Monthly Archives: December 2011

Thank You and Stay Tuned!

Thank you to everyone that entered the “BragTag™ giveaway” contest on “What The Teacher Wants“!! Congratulations to the five lucky winners – we look forward to designing BragTags™ especially for you. Stay tuned everyone, there are more “giveaway contests” coming up!

Help your students come back to school with excitement and focus. January is the perfect time to announce to your class a “Student of the Month” program. Download a FREE Student of the Month certificate to use however bests suits your needs. At the end of each month announce your winner(s), and see positive behavior soar in 2012!

Happy New Year!



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Posted by on December 27, 2011 in Uncategorized



Just in time for Christmas!


The lovely and talented girls at “WHAT THE TEACHER WANTS” are hosting a BragTag™ giveaway contest. FIVE LUCKY WINNERS!

Students love collecting these tags and “bragging” about their accomplishments. Start 2012 on a POSITIVE note! Motivating and rewarding your students with fun, colorful, inexpensive and EFFECTIVE BragTags™ couldn’t be easier!

You decide what goes on the tag. Your name, your school name, your artwork… or you can leave everything up to our creative designers. Either way you will be the “cool” teacher, with the smartest award and recognition item on the block!

Enter contest now!

Good luck and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!


Posted by on December 22, 2011 in Uncategorized


Hats Off To Teachers!

Hats off to all of you innovative and creative teachers that go above and beyond to engage your students in lessons and activities that are rigorous, educational and enjoyable. So, in order to cap off 2011—and start 2012 off right—we thought we’d don our party hats and celebrate all the creative ways teachers make learning fun.

Educational Holiday Lessons that Will Help Your Students Learn About and Celebrate Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas and more! 

406 Lesson Plans about Snow, Cold Climates and Wintry Weather to Get Your Students Thinking About the Season.

5 Super simple Holiday Lessons That You Can Use Today! 

Creative Ways Teachers Use Games to Make Learning Fun.

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Posted by on December 9, 2011 in Uncategorized


The Perfect Classroom “Parent Gift Idea” for the Holidays!

Oh the weather outside is frightful, but this blog is so delightful. And so to the classroom you go. Let It Snow, Let it Snow, Let It Snow. (pssst below is the perfect easy classroom project to send home as “parent gifts” – and it’s a simple math lesson too!)

I woke up this morning in a festive holiday mood, and decided to decorate a little for the holidays, even though I previously decided I wouldn’t because we will be traveling to visit family in Texas for the entire winter break, (home of our Houston facility). But alas, I couldn’t put on festive holiday music, sip rich hot coco, watch the light rain in Oregon turn to a dusting of snow, without decorating my house a little could I?? Obviously I had reindeer on my mind when decorating… reindeer that I purchase last year at Home Goods (LOVE that store)!

My boys and husband were away, and I was blissfully alone, listening to Pink Martini “Joy To The World”, which is the best Christmas CD ever – (a great stocking stuffer)! I found myself feeling somewhat like an elf, excited to get decorations up for my family to see upon their return, and thinking of fun gift ideas. Hmmm, what sweet little something can my boys give to their math tutor… golf coach… guitar teacher… orchestra conductor… favorite teacher…? I must have been hungry because it hit me – COOKIES IN A JAR! 10 years ago (yes 10) when my oldest son was in 2nd grade, he brought home the most wonderful “Parent Holiday Gift” created during a MATH unit in his classroom. Since I was in “elf mode”, I decided to “assemble” an example, to make sure the instructions I am sharing with you are correct. And boy was it easy… so easy that I am going to have my teenage boys make a few to give to their tutors etc.

Country Oatmeal Cookies in a Jar

3/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup rolled oats
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Instructions: Using a 1 quart or 1 liter mason jar, layer in the ingredients in the order given. Pack down the jar after each addition. Put the lid on and decorate with ribbon, construction paper, yarn or cloth. (Hint: If you use cloth – cut an 8″ circle of fabric. Secure the fabric over the lid using a rubber band, then cover the rubber band by tying a nice ribbon or raffia around the lid). Finally, attach baking instruction tags to the jar with ribbon.

I like the “Country Oatmeal Cookies” because the ingredients are simple and the cookies are delicious.

Have your students figure out how much of each ingredient the classroom will need. (There are 20 cups of flour in a 5lb bag / 10 cups of sugar in a 5lb bag / 20 cups of oats in a 5quart container). You can get very inexpensive mason jars at “Value Village” or any thrift store, and most grocery stores carry them. Your students will hone their measuring skills, or learn how to measure, while they create a sweet tasty gift for their loved ones.

Here is a great website with more cookie in a jar recipes.


Posted by on December 5, 2011 in Uncategorized