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Give Your Favorite Teacher a Raise

Teaching is expensive and teachers don't make a lot of money.

Also, water is wet. Have you heard?

No, really. I have better news than that. I have been subscribing to Brad's Deals for a little while and have been contacted by them about doing a giveaway (which, is happening a lot lately so look for a few more giveaways here but they will always be for some greater social good. Or hair. You know me!). Brad's Deals is kind of like Groupon in that it has handpicked promotions to help you save money or offer printable online coupons.The focus, right now, is on teachers and finding a way to help them save money since we all know they spend a small fortune of their own monies to purchase things for their students.

Considering that the average a teacher spends money on classroom supplies out of their own pockets is $462 and the IRS only allows a tax deduction for $250 of that, Brad's Deals figures that anything they can do to help teachers save a little cash is a good thing. Right now on their website they have a list of 83 different teacher discounts for teachers and educators and on top of that they will be giving away $50 towards any purchase from PBS. Now, honestly, the PBS part was all me. They asked what would teachers want and I mentioned that they often look for quality videos for their classrooms but that many of the best ones cost far too much money. To prove that point, I went right over to the PBS website to see the cost of them and was a little surprised that some of them are actually affordable. Still, wouldn't that be a great back-to-school gift for a teacher?

You can go buy something from the PBS Shop for a teacher you know who could use something. You could win it and give them the gift card so they can pick something out themselves. Or, if you're a teacher, you could just use it yourself. Either way, it's 50 bucks. That could go a long way for them and save them their own money on something they want to share with their students.

Go here to see what the Shop PBS has to offer.

If I had to guess what I'd want to get from the PBS Shop it would be something I watched earlier this summer. I haven't been able to think about much else other than the American Experience: Freedom Riders documentary which would be an incredible addition to any classroom collection.

Image taken from the PBS Store

Video details from Shop PBS: In 1961, segregation seemed to have an overwhelming grip on American society. Many states violently enforced the policy, while the federal government, under the Kennedy administration, remained indifferent, preoccupied with matters abroad. That is, until an integrated band of college students--many of whom were the first in their families to attend a university--decided, en masse, to risk everything and buy a ticket on a Greyhound bus bound for the Deep South. They called themselves the Freedom Riders, and they managed to bring the president and the entire American public face to face with the challenge of correcting civil-rights inequities that plagued the nation.

Veteran filmmaker Stanley Nelson's inspirational documentary is the first feature-length film about this courageous band of civil-rights activists. Gaining impressive access to influential figures on both sides of the issue, Nelson chronicles a chapter of American history that stands as an astonishing testament to the accomplishment of youth and what can result from the incredible combination of personal conviction and the courage to organize against all odds.

This documentary is based partly on Raymond Arsenault's acclaimed book Freedom Riders: 1961and the Struggle for Racial Justice.

This will be an easy one, too. You don't have to jump through complicated hoops (or even tweet this or FB Like my fan page) (because NO, you are busy people! You don't have time to be doing all that!) to win the $50 gift card. Just leave a comment about good teaching or a good teacher you've had. Contest ends Tuesday night at midnight when comments are closed. Winner announced Wednesday, August 17, 2011.

That's it. Really.

Tell your teacher friends. But don't tell them that stuff about water being wet. I'm certain they already know that.


I'm working on a follow up post to this piece entitled "This is Not Really About Cake" and it's coming soon. But so is a huge redesign to my site this week. It's going to be so pretty. But it's going to be a busy week, so bear with me.
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Reader Comments (13)

Water, it's wet, really? I have screwed up so many students with that one. ;)
Jealous...we get NO tax deduction here in Canada...none, zippo, zilch. But more often than not, I think we make more so I won't/shouldn't complain.
It's because of the teachers I have had (both good and bad) and because of my dad (a 32 year teaching veteran) that I am the teacher I am today! I just hope I have inspired at least one of my students to follow in the profession!

August 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

The best teacher I ever had was one of my college professors. I was required to take many of her courses (via my major) and she was incredibly challenging and difficult. I was anxious about every one of her classes, but the truth was that I learned so much from her. And now, as a teacher, looking back, I have learned so much about how to be a teacher just from being in her classroom. And she understood me enough to sit down with me every time I had a freak-out.

I'd also like to share why I would like the gift card is mainly because I know my school could use it. I work for a very small private school that has little to no resources. I am constantly sending kids to the public library or purchasing materials out of pocket just to donate them to the school I work for. I am also trying to get the teachers to move forward with technology and become aware of the vast amount of resources out there in terms of computers, videos, and the like.

August 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGrace F. (gfearon)

I've had great teachers, been a teacher and seen fabulous educators work wonders on my kids. And lately, I've had to say "goodbye" to some truly gifted teachers as they clutched their pink-slips. I love me some teachers, so this is pretty much my favorite giveaway ever.

August 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShnerfle

How wonderful. The best teacher I've had actually is my colleague now as I returned to teach with her and became a teacher because of her. She cared about me outside of school - gave us her home number to build that trust at the beginning of a class, and although I never used it, it was awfully nice to have to know I could. Although we are in different departments, both of them have been cut deeply in the past two years in terms of teachers and budget, so we are digging out of our own pockets all the more. Thanks for this opportunity!

August 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer K.

I've read that if students read 20 minutes a day, it adds up to 1,000,000 words each year. For that reason, I have my students read at least a half hour every night.
I'm in grad school for teaching and about to start my practicum. I'd love to gift a video to my classroom as a nice introduction/bribe!


August 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMegan

I believe in multimedia. I do creative things with the old equipment at my school, and put in my own money for video cameras, laptops (2), and programs to allow me to differentiate for students' need for different learning. My school provides some professional development funds, but I'll often present at conferences for the discounted registration so I can learn about new ideas, techniques, and resources for my students.

Multimedia enriches student learning and enhances engagement in ways that paper can't. I try and coach my students into being critical and competent multimedia consumers and producers. And I can use some free PBS videos to help us accomplish this goal. :)

Also, please thank BradsDeals for that list of 83 teacher discounts - there were some new ones (to me) on that list that I look forward to checking out!

August 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChristine M

You know I love giving teachers a gift certificate!! This would certainly jazz up any teacher's routine..My fav teacher was my 7th and 8th grade English Teacher, Mrs Fast. She adored me, and it was mutual. She let me do lots of extra presentations and readings, knowing reading was my "thing". She put a love in me for sharing that. She connected with a lot of her students, and made it exciting to learn!

August 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJean

This is a great list. I'll pass it along to our son's elementary school principal so she can share it with the rest of the school.

If I won the gift certificate, I'd give it to my son's second grade teacher. She's outstanding. My son is smart but he didn't like to write. She gets all her second graders writing with her never-ending techniques for exciting beginnings, problem-filled middles and reflective endings. Or something like that. What I know is, my son went from writing a sentence or two, under duress, to working on writing his own chapter book. Sure, his work owes a lot of J. K. Rowling, but it owes even more to that teacher who transformed him. I would not be surprised if he became a writer. And dedicated his second book to her. Because surely he'll dedicate his first book to his parents?

August 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

I am a huge fan of the materials and videos from Teaching Tolerance and the Southern Poverty Law Center--and one of my favorite purchases ever was a CD collection of important speeches from the Civil Rights era--it is amazing for using in multimedia presentations.

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJenn @ Juggling Life

When my now 7 year old son entered kindergarten, I was so excited for him. We went to the open house night to meet his new teacher, and Robby was ready for the new experience. He wanted to learn, and he knew several of the little boys in his class. They started to play (like kids do), and she made a comment that I don't think she meant for me to hear. She said " Wow, that is alot of boys." That was the start of what turned my son completely off. He did not want to go to school, and he was "sick" everyday. He fell behind... the list goes on and on. I had meetings with the principal, and I even looked at private school. We were just too far into the year to change. I told the principal that I would enroll him for one more year, but if the experience was anything like kindergarten, he would be gone. Enter the most wonderful teacher in the world...Mrs. Lester. She turned on something in my son. He wanted to learn everything. He wanted to read, and he wanted to go to school. He became curious about life and everything around him. I don't know if that would have happened without the amazing teacher that he was given. I truely believe in the teachers have the power to make the most profound differences. When you are lucky enough to have a Mrs. Lester, there is no limit to what you can achieve. I don't expect to win anything. I mostly commented to be able to brag on a woman that I know my son will never forget. Thanks, Kelly, for letting me write an ode to Mrs. Lester in a public place.

August 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

That would have to be my fourth grade teacher, Patricia Fults. First, she was gorgeous, so 25 little 4th graders were totally smitten with her. A petite, sophisticated, stylish brunette with a short haircut, and a dusting of freckles, she seemed a world apart from the other teachers at our school. She wore white pleated skirts and ballet flats and embroidered cardigans-- c'mon now, what grade school teacher wears white pleats? In my mind's eye can still see her snappy little square straw bags and jeweled slippers. She left a definite fashion impression on a gawky10 year-old. And on top of that, she was fun. But my favorite memory of her was her poetry readings. At least once a week she read poetry aloud to us.Any poem would do, but long epic narratives were her specialty and her delivery was pitch perfect. We were completely enthralled. She'd always let the class pick one poem per session. Our favorites were Alfred Noyes' The Highwayman and the Cremation of Sam McGee by Robert Service. She read so beautifully, with just the right dramatic tone, you could close your eyes and you were there. Still, I think her favorite, which also became mine, was Robert Frost's Stopping By the Woods on a Snowy Evening. To this day, never read or hear it without thinking of her.

August 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEdie

I know I'm late for the contest. Just wanted to write about my favorite teacher.

August 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEdie

I have had great teachers, been a teacher and seen fabulous educators work wonders on my kids

May 7, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterjennai

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