Monthly Archives: November 2012

Teacher Gift Ideas


This is the time of year when teachers get a little giddy as they anticipate a little reprieve from their classroom duties. Two weeks to sleep in, go to the bathroom whenever they want, etc. In addition to getting some time off, every teacher on the face of the planet secretly hopes the parents of their students remember them during the holiday season. Specifically with gift cards and such. Since I have nothing to gain by writing this, I feel no shame in making a few suggestions on behalf of teachers.

Teachers love gift cards to restaurants and bookstores. They aren’t crazy about ceramic coffee mugs…unless there’s a gift card tucked inside. Most teachers love chocolate. Popcorn popped at home and placed inside a Ziploc bag is a no-no, but caramel corn, cheese popcorn, and butter-flavored popcorn inside a fancy tin container complete with Christmas-like paintings is usually a big hit. Stay away from ties and other apparel…unless it’s used to hide a gift card.  A copy of Dead Poet’s Society or School House Rock on VHS isn’t very sensible, but a gift card to a local movie theatre would be much appreciated. The best gift of all, perhaps, is a nice card with an encouraging note thanking your kid’s teacher for all they do (…with a gif….never mind.)

Hope this helps,

Mr. B




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Posted by on November 30, 2012 in Teaching Tips


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Thanks Sparta!

A huge “thanks” to the fine folks that came out the other night to the Sparta Library. Despite the fact that I was extremely nervous, temporarily forgot someone’s name that I’ve known for almost thirty years, and lost my book, I had an absolute blast.

The biggest surprise of the night for me was seeing my former fifth grade teacher walk in. An amazing lady! (My mom had her as a teacher too. Way back in…)

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Posted by on November 22, 2012 in Writing


Rookie Mistake

To the person that was at the book signing tonight that now has my book with blue sticky notes and a bunch of pages with stuff underlined: I’ll send you a new book. Sorry about that.

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Posted by on November 20, 2012 in Writing



Book Talk-Thursday, November 20th-Sparta, MI

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Posted by on November 16, 2012 in Writing


Super Teacher Worksheets

I’m not saying this is the best way to teach. (For some, though, it’s the ONLY way to teach.) But if you get in a pinch, I hope this helps. They’ve saved my dairy-air more than once.

(I know there’s a word misspelled above, but I like it that way more better.)

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Posted by on November 13, 2012 in Teaching Tips


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