Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Give Us Feedback | Chance to Win Amazon Giftcard

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Monday, November 21, 2016

Fall 30 Sale - Bigger and Better!

Warm up to this sale!

We just couldn't resist! Cozy up to this deal - 30% off entire order, free shipping AND a free gift with purchase.

When checking out at our webstore, after loading up on all our newest releases, use code: FALL30 to receive 30% off, free shipping, and a free gift with purchase.

Don't get too comfortable, this sale ends Saturday, 12/3!

Friday, November 18, 2016

NEW Feature for Members - Substitute Lesson Plans

Today is Substitute Educators Day and we wanted to remind all educators that we have a brand new feature designed for your needs!

Substitute Lesson Plans are now available to members located at each educational program page under the teaching resources tab.
Check them out here.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Fall 20 Sale - Ends Saturday 11/19

The leaves are falling and so are our prices!

We've got a fantastic sale for you! Not only do you save 20% off your entire order but we'll take care of the shipping!!

When checking out at our webstore, after loading up on all our newest releases, use code: FALL20 to receive 20% off and FREE shipping!!

Better hurry, this sale ends Saturday, 11/19!

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Parent Communication by Mike Siekkinen

How do you communicate with your students’ parents?  

Setting up a routine way to communicate with parents will make your life easier and your students more productive. Most of the time, parents are your greatest asset and support with student learning. Experienced teachers know there are “always a few” parents who are not the most supportive but as a general rule, they can make things happen in ways that you cannot.

I have found many ways to help this process along. First, during open house, get email addresses. I will have a couple computers set up in my room and have a Google form set up to have parents fill out. This gives me a good start on a data base of parent emails. Secondly, I send out an introduction letter the first few days of school, requesting the same thing from parents. Any parent not responding will get a phone call from me asking for an email. I always have a few students without internet access but the vast majority has it even if they do not have a computer (smartphones).

Once established, I do a weekly email to all parents, telling them what we are doing, important test dates, assignments coming up, etc. I send the same information home for my few students without an address on paper by simply printing the email contents into a document. I also use this form of communication to request supplies and inform parents when report cards are coming, school functions are happening, etc. I prefer to use my school email address when sending out information as the parent can then easily reply back if they have questions. The only thing to be cautious about is when sending, use BCC (blind copy) so you are not sharing anyone’s email address with anyone else. With a routine method of communication set up, you’re making allies with parents as well as covering your butt with due dates and class requirements. No one can say they didn’t know about an assignment if you can prove you sent it to a parent!

Do you have any helpful tips to improve parent communication? Does your district have another standard method? Tell us what’s going on in your school.

Dr. Mike Siekkinen, a retired U.S. Navy submariner, became a teacher as a second career. He teaches history at St Marys Middle School as well as Adult and Career Education at Valdosta State in Georgia.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Veterans Day DVD Giveaway

In honor of Veterans Day on November 11th, we are giving away Volunteer Military or Draft? for your classroom.

The code is: VETERANSDAY2016 and must be entered on the secret landing page here.

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