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    Posted on Aug 3, 2015

    24 Things That Will Get Any Teacher Pumped For Back-To-School

    Turn that feet-dragging into full-on jitterbugging (with jazz hands) with this list!

    Summer (or whatever days we're not in workshops or professional development) is heavenly for teachers. Long lunches with friends and quality time with family. Not setting that 5 AM alarm. Going to movies alone in the middle of a weekday. The freedom to use the restroom whenever.

    Napping.

    Even though we love our jobs, the realization that summer is coming to an end can feel like grieving the loss of a dear friend. But here are 24 things that will kick your teacher self into gear and get you pumped to be back in the classroom!

    1. This message from Kid President.

    View this video on YouTube

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    2. This genius list of brown bag lunch ideas.

    Via ipacklunch.com

    Easy, delicious, and much better for you than eating half a canister of peanut butter pretzel nuggets you had intended to share with others.

    3. And this beautiful brown leather lunch bag to put them in.

    Via etsy.com

    Just ask one of your friends if you can borrow $52.

    4. Or one of these bad boys you can get monogrammed.

    Via etsy.com

    5. This poem by Taylor Mali.

    I read it every year before school starts. PREACH, Taylor.

    6. One of these spiral notebooks.

    Via papersource.com

    Small enough to fit in your bag. Big enough to hold all your teaching dreams.

    7. This clever shirt for English teachers.

    Via etsy.com

    8. Or math.

    Via etsy.com

    9. Don't worry, science. I've got you covered.

    10. You, too, social studies.

    11. This adorable lip dub video by high school students which inexplicably made me sob

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    Pine-Richland High School, you're the #realdeal.

    12. This book.

    Via amazon.com

    You're welcome in advance.

    13. One of these fun totes that has a complete literary work printed on it!

    Via litographs.com

    Fear not, non-English teachers! Also available: the Declaration of Independence, Dream Psychology, The Torah, and more!

    14. This quote.

    15. This music teacher's amazing April Fool's Day prank.

    View this video on YouTube

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    I've recreated this by "catching" one of my students on one of my old, non-working cell phones I planted with a student who was in on it. There was much rejoicing.

    16. These outer space socks that will win on Crazy Sock Day.

    But if they don't win, it's still a victory in my book.

    17. Or perhaps these lovely alpacas?

    Via etsy.com

    18. This handsome red stapler and the sense of awe and wonder it naturally evokes.

    Via amazon.com

    Hello there, beautiful.

    19. This time that Ellen celebrated a teacher and the whole world cried.

    View this video on YouTube

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    20. This teaching hack that will change everything.

    Via timeoutsandtootsierolls.blogspot.ca

    Write students’ names on desks with Sharpie paint pens instead of taping on nameplates or tags. To erase, write over your writing with an Expo marker and wipe with a Kleenex. No more peeling! No more picking! No more expletives or creative graffiti added to desk tags!

    21. This perfect list of bulletin board ideas.

    Bonus: some of these you can leave up all year long! Intentionally!

    22. These recipes you can throw in the slow cooker before school and come home to simmering perfection.

    Sometimes thinking about beef tips waiting for me at home is all that gets me through proctoring a standardized test.

    23. Um, this Gryffindor lanyard FOR OBVIOUS REASONS

    24. These back-to-school pencils made of candy.

    Via alittlecraftinyourday.com

    You can make them for your class, your team, or even an entire batch for yourself. I won’t judge you.

    There! Aren't we feeling better now?

    Here's to hoping 2015-16 is your best year ever!

    Love Teach blogs about teaching at www.loveteachblog.com and for WeAreTeachers. You can follow her on Facebook or Twitter, but she's pretty bad at Twitter. She is not bad at making cookies or eating them.

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