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Summer Break: How to Relax and Recharge

At the start of my teaching career, I was fortunate to have a perceptive principal who loaned me a book. I don’t remember the title of that book, but the essence was about keeping a balance in your life as a teacher.

Most people who don’t have a teacher in their lives would be surprised to learn that the challenge of keeping the balance drifts into summer breaks. Part of me wanted to frantically catch up with every appointment, home project, and neglected family member that had to be put aside during the busy school year.

Conversely, I also felt pressure to get a head start organizing and preparing for next year’s class and take advantage of professional growth opportunities. Yet another part of me craved to indulge in travel, relaxation, lunches eaten slowly—basically anything that was the opposite of a bell schedule.

This is a natural reaction to having a job that daily tugs at your heart strings, demands oodles of time and energy, and regularly spills over the school day into your early morning, late afternoon, evening, and weekend hours. Along the way, I had some great summers that were personally relaxing and career recharging. Be good to yourself and seek the balance.

Tips for Relaxing and Recharging

  • Indulge in a hobby
  • Exercise
  • Connect with nature
  • Rev down and practice being “in the moment.” (No planning lessons in your head while you are enjoying a vacation on a tropical beach.)
  • Keep a notepad or journal of the good ideas and inspirations that pop into your head, when you are not successful at being in the moment.
  • Read for pleasure and professional development. Here are some ideas for summer reading for teachers. (provided by another one of our publishers, Scholastic)
  • Collect basic resources that will help you launch the new school year effectively, such as Evan-Moor’s How To Plan Your School Year and Lesson Plan Books.
  • As you would for your students, assess what you need this summer, and work toward your goal of achieving balance.
  • Finally, keep in mind that if you have a summer break where demands of career, family, or the unexpected encroach on your time, plan mini-breaks throughout the school year, so that you can still relax and recharge.

Connect with ways that other teachers strive toward a balance in articles such as Edutopia’s “Balancing Work and Life: The Ongoing Challenge for Educators,” by Elena Aguilar.

What are you planning to do this summer to relax and recharge?


Marti Beeck started her career in education as a parent volunteer in her three children’s classrooms. Her teaching experience, including adult school, intervention, and the primary classroom, was inspired by her background in psychology and interest in brain-based learning. Marti currently works in the field of educational publishing as an editor.


The following article was provided by Evan-Moor Publishing, reposted with permission.  We wish to thank Evan-Moor Publishing for allowing us to share their article on our blog! To see the original posting please click here

5 Tips for Traveling Happily with Your Children

Due to a cross-country move away from my family and friends, I have been traveling with my children since they were babies. Even at their current young ages of 5 and 6, they have logged thousands of miles in long car rides and cross-country flights with me. Since day one, I have listened to candid advice from experts (other parents) and have the following tips to share with you.

  1. Let go of the plans­: Sure, you want to get in as much as you can, but it is important to rest, take it all in, and have some spontaneous “I feel like doing X today” moments.
  2. Share your travel plans with friends and family: This way they can see when you are leaving and arriving. This helps your family understand, for instance, that you had to get up at 3:00am and it is not best to have the entire family over for a family dinner on the first day you arrive.
  3. Be flexible: Whether it’s travel delays, weather, an unexpected sight, or interest your child takes in a certain activity, be open to changing your plans. This may mean staying somewhere longer, leaving earlier, or not going at all. Remember that this is your family’s precious time together.
  4. Get your children involved: Let them know they have a vote in what the family does. Perhaps they get to pick the dinner cuisine or the day’s activity. It is important for them to know they have a voice, too, and aren’t just getting dragged around.
  5. Pack a personalized back pack: Let children pack snacks and activities, as well as select the music they want to hear or the movies they want to watch while traveling. This helps prevent the “I’m bored,” “I’m Hungry,” and “How Much Longer?” comments.

Here are some ideas to include in the backpacks:

Let us know your favorite tips for traveling with children. Feel free to include travel destinations and pictures.


Contributing Writer

Trisha Thomas is the mother of two and serves on the board of directors at a co-op preschool. She has also been a marketer of educational materials for grades PreK–8 for more than 15 years.

 


The following article was provided by Evan-Moor Publishing, reposted with permission.  We wish to thank Evan-Moor Publishing for allowing us to share their article on our blog! To see the original posting please click here

New Products – May 2017

We have a wonderful selection of products from some of our favorite publishers.  Classroom decorations, Study Guides, Math resources, Reading materials and much more!  We are so excited to bring them to you!

Teacher Created Materials Today – 52 new titles

We have new products added to the Classroom decor series of products by Karen’s Kids.  New decorations for June through October with supplies such as Board sets, Calander numbers, Alphabet line art, Borders and more.  Be sure to take a look at these wonderful supplies that will make your classroom welcoming and excited your students to learn throughout the year.  Teacher Created Materials is well known for slices of their high quality educational resources.  Allowing you to purchase just the portion of a resource that you need for an affordable price.  Be sure to take a look at all these amazing products.

Teacher Created Resources – 44 new titles

Teacher Created Resources has been hard at work adding to their high quality educational resources.  They’ve released several new series that can assist with helping students survive summer loss as well as being great additions to your 2017-18 classroom curriculum.  Be sure to check out these amazing new series including; Stepping Into STEMClose Reading Using Text-Dependent Questions, 1-2-3 Learn,  Rigorous Reading,  Minutes to Mastery – Timed Math Practice101 Activities For Fast Finishers,  Healthy Habits for Healthy Kids and more.  Be sure to take a look at these products.  Many have previews and or samples that will allow you to take a deeper look and see how they will benefit your classroom.

Gripper Products – 11 new titles

Needing some fiction or informational reading titles?  Gripper Products have released new products just in time for those lazy summer days where students can get educational use of their devices!  Be sure to check out these titles and encourage your students to keep reading through the summer.

S&S Learning – 8 new titles

S & S Learning have released two new product series, preparing for the upcoming fall season.  Sentence Writing series joins recently release titles, such as ‘Story Writing’ and ‘Paragraph Writing’ will help you introduce, explain and practice the different types of sentences including compound & complex sentences, declarative, exclamatory, interrogative and imperative with your students.  Canadian Phonics series 31 weekly lessons teach and review many phonetic and word study concepts needed to develop strong reading, writing, and spelling skills.  Be sure to have a look at these products and add them to your upcoming curriculum!

Special products:

Teacher’s Pet Publications – 332 new titles

These new products are technically not new.  Many of these titles you will recognize.  However, Teacher’s Pet Publications pulled many of their titles back, updated and released them as new products with new ID’s.  They are still the products you know and love, so take this opportunity to have a new look at all of Teacher’s Pet Publications products.

KevLorS Group – 2 new title

 

KevLorS Group published many of our Classic novels that are currently available for free under the Free eBooks section.  To add to their collection, they highlight a variety of free calendar pages and screen backgrounds. These resources are provided by the ‘To Live Beautifully’ website. They also released an ebook template for the Book Creator App.  We encourage you to take advantage of these free products.  — check back often for new Book Creator app templates.

Be sure to have a look at all these new titles!

Teacher Appreciation – Our Largest Sale Ever

Did you know that there is a day every year that we are called to honor YOU?  Not only is there a Day, but there is a whole week devoted to reminding all of us how amazing YOU are.  National Teacher Appreciation Day, also known as National Teacher Day is on Tuesday, May 9th. This day is part of Teacher Appreciation Week which begins today, Sunday, May 7th and goes through Saturday, May 13th!

Our publishers want to celebrate you by offering DEEP discounts on their products.  This year is our BIGGEST ever 1000’s of products discounted just for YOU!  Take a look and be sure to head on over to the eStore!

Gripper Products  75% off all their products

Educational eBooks ‘n’ Bingo 60% off all their products


Knowledge Box Central 60% off all their products


Twin Sisters Productions 60% off all their products


Arbordale Publishing  50% off all their products


Bar Charts Publishing 50% off all their products


Ready-Ed Publications 50% off all their products


Wendy’s Bookmarks 50% off all their products

WBW


Veronica Lane Books 50% off all their “What is” products

VLB


Carson-Dellosa Publishing  30% off all their products


Brilliant Publications 30% off all their products


Full Blast Productions  25% off all their products


Grammardog.com  25% off all their products


On The Mark Press 25% off all their products


S&S Learning 25% off all their products


Remedia Publications 25% off all their products


 TimeSavers for Teachers 25% off all their products

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Gentle Shepherd 25% off all their products


Shell Education 20% off all their products


We here at DedicatedTeacher.com are so thankful for this opportunity to honor the teachers, from all over the world that invest their lives in our future… our children!  We also are very grateful and wish to thank all of our publishers who participated in this Sale!  You ALL are the very Best!

New Products – April 2017

Winter is trying to make a last stand (well we hope it’s a last stand) but Spring is fighting back here in the Colorado Rockies.  Thankfully some of our publishers have been hard at new selections for your classroom and students learning experience.  Let’s take a look!

Carson-Dellosa Publishing – 37 new titles

Carson-Dellosa released six new series this past month and as usual, they are amazing! Spectrum Critical Thinking for Math, Crazy Big Book, Investigating, Essentials, Listen, Read & Learn and Ready to Go Guided Reading.   All packed full of learning experiences that will make a difference with your students.  Be sure to take a look

Shell Education – 18 new titles

Shell Education released two new series in April.  Practicing for STAAR Success and Conquering.  As common to Shell Education, these series are geared for bringing success to your student’s learning experience.  Be sure to check out these two series and see how they will assist you in your classroom.

 

Dawn Publications – 3 new titles

Three new fiction titles (readers) from Dawn Publications.  How can you resist these cute little faces?  As usual, all the fiction titles from Dawn Publications are brilliantly done, giving stories that will teach while keeping your student’s minds engaged.  Be sure the take a look at these wonderful titles!

Be sure to have a look at all these new titles!

Trending Titles for March 2017

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These are the Trending titles for March 2017

We had one publisher that seemed to dominate the list this month.  With a Math resource in French taking the top two slots.  As usual, Math was the top subject for the month, with Language and Science making a strong appearance.  We also had two positions taken by another popular topic, Study Guides.   Be sure to check out all these titles and see why they’ve been in such high demand.

Top Publishers for Q1 2017

These are your favorite Dedicated Teacher Publishers for the first quarter of 2017.


1. Chalkboard PublishingTop Selling Titles

2. Evan Moor Educational Publishers Top Selling Titles

3. Carson-Dellosa Publishing —Top Selling Titles

4. Scholastic Top Selling Titles

5. On The Mark Press Top Selling Titles
*Also check these titles from S&S Learning distributed by On The Mark Press

6. Teacher Created Resources Top Selling Titles

7. Learning Link/Novel Ties Top Selling Titles *Also check these titles distributed by BMI.

8. Saddleback Educational Publishing Top Selling Titles

10. Creative Teaching Press  — Top Selling Titles    

See why these publishers are YOUR favorites.  *If you click on the name, you will see their newest products!

New Products- March 2017

Spring is on it’s way and our Publishers marked the month of March with many new titles!  Fiction titles and storybooks dominated our new titles for this month.  Be sure to check out these titles that could get your reluctant reader.. reading!

Orca Book Publishers – 140 new titles

Orca Book Publishers is the publisher of high-quality, award-winning books for children, teens, and reluctant readers of all ages. Orca is best known for its popular series of high-interest, low-reading-level books for struggling readers, including Orca Soundings, Orca Currents, Orca Sports and Rapid Reads.

Charlesbridge Publishing – 22 new titles

Charlesbridge Publishing is an independent publisher of children’s literature. For the past twenty years, we have published nursery rhymes, bedtime stories, novels, biographies, and books about the natural world, history, mathematics, science, and more. We believe that books for children should offer accurate information, promote a positive worldview, and embrace a child’s innate sense of wonder.

Carson-Dellosa Publishing – 6 new titles

Carson-Dellosa released a new set of titles to their Interactive Notebook series, called Word Study.  Word Study engages students while they learn about: -spelling patterns-inflectional endings-high frequency words-affixes and rootsStandards-based interactive notebooks encourage students to create their own language arts portfolios. Be sure to check out these new titles to a highly popular series.

On The Mark Press – 5 new titles

On The Mark Press has added and completed their new series called Life Science with editions for grades 1-5.  The experiments in this series fall under ten topics that relate to three aspects of life science: Human Organ & Body Systems; Maintaining a Healthy Body; and Wetland Ecosystems. In each section you will find teacher notes designed to provide you guidance with the learning intention, the success criteria, materials needed, a lesson outline as well as some insight on what results to expect when the experiments are conducted.

Shell Education – 3 new titles

Shell Education didn’t add a bunch of new titles but they made them count.  They added a new series called leveled Text-Dependent Question Stems.  Help boost kindergarten through twelfth grade students’ critical thinking and comprehension skills with Leveled Text-Dependent Question Stems: Mathematics. This book includes a variety of high-interest mathematics texts as well as specific text-dependent questions that are provided at four different levels to meet the needs of all students.

Be sure to have a look at all these new titles!