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10 Amazing Gift Ideas for your Favorite Teaching Teammate

Looking for the perfect gift you can get for that super cool elementary teacher or teaching teammate? Whether you're on a budget or looking to spend a little more, you can find the perfect teaching work-spouse gift somewhere in these 10 teacher teammate gift ideas. Check out these ideas you can use for Christmas, back to school, birthday, teacher appreciation, end of the year (We made it!), Valentine's Day, Halloween, or any time you want to treat a deserving elementary teacher to that perfect cute and useful gift! 
Looking for the perfect gift idea for your favorite elementary teacher or teaching teammate? Check out these teacher gift ideas for Christmas, back to school, birthdays, end of the year, teacher appreciation or any time you want to treat your favorite educator to something cute and useful! Even if you're on a budget you can find the perfect present for your favorite teacher in these 10 teacher teammate gift ideas. #teachergifts #christmasgifts #teacherappreciation #giftideas #giftsforher

If you're more of an Amazon Prime teacher than a make-it-from-scratch teacher, all of these gifts are perfect for you since they can all be ordered right from the comfort of your couch on Amazon! No trips to the craft store needed here! Whether you're shopping well in advance (way to be a planner Super Teacher!) or last minute (I feel ya, and will also be there), most of these items can be sent to your home or school (wrapped!) in 2 days. Thank you Amazon Prime! {This post includes affiliate links.}

Teacher Gift #1 Personalized Lanyard and Whistle

How perfect is this Wonder Woman lanyard for your super teacher bestie? Get a set of lanyards and some new whistles (you know it's time to retire your nasty old one), and be recess police twinners until you have to blow that (shiny new) whistle and head inside.

Price: $10 for lanyard + 2 whistles

Teacher Gift #2 Comfy Slippers for Under her Desk

After a day on your feet, and most likely a long night of grading and planning ahead, slipping into a nice pair of cozy socks or slippers is the best. These polka dot slipper socks are so, so cute and have great reviews! Add a wrapped pack of Airborne for the perfect "Welcome to cold and flu season" gift (you know you'll both be needing these come January).

Price: $10 slippers, $15 Airborne (large pack)

Teacher Gift #3 A Cute Bag (with bonus bag inside!)

You know her old bag is frayed and worn from toting all of those guided reading books and folders full of grading home and back every night.  Replace her old bag with this cute hobo (personally approved by my stylish mother-in-law!) This super darling bag is large, comes in multiple colors, and even includes a surprisingly large matchy bonus bag perfect for carrying Flair pens, your cell phone, or field trip First Aid Supplies in style. 

Price: $25ish (surprisingly reasonable!)

Teacher Gift #4 Electric Kettle & Teapot

Not only can you use this kettle and teapot after school or during planning time to whip up a nice hot cup of yumminess, but an electric kettle is so nice to have around when you need hot water FAST. (Think science experiments or hot chocolate read-ins where your parent volunteer sends powder sans water). Add some loose leaf tea and a bag of chocolate to replenish her chocolate drawer. You'll end up getting at least half of that chocolate back during an after school vent session anyway, so think of it as a gift for both of you.

Price: Kettle $25, Teapot $25, loose leaf tea $15

Teacher Gift #5 A Piece of Jewelry you know she'll love

These green and silver cuff bracelets reminiscent of Wonder Woman are the perfect chunky wrist-wear for your favorite Super Teacher Teammate. If she's more of a necklace gal, this hammered metal interlocking circles necklace is a sleek piece of statement jewelry. Plus the cute interlocking circles are a metaphor for your fantastic friendship {I call gold circle!}. 

Price: Bracelets $8.50 & $13, Necklace $65 {Yes, this one is spendy but can be the perfect teammate gift for a special occasion. I used it as a goodbye gift. Love you Mrs. Villecco!}

Teacher Gift #6 iPad Accessories

If your teacher bestie is a pro at creating workshop conferencing notes on her iPad, or is always playing around with the newest educational apps, how about getting her a new iPad cover that  comes in a variety of colors (and actually stands up like it's supposed to)? Add a set of colorful styluses to keep her looking good while getting her tech on. Plus, with a set of 6 she can have a stylus in every one of her teacher bags! Add a little ribbon, and the styluses alone can make the perfect techy teacher bff gift!

Price: $15 case + $9 styluses

Teacher Gift #7 Picture Book + Stuffed Animal

If your teacher bestie is always adding to her mentor text library (who isn't?) then try a picture book with matching stuffed animal she can use to brighten her classroom shelves. If she's a teacher mom (bless her!), she can also add this to her little one(s)' room instead. Finding Winnie + Classic Winnie the Pooh, Knuffle Bunny + Plush Knuffle Bunny, We are in a Book + Elephant and Piggie, Dragons Love Tacos + Dragon, Don't Let Pigeon Drive the Bus + Pigeon, and Olivia + (the one and only) Olivia are my faves.

Price: $30-50 for hardcover book + plush

Teacher Gift #8 One of your favorite books that you know she'll love too 

Wanna go serious? Try The Glass Castle. Need something to make you both giggle? Try Tina Fey's Bossypants or anything by David Sedaris (Me Talk Pretty One Day is a personal fave). Want to stay within a teaching theme? Try 32 Third Graders and 1 Class Bunny. Phillip Done's confrontation with the school laminator will make you glad you don't have to wear a tie to work! Make sure you inscribe the inside of the cover thoughtfully so she can look back on your fabulous teacher teammate-ness for years to come.

Price: $10ish per book (All of the above titles are available in paperback)

Teacher Gift #9 Single Cup Coffee Maker

Go big or go home! A single cup coffee maker she can keep in her classroom along with a variety pack of K-pods is the ultimate "Let's chat over a warm cup of something yummy during our planning time instead of updating our data wall" gift. The multi-colored Keurig machines can compliment any classroom decor. Before paying full price, make sure you check Ebates for coupon codes and use their links for cash back. This seriously works! Just make sure you click through Ebates or activate their browser button BEFORE you put items in your cart. (This is my Ebates affiliate link. I love them!)

Price: $65-80 for coffee maker (depending on color), $25 for set of 40 K-cups

Teacher Gift #10 Journal and Flair Pens

It's hard to go wrong with something pretty to write in and something colorful to write with. (Your super teacher senses just tingled a little didn't they?) You'll be hard pressed to find a single elementary teacher who doesn't love a good journal and Flair pen combo.  This is a useful and inexpensive gift that every teacher will love! 

Price: $12 for Journals (set of 3), $8.50 (8 pack)-$20 (24 pack) for Flair Pens

BONUS Teacher Gift #11 Gift Cards!

So many perfect gifts, it's hard to choose just 10! If in doubt - everyone loves gift cards! Get one for a place you both love to shop so you can make an after school activity of it together (Homegoods! Target!), or a card to a favorite restaurant where you can take your non-work spouses for a fun night out. Before paying full price, make sure you check out Cardpool, where you can buy unused gift cards and sell ones you don't need. You won't always find what you're looking for, but if you can you can get a few bucks off while looking extra generous. (This is also a very helpful site if  you get gift cards for holidays that you really won't use.)

Price: $1-Whatever you want!

Do you have an amazing gift idea that your teacher besties have loved?  Tell me about it in the comments!

Have a fab day Super Teacher,

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A Thanksgiving Freebie - Showing Thanks with Thank You Grams

Are you looking for a Thanksgiving writing activity you can use as a center, fast finisher, writing lesson, or holiday activity for the month of November? Look no further than Thank-you-grams! This easy idea (and free printables) is a perfect fit for the days and weeks leading up to Thanksgiving!

A FREE Thanksgiving writing activity teachers can use as a center, fast finisher, writing lesson, or holiday activity for the month of November. Thank-You-Grams are a perfect fit for the days and weeks leading up to Thanksgiving! Keep those students engaged with meaningful writing all the way up to Thanksgiving Break! #education #writing #Thanksgiving #freebies

Thank You Grams are simple thank you notes (written on special paper of course) students can write to other students, teachers, or staff. These work wonderfully if you need a writing center or holiday fast finisher that requires very little prep (just make copies and talk with students about being specific in their thanks!).  

If you can get multiple teachers in your school to offer Thank-you-grams as a holiday activity option it exponentially multiplies the fun! Nothing makes a teacher's day more than finding sweet thank you notes from past students in her mailbox at the end of a very long and dark {thanks for nothing Daylight Saving Time} day!

A FREE Thanksgiving writing activity teachers can use as a center, fast finisher, writing lesson, or holiday activity for the month of November. Thank-You-Grams are a perfect fit for the days and weeks leading up to Thanksgiving! Keep those students engaged with meaningful writing all the way up to Thanksgiving Break!

Head to my TpT store HERE to download 8 Thank You Gram templates (2 half page, 2 whole page, black & white, and color versions) + a 5 parts of a friendly letter check sheet if you want to turn this into a letter writing mini-lesson or independent center.

If you want even more Thank You Gram resources, make sure you sign up for the Super Teacher e-mail list! Subscribers will receive an extra 4-per page Thank You Gram printable, student check sheets for all versions of the activity + a student-friendly direction page so you can turn Thank You Grams into an independent center right after a trip to the copier!  

Just sign up here or click on the button below. 

Already a subscriber? Check your email Super Teacher! This freebie was sent to you on 11/10/17 at 8 am EST.

Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy your break! You're almost there Super Teacher!!

The NEW November Math Challenge is Here {and it's FREE}

If you are a 2nd or 3rd grade teacher looking for a FREE Thanksgiving or fall themed math activity, try this November math challenge. It includes a math word problem printable focused on addition with multiple one and two-digit numbers to 25, a lined page for students to write about how they solved the problem, and an answer key, so you can just print and go!

This November Math Challenge is perfect for your high flying 2nd and 3rd graders. You can use this printable for math centers, homework, problem of the week, small groups, or to get a breather during a holiday party. Fun for kids and NO PREP for teachers! 

A FREE Thanksgiving or fall themed math activity. Just print and go! This November math challenge worksheet is perfect for advanced 2nd and 3rd graders. Use for math center activities, homework, problem of the week, small groups, or to get a breather during a holiday party. Fun for kids and NO PREP for teachers! Click for the free download. #education #math #secondgrade #thirdgrade #differentation

Download the free November Math Challenge HERE. (or by clicking on the picture above)

If you would like more information about how to use math challenges for your advanced 2nd and 3rd grade mathematicians you can learn about SUPER simple differentiation using math contracts HERE. {There might just be another freebie there for you!}

Need more Thanksgiving and fall themed math challenges & brainteasers to engage your little turkeys all month long? You can purchase 26 additional November math printables with Thanksgiving and fall themes HERE. {The printables pictured above are just a few from the November Math Challenge & Brainteaser pack}

Happy Thanksgiving Super Teacher,
These free math challenge and brain teaser activities for elementary students can be used for centers, weekly challenges, small groups, or whole class problem solving. Fun for kids and easy for teachers! Perfect for 2nd and 3rd grade.
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Prep Like a Pro! 5 Tips for the Best Parent Conferences Yet

Planning for parent conferences? This post includes 5 tips for preparing + two free parent conference forms you can use to make parent conference prep as painless as possible.

Are you in the throes of Halloween, centers, and parent conference chaos? In October everything seems to come together like a perfect storm that can turn your classroom and personal life into crazytown. 'Tis the season!  If you're hoping to check parent conference prep off your never ending to do list, here are a few tips and resources you can use to make that parent conference planning as painless as possible.

Tip #1 

Send Home a Parent Conference Preview

At least a week before conferences, send home a Parent Conference Preview that asks parents to circle from a list of ideas what they most want to talk with you about during your conference, as well as how long they want their child to attend. The information you get from these forms can be super helpful in your conference planning and can give you some extra time to prepare for any unexpected questions, so you can have materials or samples of student work ready to go. These are also helpful in letting you know what parents really want to know most about. It's always enlightening to see who cares more about test scores and who wants to know more about their child's behavior. Want a copy? Sign up at the bottom of this post and an editable template will be sent to your email! 

Tip #2 

Create Student Progress Notes for Parents to Take Home

These can take on a variety of forms, but I always like to have something parents can take with them to sum up their child's progress. That way if we don't have time to talk about a certain academic or behavioral area, or a parent is unable to make the conference, everything is on the info page they take home. My reporting page of choice is personalized for each student in the areas of reading, writing, math, and behavior. If you want to use the same Conference Notes page that I do, there is an editable copy available at the end of this post. Once you edit the Conference Notes template you can copy and paste one page to fill out for every student. Yes it takes time to create one for every student, but once you do you have EVERYTHING you need in front of you, plus it will be on your computer and you can copy and paste for upcoming conferences. Work up front will save you so much time and stress later!

Tip #3 

Have Something Outside your Classroom for Parents to do

Have you recently taught your students a math game or read a super fun mentor text?  Have these items outside your classroom so students can play with or show their parents.  Having files of student work or a box of student writing from your latest Author's Chair for parents to look at while they wait is also a nice touch, but can raise your stress level if these aren't already organized. You can also put out volunteer projects like lamination cutting or stapling papers if you have something self explanatory. Pentominoes (affiliate link) and student writing are my top 2 go to PTC "while you wait" items. You can read more about pentominoes at this blog post HERE.    

Tip #4 

Make it Comfortable

Simple touches like having a lamp on your table, finding a round table so everyone feels on equal footing, having a bowl of candy, or simply making sure you have chairs large enough for all the adults who will be present (it's always awkward when step-dad gets the kindergarten chair) are all part of the details that make a difference. Plus, if you're going to be sitting for 9+ hours it's always nice to feel cozy.

Tip #5 

Take Care of YOU

Don't overdo it! Don't have time to create personalized notes for every student or buy a bowl of candy because you need to eat and sleep? Everyone will live! Just do what you can and keep some healthy snacks nearby so you don't keel over from exhaustion (maybe try to sneak your favorite coffee drink during your planning time too). The #1 thing parents want to see is that you know and care about their kid, and you do. So, keep on keeping on Super Teacher! You've got this!

If you would like an EDITABLE copy of the parent conference forms from Tips #1 and #2 you can get the FREE exclusive parent conference pages which include editable copies of the Parent Conference Preview and Conference Notes sent right to your inbox.  Just sign up below and check your email.  

*Already an email subscriber?  Check your email Super Teacher!  This freebie was sent to you on October 13th.  Hooray!* 

Do you have any other tips for making parent conferences go as smoothly as possible?  I'd love to hear about them in the comments!