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Weekend Sales: 10 Hot Deals for Teachers


Happy Friday, teachers! January is almost over, and we’re putting all our money on that groundhog kid next week to give us a sign that spring is right around the corner. Not to worry, we have a little bit of change left, so we’ve rounded up our top 10 discounts—and we’re sharing the love with you.

Okay, how much do we heart the good folks over at JCrew? They are still going strong with mid-winter sales, offering an extra 40-50% off all final sale items with code SALETIME.

Not to be outdone, Abercrombie & Fitch is celebrating Super Bowl Sunday with 25% off storewide and free shipping through Feb. 1. Code 11309 will get you there.

Running low on binders? Stock up at Staples! Their Better Binders are 30% off online (through Feb. 7) with coupon code 32385.

Now’s the time to scoop up affordable, anything but #basic basics at Old Navy. Get 20% off your purchase with code SAVE through Feb. 4.

Shoe Carnival understands your (foot) pain, and has provided a coupon for $5 off any purchase of $40 or more through Saturday night.

Our feet realllly hurt from working all day, so we’re bringing you another shoe sale: Rack Room Shoes is offering $10 off when you spend $60 or more. Use code 10WTRCLR to see the savings.

Don’t forget your pets! They need discount love, too. PetSmart is coming through with $5 off purchases of $25 with code FEB15BDAY.

Phew, we’re starving: Boston Market just announced its 2 for $20 Complete Meal Deal, available through April 2. The combo includes two meals, two desserts, and two drinks—so bring a friend!

It may be single digits outside, but it’s never too cold for Pinkberry. In honor of its 10th anniversary, the store is offering yogurt for 10 cents (!!) from 7:00-10:00 p.m. tonight (Friday) only.

And then there was chocolate…Godiva has launched a friends and family sale for all you chocolateers out there; get 20% off when you count on code FRIEND.

Have an amazing weekend, everyone!

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Weekend Sales: 10 Hot Deals for Teachers


Happy Friday, teachers! We surprised ourselves even with the breadth and depth of this week’s discounts we rounded up especially for you. From a one-day discount on Amazon Prime (yassss, free shipping and Transparent!), to a shopping pass for non-members at Sam’s Club, we have you covered.

As mentioned (breathlessly) above, Amazon Prime is slashing its annual fee for one day only on January 24. Get to it, people.

Macy’s has two nice little sales happening: 15% off handbags with code BAGIT, and an extra 25% off menswear.

Rice cookers can save your busy school week from fast food nation. Walmart is giving up a 20-cup rice cooker for just $22.

Speaking of small appliances that make your life easier, Best Buy slashed its regular-priced, small kitchen appliances by a respectable 20%. Use coupon code SMALLKITCHEN20; plus, you’ll get free shipping on orders of $35 and up.

You can never have too many pretty pens and paper clips, which is why we turn to Poppin, especially when they shower us with free shipping on orders of $35 or more.

Okay, we’ll admit it: this one got us. We clicked, we cheered, we purchased (no shame). Baggu, purveyor of hip handbags is offering 40% off leather bags and cotton backpacks with code SPRING40.

Ever find yourself doing a quick Office Depot run after work? Yeah, us too. Here’s a coupon for $10 off a purchase of $30 (valid through Jan. 30) for those late-night runs for paper and supplies.

A delicious green smoothie is just $2 (crazy cheap!) at Jamba Juice through Jan. 27 with this coupon.

Brighten up those long winter nights with a buy-two-get-a third-free candle from Yankee Candle.

Last but not least, not a member of Sam’s Club but dream of stocking up on party-sized lasagnas and mini quiche? You are in luck, my friends. Here is an invitation for non-members to shop at Sam’s for the day—but hurry, it expires on Jan. 31.

Have an amazing weekend, everyone!

Weekend Sales: 10 Hot Deals for Teachers

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Happy Friday, teachers! TeacherPop has pulled together some epic, and we mean EPIC, sales for this #FrugalFriday. So, cuddle up with your laptop, and enjoy these deep discounts on goods and services you’re sure to love.

Let’s start by feeding our brains, shall we? First up, publisher McGraw-Hill has launched its Big Book Sale! Get 40% off science, computing, and business books.

We all love a good craft store, especially when you receive 15% off your entire purchase. Jo-Ann is making it happen with code TOTAL019, in-store and online, through Monday.

Is your car missing a bumper? We sincerely hope not, but just in case, here’s a coupon from AutoZone for $10 off any purchase of $50 or more.

Stock up on smell-goods at Bath and Body Works with 20% off sitewide (use code: BBWGIFT20) and up to 75% sale items.

Two of our favorite home stores are having great sales this weekend. Williams-Sonoma is offering 20% off with code PRIVATESALE, and Pier 1 is bringing the savings to your tables with 10% off when you sign up for the store’s newsletter.

Teacher favorite J. Crew is offering up to 50% off some final sale items with code SHOPNOW. Ann Taylor LOFT is also keeping some cash in your pocket with up to 60% off sale items.

Not to be outdone, C.Wonder has launched its major, semi-annual Big Sale, offering 75% off your entire purchase.

Finally, you’ve made it to the Finish Line’s end-of-season sale, where you can stock up on exercise gear for 50% off to keep yourself healthy and happy all year long.

Have a great holiday weekend!

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Weekend Sales: 7 Hot Deals for Teachers

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Happy weekend, teachers! If you’re anything like us, you’re looking for sweet relief from this week’s frigid temperatures. Not to worry: This #FrugalFriday, TeacherPop has you covered with all the creature comforts your warm heart desires.

With the chilly weather, we’re all spending more time indoors. Make your home extra cozy with West Elm, which offers 15% off all the time for teachers.

Give your apartment’s blank walls some color with Aaron Brothers Art and Framing. Check out their coupon for 50% off one item.

Work appropriate wear abounds at the Coach Outlet, offering 50% off + extra 30% off clearance.

Kick back over the weekend with a pair of perfectly broken-in Levis. You’re looking at 15% off with a student ID and 25% off sale items.

On January 26, Chipotle, purveyor of deliciousness, is offering a coupon for a free burrito, bowl, salad, or tacos, when you order sofritas. (We repeat: FREE BURRITO.)

Sometimes pizza is the only answer. Papa John’s is offering one large topping with promo code P1BOGO

Already planning Spring Break? We get it. Find the best airline travel discounts at Flight Deal.

Have a great weekend!

12 Easy Ways to Organize Your Classroom in the New Year

Right behind exercising and eating right, getting organized tops the list of many new year’s resolutions. Teachers are champs at organizing their classrooms, but we could all use some helpful hacks to make sure everything’s in its right place in 2015. An organized, clutter-free classroom means happy kids and stress-free teachers.

Check out these 12 ways to stay organized in 2015.

1. Binders Full of Binders


There are countless binder tutorials out there, but LuckeyFrog’s how to create a teacher’s binder in five easy steps is one of our favorites.

2. Easy Access Markers

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Keeping supplies organized means having a place for everything. Get instructions for this cheap and easy marker holder.

3. Printable Weekly Planner


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Put pen to paper after you download this free printable planner from Thyme Is Honey.

4. Labels for Classroom Supplies

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Check out these 21 resources for printable labels and tags from Teach Junkie.

5. Paint Stirrers for Libraries

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These guys are free at most hardware stores. Stock up and keep your books organized. Via Pinterest.

6. Pallet Chalkboard Shelf

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We love upcycled pallets! Get detailed instructions on how to make  one.

7. Shelf Storage System with Wire and PVC

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Who loves PVC? This storage system can hold paint and other supplies. Learn how at Mad in Crafts.

8. Crate Shelves

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Crates are ubiquitous and, with a little paint to spiffy them up, can make great shelves. Via Hometalk.

9. Homework on the Board


Keeping weekly homework expectations on the board is a great reminder for students and teachers alike. Via reddit.

10. Upcycled Tin Can Wall Organizers

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Tin cans make great organizers for all your classroom bits and bobs. Get instructions–a bit of glue is all you need.

11. Quirky DIY Recycle Bin

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One teacher created a quirky robot garbage bin to maintain order in the classroom. Get instructions.

12. Peg Boards Take All

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Peg boards, how we love thee? Let us count the many, many ways…that we can use thee. In this example from Kidsomania, create more storage or add students’ names and papers as a sort of 3-d bulletin board.

Happy organizing!

Welcome Baaack: 4 Ways to Tackle Your Return from Break

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It’s time to dust off those cobwebs, teachers! To kick off 2015 right, we’re revisiting one of our favorite posts from the TeacherPop archives about returning from Winter Break. Teach For America alum Maggie Dahn gives you some great pointers for making the first days back to school a little bit lighter. 

One of the biggest mistakes I made in my first year of teaching was neglecting to plan for that first day back to school. I figured that my students “already knew” the expectations and would “remember” classroom procedures. I thought perhaps they had matured over break and would come back with a renewed sense of responsibility.

In. my. dreams.

The only major difference between winter and summer break is that over winter break they’re expected to remember what happened before the new year. They come back to the same classroom with the same teacher (you). What they did in December has become a distant memory. Wait, I have to do my homework every night? What do you mean I have to raise my hand? And…who are you?

You can prepare yourself for the inevitable (second) first day. Treat the first few days back to school in January just like your first few days in September.

Here’s how I would do it:

Refocus students on their goals. This is the single most important thing you will do when you get back to school. You can frame their goals by first talking to your students about New Year’s Resolutions. As a class, you should revisit your class goal or have students look at their individual goals for the year. Is there anything they want to change? Is there something they can add to make it better? January allows for students to have a fresh start in some ways, and you can help them by making the time to reflect on the most important things. (Bonus: this is good for you, too!)

Build and sustain culture. You set the tone in your classroom. How do you want your students to treat each other? How will they resolve conflicts? How do you want students to define themselves? You could frame each day for that first week to focus on a part of your students’ identities. Monday could be “I am a leader.” Tuesday is “I am a friend.” Wednesday would be “I am a rock star student,” and so on … Create mini-lessons that help students explore these ideas in a meaningful way and have them post their work in the room so they remember come April. Help your students form positive perceptions of themselves as leaders, friends, and students.

Add some polish. Is there a new seating arrangement you’d like to try? Do you have an awesome idea for a bulletin board or visual tracker? Jazz up your classroom a bit. Don’t go back before your first day to do this, but make it fresh for yourself and for your kids during that first week back. My new obsession is baby food and mason jars to hold pencils and erasers on the tables. Although I was nervous of mixing glass and first graders, they totally work and the kids even commented, “This is pretty!” And I’m buying tiny plants for each table. The environment teaches the students almost as much as I do, and I want to create a beautiful space where they want to be.

Focus on the little things. Now is the time to get things all the way right. If your students are having a difficult time transitioning from lunchtime back into the classroom mode, fix it now. You can do this by explicitly teaching how you expect them to reenter the classroom before it is time for them to make the transition. Then, as with anything, you need to practice. Do it again. Do it again. And then do it again (despite the moans and groans) until it is right. And if you don’t get it 100% right the first day back, do it again the second day.

Here’s to a happy, productive 2015!