Three “DREAM-y” Strategies to Support Big Teacher Dreams!

January is such a busy time. We are beginning a new year. Many of us just returned from Winter Break—rested, rejuvenated, or at least refreshed when it comes to re-embracing our pre-holiday routines of school and work. When a new year begins, people tend to jump right in, armed with hopes, resolutions, and dreams for a better year ahead.

January is also a time of more celebrations. Most notably, schools and teacher lesson plans focus on to Black History Month and Martin Luther King’s birthday. Through activities, literature selections, social studies curriculum, and so much more, teachers are deftly weaving important learning objectives into their instructional strategies to acknowledge both Black History Month and Martin Luther King’s birthday. Teacher Peach is focused on these celebrations, too.

Three “DREAM-y” Strategies
Teacher Peach is excited to recognize Black History Month and Martin Luther King’s birthday in three powerful and “DREAM-y” ways:

  1. PeachQuotes Studio™ is launching its next series of motivational quotations entitled “Dreams and More” Quotations to showcase quotations by powerful leaders and visionaries including Martin Luther King Jr., Walt Disney, and more. Each freebie quotation graphic comes with quick lesson ideas to fold these quotations into your day.
  2. Teacher Peach has curated and “hand-picked 30 peachy products” that support and reinforce the power of “dreaming BIG!” In honor of Dr. King’s birthday, we’re also running a special sale!
  3. With a portion of profits from all of the January sales on our website, teacherpeach.com, we will underwrite Teacher Peach’s first official “Granting Teacher Goals” High 5 Initiative to help to fund and support specific teacher/student educational projects and goals.

“Dreams and More” Quotations from PeachQuotes Studio™
In its next series, “Dreams and More” Quotations, PeachQuotes Studio™ will share quotations by Martin Luther King, Walt Disney, and other powerful leaders and visionaries. With each blog post in this series, we will showcase a quotation or two and share a freebie quotation graphic for you to share, post, print, and enjoy. We will also provide quick ideas for ways to infuse these quotations in lesson plans as well as some companion worksheets. These quotations make great small-group activities, are ideal for early finishers, and are inspiring ways to jump start Free Write assignments.

There are many ways to access the motivational quotes designed by PeachQuotes Studio™ including on Pinterest. Click on each pin to get right to the blog post and freebie. You’ll also discover a new feature on our blog itself. There’s now a mosaic at the top of the right column to showcase the PeachQuotes Studio™ Motivational Quotes! Just click on a quote you like to get right to a carousel of all the PeachQuote Studios™ images.

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A Special Birthday Sale!
At www.teacherpeach.com you’ll find a newly curated page for Martin Luther King’s birthday. It’s filled with 30 amazing products for teachers, students, and classrooms to support and reinforce the power of “dreaming BIG!” These products include motivating, and meaningful notecards, inspiring classroom products, great graphic totes, and other highly functional, educationally focused accessories to spark and inspire engagement.

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Dr. King was born in 1929. Today, he would be 87 years old. To honor Dr. King’s life and celebrate his birthday, we’re running a special birthday sale! When you shop at www.teacherpeach.com, save $19.29 on every order of $87 or more! Sale runs between today and January 18, 2016.

“Granting Teacher Goals” High 5 Initiative
5 is definitely the magic number with this incredible teacher projects initiative from Teacher Peach. With 5% of the profits from ALL of the January sales on www.teacherpeach.com, or $500, whichever is greater, we will fund Teacher Peach’s first “Granting Teacher Goals!” High 5 Initiative to honor Black History Month and the many great teachers and educators who work so hard each and every day to bring terrific educational projects to life!

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  • Do you have an educational project in mind for this school year that could benefit from a $100 contribution by Teacher Peach’s “Granting Teacher Goals!” High 5 Initiative?

  • Would a product from Teacher Peach help you to achieve top results
    on your educational project?

Starting January 7th, 2016 and throughout the entire month of January, just answer 5 questions related to your proposed educational project idea to become a contender. Beginning February 1, 2016, and continuing for 5 weeks, we will announce one of the 5 winners!

So, 5% or $500 for 5 teachers across 5 weeks just by answering 5 questions! How’s that for a High 5 plan?

Ready to Dream BIG?
What do you think of these three “DREAM-y” strategies designed to support big teacher dreams? We hope you’ll take part in all three! Enjoy the “Dreams and More” Quotes. Take advantage of the special MLK birthday sale and save $19.29 on any order of $87 or more. Finally, get ready to dust off your dreams and submit up to 5 different educational projects to Teacher Peach’s “Granting Teacher Goals!” High 5 Initiative. Check back tomorrow for our next blog post that will contain the application link!

Why shouldn’t you try to become one of the five teachers we’ll help to bring their amazing teaching dreams and goals to life?

How do you plan to honor and acknowledge Black History Month and Martin Luther King’s birthday in your classroom? Why not exchange an idea or two here to start a “dreamy” discussion?

 

6 Specific Tips to Take Teacher Gift Card Gifts Personally

Most teachers treasure receiving gifts of recognition from students and families at the holidays. Teachers, work long and hard to build positive connections, often without clear evidence that these efforts are working. Brief chats at conferences aren’t always filled with clues. It’s difficult for many teachers to know how families truly feel about their hard work to reach and teach their kids.

As described in Class Teacher Gifts: Teacher Gift Card Pros and Cons, our recent blog post, the holiday season and Teacher Appreciation Week in May are two times of year when families typically want to express their appreciation of teachers. One teacher gift-giving plan that’s popular today is that of giving teachers generic credit card gift cards at both the holidays and at the end of the school year. Sometimes, individual families choose to give gift cards. Other times, the class will get together and purchase one bigger gift card for the teacher.

Six Specific Tips Turn Gift Cards into Great Gifts
Gift card gifts are very popular because of their convenience and universality. Many teachers like getting a lump sum gift instead of umpteen $5.00 coffee cards, but still, gift cards can feel impersonal when compared to a gift that was chosen expressly for you as a teacher, based on your interests, shared class experiences, and the direct relationship the kids have with you, a key role model in their world. If you’re a teacher and you expect to or have received a gift card from your class this holiday season, there are lots of creative ways to make that paper certificate, little plastic card, or online string of numbers feel very personal.

Teachers can turn generic gift cards into great, personally meaningful gifts using these six specific tips:

  1. Commit to yourself that you will spend the gift card on something for yourself. If you can’t afford to do that with the entire amount, make this commitment for least part of it.
  2. Spend it on a specific part of a special event. If you’re planning a holiday vacation, choose one day and let that day or a particular meal/activity come from your class. How memorable would that parasailing excursion be for you and your class? Share photos with the kids after break.
  3. Add to a specific part of another purchase or enhance something existing. The card amount could pay for that upgraded vegetable drawer in a new refrigerator or for fancy drawer knobs to update a dresser.
  4. Save the card for a special day. Spend it on your birthday or your school anniversary. Set monthly phone reminders to add to a wish list of items/ideas. Put the card in a safe spot so you’ll find it on your special day.
  5. Spend the gift card on something you’ll use/see daily to remind you of your class. A tote bag, laptop case, or accessories for your desk at school keep your class’s appreciation gesture, front and center all year long. Check out teacherpeach.com for ideas.
  6. Spend the gift card on something memorable you wouldn’t otherwise do. Tickets to the hot new play, yoga class fees and a snazzy yoga mat, or reframing that print above the sofa are great examples.

Hide the Card till January
One plus to gift cards is you don’t have to spend them immediately. They’re good for a year or longer. One teacher shared an idea from her principal. Lots of other teachers embraced this, too.

“I used to run out and spend my class gift card on gifts for my family. Then my principal suggested I hide it away until January instead. I tried it that year, and have done so ever since. Now we have a tradition: I take my family out for our ‘class’ breakfast over break and pay with the gift card. Then, I go online and spend the rest on myself. I buy one special thing I can use for my job. I choose something that not only reminds me all year long that I’m doing good work with my school kids, I choose something I can also show to my class to share what I bought with their gift. Everybody wins!”

Thank You Notes for Every Student
As you get ready to thank your students and their families for gifts you receive this holiday season, consider using these teacher thank you notes from Teacher Peach. These notes are right sized for brief, meaningful expressions of thanks. Available in two designs—intermediate and primary—notecards come in packs of two sets of 10 with 10 envelopes each. When writing notes, even for generic gift cards, be specific. In the case of gift cards, tell your students what you purchased or plan to purchase with their gift.

Thank You Cards Teacher Peach Thank You Note Cards

Really Great Gifts for Really Great Teachers
If you’re a teacher who’s recognized with a generic gift card, check out the really great products for really great teachers from Teacher Peach. There are terrific teacher accessories from which to choose—tote bags, drinkware, lunch bags, desk accessories, and much more—just for teachers. Between now and December 31st, your gift card will go even further at Teacher Peach. You’ll save $15 on every order of $75 or more between now and the end of this year.

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How do you spend your gift card gifts? Do you have ideas and thank-you note strategies to add to the ones in this post? We want to hear from you.

 

DAY 12: LAST DAY FOR SPECIAL SAVINGS! Save 25% on “I Teach” Jumbo Tote!

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This favorite teacher tote is rarely on sale! Help the teachers you value to stay organized. This Day 12 Deal for the 12 Days of Peachy Teacher Holiday Gifts will definitely do the trick.

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Day 12: Teachers love to keep everything that matters inside this terrific teacher tote. This jumbo tote is a number-one seller for so many reasons! The Teacher Peach 12 Days of Peachy Teacher Holiday Gifts concludes with this grand finale offer. Take advantage of this jumbo deal of 25% off on the ever-popular “I Teach” Jumbo Tote! With its stunning design and a powerful message, this tote is the perfect gift to thank your favorite teachers for all they do!

“I Teach.” Jumbo Tote Features:

  • The message reads: Yes. I teach. So, I inspire, manage, coach, engage, solve problems, listen, detect, explore, believe, care, worry, & always make time to laugh with my kids.
  • This oversized tote is 21 inches wide and made of a rich black microfiber material with striking gray and white trim.
  • This tote features a board-reinforced bottom to make it big enough and strong enough to carry everything from lunch and shoes to laptop and lesson plans.
  • This tote sends a positive message by teachers and about teachers. It also underscores the many diverse and dedicated actions that teachers take each day. Thank your favorite teachers with this awesome tote!

It’s a Wrap!
This tote is almost too awesome to wrap! Just tie some colorful streams of ribbon and a bow (or three!) at the top, and you’ve got a great holiday gift for the many favorite teachers on your list! At this special price, stock up and tuck away a few extras for Teacher Appreciation Day—it’s just around the bend!

I Teach Jumbo Tote

Check out all of the Teacher Peach products, savings, and expedited shipping options on our website, teacherpeach.com!

To receive your order by 12/24, place your order by 12/17 and take advantage of our free shipping offer!

Thank you so much for engaging with Teacher Peach during this special 12 Days of Peachy Teacher Holiday Gifts! Now that this 12-day event is winding down, we’d like to know what you liked best. Which offers were your favorites? What products made it to your shopping carts and wish lists? What products would you like to see us create next? We want to hear from you. Please let us know what delighted you the most, and send us pictures to share with other teachers!

Most of all, we hope these 12 Days of Peachy Teacher Holiday Gifts gave your teacher gift holiday shopping a jumpstart. We also hope you’ll enjoy the rest of this holiday season. Stay tuned for more blog posts with inspiring quotations, a holiday special between now and the end of the year, and great blog posts with tips to help you manage and make the most of the holiday season!

 

 

DAY 11: Get 20% Off All Teacher Lunch Bags Today and Give a Terrific Teacher Gift!

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The Day 11 Deal for the 12 Days of Peachy Teacher Holiday Gifts will fill your appetite for savings—and delight the teachers on your holiday gift-giving list!

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Day 11: Keep It in the Bag with These Awesome, Vibrant Lunch Bags!
12 Days of Peachy Teacher Holiday Gifts continues with this cool deal of 20% off on each of these awesome teacher lunch bags! Help teachers keep their lunches cool and fresh from the moment they’re packed until it’s time to eat with this diverse array of lunch bags!

Lunch Bag Features:

  • These durable and sturdy “Here’s to the teachers who lunch!” burlap lunch bags are perfect for fast moving teachers! Each bag is made with neoprene lining and comes with a zippered closure to stand on its own. Choose from four different color combinations to coordinate your favorite teachers’ favorite colors!
  • The “Teach. It changes everything. Really.” zippered lunch bag is made of neoprene material to keep midday meals cool. It’s large enough for lunch and an ice pack for optimal freshness. Choose from three popular school colors!
  • The “Chill out! It’s time to eat.” lunch bag features a zipper closure and a front pocket. An insulated interior helps keep food and drinks chilled. In fact, this bag can even hold up to six soda cans for school sporting events. Choose from five popular school colors.

As the savings continue throughout the 12 Days of Peachy Teacher Holiday Gifts, we want to hear from you! Which lunch bags did you like best? Did you pair any of them together with the sandwich and soup containers at teacherpeach.com to make a snazzy lunch gift set? Let us know, and send us pictures!

It’s a Wrap!
All these lunch bags will look great en route to the lunchroom. Lunch bags make thoughtful gifts as teachers return to school armed with resolutions for healthy eating. Just add a bow to each cool lunch bag gift and fill the bag with tissue paper to whip up a favorite holiday gift for each of the favorite teachers on your list!

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Check out all of the Teacher Peach products, savings, and expedited shipping options on our website, teacherpeach.com!

To receive your order by 12/24, place your order by 12/17 and take advantage of our free shipping offer!

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Wow! How did we fly through almost 12 days so quickly? Check back tomorrow for our last “jumbo” deal for the 12 Days of Peachy Teacher Holiday Gifts! This deal will also be a jumbo treat for all the teachers on your list. These teachers are dedicated to their students and this Day 12 deal will showcase this commitment. So check back tomorrow for a high-style teacher’s accessory that’s also the high-style deal of the season!

DAY 10: 25% Off Trendy Teacher Tech Gear Makes Teacher Gift Giving Easy!

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This dazzling Day 10 Deal for the 12 Days of Peachy Teacher Holiday Gifts will help all the teachers on your list to “tech-essorize” their go-to gadgets.

Each and All Teacher Peach Laptop Case Teach It Changes Everything Tech Bag TIOEE-2T   ITAIHCPCC-2T

Day 10: Accessorize Your Tech Gear with These Tech-riffic Tech-cessories!
12 Days of Peachy Teacher Holiday Gifts continues with this high-tech deal. Take 25% off the entire Teacher Peach line of technology accessories! Revamp the go-to tech items of teachers and friends with these colorful and practical items from Teacher Peach! At these prices, you’ll want to choose a few for yourself, too.

Laptop Case Features:
Each and All Teacher Peach Laptop CaseWords to Grow By Laptop Case Alphabetically Speaking Laptop Case

  • The Each and All laptop case is perfect for every laptop-carrying teacher. The message reads: “I am a teacher. I teach EACH of my students to reach ALL of my students.” This case will keep your most valuable teaching tool safe.
  • Next, the Words To Grow By laptop case is the perfect gift for all of the literary-savvy authors, students, and teachers on your list who are fueled by a passion for words! This Wordle-like typographic design appears on both sides of the case.
  • The Alphabetically Speaking laptop case will inspire you to tap “every key from A to Z” with its stunning design. Everyone uses the alphabet. Display it graphically and alphabetically with this great tech case.
  • Each laptop case comes in the two most popular sizes to fit most laptops with 13.3″ or 15.5″ display screens. Each case is made from a water resistant, neoprene material.
  • Each laptop case has a zipper closure, making it easy to retrieve the laptop and helping to prevent scratches and dents.

TEACH! Tech Gear Pouch Features:
Teach It Changes Everything Tech Bag

  • This gift lets teachers keep their tech gizmos and gadgets together in this oversized yet lightweight electronics pouch.
  • Made of open-cell scuba foam, the pouch sports the strong graphic message, “TEACH! It changes everything.” It also has a mesh back panel to reveal what’s inside at a glance. It comes in six vibrant and attractive colors.

Phone Accessory Features:

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  • These accessories make ideal stocking stuffer gifts for everyone. Keep important must-haves in hand with the “IT’s all in hand!” cell phone card case. This card case adheres to the back of most phones and its 3M material is designed to minimize the risk of residue when it’s removed! Card case comes in six vibrant colors.
  • These clever and functional “Tune IT out!” earbuds have been designed to fit the geometry of the ear, making for a great fit and clear sound! Mix and match with six epic colors. Stock up for stocking stuffers.
  • While the card cases and earbuds are great gifts for everyone on your list, this car charger adaptor is expressly for the teachers on your list—and expresses a great teacher-centric message. This powerful adaptor works in the car, the wall, and has two USB ports. Now, the teachers on the go won’t run out of battery thanks to this versatile charger that reads, “Teacher power is fully charged.” CE and FCC certified.

As the Teacher Peach savings continue throughout the 12 Days of Peachy Teacher Holiday Gifts, we want to hear from you! Which tech gear items do you like best? Did you pair any of them together to make a super high-tech gift? Which items did you buy for the techy people on your list? Let us know, and send us pictures!

It’s a Wrap!
These “tech”nically awesome gifts are so colorful and inviting that there’s really no need to wrap them. They’ll quickly tuck into a gift bag with tissue or look great adorned with just a bow as they peek out of a stocking stuffer or are propped right next to the tree!

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Check out all of the Teacher Peach products, savings, and expedited shipping options on our website, teacherpeach.com!

To receive your order by 12/24, place your order by 12/17 and take advantage of our free shipping offer!

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Still hungry for more deals? Tomorrow’s tasty offer is bound to appeal, no matter the meal. (Ah, so that’s the hint!) Check back tomorrow for another awesome deal to continue the 12 Days of Peachy Teacher Holiday Gifts!

DAY 9: SAVE 25% on Teacher’s Favorite Black Rainbow Teach Tote!

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Day 9’s Deal for the 12 Days of Peachy Teacher Holiday Gifts really brings a rainbow of color to your day!

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Day 9: Give a Rainbow of Amazing Words That Resonate with Teachers 
Teacher Peach’s 12 Days of Peachy Teacher Holiday Gifts continues on to Day 9 with this incredible deal of 25% off on the Rainbow “I Teach” Tote Bag! The many teachers in your world will love to proudly display how special it is to teach. In one simple, powerful expression, this stunning black tote bag reflects an incredible display of well-earned teacher pride in an awesome array of colors.

“Yes. I Teach” Tote Features:

  • Message reads: “Yes. I teach. So I inspire, manage, coach, engage, solve problems, listen, detect, explore, believe, care, worry, & always make time to laugh with my kids.”
  • The black, Denier polyester tote highlights the many invaluable roles of every teacher and sends a positive message about teachers’ every day actions.
  • This gift tote is big enough to hold the many materials teachers need each day. It’s even big enough to add a purse, shoes, lunch, or workout gear, and it’s strong enough to hold most laptops!
  • Organization is easy with the zippered inner and outer compartments.
  • The sturdy, 25-inch rolled shoulder straps add to the comfort.
  • Be sure to thank the many teachers in your life with this special, colorful teacher gift!

As the savings continue throughout the 12 Days of Peachy Teacher Holiday Gifts, we want to hear from you! Did you gift this tote to your favorite teacher or receive it as a gift instead? Do you love it as much as other teachers do? Then add it to your holiday wish list, and pin it to your Pinterest boards. If you want “the teacher tote of the season,” treat yourself now and take advantage of the savings. Send us pictures!

It’s a Wrap!
Teacher Peach Rainbow ToteThis vibrant, colorful tote will look stunning under a tree, no wrapping required—just a few bows! Tie a bow around the handle or stuff it with tissue paper for an easy and pleasing look! If you like, fill the tote with other holiday treats like popcorn, candy, and cookies. If you do want to wrap this gift to conceal it, it’s easy to roll or fold to put in a flat gift box.

Check out all of the Teacher Peach products, savings, and expedited shipping options on our website, teacherpeach.com!

To receive your order by 12/24, place your order by 12/17 and take advantage of our free shipping offer!

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Get ready for tomorrow’s Day 10 deal! “Technically speaking,” you’ll really want to plug in and power up for these savings! Let’s just say that Day 10 of the 12 Days of Peachy Teacher Holiday Gifts will definitely add to your arsenal of “tech-cessories!” (Whoops! If we hint any more, we’ll give away the entire thing so check back tomorrow!)

DAY 8: Get 20% Off All Modern Desk Sets and Individual Modern Desk Accessories!

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The Day 8 Deal for the 12 Days of Peachy Teacher Holiday Gifts is all about products that are both modern and productive!

Modern Desk Set with Achoo Modern Desk Set 

Day 8: Brighten Up Any Desk with These Modern Desk Accessories!
Teacher Peach continues our 12 Days of Peachy Teacher Holiday Gifts countdown with this amazing deal of 20% off on ALL Modern Desk Sets and Individual Accessories! These are so fun, you’ll want them all!

Modern Desk Accessory Features:

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  • Each product is sold individually and part of an economical four-piece set. There are two four-piece sets to choose from, one in “kid colors” (left) and the other in “jewel tones” (right).
  • The stapler takes regular-sized staples (not included) and opens to allow for flat tacking onto bulletin boards.
  • The tape dispenser features a non-slip base, perfect for one-handed taping needs.
  • The supplies holder has sections perfectly sized for post-it notes, paper clips, tacks, rubber bands, and more!
  • The roomy cup holds all writing instruments, scissors, letter openers, etc.

Set Up for Success With Bigger Sets, Too!

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  • These two five-piece desk sets come with everything in the above sets, along with a white tissue box made to fit over standard-sized tissue boxes.
  • These desk sets come in the same colors as the above sets; “kids colors” (left) and “jewel tones” (right).
  • Check out the special tissue box cover in the “kid color” set! This clever play on words is sure to make any teacher or student smile, especially during cold and flu season. It reads: “Got an AH-CHOO? Take a TEACH-CHOO!”

Teachers, designers, crafters, and other creative people will adore this vivid workspace makeover! Transform their entire workspace with these clever desk sets that add both functionality and a pop of color!

As our 12 Days of Peachy Teacher Holiday Gifts continues to organize these amazing savings, we hope you’ll order these accessories to start off your new year in an organized way, too. By set or by piece, if you like these modern desk accessories and sets, we want to hear from you! Which items did you purchase? How do they look in your work area? Send us pictures!

It’s a Wrap!
Pop a bow onto these incredible desk accessory gift items, ideal for teachers and students alike. These universal desk accessories definitely make the perfect gift! The individual pieces make great stocking suffers for your most creative friends and family members! In these vivid colors and at these holiday prices, you’ll want to collect them all!

Holiday Modern Desk Set

Check out all of the amazing Teacher Peach products, savings, and expedited shipping options at our website, teacherpeach.com!

If you place an order by 12/17, you can still take advantage of our FREE SHIPPING offer and receive your order by 12/24!

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Check back tomorrow for the next deal of the 12 Days of Peachy Teacher Holiday Gifts! We’ve got something perfect for all of those “colorful” (hint hint) teaching moments!