Monthly Archives: July 2012

Capitol Connection Newsletter – July 30, 2012 – ASCD Public Policy

Interested in what’s happening in Washington?  Read on…

Capitol Connection Newsletter – July 30, 2012 – ASCD Public Policy.

Thoughts anyone?

Best school supply deals 7/29-8/4

Reblogged from http://www.Living on the…

We’ve gone through all the sales circulars and picked out the best deals on school supplies for this week. Some items are so cheap that they are free.

via Best school supply deals 7/29-8/4.

Sales tax holidays and tax-free weeks for 2012

Fifteen states have scheduled sales-tax holidays or tax-free weeks in August. Check out our list and your state\’s details to see what you can save on your back-to-school shopping.

via Sales tax holidays and tax-free weeks for 2012.

Dance, Arts And Stevie Wonder Lead Kids On New Paths To Learning

Fortunate teachers!  Fortunate students!  This is teaching and learning at its best!

Dance, Arts And Stevie Wonder Lead Kids On New Paths To Learning.

The Role of Mistakes in the Classroom | Edutopia

To ensure student success, here’s something to keep in mind throughout the school year

The Role of Mistakes in the Classroom | Edutopia.

Aurora, Colorado – thoughts from a teacher

The theater shootings in Aurora, Colorado, top a long list of senseless shootings that plague society.  As each incident unfolds I recall an experience, I would rather forget.  My second year of teaching in a high crime area began with a gun pointed at my head.  Driving home from school one day I saw a young man flagging me down.  I quickly scanned his surroundings and noticed a crashed car.  That no other car was in sight gave me reason to pause.  As I slowly approached, he aimed a large gun at me from the passenger’s side of my car.  Our eyes met and I remember telling God I had too much to do – asking him to let me live.  Though the gunman appeared to shoot, he never fired and I sped on toward the large crowd of onlookers gathered several blocks away.

At only eighteen, he tried to kill his girlfriend and her mother.  He wrecked his car fleeing and was trying to carjack another – something he couldn’t achieve with the driver of the car he crashed into who fled as he was shot at.  The newspaper revealed shots were fired at other passing cars.  Why he didn’t shoot at me, I’ll never know.  I was “blessed” that day, something many of the Aurora survivors have recounted of their horrific experience.

There are far too many similar incidents – Tuscan, Fort Hood, Birmingham, Omaha, Virginia Tech… As teachers, we know that perpetrators of such crimes may be any of the students we taught over the years.   There are always the questions – once innocent children, students – at what point does their life change?  What signs might we have seen in the time spent with them?  Is there anything we might have done to redirect their path?

The victims – also someone’s child, someone’s student.  Finding their way.  Becoming who they are meant to be.  Again the questions – why?  In the wrong place at the wrong time?  A victim of time and circumstance?  How did we influence their paths toward becoming well-intentioned, effective members of society?

At times like these there may be no answers to the questions.  Let us hold all involved in such tragic events in our thoughts and prayers – the ripple effects reach far and wide.  Each involved has or had a life story to tell and any of us may have shared in it.

Best school supply deals 7/15 – 7/28

Who has the best deals on the school supplies you need? Check out list, which highlights the best sales at Walmart, Target, Staples and more.

via Best school supply deals 7/15 7/28.

Teachers shop – back to school

The current economic climate may find fewer families contributing to classroom school supplies and state funding severely depleted this year.  Less money per student will have teachers doing double duty when buying back to school supplies.  They will shop for their own children and the children in their classes as well.  Teachers launch school supply buying plans at the end of the previous school year and for good reason.  With the steady decline in teacher salaries because of state and federal budget cuts, every penny spent must be worth the spending.  Here are a few tips on saving big on school supplies.

  • Inventory – If you didn’t inventory classroom supplies at the end of last year – stop by the classroom before shopping.  Teachers often buy for the current year while leftover supplies from previous years keep piling up.  For example, when buying pocket folders, make note of color.  If you want blue pocket folders for writing – check to see how many you already have in the classroom.  Taking an inventory will keep more money in your pocket – where it belongs!
  • Needs versus wants – Shopping for back to school can be just as exciting for teachers as it is for students.  The economic climate however, makes it important to focus on needs versus wants.  That new calendar kit is appealing and you know it will look great in your classroom, but is there really anything wrong with the calendar kit you used last year?  Hang on to your money – you’ll find more important classroom needs to spend it on throughout the year.
  • Sales and coupons – Be sure to check the Sunday newspaper for sales and coupons.  School sales usually begin about a month before the new school year starts.  Before heading to the stores, search the Internet for additional “back to school printable coupons” – the money you save will be worth the time and effort!
  • Shop online – Shopping online through a website such as, may save you money while you earn points on every dollar spent.   You can use points on future purchases at a variety of establishments.  Be sure to order from stores offering free shipping to add to your savings.  Office Depot is a good example.  Today’s ad via MyPoints shows 750 points for spending $50.00 to $99.99 plus free shipping.  What a deal!

Get the most from back to school shopping by ensuring your hard-earned dollars are well spent!  Happy shopping!

Take time today…

Remember, today is Sunday –

Time to STOP and smell the flowers…
Know that a great part success is learning to balance all areas of your life…
On this day, take time to spend with family and friends…
Take time to rest…
Eat well…
Be good to yourself this day…
And by all means, HAVE A GREAT SUNDAY!!!!

ASCD Express 7.15 – Before Evaluating Teachers, How About Supporting Them?

Thank you James Boutin!  Your words will be appreciated by many!

ASCD Express 7.15 – Before Evaluating Teachers, How About Supporting Them?.