Paper & Stitch
6. Felt snowflakes are a snap for older students.
7. Turn leftover cans into tin can snowmen with some wire, ribbon, paint, and felt balls.
8. Collect pine cones for your kids to decorate with simple everyday materials. These sugar snowy pinecones require just egg whites and some sugar.
Via Whole Living
9. Students can make garlands out of just about anything. Here’s one example with colorful pompoms.
Via Paper & Stitch
10. You can never have too many pinecone crafts for kids if you ask TeacherPop. This one gets really festive with globs of glitter.
11. This penguin mask is perfect for wee ones. Bonus: It’s not holiday-specific. You can save this one for January when the mercury dips.
12. Make a pasta necklace in traditional Kwanzaa colors with some dried ziti, paint, and shoelaces or string.
Via Activity Village
13. Felt can get pricey (see #7). Here are more snowflakes, made out of coffee filters, and easy for young kids to make.
14. Fuzzy white pom poms are a cinch to make, but word to the wise: snowball fights.
15. Everybody loves a snow globe. Make a 2-D version with your students with super simple materials like a plastic plate, some cotton balls, construction paper, and markers.
Happy, crafty holidays!
Frugal Friday is TeacherPop’s weekly round-up of sales for teachers on a budget.
LOFT: 50% off sweaters and an extra 60% off sale styles. No code necessary!
Asos: 30% off cold-weather gear for guys and gals.
NY & Company: 50% off everything with no exclusions.
Payless: Stock up on cozy boots and slippers—15% off everything with code ZZLIGHTS.
Ends Sunday (12/14)
Banana Republic: 40% off full-priced items with code BRSANTA.
Lands’ End: 30% off regularly priced merchandise and an extra 20% off sale and clearance. Plus, free shipping! Use code WINTER and pin 1244.
Ends Monday (12/15)
J.Crew: An extra 30% off select sale styles with code GIFTTHIS.
Madewell: Up to 30% off your purchase with code GOFORIT.
Barnes & Noble: Use code BNFAMILY at checkout to take 25% off any one item. Books make great gifts, people!
Kohl’s: Save 20% when you spend $100+ with code WREATH or 15% when you spend less than $100 with code HOLLY.
Hot bonus tip: There’s a new shopping tool for the fab and frugal. It’s called Shoptagr, and it notifies you when items at your favorite shops go on sale. Download the free browser extension to start saving.
Once again, it’s that time of year to geek out—Computer Science Education Week! Computers are so much a part of our everyday lives, but did you know that fewer schools teach computer science today than 10 years ago? That’s crazy!
Well, the fine folks at Code.org and a handful of esteemed public figures (ahem, President Obama) are working to change that sad stat. This week, they are hosting the Hour of Code, a program chock full of hour-long tutorials empowering teachers of all subjects to introduce their students to computer science—and how to build technology, not just use it.
Last year, 15 million students participated in the Hour of Code. Almost half of all participants were girls, 8% were black, and 14% were Hispanic. Computer science students on average are only 18% female, 3% black, and 8% Hispanic. Help us keep closing that gap!
Check out the Hour of Code’s How-To Guide to get started.
Don’t forget to tweet your plans @TeachForAmerica using the hashtag #HourOfCode. Happy coding!
Don’t miss some of our favorite posts of the week:
- Cyber Monday might be over, but there are still tons of deals to be had for teachers. Check our list of sites the provide educator discounts on the regular.
- Your quality of life is important! See five factors in schools that have a huge impact on teacher quality of life.
- Mental health break!
- Using technology in the classroom is effective but expensive. Learn four ways to incorporate blended learning without breaking the bank.
- And, finally, read about how one teacher found it’s cool to be kind.
Have a great weekend, everybody!