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7 Ideas for Teachers to Make the Most out of Summer Break

Posted by Kristen Bowers on Jul 13, 2016 1:00:34 AM

 

Summer break is often a time to recharge and enjoy a slower pace of life for teachers who are typically busy during the school year. Although it may be relaxing to lounge around for the first week of summer break, most people want to have a bit of fun and stay active during the season. To make the most out of your time off, there are a few ways to stay busy.

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Topics: Fun Stuff, summer break ideas, summer ideas for teachers

Make Ahead Breakfast Ideas for Teachers:

Posted by Emily Guthrie on Jun 18, 2016 3:13:24 PM

I know summer has just started, but before we know it, we will be frantically pulling ourselves together for the hectic back to school season not to mention that many of us are teaching year around school or summer school, so this blog is of immediate use too! Today, I want to share some easy, make ahead breakfast ideas that will:

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Topics: breakfast, Fun Stuff, make ahead, prep, teacher life

Using Bullet Journals: Teacher Edition

Posted by Emily Guthrie on Feb 29, 2016 8:24:29 PM

Everyone who has ever met me for even an hour probably knows that I'm involved in a serious, lifelong love affair with office supplies.  On most days, all it really takes to make me happy is a short wander through isles of post-it notes, sharpies, and washi tape.  Last year, while watching youtube videos about clever ways to organize all my beautiful supplies (yes, that is really how I spend my days off), I came upon the wonderful world of alternative planners.  Even though I use evernote with students, I live and die by my basic paper planner.  I had been using the same type of planner for a decade and I hadn't considered the other options until that fateful day that youtube opened my eyes!  Although there were so many wonderful options, like Passion Planners and Erin Condren Life Planners, I decided on the beautiful simplicity of the bullet journal.

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Topics: bullet jounral, Fun Stuff, plan, planner, bullet journaling, journaling, goals

NEVER say these 5 things to an English teacher:

Posted by Emily Guthrie on Nov 18, 2015 10:42:24 PM

Seriously people, DO NOT say these things to English teachers:

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Topics: English teachers, fun, Fun Stuff

Visme: Creating Beautiful Lectures and Handouts

Posted by Emily Guthrie on Nov 10, 2015 10:05:22 PM

Recently, the folks over at Visme.co reached out to us to check out their platform for creating presentations, infographics, and banners. So I went over and played around with the site to see how it could be useful to our teacher community here at Simply Novel, and here is what I found:

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Topics: Classroom Tech, Fun Stuff, infographics, lectures, tech, technology, visme

Preach it, Weird Al!  Why English Teachers Love "Word Crimes"

Posted by Emily Guthrie on Jul 29, 2014 6:34:03 AM

If you are an English teacher and participate in any social media, I'm sure that you have seen Weird Al's new viral video, "Word Crimes."  If you haven't seen it, you really must watch it.  Let's be honest, even those of us who have seen it several times will probably click to watch it again!

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Topics: Fun Stuff, grammar

8 tips for incorporating iPads into the classroom

Posted by Emily Guthrie on Oct 22, 2013 7:31:11 AM

It feels like everywhere I turn, I hear about another school moving to a 1-to-1 iPad system.  My own school is the process of setting the groundwork in infrastructure and education so that we can implement iPads next school year.  Unfortunately, it is not all coming up digital roses.  There are of course the hiccups, like this little fiasco in LAUSD, but more pervasively, there are a lot of teachers who don't really know where to start to incorporate iPads in the classroom.  Below are my 8 tips for incorporating iPads into the classroom.   I'd love to hear your 2 cents too!

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Topics: Classroom Tech, Fun Stuff, ipads, technology, tips

Lessons from the Church Ladies

Posted by Kristen Bowers on Jan 12, 2013 5:15:08 PM

I am not sure where these originated, but I had to share an email I just got with a bunch of   these little lovelies!  Beware the church lady with the ol' typewriter!  These are lessons in misplaced and missing modifiers, irony, tone, and general funny!

 

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Topics: church lady bulletins, Fun Stuff, Grammar, modifiers

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