It’s back to school week, as you can tell by the droves of parents and children pouring into stores like Kohl’s and Target. If you’re a teacher like me, you know that children spend the majority of their day in school. It’s not always easy to get them excited about the new school year, so how can you start the year off right? Here are a few suggestions.
1. Clean the classroom: Germs and bacteria have been building up for months, so you need to have the classroom disinfected first. If you decide to clean it yourself, only use natural, homemade cleaners or chemical-free green cleaning certified products. You can also hire Teresa’s Family Cleaning to do the job. We are the premier chemical-free, green cleaning company on Long Island, servicing Suffolk County, Nassau County and the Hamptons. By using ionized water, vapor steamers and Sanitaire vacuums to release clean air back into the room, we keep you and your family healthy and safe.
2. Send home a letter or postcard to each student: This is an incredibly creative and personal way to welcome students back to school. Introduce yourself and give a brief synopsis of what will be happening in the new school year. Make it fun and challenging by including a trivia question, challenge or assignment (such as bringing a family photo) that will be completed during the first week of school. Students will be excited about coming back to school when they have a challenge to complete beforehand.
3. Welcome Back Pack: This is a fun and creative way to welcome students back to school on their first day back after summer vacation. The Welcome Back Pack is designed to introduce classroom procedures to all of your students, so make it interesting and useful. Include essential items such as a magnet for the attendance/lunch board, a highlighter for highlighting directions, a pencil for all classroom and homework assignments and a water bottle for their personal use throughout the day. It’s a fun and creative way to get your students excited about the new school year.
4. Establish classroom rules: Have your students come up with the rules and consequences themselves on the first day of school, then post them on a clearly visible wall or bulletin board in the classroom. When they create the rules and consequences themselves, the probability of them disobeying them drops significantly. It provides students with a sense of responsibility and ownership over their classroom behavior and education.
Source: Tips #1 and #4 are from my own teaching experience.
Source: More tips can be found here – http://www.squidoo.com/10backtoschool-tips
There you have it, the four most important tips for teachers in preparing for the new school year. Some you may have heard of before and some may be new. Go ahead and try them out, then let me know in the comments how they worked out for you. I’d love to hear your feedback, teachers! Happy teaching!
I love to grill. I have my I’m a Grill Master apron that I proudly put on every time I step up to my barbeque grill on my deck. I take pride in being the best damn grill master (at least in my house) and therefore I will share my Labor Day secret with all of you.
First and most importantly have your favorite beer chillin in the fridge for your “victory guzzle” This is important and must not be forgotten. Now onto the grill:
If you haven’t already purchased one go out and get a Grill. Like a flat-screen TV and man-cave every man should have the ultimate grill. I can’t promote but I can say that I have two.
My baby is called Woody, he is my new boy. He is a portable Charcoal grill but I only use Green-Eco-Friendly charcoal and natural wood. I love wood because it flavors meat just right to tantalize the taste buds. When you use woods you invite the fragrance of the wood whether it be hickory (my favorite) chestnut or perhaps maple to enhance the flavor of whatever it is you are grilling. There are several types of wood to use but I caution that you use wood that is prepared for barbeques.
To buy green-friendly charcoal you must look on the label for brands that are certified by FSC (Forest Stewardship Council), Smartwood and other organizations, but be careful, some aren’t certified. So to make things easier go to http://www.nakedwhiz.com/lump.htm this site has the facts and nothing but the facts, on green charcoal for grilling.
If you are still not comfortable with using charcoal due to emmittance of toxins then I suggest using wood briquettes only, you’re not going to get more natural than that.
My other grill is a hybrid grill named Big Momma. Boy, does she do it all. My neighbors know when she is in action and the smell of a masterpiece in the making lingers throughout my neighborhood. Which makes for great conversation when saying our good-mornings the next day. She is the crème de la crème of grills. She has dual capacity. So I can slow cook on one side using my wood briquettes or I can ignite the other side for quick gas grilling. Either way she is my big party hostess, especially for this weekend’s event. And gas is natural so overall it is the better way to go.
Now you may say you don’t want to invest in another grill right now. And I would agree to an extent. Right now, perhaps not, but after Labor Day prices start going down I suggest you check out your green dream grill when prices are reduced.
Try to use reusable plates, cups and silverware. It is better to wash than to chuck in the garbage, it keeps landfills down. But, if you’re going to have a big crowd and you don’t want your wife to feel overwhelmed with cleaning, buy the biodegradable products. Put out recycling bins for guests to dispose of things in the right way. Clearly label your bins, i.e. Glass, Metal and Plastic! If you and the wife are too tired to clean before or after leave it to us. We offer services for before and after party cleaning. Call our office for details: 866-744-4021.
I will leave you with my favorite burger recipe. Have a wonderful and safe Labor Day weekend, from all of us at Teresa’s Family Cleaning.
JV’s Burger Bombs—the flavor will explode in your mouth!
Makes 6 burgers
2 lbs lean ground beef
1 package Onion soup mix
1 egg, slightly beaten
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
¼ teaspoon ground white pepper
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
1 cup crumbled blue cheese
Directions: Preheat grill at medium high heat on a lightly oiled grate. In a large bowl combine meat, onion soup mix, peppers, Worcestershire sauce and egg. Using a burger press, place some meat then some cheese then some more meat. Make sure when you press together no cheese is coming out the sides. You can pre-make the burgers wrapping them with plastic wrap and refrigerating, no more than 1 day before.
When grilling its 3 minutes per side for rare, 4 minutes per side for medium-rare and 5 minutes per side for well done.