Are You a Teaching Ninja? See What It Takes Plus Get Freebies and Chances to Win!

Posted by on 22 Jul 2014 | Posted in: Contests, Elmer's, Freebies, Graceland University, Jonti-Craft, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Purell, Random House, Websites

Are you a teaching ninja? My guess is you probably are. Take it from Ninja Boy—all you need to get through a tough school day is epic strength, unshakable determination, abundant patience, and invaluable smarts. Sounds like the qualities of a teacher to me!

Learn how Ninja Boy applies these qualities in a perfect book for back-to-school! Submit a comment to the blog by 11:59 pm EDT Sunday, August 3, 2014, to tell me which of the items below are your favorites. One lucky teacher will win my copy of Ninja Boy Goes to School.

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When it comes to stocking your classroom for back-to-school, even teaching ninjas need some help. For starters, how does the chance to win a $200 Amazon gift card along with $200 in PURELL® products for yourself and a charity sound? Take the PURELL® Advanced Hand Sanitizer 30-Day Classroom Challenge! Free resources—including a handy tracking sheet, parent letters with coupons, programmable school supply lists, plus daily math and writing prompts—will get your class on track for a healthier school year. Click here!

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Jonti-Craft displays its invaluable smarts with this laptop and tablet storage cart. It’s a great way to keep the devices organized. The cart holds up to 32 devices and is designed to make cord management for syncing and recharging a cinch. What about extra chargers and attachments? Trays in the cart provide storage. Click here to check it out!

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Here’s another smart move: enter the Make a Million Classroom Memories contest. There will be two more drawings for a chance to win a $150 Elmer’s prize pack and a $100 Michaels gift card. Plus start the school year with a stash of free keepsake craft project ideas and access to free, programmable supply list forms. It’s all at TheMailbox.com/Memories.

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Apply your smarts in your own education. Graceland University has an online M.Ed. degree program based on the works of Dr. Carol Ann Tomlinson—one of the leading authorities within the differentiated instruction movement. If you’re interested in response-to-intervention initiatives, this program could be for you. Click here to learn more!

 

Don’t forget, submit a comment for a chance to win Ninja Boy Goes to School!

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Karen

PS: Enter the Gotta Get It! teacher awards sweepstakes. You could win a $500 Office Depot or OfficeMax gift card! Enter now at TheMailbox.com/teacherrewards.


Free How-To Videos, Just in Time for Back-to-School

Posted by on 18 Jul 2014 | Posted in: Contests, Freebies, Office Depot, Websites

You’ve probably heard that you have the chance to win a $500 Office Depot or OfficeMax gift card in the Gotta Get It! teacher awards sweepstakes. But did you know you can watch a free helpful how-to video too? Check out our tips on organizing paperwork—just in time for back-to-school! Future videos include tips for the first day of school, parent communication, managing time, and creating a positive learning environment. Go to TheMailbox.com/teacherrewards to watch them! The videos will be updated periodically.

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What? You haven’t heard about the Gotta Get It! teacher awards sweepstakes? Here’s the scoop: One teacher will win a $500 Office Depot or OfficeMax gift card and six runners-up will each win a $100 Office Depot or OfficeMax gift card. Plus you can download free materials on popular back-to-school topics, sign up for teacher-only discounts, and learn about teacher appreciation events and special offers. Click here now!

Karen


Contests, Author’s Visit, and More Add Up to a Great School Year!

Posted by on 14 Jul 2014 | Posted in: Contests, Freebies, HarperCollins, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Peachtree Publishers, Simon & Schuster

What would an inspiring author visit plus a free motivational reading program plus discounts, special teacher offers, and a teacher sweepstakes add up to? Based on my math, I’d say they’d equal a pretty successful school year, and I’ve got the facts you need right here to get you started!

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Submit a comment to the blog by 11:59 pm EDT Sunday, July 27, 2014, to tell me which of the fun freebies below are your favorites. One lucky teacher will win The Grudge Keeper, which may be just be the springboard you need to set the tone for a peaceful classroom. Cornelius the Grudge Keeper keeps all the townspeople’s tiffs and huffs carefully tucked away. When a storm flings the grudges to the wind, how will those grudges be held? Submit a comment now for your chance to win! (Update: Congratulations to Brenda, who is our winner!)
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Don’t miss out on the chance to win a $500 Office Depot or OfficeMax gift card—enter the Gotta Get It! teacher awards sweepstakes. One lucky teacher will win, and six runners-up will each win a $100 gift card. Plus you can download free materials on popular back-to-school topics, sign up for teacher-only discounts, and learn about teacher appreciation events and special offers. Click here now!

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The reading universe awaits your students as they shoot to become reading stars with the Ready-to-Read series. The books feature characters students know and love, like Olivia and Daniel Tiger, as well as characters that are rising stars, like The Really Rotten Princess and the Dino School bunch. Meet the whole Ready-to-Read team and get free ready-to-read resources for your classroom and book recommendations at ReadytoReadBooks.com.

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Would you like the author of a well-known children’s book series to be a guest teacher in your classroom? Then enter for a chance to win a visit from Peter Lerangis, author of the Seven Wonders books! If you win, Lerangis will come to your school to teach your students during his book tour for Seven Wonders Book 4: The Curse of the King. To enter, click here.

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Don’t forget—leave a reply now for a chance to win The Grudge Keeper and to let me know which of our offers you like best!

Karen


Summer Values—Freebies, Contests, and Civil Rights

Posted by on 30 Jun 2014 | Posted in: Contests, Elmer's, Freebies, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Purell, Simon & Schuster, Websites

Did you know that this summer is the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer? In 1964, civil rights workers in Mississippi organized a movement to register black Americans to vote. The summer was a time of violence and change, but it was also a step toward overturning Jim Crow laws.

Submit a comment to the blog by 11:59 pm EDT Sunday, July 6, 2014, to tell me which of this week’s fun freebies below are your favorites. One lucky teacher will win my copy of the 50th anniversary edition of Freedom Summer. A winner of the Ezra Jack Keats Book Award and the Coretta Scott King Award, it looks at segregation through two boys’ experiences and friendship. Submit a comment now for your chance to win! (Update: Congratulations to Colleen, who is our winner!)

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It’s never too soon to survey your resources for back-to-school—especially when there are freebies to get and prizes to win! For a chance to win a $500 Office Depot or OfficeMax gift card, enter the Gotta Get It! teacher awards sweepstakes. One lucky teacher will win, and six runners-up will each win a $100 gift card. Plus you can download free materials on popular back-to-school topics, sign up for teacher-only discounts, and learn about teacher appreciation events and special offers. Don’t miss out; click here now!

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There’s more to win! Take the PURELL® Advanced Hand Sanitizer 30-Day Classroom Challenge for a chance to win a $200 Amazon gift card and $200 in PURELL products for yourself and a charity. Five runners-up each win a PURELL prize pack worth over $100. Free resources—including a handy tracking sheet, parent letters with coupons, programmable school supply lists, plus daily math and writing prompts—will help you meet the challenge. Click here!

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Don’t stop there! Load up your idea file with free keepsake craft project ideas for the entire school year and enter to win a $150 Elmer’s prize pack and a $100 Michaels gift card. It’s part of the Make a Million Classroom Memories contest. You have two more chances to win, so don’t wait! Plus you can get access to free, programmable supply list forms. Get it all here!

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Wishing you good luck in all these opportunities!

Karen


Heat Up Summer Learning: Hot Programs and Cool Rewards, All FREE for Teachers!

Posted by on 23 Jun 2014 | Posted in: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, Contests, Freebies, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Smithsonian, Websites

Heat up the summer with free learning opportunities and programs that can save you cash. To start off, get ready for science fun! Expose kids to the fundamentals of science every day of the year with 365 More Simple Science Experiments With Everyday Materials. Tame an onion, make your own bricks, or wiggle in a study about worms. This book is Volume Two of the best-selling 365 Simple Science Experiments.

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Submit a comment to the blog by 11:59 pm EDT Sunday, June 29, 2014, to let me know which of this week’s fun freebies below are your favorites. One lucky teacher will win my copy of 365 More Simple Science Experiments With Everyday Materials. Submit a comment now for your chance to win!  (Update: congratulations to Eileen, who is our winner!)

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Here’s another way to keep the learning going this summer. The Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access has a collection of free self-directed, project-based learning activities through its Smithsonian Quests program. Kids are motivated with personal coaching from the Smithsonian and rewarded with digital badges. There are more than 100 quests, including the H2O Hero and Symbols Spotter. Click here to learn more!

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Want to save money on school supplies? Office Depot Rewards can help! Earn ten points for every dollar spent on ink, toner, paper, and copy/print/ship services; earn 200 points for recycling ink cartridges. When you have 1,000 points, you get a $10 reward certificate! To learn other ways to earn points or to register for this free program, click here.

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Let the savings continue with the free OfficeMax MaxPerks Teacher Rewards program. As part of the program, you get $10 back in rewards for every $75 you spend. Ink and toner recycling and bonus opportunities provide additional savings. Get the details. Click here!

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Don’t forget, submit a comment today!

Karen