Challenge: Resisting Target’s Back to School Sales

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....

About No-Spend Summer

About No-Spend Summer

Summer used to be about one thing--vacation. Beaches, umbrellas, sand, and fun. Now, it's all about Back to School shopping. According to the National Retail Federation, Americans spent $82.8 billion on Back to School last year. The average family spends almost $700....

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

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

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

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?

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

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...