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Teacher Appreciation Discounts & Deals 2016

Teacher Appreciation Day is a day where we give our thanks and appreciation to honor our teachers who pass down their knowledge and expertise, guiding future generations of engineers, therapists, scientists, artists, and, best of all, teachers! Give yourself or a teacher you know some well deserved treats with the discounts on this list. From lunchtime goodies to office staples to work wardrobe updates, we've got you covered. And if we missed anything, please drop any links to discounts and deals for teachers you know of in the comments below!

J. Crew

On top of the usual 15% discount for teachers with a valid ID in store, J. Crew is ramping up its discounts to 20% off purchases for teachers from May 3-4.

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How to Transition to Online Homework Assignments

Grading offline homework is a tedious task. Just getting all the assignments home without throwing out your back or losing anything is a miracle. And half the time the homework doesn’t even get to you: you’re practically fluent in student excuses from hearing so many.

Taking homework online, however, eliminates many of these problems: students can’t leave a Google Doc at home and you can’t lose a blog post on your way to the car. There are also many apps that make grading and organizing online homework assignments faster and easier.

Like any technology integration, however, this can seem like a daunting task: Where do I even start? This transition can be as simple or involved as you want; use these tips as a guide.

Just Get Started

The best way to transition to online homework is to simply do it. But getting started doesn’t have to mean going in all at once. Start small, with just one homework assignment a week. …

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Five Alternative Careers to Pursue With a Teaching Degree

Many don’t realize this, but educators are trained to have many of the same skills that coincide with other careers. Some of these skills include organization, public speaking and presentation skills, leadership, multi-tasking, and effective time management. In fact, being an educator is a beast of its own. To quote Ryan Fuller at Slate, “Giving a presentation to NASA about how the thermal protection system of a spacecraft is connected to its primary structure is a cakewalk compared to getting 30 teenagers excited about logarithms.”

In a 2013 study executed by Jaison R. Abel and Richard Deitz, they found that only 27% of college graduates held jobs that we…

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Teach100 Mentor: Teacher Appreciation 2016 Stories

Around Thanksgiving, Teach.com did a project to learn more about teachers' day to day efforts. It was called "Thank Teachers For," and it encouraged teachers to write themselves thank-you cards to share on social media. The cards would tell stories of small acts of kindness, extra efforts, or special measures of patience that non-teachers might not know is a a part of the job. Something about attaching specific circumstances--coming in on a sick day or helping a student cope with a death in the family--paints a more vidid picture of all the ways teachers give back. That's what we were hoping to do in having teachers speak up on their own behalves.

Many people made cards (with our generator, which you can still use!), bu…

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8 Questions with a Teacher Librarian Consultant

8 QUESTIONS is a series of interviews with teachers who have effectively transitioned their classroom skills into new and exciting careers in the field of education. We at Teach.com believe that teaching is a rigorous and diverse classroom in and of itself; the skills learned “in the trenches” can translate into an exciting portfolio of professional options. From education tech to consulting, the only “X factor” is where you want to go — our interviews hope to shine a light on the steps it takes to get there.
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10 Free Resources on the Internet for ESL Teachers

Being an ESL teacher can be a difficult, yet rewarding, job. Textbooks can be very helpful. There are plenty of great textbooks out there, but many ESL learners cannot afford to spend a lot of money those big and thick workbooks. Fortunately, there are many fantastic online free resources that you can easily implement into a lesson plan. Here are some of the most useful educational resources and teaching ideas available on the internet for ESL teachers.


  1. TEFL Tunes


  2. Plenty of scientific research has shown that many people learn best when th…

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The Power of Storytelling in the Classroom: 5 Ways It Can Be a Great Help

People say unbelievable things all the time and often we may wish they were true. These stories touch our imagination, as we feel ourselves playing a role in the story in both time and place. More often than not, they are make believe and are told to attract the audience, whether it's a small group of friends or family or a larger group such as a school classroom or even a conference attended by the business community.

When it comes to teaching in the classroom, research shows that children tend to retain more knowledge when they can connect it with a classroom activity. One of the most common classroom activities is storytelling. Children love listening to their teachers telling stories. While they listen, they begin to focus and follow the story through until its end.

As a teacher, this is exactly what you want: a …

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