About Those Fidget Spinners

Helpful or harmful? Toy or tool? Are these ball-bearing devices truly an antidote for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, anxiety, and autism? Or are they low-cost toys designed to drive teachers insane? Promotions for fidget spinners tout increased concentration for individuals with anxiety, autism, and ADHD. One marketing campaign suggests that a spinner may also “bring…

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Another Giveaway? You Got It!

Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy—it’s another giveaway! Today’s National Teacher Appreciation Week Giveaway prize is five nature-themed books. The collection includes a wordless picture book that reminds readers of the importance of bees in our ecosystem, a stunning picture book that introduces seventeen fantastic flowers, two books about trees that beg to be compared…

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“We Appreciate You” Giveaway #1

Two, four, six, eight—who do we appreciate? You, you, you! Happy first day of National Teacher Appreciation Week! As promised, you are looking forward to five days of giveaways here at The Mailbox Blog! Today’s giveaway prize is a collection of math-related picture books and teacher resource books, a deck of cards, a pack of…

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First Friday Giveaway and MORE

Are you ready for a giveaway extravaganza! I sure hope so because Kim, Karen, and I have one lined up for you. Our First Friday Giveaway kicks off our big ole extravaganza. Then in celebration of YOU and National Teacher Appreciation Week 2017 (May 8–12), we are having five additional giveaways—one per school day. Each…

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Sweet and Simple Mother’s Day Cards

As a classroom teacher and in my position here at The Mailbox, I’ve always approached Mother’s Day (and Father’s Day) with extra care. Perhaps it’s because I lost my mother at a young age. Fortunately, I had a grandmother who welcomed my school-made Mother’s Day cards! There are a whole bunch of wonderful projects and…

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