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August 26, 2016

3 Ways to Boost Back-to-School Spirit

By Lindsey Petlak
Grades PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12

    Back to school is a crazy time filled with excitement, new beginnings, and . . . stress! We are all so busy getting ready for our new batch of kiddos, that we often forget to spread joy around to our colleagues. Check out these cute, quick, simple and inexpensive ideas for being the #1 cheerleader for your teammates and other school colleagues this year!

     

    BINDER CLIP WONDERS:

    I first received this sweet and simple gift from a student. Since then, I have used these binder clips turned into cute little hold-all contraptions for countless purposes: photo stand, reminder note, cute thank you note holder, and much more. Making them is simple and nearly free, which is the icing on the cake.

    • SUPPLIES NEEDED:

      • Large or jumbo binder clips

      • Decorative ribbon

      • Washi tape

    • INSTRUCTIONS:

    • Take one binder clip and cover the black portion of the clip with decorative washi tape.

    • Make sure the silver clips of the item are pointed upward.

    • Cut and tie a cute ribbon around the upper neck of the silver arms of the clip.

    • VOILA! You have an adorable and incredibly useful back-to-school gift for any teacher!

     



    FIRST WEEK O-FISH-ALLY FINISHED:

    For under $5 you can fill a little jar, can, or bag with some thoughtful items that will have big impact on the people you work with so closely at the end of their long and tiring first week of school. I went with a fish theme to hit home the message that we had just “O-FISH-ALLY” finished our first week! Fishy-themed items I included in these fun goodie bags were all purchased at my local dollar store, and many had more than one per package (making them only 25-50 cents each):

    • Goldfish crackers

    • Fish-themed notepads

    • Soap with fish background

    • Swedish fish gummies

     



    KEEP IT SIMPLE!

    Sometimes simple is just better. As teachers we rarely have time to even use the restroom or sit for five minutes, so something as simple as a hand-written note or quick funny or inspirational quote sent over email can really brighten a colleague’s day, make them feel appreciated, and even chuckle during this hectic time of year! Get a set of notecards at the dollar store (or make your own) and write a quick thank you to teammates, specialists, and for Pete’s sake, don’t forget the secretary and custodians!

    In the past, I have also secured a secret Gmail account that I then used to send motivational or humorous teacher images and quotes to the entire staff weekly. People loved it and it feels great to do something so quick and simple that makes such a big impact on others. Give it a try and you’ll see.

     


     

    HUNGRY FOR MORE?

    Need more back-to-school inspiration? All of your Top Teaching team will be posting great tips, tricks, and techniques for kicking off a new school year, so be sure to check out the blog main page for daily additions. Also, don't miss some of my personal favorite back-to-school posts below!

     

    Back to school is a crazy time filled with excitement, new beginnings, and . . . stress! We are all so busy getting ready for our new batch of kiddos, that we often forget to spread joy around to our colleagues. Check out these cute, quick, simple and inexpensive ideas for being the #1 cheerleader for your teammates and other school colleagues this year!

     

    BINDER CLIP WONDERS:

    I first received this sweet and simple gift from a student. Since then, I have used these binder clips turned into cute little hold-all contraptions for countless purposes: photo stand, reminder note, cute thank you note holder, and much more. Making them is simple and nearly free, which is the icing on the cake.

    • SUPPLIES NEEDED:

      • Large or jumbo binder clips

      • Decorative ribbon

      • Washi tape

    • INSTRUCTIONS:

    • Take one binder clip and cover the black portion of the clip with decorative washi tape.

    • Make sure the silver clips of the item are pointed upward.

    • Cut and tie a cute ribbon around the upper neck of the silver arms of the clip.

    • VOILA! You have an adorable and incredibly useful back-to-school gift for any teacher!

     



    FIRST WEEK O-FISH-ALLY FINISHED:

    For under $5 you can fill a little jar, can, or bag with some thoughtful items that will have big impact on the people you work with so closely at the end of their long and tiring first week of school. I went with a fish theme to hit home the message that we had just “O-FISH-ALLY” finished our first week! Fishy-themed items I included in these fun goodie bags were all purchased at my local dollar store, and many had more than one per package (making them only 25-50 cents each):

    • Goldfish crackers

    • Fish-themed notepads

    • Soap with fish background

    • Swedish fish gummies

     



    KEEP IT SIMPLE!

    Sometimes simple is just better. As teachers we rarely have time to even use the restroom or sit for five minutes, so something as simple as a hand-written note or quick funny or inspirational quote sent over email can really brighten a colleague’s day, make them feel appreciated, and even chuckle during this hectic time of year! Get a set of notecards at the dollar store (or make your own) and write a quick thank you to teammates, specialists, and for Pete’s sake, don’t forget the secretary and custodians!

    In the past, I have also secured a secret Gmail account that I then used to send motivational or humorous teacher images and quotes to the entire staff weekly. People loved it and it feels great to do something so quick and simple that makes such a big impact on others. Give it a try and you’ll see.

     


     

    HUNGRY FOR MORE?

    Need more back-to-school inspiration? All of your Top Teaching team will be posting great tips, tricks, and techniques for kicking off a new school year, so be sure to check out the blog main page for daily additions. Also, don't miss some of my personal favorite back-to-school posts below!

     

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