This week is Teacher Appreciation Week at Barnes & Noble, so teachers get 25% off all their purchases! I needed a couple of things, so I headed on down this Saturday, and this is what I picked up:
This calendar is actually for my piano studio, but I still got the discount. I was surprised that the calendar section was already pretty much picked over, but at least I got this one for 50% off (plus my 25% discount, so 75% off!) I just think it’s a nice little touch to put up a calendar that your students like to check out each month. I try to just follow my students’ interests, so in the past I have done things like High School Musical, Taylor Swift, Glee, Despicable Me, Angry Birds, and last year, Angry Birds Star Wars (oh yeah!). I also write all my students’ birthdays on the calendar and try to remember to bring them a little treat on the lesson closest to their special day. It’s a little thing, but I think it has contributed to the fact that many of my students have stayed with me for EIGHT birthdays! 🙂
I’ve been eyeing these bookends for a while, so I went ahead and indulged a little since I was going to get my discount. I am going to begin reading “The Cay” with my 6th graders next week, and I thought these would help me keep my class set nice and organized. I’m going to assign one student per week as The Librarian, and he or she will make sure that we get all of the books back at the end of the period in a nice straight line between the bookends. I have a lot of teal in my room, too, so they look super cute.
We love John Green’s Crash Course US History YouTube channel already, so I was excited when I found out that he is also an award-winning author. I read “The Fault in Our Stars” over Christmas break (loved it), and it is currently being passed around between some of my higher-level (and more mature) 6th graders. I have read a few chapters of “An Abundance of Katherines,” and while I’m enjoying it, I don’t think I want to be the one to provide it to 11-year olds. The subject matter is a little bit more mature, but I can see high school students really enjoying this book. I’ll save it in case I end up teaching high school, and I’m intrigued by the story line in the meantime. John Green can do no wrong!
I usually do more damage at Barnes & Noble, but one of my New Year’s resolutions is to reign in my spending. Maybe I will get a gift card one of these days and have a few more items to share another haul post.
Did you get any great deals with your teacher discount this week?