14 Halloween Pinterest Picks for the Classroom

Top 14 Halloween Pinterest Picks for the Classroom

Everything is getting extra spooky with less than two weeks until Halloween. Looking for ways to spice up your kiddos’ classes? Pinterest to the rescue! Check out 14 of our favorite, affordable Halloween activities and STEAM projects for the classroom.

1. All About My Pumpkin Art and Writing Project

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Image: Teaching with Love & Laughter

2. Dancing Frankenworms Science Experiment

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Image: Playdough to Plato

3. Mini Halloween Pinata

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Image: Tried & True

4. Halloween Paper Plates

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Image: Simple as That

5. Handprint Vampires

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By |October 19th, 2015|DIY, General Pop|0 Comments|

7 DIY Beauty Hacks for Teachers

7 DIY Beauty Hacks

The following guest blog is written by Thrive Market contributor, Yolanda Hinchliffe. Thrive Market is dedicated to supporting teachers and providing the resources you need to lead happy, healthy lives. Register for your free Thrive membership today.

Did you know many of the healthy food items stocked in your kitchen double as amazing natural beauty products? For those watching your wallet, this is a great way to save money while giving your skin and hair the natural love it deserves.

Try a few of the DIY beauty hacks below, and unlock the secrets to natural beauty!

By |October 15th, 2015|DIY, General Pop, Take a Break|0 Comments|

16 Bulletin Boards to Get You Excited for Fall

As TeacherPop mentioned on Friday, we’ve finally decided fall isn’t so bad after all (though, rip summer). We’re getting in the spirit of the official start of fall this week by picking out our favorite autumn-themed bulletin boards. There’s something for everyone: fall foliage, spooky ghosts, smiling pumpkins, and apples for days. Get inspired with these 16 fall bulletin boards.

1. Friday Night Lights

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via Crafty Morning

2. Harvesting Knowledge

Harvesting Knowledge fall bulletin board

via Water Bench

3. An Apple a Day

Apple fall bulletin board

via My Classroom Ideas

By |September 21st, 2015|DIY, General Pop|0 Comments|

Crowdfunding for the Classroom: DonorsChoose and PledgeCents

Crowdfunding for the Classroom: If your ideas to enhance learning in your classroom require funding or supplies, there are two teacher-centered crowdsourcing platforms that can help. Find out a bit more about PledgeCents and DonorsChoose, so you have what you need to start the school year!

Do you have an idea to engage your students through a hands-on art project? Have you been hoping to expand technology access in your classroom, or take your students to a live theater performance?

If one of your ideas to enhance learning in your classroom requires funding or supplies, there are two teacher-centered crowdsourcing platforms that can help. Let’s find out a bit more about PledgeCents and DonorsChoose, so you have what you need to start the school year!

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Brown Baggin’ It: Brussels Sprouts and Balsamic Onions

TeachEatRepeat vegetarian recipe

Brown Baggin’ It is our weekly food blog brought to you by TeachEatRepeat. Each week, these Brooklyn-based teachers present their favorite recipes for workday lunches. For today’s recipe, the teacher foodies are keeping things veggie-friendly with a delicious recipe for Brussels sprouts with balsamic onions.

What You’ll Need

For the onions:

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 whole red onion

For the Brussels sprouts:

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 3-4 cups Brussels sprouts

Brown Baggin’ It: Cherry Tomato and Bacon Zoodles Recipe

TeachEatRepeat recipe

Brown Baggin’ It is our weekly food blog brought to you by TeachEatRepeat. Each week, these Brooklyn-based teachers present their favorite recipes for workday lunches.

Looking for noodles but without the pasta? You need to make ZOODLES! We’ve already covered your basic zoodles with meatballs, but this is a lighter take, perfect summertime fare! Don’t be afraid to add a bag of spinach if you want to up the veggie content or top it with grilled shrimp, chicken, or turkey meatballs for a full meal. This recipe should serve as a side dish for about four people, or a full meal for two.

6 End-of-Year Gifts for Students That Won’t Break the Bank

6 End-of-Year Gifts for Students That Won’t Break the Bank

Have you spent the last few nights scouring Pinterest for the perfect gift to celebrate your students’ successes this year? With the million and one things to do before the school year wraps up, you should choose sleep instead of pinning into the wee hours of the morning. Lucky for you, I found some thrifty (and educational!) ways to send your students into summer with a little love.

1. Sidewalk Chalk

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Via Pinterest

How to Efficiently Pack Up Your Classroom

How to Efficiently Pack Up Your Classroom

Before we start enjoying that summer sunshine and peace out for two whole months, there’s one dreaded checkout task we must complete: packing our classroom.

While your initial instinct might be to throw everything in some plastic storage bins and call it a day, taking some time to plan how you store your stuff for the summer will pay off in August.

Here are five simple tips to help you pack smarter:

  1. Organize by subject or theme.