Teacher Tuesdays! 9.11.12

Before I share today's Teacher Tuesday, I thought I would point out how hard it is to believe that September 11, 2001 was eleven years ago today. In fact, that's how old I was when that tragic day occurred. Too young to quite understand, but I can still remember where I was...My heart goes out to the families and friends who lost loved ones that day. As I get older, I realize more and more what that day meant to our country. May we never forget... Today I thought I would share some things I recently discovered on a trip to Barnes and Noble last week!

Did you know that teachers can receive discounts at Barnes and Noble JUST for being a teacher and signing up for their Educator Program?


Here's the perks you can enjoy:

  • Save 20% off the publisher's list price on all purchases for classroom use (exclusions may apply)
  • Get up to 25% off the publisher's list price during Educator Appreciation Days
  • Receive valuable email offers and information on special Educator event

Isn't that awesome? I was fortunate enough to sign up when I was at the cash register and saved a few bucks.

Which leads me to the second thing I want to share with all of you . . .

Everyone loves a good opener/bell ringer/attention-grabber/opening activity (whatever lingo you might use!) at the beginning of class, but sometimes it's hard to come up with good prompts or questions for your students, especially for those awkward in-between unit days or when you are targeting a specific skills.

Well, stress no further! The Daily Spark books are perfect lesson starters for almost EVERY content area! Spanish warm-ups, math problems, poetry practice, SAT prep, U.S. history questions, critical thinking questions, Shakespeare prompts, and more! Each book is nice and compact and can be either scanned, copied, or typed for use in the classroom. There are 180 exercises in each, so you could even use one book for entire school year if you wished!


I've only used my "Journal Writing" Daily Spark book for a little over a week now and I have loved the discussion it has generated from some of my students. It has been a nice way to get to know my students, while using my class time wisely and giving them writing practice.

Do any of you use The Daily Spark? What do you like to do for your class openers?


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