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Recommended Holiday Gifts for Teachers

The time of year is upon us, when we take time out to show the teacher(s) in our lives, just how much we appreciate them and all they do for our children…our future!  During the school year, on average a child spend 7+ hours a day with his/her teacher.  This is 35 hours+ a week.  Once we get our children up, we might have one rushed hour a day before school then maybe (and this is a stretch) we might have three quality hours after school before they go to bed.  That is approximately 4 hours a day we have with our children. This is 20 hours during the week from Monday-Friday.

Given all this, it is clear to see the importance of choosing just the right school (because our children spend a lot of time in them) and appreciating the wonderful teachers who give of their time and talent to help prepare our children for the future.

The following are our recommended gift ideas (NOTE: Many are items I received and appreciated 🙂 over the many years in education.)

  • Dry Erase Markers
  • Sharpie Pens ~All Colors ~Thin, Regular and Poster Tip (a true treasure)
  • A camera donated to the classroom is a gift indeed (*I received this one year and it is a gift that still gives back to education!) Kodak Easy Share is cost effective and reliable.
  • Colored Printing Paper
  • Target Gift Card (most teachers use for classroom anyway)
  • Office Depot Gift Card
  • Visa, Mastercard or Amex Gift Cards…gives educators the choice to shop at teacher stores, online etc.
  • Barnes and Noble Gift Card~ I have not met one teacher in my years in classroom or now working with many, who do not purchase books for their classroom…Given that we sell our academic eBooks at BarnesandNoble.com, we are bias and LOVE this book store!
  • An Electric Pencil Sharpener
  • An Assortment of Purple, Red and Green Pens
  • An Assortment of Yellow High Lighters
  • A Case of Clorox Wipes…no kidding, unless there is a child allergic, teachers LOVE this item…we all want to be germ free!
  • A Case of White Printer Paper
  • A Packet of Assorted Construction Paper

These are just a few items we would recommend here at Unlock the Teacher.  However, we would love to hear your favorite items that you have received.  Please post in our comment section or email us at denise@unlocktheteacherllc.com and I will post for all our parents and teachers to read.  Collaboration is what education is all about!

I hope everyone has a fabulous week!

May we continue to seek knowledge in all things,

Denise

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First Graders’ Second eBook “Katie’s Horse Adventure” is Now Available at Barnes and Noble.com~All Proceeds Go Towards Promoting Literacy at Elementary School

"Katie's Horse Adventure" an eBook Written by Kids for Kids

First Graders’ Second eBook Katie’s Horse Adventure is Now Available at Barnes and Noble.com Thank you to everyone who has supported the Katie’s Farm Adventures series.  All Proceeds Go Towards Promoting Literacy at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Elementary School.

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/katies-horse-adventure-olqm-1st-grade-class/1104176954?ean=2940013605886&itm=1&usri=katie%2bs%2bhorse%2badventure

We have been busy working on additional eBooks to donating to elementary schools for the 2011/2012 school year…stay tuned!

If your school would like to have Unlock the Teacher LLC come in and facilitate one of our writing workshop for a class or series of grades, we would be happy to come and share this wonderful writing process that gets children so excited about writing and reading their own work.

Recommendations are available upon request.

I wish everyone a fabulous summer filled with many learning moments~

Denise 😉

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A Participant from One of Our ePublishing Workshops is Publishing Her First eBook at Barnes and Noble and Amazon.com

Melanie Osborn participated in one of our “ePublishing Workshops” this past month, and we are so thrilled for her that she has collated some of her inspiring poetry and is publishing it at Barnes and Noble and Amazon.com

"Weekly Inspirational Thoughts" by Melanie Osborn

We find her work to be moving and inspiring. Unlock the Teacher LLC team has no doubt that she will take her writing to amazing levels and we feel honored that she wanted to share her success with us.

Please visit her blog at www.melanieosbornwriter.wordpress.com and on Twitter: @me_writes

Please help us welcome her to the world of writing…

We love to promote the good and her message is nothing but good.

We wish her many blessings and may we follow her example and continue to try to maximize our potential,

Denise, Trisha and Sue

The Unlock the Teacher LLC Team

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“How to ePublish” Workshop at the University of Detroit Mercy~A Way to Share Your Talents with Others While Building Revenue for College

University of Detroit Mercy

Event Calendar

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Workshop: How to ePublish

This “How to ePublish” workshop covers the “how” and “why” to ePublishing, how to develop a basic social framework/platform and how to maximize earning potential.

In this three-phase, 2.5 hour workshop, participants will be introduced to and participate in:

  • Phase I:          ePublishing – the how and why component
  • Phase II:        Develop an ePublishing Framework
  • Phase III:       Marketing Nuts and Bolts – Maximize Earning Potential and learn how to utilize experience as ePublishing tools and      ePublish with Barnes and Noble and Amazon.com

Price: $75.00 per participant with 15% per participant being donated back to UDM.
**NOTE: July 13th workshop is being donated to Dr. Gibney’s education students by Denise Ball, Unlock the Teacher LLC Chief Executive Officer and a 2010 UDM alum.

To reserve a limited seat, please visit www.unlocktheteacher.com  Pay via Paypal or cash at door given seat availability.

This workshop is designed for individuals 16 and older.   This workshop is ideal for:

  • Teens and college students looking to utilize current writing created in the classroom to create a revenue source for college and add to academic portfolio
  • Educators and administrators looking to find creative revenue resources for field trips, adding technology to the classroom and to further the learning experience
  • Professionals looking to share knowledge and earn additional revenue for retirement
  • Anyone looking to learn publishing tools of the 21st century

Denise Ball, an Unlock the Teacher LLC educator, has seventeen years of experience in education.  She has published and sold curriculum and eBooks designed to enhance the academic process.  Denise is a passionate person who draws in her audience and takes them on a “How to ePublish” journey sure to educate and inform.

Commerce & Finance Building, Room 213, 9:00AM – 11:30AM

For additional information, please email us at teachme@unlocktheteacherllc.com

May we continue to seek knowledge in all things,

Denise, Trisha and Sue

The Unlock the Teacher LLC Team

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1st Grade Student Authors are Taking The Writing Process to an Excitng Place

We shared with you the wonderful 1st grade class who we worked with a few weeks ago in one of our Writing Workshops. This class was so excited about the writing process and seeing their work published in an eBook that they wrote another “Katie Adventure”.

The first book in this series, “Katie’s Farm Adventures” was written by our very own Denise Ball, with collaboration from our whole team here at Unlock the Teacher LLC. The paintings were illustrated by Denise’s mom, Mary Sharon who lost her battle with cancer in 2005. This was the first book written in Unlock the Teacher LLC’s Promoting Literacy Campaign…where all proceeds from books go directly to designated elementary schools for promoting literacy programs.

Our Lady Queen of Martyrs School receives all proceeds from this series. OLQM’s 1st grade class wanted to write an adventure about Katie, so we went in and conducted our workshop and the response to their work has been great! The 1st grade teacher, Mrs. McMahon has empowered this group of young writers. The six and seven year olds are excited to brainstorm and write down ideas, collaborate and vote on which ones work and which ones do not and then illustrate the scenes for book. After viewing their work in complete form and having their eBook, “Katie’s Exploring Adventure” published at Barnes and Noble online, they were ready to do the process all over again. 🙂

Given this, we are excited to share that sometime next week, the third book in this series will be available for purchase at Barnes and Noble.com. The book is titled, “Katie’s Horse Adventure” and the story is really quite cute. We will announce here and on our facebook page when it is available for all to see. All proceeds go directly to OLQM’s school…thank you for your support!

May we continue to seek knowledge in all things,

Denise, Trisha and Sue
The Unlock the Teacher LLC Team

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1st Grader’s Work is Now Published and on Sale at Barnes and Noble.com

‎1st graders have written and illustrated Katie’s next adventure. Check it out for $3.99…ebook can be downloaded to MAC, PC, iPAd, iPhone etc. ALL proceeds go to school to support literacy. This is a great example of how 21st century teachers are creative with differential instruction! We are thrilled to be a part of this process…we get to shower students and teachers with hope…amazing job we have indeed!

Denise and the Unlock the Teacher Team

"Katie's Farm Adventures"

"Katie's Exploring Adventure"

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Book Two in the “Katie’s Farm Adventures” Series…Written and Illustrated by a First Grade Class

"Katie's Exploring Adventure" book two in the "Katie's Farm Adventures" series

Here is a sneak peek of the cover for the next eBook in the “Katie’s Farm Adventures” series.  The wonderful thing about this eBook, is that we went into the school and worked with a first grade class to create it!  In one of our Writing Workshops, the students wrote and illustrated the book.  It is funny and creative and we cannot wait to share with everyone.  All proceeds from all the books that are and will be published in the “Katie’s Farm Adventures” series will be donated to the Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Literacy Fund.

Stay tuned as we hope to have this eBook published by the end of the week online with Barnes and Noble and Amazon.

If you know of a school or organization who would like to have us facilitate a Writing or ePublishing Workshop, please email us at teachme@unlocktheteacherllc.com  or leave us a comment at our www.unlocktheteacher.com website.

May we seek knowledge in all things,

Denise, Trisha and Sue

The Unlock the Teacher LLC Team

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“Spring into Art and Poetry” is Now Available…Children Art and Poetry

"Spring into Art and Poetry" another academic eBook by Unlock the Teacher LLC

It is now official, our latest academic based eBook is now on sale online at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Regardless if the preferred computer is a MAC or PC, iPhone or Android, both sites offer FREE apps to download to read your selected eBooks.  These are great tools for classrooms or as resources for enjoyment or educational purposes at home or in the car.

This is our first trial run with Amazon for our eBooks, so Trisha, Sue and I would love to hear your responses on which format you prefer.  We would also like to know which devices our readers use to read their eBooks.  If you would like to share, we would love to know your thoughts on all things eBooks.  Please share with us your favorite eBooks in all genres too and we will  share your thoughts and critiques…knowledge is meant to be shared not kept under a bushel.

Have a great Friday tomorrow!

The Unlock the Teacher LLC Team

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An eBook for Children, Parents and Teachers…”Spring into Art and Poetry” Scheduled to be Available for Purchase at Amazon and Barnes and Noble Online Tomorrow

An eBook for children, parents and teachers  Spring into Art is being updated and will be available soon.

Illustrations by Mary Sharon, who lost her battle with cancer in 2005.

Academic Focus:  Poetry and Art

With a Parent and Teacher Resource Component

This eBook, text and paintings are licensed for personal enjoyment only
and may not be resold or used without written permission. Thank you for your
continued support.

May we continue to seek knowledge in all things,

Denise

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Thank You for All the Support of Literacy Campaign in March

 
 
We are working on our calendar of events for next school year now.  If you or your school would like to have us come in and provide one of the many workshops we offer, please let us know so we can pencil you in.
 
 
We love hearing from you and sharing your ideas too.  We are creating a massive resource section on our website for educational and non-profit grants.  We will be launching this information in April.  If you or your school has a great Best Practice to share or is in need of information, we would love to hear from you.  It is through the sharing of knowledge and positive collaboration, that we will create a better tomorrow for our children, our future!
 
May we seek knowledge in all things,
Denise

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