Great Gifts for Teachers and Nurses

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In today’s society, there are many jobs that require special skills and attention to detail. Working with the public generally takes a lot of expertise and patience. Careers that center on helping people are as demanding as they are rewarding. Nurses and teachers are two very important positions in our society. These individuals teach our children and care for the sick and elderly. If you know a teacher or nurse, you should remind them of just how special they are to you and to your community by providing them with a special gift. The simple gesture will speak volumes.

Often times, schools and hospitals require their staff to wear ID badges. The ID badges contain the employee’s name, title, and picture. IDs help to add an extra layer of protection to public facilities and eliminate the possibility of criminals or strangers gaining access to the property.

It can be very frustrating for both teachers and nurses to keep track of their IDs during the workday. Both jobs require the employee to be on their feet and running around constantly. A great gift for a nurse or a teacher is something that will add style and functionality to their lives. Lanyards and badge holders are a great way to help teachers and nurses keep all of their important IDs together. You can wear a lanyard around your neck or drape it around your wrist for instant and easy access to all of your essential IDs. ID badge holders perfectly group together all of the vital IDs so the nurse or teacher don’t have to rummage through their pockets or purses to find them.

Lanyards and badge holders can also be customized to make them extra special. Create a personalized lanyard using your favorite teacher’s or nurse’s favorite color. You can also add their name onto the back of the ID badge holders for extra security. Try adding a picture of an apple onto the back of a teacher’s ID badge or an image of a heart onto the back of a nurse’s. This little characteristic will make them smile each time they look at their ID badge and help them to remember just how special they were to you.

Beaded lanyards are a great way for teachers or nurses to add some style to their work outfit. Beaded lanyards resemble chic necklaces but have all of the functionality of a regular lanyard. The teacher or nurse can wear their beaded lanyard like a necklace and have their look work overtime for them.

Be sure to include a personal note with their gift. This note will allow them to know how you feel and may help them love doing their job even more.

Teachers and nurses are two very important careers. It takes a lot of dedication to be a nurse or teacher and allows the person to give back to the community. Try showing your favorite teacher or nurse just how special they are to you by giving them a functional gift.

How to Prepare for Substitute Teaching

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Substitute teaching can be taxing, with its varied and inconsistent scheduling. New locations, new children, new lesson plans, and new expectations every morning can be draining.

Maintain a healthy lifestyle. As a substitute teacher, not much is inside your circle of influence, but you are at the center of it. Taking care of yourself is absolutely the most important thing you can do to succeed at substitute teaching. First, stay fit. If you cannot exercise in the morning because you are waiting by the phone, exercise in the evening, stopping by the gym on the way home or walking around the neighborhood with your spouse after dinner. Second, eat well. Meal planning and preparing food in advance is crucial for this step. Over the weekend, make several meals, doubling or even tripling the recipe and freeze single portion sizes in Tupperware in the freezer for you to take to work as lunches.

Use your crockpot: stick a roast or chicken breasts with Asian or Mexican spices and a can of diced tomatoes and you have dinner ready when you come home. Third, get at least eight hours of sleep every night. Change is one of the most exhausting circumstances an individual can face; you face continual change every day. Let your body recover each night. Last, look good. For women especially, the way you look influences your mood. When you dress in a power suit, you feel powerful. When you dress in a skirt, you feel feminine. If you have uniform requirements like lanyards and badge holders, personalize them with a beaded lanyard or decorative badge holder.

Embrace the change. Some personality types are naturally more flexible than others, but even if you prefer structure and organization, you can choose to focus on the positive elements rather than the negative elements of substitute teaching. You have the opportunity to reach a greater number of children every day than other teachers. You have a greater challenge because you do not have an established rapport with the students, but as a newcomer you may be able to reach them in ways their teacher was not. Always keep a lesson plan for each grade prepared in case the teacher does not have one ready when you arrive. Since you get to decide what to cover that day, you can talk about things that you like and get the students excited about subjects they may not have covered previously.

Remember to stay organized, keeping your important documents and ID on lanyards and badge holders so that you can show security you belong and are a staff member in case they ask. You might look into buying an attractive beaded lanyard that matches most of your outfits.

At all times, remember that teaching is your calling, not just an occupation. You got into teaching because you love learning and sharing your knowledge with others. Do not get frustrated! As Robert Louis Stevenson said, “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.”

How to Play Nice and Still Win the Game

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Every office has its politics, and schools are no exception. In fact, it’s often more challenging because of the variety and complexity of the relationships (parents, students, administrators, parents, school boards, unions, federal and state regulators, community and media) and the substitution of consensus for accountability in many instances.

First, it is important to keep your head out of the sand. Most teachers get into education because they desire to help people and to assist their students fulfill dreams, but that does not mean they cannot be territorial and petty. Be alert to the possibility of saboteurs in your department. Most of us dislike gossip on principle, but keeping your ears open may help you identify social landmines in advance.

Second, develop your professional network. Build relationships with potential antagonists. Give gifts, like beaded lanyards, to the office secretaries. If you are introverted, this suggestion may sound disconcerting, but make a point of eating lunch in the lounge as opposed to at your desk. As you develop friendships across the board, you are (1) multiplying your “ears” so that you can find out as soon as possible any rumors that may start about you, and (2) protecting your back, by developing a rapport with individuals who will champion for you should rumors begin. And taking this step will help you to build good working relationships; and that’s what you really want.

Third, have a plan. When office politics get into full swing, knowing your options for response can be invaluable. Check out Timothy Johnson’s post where he offers the following methods for resolving the matter:

1) Direct confrontation, with witnesses. Schedule a time to confront the individual in person with trusted witnesses there to support you. But beware of passive-aggressive retaliation!

2) Conditional assistance: Make it clear that you would like to help, but you fear possible negative backlash; this option will demonstrate to outsiders how the saboteur’s behavior is hurtful to the entire school body, not just you personally.

3) Documentation trump card: If the slander or conspiracy is in written form, keep a record. If overheard, make a note of the time and date and exact verbiage.

4) Maintain your own character: Do not lower your personal standards of decency. Remain above board in all areas of your behavior; for example, keep your ID in a badge holder so that you can maintain the school’s rules at all times.

5) Divide and conquer: Meet with your adversaries one-on-one and see if you can bring them over to your side in the matter. Do something nice for them, like giving them a beaded lanyard, or an ID badge holders with their favorite sports team. Identify their goals and see if you can help them achieve those ends through less destructive means.

Fourth, have a supportive personal network. Recognize that your identity is not defined by what happens at work. Expand your personal interests and remain in close contact with friends and family. Then, whatever happens at the office can stay at the office. And, in the worst case, they can help you identify new opportunities for employment if your office becomes excessively toxic.

Two Trouble-spots Trouble-shot

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Student Field Trips

Field trips have become an expected part of our children’s educational experience. Unfortunately, no matter how far in advance you prepare, field trips can quite often be an organizational nightmare. Whether you are planning the event or your school’s administration is setting up the opportunity, make sure you have the information you need several days in advance so that you can develop a plan of action and communicate it to everyone involved.

• Will parents be driving or is the school hiring buses?
• Will the students be meeting in your classroom first or out in the parking lot?
• Which forms need to be signed?
• What will you do with students without permission forms?
• Who should you contact when you arrive?
• What items are allowed and prohibited?
• Will the students need a sack lunch?

Most places that you go will require name badges for every student. Plan ahead and purchase lanyards and badge holders for every child and a beaded lanyard for yourself, so that all you need to do is slip the child’s badge into place and hand them out the morning of the trip. Instead of making the lanyards out of yarn, invest in quality lanyards and badge holders, so that you can reuse them for years to come.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Every parent is unique, but knowing the common parent profiles will help you identify and prepare. It is likely that you will see the following two parent types show up at your next set of conferences.

The Over-Involved Parent: You probably know this parent by name. They are your Room Mom, the PTO President, and the Office Volunteer. You receive feedback on every graded piece of paper sent home, often with suggestions for improvement (yours, not their child’s). With this parent, it is important that you make them feel heard while remaining in control of the conversation. Use empathic listening to reiterate what they say back to them, and then reassure them that you are qualified to handle every situation that presents itself in your classroom.

The Out-of-Touch Parent: You are lucky if this parent shows up the conference at all. They often fall into two camps: the well-meaning but over committed-elsewhere parent and the parents who do not see the value of being involved in this aspect of their child’s life. For the first, have a snapshot of the school year in hand: (1) their child’s strengths, (2) their child’s needs for improvement, and (3) a short directive about how they can help you in the future. For the second, have literature emphasizing the importance of parental involvement in a student’s success ready. Ask them for a specific commitment; for example, “please listen to Susie read aloud for 10 minutes each day and initial her journal.” You cannot force them to do so, but having concrete instructions with an easily-inspected report card may help.

With every parent-teacher conference, you want to look your best and display your professionalism. One way to be fashionable and professional is to wear your ID and keys on a beaded lanyards.

Helpful Tools to Help Teachers Get the Job Done

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As a teacher, there are many things on your plate day in and day out.  Because of the nature of your position, there are different groups of people that you will have to deal with from day to day, and a different hat you may wear for each.  On most days you’re in the classroom in front of students so most reliable tools for you is ID badge holders

In years past, ID badge holders were style-less, plain plastic cases.  Today, every teacher can showcase their personal style preferences with BooJee Beads decorative ID badge holders for every situation.  Does it really matter whether a teacher wears a stylish tool to hold their employee identification?  To some, it may be irrelevant.  But when you take into consideration the different people a teacher comes into contact with, ID badge holders that feature stylish and fun designs stand out as highly professional. 

Some teachers still prefer to carry their identification on a lanyard.   BooJee Beads has you covered there too.  The point is that no teacher – male or female – needs to stand in front of their students or sit in front of parents or peers without the latest and greatest way of professionally displaying small items used on a regular basis.

Some of the best tools available to teachers today are in the area of technology.  One new tool gaining popularity is Edmodo.  Edmodo is a safe social networking site developed by Jeff O’Hara, an educator who realized the potential of social media in the classroom.  Typically, social media sites are blocked in classrooms (and there is very good reason for this).  However, with Edmodo available only to students, parents and teachers given access to the site, sharing and networking has never been safer for classroom use.

In the twenty-first century classroom, technology is an integral part of learning.  With many schools focusing on project-based learning, where every assignment carries applicable real life applications, technology is an essential ingredient that can be utilized one hundred percent of the time.  Edmodo allows for a teacher-controlled social networking scenario in every classroom. 

One thing Edmodo does is allows teachers to meet students in an area that is familiar to them.  The site is set up to look very similar to Facebook, another social media site that many young people are familiar with.  One may question, why not just connect on the site already well-established.  The answer is that Edmodo is the only teacher controlled social media site out there at the moment. 

Edmodo is helpful for students who may have questions about assignments or for students who have missed a class.  With such easy access to teachers, other students and assignments that may be posted to the site, there is no reason to miss assignments and potentially fall behind in class. 

Students and teachers alike rave about this free site.  If you’re not already using it in your classroom, you may want to take a closer look at just how much this technology may be able to help you.

Teachers Get in on the BooJee Beads Craze

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Teachers of children of all ages have a unique setting to work in.  Some teachers may find it difficult to determine their own professional image on the job, when surrounded by the latest fashion trends of their students.  Instead of struggling to find footing in the realm of how to present to administration, peers, students and parents, considering some of the tips found here and using BooJee Beads style can help to create a unique image in the workplace.

Lanyards and badge holders are widely used on campuses all over the world.  These tools are handy, affordable and useful for holding classroom keys, employee identification or other small items.  Teachers can become more organized through the use of lanyards and badge holders; but may not realize just how much these tools can improve image in the classroom.

When looking for your own unique teacher style, think first of how you wish to be perceived.  This could be different based on who you interact with.  You want your students to feel comfortable with you; but also see you as an authority to respect and look up to.  Teaching small children, the elementary teacher could incorporate decorative lanyards and badge holders featuring colors and themes small children are drawn to. 

With the styles of BooJee Beads, you can wear employee identification or classroom keys in perfect style, and feel great about your professional look at work.  Whether the day consists of meetings with peers or parents, or a day spent in front of the class, you want to feel as though you fit into the image you have of yourself on the job. 

It is recommended that teachers wear comfortable clothing, especially because they are on their feet most of the day.  However, comfort does not equal overly casual.  To compliment your BooJee Beads lanyards, maintain your professional image with comfortable slacks over jeans and conservative shoes over flip flops or sandals that are more fitting for a day at the park.

Dressing for the classroom could include slacks or khaki’s.  Dresses and skirts for women may be comfortable and make you feel very good at work.  When this is the case, the overwhelming response is “go for it”!  However, dressing up is not the aim; being professional and comfortable is the goal for any teacher. 

When you approach your professional attire, just remember that comfort does not come only in the form of loose jeans or oversized sweaters.  Remember that, although your primary audience is a group of youngsters, there are other eyes on you as a teacher.  When put in the situation of meeting with parents, a teacher must present n a way that shows they are in charge at all times and the person to count on when it comes to a child’s learning process. 

Much is stated by the way a person dresses.  So while the classroom is not your runway, it is important to take professional image into account each and every day.

Small Gifts Students Love

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During the busy holiday season, teachers have the opportunity to give small gifts to their students, helpers, and colleagues. This opportunity can sometimes feel like a small feat when there are so many students and so little time. How can you make each one feel special without blowing your budget?

ID lanyards provide a great gift idea for students. You didn’t think that teachers were the only ones who could be served by handy ID badge lanyards, did you? For students, ID lanyards can be used in many ways. They can be used at home or at school, and can even add a little funk to school fashions.

Students love to feel good about how they look, and the ID lanyards that they wear for student ID cards could provide just the right amount of pizzazz to really make them shine. Today, as many teachers are finding, ID badge lanyards aren’t the same drab items they used to be. With a little searching, it is easy to find ID lanyards featuring smart designs such as tribal tattoos, skulls or even snowflakes.

With the many designs available in ID badge lanyards, teachers have the opportunity to purchase something special for each of the students on their shopping list. Although the name suggests that ID lanyards are for holding ID badges, these ropes worn around the neck or wrist can also hold small items such as keys. Since many students are entrusted to keys for their house, or have keys to their own vehicles, ID lanyards are ideal gifts.

Another inexpensive and personal gift for students is that of personalized writing paper. This is a gift that a teacher can make right at their own computer using Word. At the top of the document, type the student’s name and place a clip art image next to or underneath the name. Using Landscape setting, you can place two ‘pieces of paper’ on one sheet. Once printed, take the stationary to a printer for copying and binding. This is a small gift that kids love. It may even encourage their writing!

Students love gift bags filled with small goodies. This is true of students regardless of their age. Gift bags can be purchased in bulk or bought at a discount store, and can be filled with items including pencils and erasers. Students can use these items, no doubt. However, many teachers like to step outside of the norm. Don’t forget that ID lanyards can be placed into gift bags. So can key holders, travel games and coloring pens; home-made cookies, craft recipes and stuffed animals.

Buying or making gifts for students is a way for a teacher to give them something to remember for years to come. There is no need to take out a loan to buy extravagant gifts for each child; nor is it necessary to spend all of your free time making gifts from scratch. Balance is key so you can keep your sanity and actually enjoy the process.

Keeping the Classroom Clean During Flu Season

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Germs lurk anywhere children touch regularly. These places include desks, doorknobs, light switches, and water fountain toggles – even on pencil sharpeners, soap dispensers, computer keyboards and toys. Even the teacher’s ID lanyard becomes a place where germs could hide out.

To avoid coming down with the flu yourself and to keep your students in a healthy environment, there are steps that you can employ during this important time of year when germs seem to be at an all-time high. Cleaning routines can be revisited and enhanced where necessary to ensure germs have no place left to hide at the end of the school day.

Before going into specific techniques for cleaning, it should be said that timeliness in cleaning the classroom is as important as how the area is cleaned. Some classrooms have desks where only one student occupies the same desk each day. Junior and senior high school classrooms are visited by several students throughout a single day.

In most classrooms, desks, badge lanyards and other areas are typically cleaned once a day. However, classrooms in which new students enter and leave with each passing period really could be cleaned after each class. This sounds like a lot of work; but really, wiping desks down takes less than five minutes and eliminates germs so that they don’t pass from student to student via desks or doorknobs.

The reason why badge lanyards are mentioned in the cleaning process is because the ID lanyard is a big part of campus life. Teachers and students alike can be seen wearing keys or ID badges from an ID lanyard. Because these items may hang between two people, they are at risk to attracting germs. When teachers keep keys on badge lanyards, they are used frequently and also touch several other objects throughout the day. Cleaning an ID lanyard is as simple as wiping it down with a sanitizing wipe once a day.

In addition to educating students and parents in germ-fighting techniques, teachers can maintain healthy classrooms by using sanitizing wipes or spray to wipe down counters and desks each day. This process takes only five minutes to complete. Spending a little more time, teacher or students can also wipe down pencil sharpeners, doorknobs and light switches and computer keyboards. In classrooms where toys or other equipment is used by students, such as plastic figures, math manipulatives or science equipment; extra sanitizing is necessary to rid germs of the area.

Be sure to throw away sponges and to clean sinks, including knobs. Custodial staff typically empty trash receptacles each day; but teachers and students can work to ensure that all used tissues and towels make it into trash cans throughout the day.

Enlist the help of parents to further your classroom germ-fighting techniques by sending home a flyer on the subject of germs. When parents, students and teachers work together to learn about and fight flu-causing germs in the classroom, everyone stands a better chance of avoiding lingering coughs and sniffles during the busy school year.

Showing Appreciation to Fellow Teachers

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Teachers know better than anyone how nice it feels to receive gifts of appreciation.  Throughout each school year, teachers receive cards or gifts from students and their families; but how often do teachers show appreciation for one another?  The opportunities are certainly there.  It would seem that an environment in which team teachers and coworkers take these opportunities would actually be an environment where morale is high and productivity soars.

If you have worked with, or continually work with, any teacher or even office staff that goes out of their way to provide assistance to you, your students, or other people, you have the opportunity to show appreciation.  And hence, you have the opportunity to encourage this person and brighten their day.  Here are a few ways you can show that you appreciate the job someone else is doing.

  • ID badge lanyards are highly used in school settings, and therefore make ideal gifts for any teacher or school employee.  Most of the time, teachers wear ID badge lanyards that were either given to them by the school office or that they picked up at an educational conference.  This means they probably lack that certain panache that adds polish to work attire.

When you want to offer a special gift to someone at your school, consider the lanyard.  Today, ID badge lanyards are available in many different styles and themes that teachers love.  Providing all the same convenience for carrying keys or badges, lanyards today can also look very polished and professional.

  • When you work closely with someone, you can get to know their likes and dislikes.  Perhaps you know of a special hobby or interest a fellow teacher has.  This makes giving them a small gift easier; as you can tailor it to their personal interests.
  • Teachers can always use helping hands, as you are well aware.  Showing appreciation for a fellow teacher doesn’t have to be done with gifts that you purchase; it could be done by helping them where you can.   Perhaps you can take their lunch duty for a day to give them time away.  Acts of service are kind and thoughtful.  There are many ways you can provide service to a fellow teacher that won’t interfere with your own duties.  This is a gift that costs nothing and leaves you both feeling great.
  • Another gift that costs nothing is that of a note.  Teachers like to hear that they have done well at something; we all do.  If you know another teacher who has gone out of their way, taught you something, inspired you or somehow helped you, tell them.  It doesn’t get any simpler than that!  Keep blank note cards in your desk so you can write notes to others when the opportunity arises.  It pays to just say thanks.

Receiving accolades from peers is a high honor that professionals love to be treated to.  In the school setting, there is no need to leave the praise to students and families.  Teachers can and should take it upon themselves to continually life one another up and encourage those around them.  Doing so can only result in a more positive environment.

Plan Ahead to Successfully Host a Substitute Teacher

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Most teachers know what it feels like to substitute in a classroom in which they are unfamiliar.  To add a little excitement into the mix of a sub day, kids, when they realize their regular teacher is not present, may be under the impression that their workload will be light and they will not have to pay attention.  There are several steps you can take to ensure any substitute teacher that enters into your classroom is left with a good impression of your class and a good feeling about your direction.

  1. Planning ahead makes everything about an absence run more smoothly.   One part of planning ahead is to simply have an organized classroom.  This is something that will benefit you and your students every day; and provide a good experience for a substitute.  Have places for all tools and papers; and prepare lesson plans in advance so neither you nor your sub will have to scramble when you need to be out for a day or longer.
  2. Preparing your students with expectations of how they should behave in your absence will ensure that they do not assume they can “get away” with less than respectful behavior while you are away.  Talk to students well in advance about how they are to behave in the classroom; and take the opportunity to point out to them that they are to behave this way regardless of whether you are teaching them or they are taking instruction from another teacher.  Explaining to students that they need to make a good impression of who they are and how they have been taught by you is a good way to hand them responsibility for their actions in the classroom.
  3. Ribbon lanyards come in handy in any classroom and provide convenience for teachers and students.  The way ribbon lanyards can help in the instance of a substitute teaching situation is that classroom keys can be easily seen and kept track of.  Additionally, when bathroom passes or keys are kept on ribbon lanyards at all times, both teachers and students can easily find these items quickly and without interrupting valuable time.  You could even leave an extra decorative lanyard on your desk for your substitute teacher as a thank you gift for handling your class so well.  A little appreciation can make a teacher’s day!
  4. Giving substitute teachers a head’s up as to what can be expected will help their day run more smoothly – and help your students stay on track.  You know your students better than any other school personnel.  Leave a note for a substitute with the name of a student or students they can call on for extra help throughout the day.  If there are particular students who require extra guidance or management, place their names on the list and what usually works with these students.  Also put the name of a nearby teacher who can be called upon for help if needed.  This should be prearranged with that teacher.

The better prepared a substitute is to fill in for you; the better everyone’s day goes.  The amount of success they experience is largely due to the information you leave for them.  By preparing as much information ahead of time as possible, you can ensure a successful substitute day.

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