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Challenge: Resisting Target’s Back to School Sales

You can--and must--resist the Target back-to-school sale. It's July 1 as I write this. I walk into Target with one mission: dish towels. Mine are clean, but stained with god-knows-what and tons of holes but who cares because they still work, right? Teacher towels....

How to Spot Common Coffee Offenders & Stop Them in Their Tracks

Life's too short for bad coffee. And break room coffee is bad coffee. Schools have some of the biggest coffee offenders around. Here are a few of the biggest and what you can do about it. The Pot Finisher This is that person who polishes off the pot but never bothers...

Movie Food Smuggling

Why would anyone in their right mind pay $20 for a small box of candy and a few kernels fake-butter popcorn after paying a million dollars a ticket to go to a movie--that starts with a half-hour of commercials?  That's insane. Theatre food isn't what I want anyway--a...

Leave Me Alone! Avoid Classroom Interruptions & Get $#!T Done

Eight phone calls before lunch. Eight! Call One: "Hello, Robin?" "No, it's Dawn." "Can I speak to Robin?" "No. You have the wrong number." "I really need Robin." Then call her! Click... "I'm sorry, you'll have to call her. Bye." Now, where were we--somewhere between...

What Kind of Computer Do I Get My Kid?

Right now my son has The Peach Salsa Computer, and it's going to die. It's time to start computer shopping for middle school. But with a birthday around the corner, I'd like to kill two birds with one stone--get him something that looks like a gift but is really for...

Teachers–You Must Own Your Content

You just spent a ton of time creating a unit. It's beautiful. You'll use it this year, and maybe next.  Or maybe you wrote a curriculum or guide for your department. Who owns that content? This is an important question. If you put in the work, it should be you. You...

10 Ways to Get School Cancelled

"Is school cancelled? There's snow out there. Everyone's texting everyone. Parents, teachers, concerned citizens. We all want to know. Is school cancelled? "Did you get the text?" Nobody got the text. NOBODY GOT THE TEXT!!!  There can't be school today!! Looks like...

A Tale of Two (or more) Avocados

Avocados: tasty, and all the rage. The minute I discovered people paying $15 for avocados on toast, I knew I should quit my job and become an avocado chef. I'm still working on the details. Meanwhile, I've decided to share some of my favorite recipes for avocados....

Secret to Saving $2100 a Year by Reducing Subscription Charges!

Do you have a ton of subscriptions you don't use? Most of us do. And it costs us hundreds.  "But it's only (insert ridiculously low amount here)..."If you're not paying attention, those little charges add up. Most software--and even physical products--offer...