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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

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!

Top Trending Titles for January 2017


These are the Trending titles for January 2017

The top trending titles brought several favorites back to the list.  Math, Science & Reading.  Including a Study Guide for a classic novel, To Kill a Mocking Bird.  Be sure to have a look at these titles and see what some many of your fellow educators sought them out for their classrooms.

Be sure to check out each of these titles!

New Products for January 2017

January brought the beginning of the second semester of learning for many of you and several of our publisher meet your needs with new products.

Bellwether Media Inc. – 66 new titles

Bellwether is famous for their topical titles and this month they didn’t disappoint.  This month they released new titles on cars and transportation, survival skills, holidays, Barbies® and lots of animals!  Be sure to check out these titles that your students will love to learn about!

Evan-Moor Educational Publishers – 18 new titles

Evan-Moor Educational Publishers released three series of titles.  Non-Fiction Reading Practice, Math Fundamentals and Daily Fundamentals.   Evan-Moor is one of the industry leaders in Educational resources and these three series of products show why.  They work hard to help educators bring essential learning elements to the classroom.  Be sure to check out these new titles and see how they will benefit your students.

Arbordale Publishing – 6 new titles

Arbordale Publishing is a favorite for bringing fascinating fictional titles .  Their new releases for January include wonderful titles that through the art of storytelling help students learn about nature, cultures and more.  Be sure to have a look at these titles that will encourage learning while keeping their interest.

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

Top Publishers for 2016

1. Carson-Dellosa Publishing —Top Selling Titles

2. Teacher Created Resources Top Selling Titles

3. Scholastic Top Selling Titles

4. Evan Moor Educational Publishers Top Selling Titles

5. Prestwick House —Top Selling Titles

6.  Shell Education Top Selling Titles

7. Chalkboard PublishingTop Selling Titles

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

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

10. Milliken Publishing — Top Selling Titles

11. Saddleback Educational Publishing — Top Selling Titles

12. Creative Teaching Press  — Top Selling Titles    

13. Teacher’s Pet Publications — Top Selling Titles

14. BMI Educational Services Top Selling Titles *Also check these titles distributed by BMI.

15. Remedia Publications Top Selling Titles

Top Publishers for Q4 2016

These are your favorite Dedicated Teacher Publishers for the third quarter of 2016

1. Prestwick House —Top Selling Titles

2. Scholastic Top Selling Titles

3. Chalkboard PublishingTop Selling Titles

4. Evan Moor Educational Publishers Top Selling Titles

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

6. Carson-Dellosa Publishing —Top Selling Titles

7. Teacher Created Resources Top Selling Titles

8. Good Year BooksTop Selling Titles

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

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!

Carson Dellosa: Battling Summer Loss


Across the United States and Canada, school districts and teachers have been wroking to deal with ‘Summer Loss’.  Some school districts are moving to year round schedules to cope while others adapt summer programs and activities.

As a parent, I must admit that in the past I had not taken this issue as seriously as I should have.  I encourage my children to read and explore instead of sitting in front of the tv or computer all day.  Yet was there still more that could be done?  Guiding learning opportunities in daily tasks and when we’ve traveled for vacation.

Thankfully, our friends at Carson Dellosa take this issue very seriously.  They researched the issues and how best to assist parents and teachers.  They came up with materials that are some of our best-selling products to date!  Let’s take a look at that statics show:

You can see more of this information with the Infographic created and provided by Carson Dellosa.  Let’s take a look at some of their helpful suggestions provided on this infographic.

Seven Simple Steps to Encourage Summer Learning
  1. Use your resources!  Contact your local library or museum to see wha summer programs or events they have scheduled. Then, check out to find lots of resources the Department of Education recommends.
  2. Read!  There are tons of reading lists available online.  Create your own incentive program at home and work through the list with your kids, rewarding them for milestones along the way!
  3. Employ “stealth learning”! Find learning opportunities in everyday activities, from cooking together in the kitchen to having children practice spelling and writing with to-do or grocery lists.
  4. Going on Vacation?  Have your children help with online research, calculating driving time and gas mileage or creating a vacation budget.  This way math and critical thinking are applied to fun! *Search out historical sites and read about these places, discovering with your kids how and why this sites are important!
  5. Summer Savings are cool!  For children with a summer allowance, help them create a budget to save up for something they want.  They’ll love to watch their saving grow and get match reinforcement all summer long.
  6. Reinvent writing! Make writing practice fun with a pen pal, writing movie or book reviews letter to soldiers, a play, creating comic books, documenting a family story, photo captions, etc.
  7. Take advantage of free activities and lessons provided by educational publishers such as Carson Dellosa!  Click here to see what they have available!

Carson Dellosa is committed to assisting both teachers and parents cope with this issue without overloading students/children with homework or summer school!

For fun they created a video where they recorded children’s reactions to the idea of staying inside and do homework.. all day, ALL summer!

Carson Dellosa has developed three series of resources to both give children the freedom to explore and enjoy the summer yet provide opportunity to keep their minds engaged, sharp and open to learning.  We here an are committed to bringing these resources to you and  making them available when you need them.

Take a look at what they have available.


Summer Splash & Summer Splash Travel

summersplashSummer Splash combines learning and fun to boost brainpower with games, activities, and creative expression opportunities. The Summer Splash Learning Activities workbooks are ideal for the summer months and will keep your child active and learning, whether at home or on the go.

Summer Bridge Activities®


Prepare your child for the school year ahead with our award-winning Summer Bridge Activities®. Each grade-appropriate workbook is designed to review essential skills of the current grade and prepare your child for the next grade level.


SpectrumSpectrum® subject- and grade-specific workbooks are perfect for in-depth summer review, or to engage and challenge your advanced student throughout the summer months. These workbooks are also great for children who are working toward mastery of a particular subject-specific concept.

Be sure to check out all these titles here at Dedicated Teacher and make learning fun this summer!

*We wish to thank Carson Dellosa Publishing Group for giving permission to use their videos, media and product information! does NOT own any of these materials.

Summer Learning: STEM Activities —The Moon

Summer is fast approaching.  Teachers will be finishing up their years within the next few weeks.  One of the elements that parents and teachers alike share as a challenges when preparing for the coming fall season is keeping students learning and their minds engaged during the summer break.

Teacher Created Resources shared a great learning project for any time of the year yet, we felt this fun article would be great for all those summer evenings when kids tend to be outside enjoying nature.

The article is titled:

STEM Activities —The Moon moon-phases

by MARA GUCKIAN at Teacher Created Resources

Our closest neighbor in space is the moon and we can observe it almost every night—just by looking up into the sky.  Whether is it a school assignment or a nightly family activity to wind down, the study of the moon is an easy, engaging way to introduce students—young and older— to space exploration.  Let the questions begin!

Try keeping a Moon Log for a month.

  1. Print out a copy of the Moon Log.
  2. Set a time each night to look at the moon and discuss its shape.  Go outside if you can.
  3. Record the part of the Earth-facing hemisphere of the moon that is visible each night.
  4. Determine what phase of the moon you observed.
  5. Encourage your child/student to use appropriate vocabulary.

The words and phrases listed below should get your started:

crescent—a sliver       

gibbous—having a hump shape

visible—can be seen

waning— shrinking 


*Keep in mind, waxing and waning moons can have the same shape but one is growing and one is shrinking.

5 Different Phases Seen from Earth

new moon—none of the Earth-facing hemisphere of the moon is visible

crescent moon—less than half of the Earth-facing hemisphere of the moon is visible

quarter moon—exactly half of the Earth-facing hemisphere of the moon is visible

gibbous moon—more than half of the Earth-facing hemisphere of the moon is visible

full moon—all of the Earth-facing hemisphere of the moon is visible

Want to make your Moon Log activity a STEM experience?  Consider trying some of these ideas throughout your month-long observation.


  1. Read books to learn more about the moon.
  2. Find out what the moon is made of and how it moves.
  3. Learn more about the moon’s location in relation to Earth and the sun.
  4. Find out if the following statement is true or false.  “The moon is a rock reflecting the sun.”
  5. Demonstrate the moon’s orbit using three different sized balls to represent the sun, moon, and Earth.


  1. Check out the phases of the moon each night and double-check what you saw online—or vice versa.  Simply type in phases of the moon, the month, and the year (ex. phases of the moon May 2016), and you will find pictures of the actual sequence.
  2. Research the Apollo space program.
  3. Find pictures or video of the lunar landing of the Eagle in 1969 and listen to astronaut  Neil Armstrong’s famous words.


  1. Build a model to represent the sun, moon, and Earth.  Use it to demonstrate how/when we see the moon.
  2. See if you can see the moon more clearly using a telescope.  Find out what other tools or instruments are used to observe the moon.
  3. Design a spacecraft to travel to the moon.  Use recycled materials to build it.


  1. Start a list of number facts about the moon.  See how many you can collect.  Here are a few questions to get you started:

How many days does it take the moon to complete a cycle?

How long is a day on the moon?

How much longer is a day on the moon than a day on Earth?

  1. Discuss the size and shape of the moon and how it compares to Earth and the sun.


Teacher Created Resources Materials

TCR science

#TCR2925—Differentiated Science Lessons, pages 96–97   5th grade

#TCR3972—Daily Warm-Ups: Science, page 161   5th grade

#TCR3973—Daily Warm-Ups: Science, pages 124–128   6th grade

For more  of Teacher Created Resource STEM and Science Resources

Special thanks to:


for giving permission to post this educational article!  Original Article here

The New Era of Teaching: Common Core State Standards

Hi, my name is Mari and I’m an educator with 21 successful years under my belt in the classroom teaching mostly great students. Can we talk?  The concept of Common Core State Standards is a great one: The standards were created to ensure that all students graduate from high school with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in college, career, and life, regardless of where they live.    However, many educators regarding their expected performance of conveying CCSS’s lessons can feel the pressure to perform and measure up breathing down their necks. 

TCK-1Many educators I’ve worked with or read articles about point out that they feel CCSS is a great concept but feel a bit overwhelmed when it comes down to conveying the Standards in an entertaining, engaging, and effective student-friendly manner within the expected completion time limits as outlined by the Curriculum Maps. First, the most important thing is understanding the CCSS provided materials and then conveying the concepts effectively to students. Well, even after 21 years teaching, occasionally I have to take a minute to figure out how some of the answers are derived.   If you fall in this category also, just take a knee and nod your head in silence with me and know I feel your pain. It’s not that we’re not up to the task of teaching CCSS, or heaven forbid, have gotten dumber; it’s more the time constraints of everyday teaching coupled along with the expectations placed on us because it’s our job to help our little darlings understand new CCSS math problems like in this example:

Honestly, some CCSS explanations are real head-scratchers. Granted there was a lot of money and effort spent by school districts on CCSS materials for us to be ready for the embrace of CCSS, however, much of the supplied materials’ explanations of given subjects to be introduced to students seem to be written for those who have advanced degrees in understanding gibberish or can understand the “Klingon” dialect for the “Trekies”.  But guys, we’re into CCSS four years and the explanations haven’t gotten any better. What about those confused, lost, uninformed parents?  Those who want to assist their struggling child with homework, once seeing some of the CCSS material, take on a deer in the headlight type stare over how vague the explanations are.

In order to gain a solid footing with CCSS and convey it so I could feel I wasn’t short-changing my students by not giving them my best, I’ve spent many nights and weekends searching for outside digital resources dealing with CCSS Math. I feel there are some good outside resources available to teachers that can save time and effort when wanting to reinforce lessons, but there are few that pull it altogether.

These are critical areas to pay attention to when purchasing teaching supporting resources:

Do I like the product?

Is there a free sample available or by request?

Is it grade level and age appropriate?

Does it address / reinforce what I’m teaching?

Is it visually engaging?

Are explanations easy for students understand and follow?

Does it encourage conceptual thinking?

Does it encourage critical thinking to reach conclusions?

Can all my related math classes use this product?

Can the product be useful in various classroom group settings?

While following the curriculum sequence is a normal factor in everyday teaching, CCSS added more urgency to get things done on the set time tables of Curriculum Maps. In addition to the pressures of learning, perceiving, transmitting, and assessing new standards for teaching old subjects, teachers now are required to teach their students a new way of learning these old subjects and insure that their students have a grasp of these new ideas so they will be able to ‘Meet or Exceed’ the annual springtime standardized testing.  As mentioned, the plight of gathering useful material for those completely new, difficult, and confusing standards is in itself time-consuming and mindboggling.  With this notion in mind, TeachersKorner CCSS Math resources was started.  I put the difficult and hard-to-find critical point areas in one place to save teachers time when looking for great CCSS Math resources. Our “See the Lesson in Action” concept addresses visual, auditory, and tactile/kinesthetic learning encouraging critical thinking and problem solving skills development.

Our Common Core State Standards Math resources are continually being used in the classrooms of many elementary and middle grade level teachers and are getting great reviews and praises for their ability to engage and motivate students. Students also gain a sense of pride in their ability because they now “See the Lesson in Action”. If you’d like to check out why teachers are excited about our products or get on my safe mailing list for new product releases, just email me here at

TEACHERS KORNER- MARI-1by: Mari Parson B.A., M.Ed.
Math Intervention Specialist
21 year classroom teacher veteren

See all the great products geared to assist teacher with CCSS!

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