Honoring Rosa Parks on Rosa Parks Day

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You must never be fearful of what you are doing when it is right. —Rosa Parks

In today’s motivational quotation in the PeachQuotes Studio™ Heartfelt Quotation Series, we pause to honor Rosa Parks, someone who taught so very much to all of us through her bravery and resolute willingness to spark change. Rosa Parks was born 103 years ago today. Teacher Peach salutes one of the most important activists in the history of the United States.

Think of the many teachers who are able to effectively reach and teach so many students thanks to this one amazing person who was willing to “sit” down as her way of standing up for all of us. Teacher Peach sees this incredible strength of Rosa Parks as a way to inspire us all to do and be our very best today and every day. What teachers do is right, too.

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Making Time Makes a Difference

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On Columbus Day this past October, the weather in Washington, DC, was breathtakingly perfect. I know this because I was there. Several weeks prior, I had committed to going on a same-day marathon trip with a group of 15 others to visit an array of monuments and museums in Washington.

As with many such “extra-curricular” additions to my calendar, it sounded simply wonderful at the time I registered. As days passed and the trip date grew nearer, I began to question my decision to take an entire day away from work and be away from my kids on a day with no school. I had to leave the house before 5 in the morning only to return well after 11 that same night, and get up for work just six hours later the next morning. In this light, it didn’t sound all that appealing.

The items on my to-do list seemed to grow as the time before the trip continued to shrink. And so began my inner monologue: “You’ll take your laptop and work on the plane, on the bus, and in between things. There’s bound to be down time. You’ll get it all done; you always seem to.” And off I went. A big draw for the trip was that four of my very dear friends were also joining for this day—one even leading the trip.

From the moment we pulled out of the dark, starlit driveway to head for the airport, I somehow knew I’d made the right decision. Of course, I didn’t open the laptop at the gate; there wasn’t time. Of course, I fell asleep on the flight. And on the bus ride from Reagan International to our first stop, the Jefferson Memorial, it never entered my mind to even consider working. I was already enchanted by the ride, the view, the stories, the laughter, and the impact of the monuments.

Just before midday, our little bus parked along a curb and we all got out, a routine we’d adjusted to on prior stops. We walked along a pale granite wall that I later learned is the Inscription Wall. We had arrived at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial. While I’d visited other memorials at various times, this was my first exposure to this particular memorial.

The granite stretched on. At perfectly orchestrated increments, exquisitely carved, perfectly proportioned capital letters formed excerpts from Dr. King’s many speeches. Some I knew; others new. All were thought-provoking and powerful in their clarity and simplicity. How often have we been taught that it is harder to express thought with fewer words than many? Every excerpt was a stunning example of Dr. King’s effective distillation of complexity that goes beyond any words.

Then I saw it—the towering memorial edifice itself, the Stone of Hope. There, in front of me, truly larger than life, was a white stone sculpture in the image of Dr. King himself. Armed folded, expression thoughtful, and impact indescribable, this strategically placed work in massive stone, over 28 feet tall, had caught me. Suddenly the enormity of the issues, the struggles and the pain of so many, and the certainty of Dr. King’s convictions were all depicted in the single sculpture of a single man. The crisp fall day with its perfect blue sky and sunlight reflecting off the Tidal Basin cast precision shadows that only strengthened the experience. Justice, democracy, hope, and love, key messages of Dr. King’s, were each underscored for me everywhere I turned. I was riveted.

In that moment, I knew. I was right to have come. I was changed for having made time that day for a trip that mattered—and continues to matter—on so many levels. Now, when I think of that day, I’m immediately transported to that moment at this memorial. Those vibrant feelings of heightened awareness, pride, and strength come flooding right back. All because I made time to go and I made space from my work—to see and be present.

When I discovered the quotation by Dr. King that opens this blog post, I knew this was the right story to share to accompany his message. Yes, we all must use time creatively. As I write this post, I recall that I did have a lot of work to do for Teacher Peach that day, and by applying some creative problem solving, I got it all done. Of course, I cannot remotely describe that work at all. Yet, I recall immediately the awe and amazement I felt and still feel for this incredible contributor to our country’s history and for master sculptor Lei Yixin who brought this memorial to life.

Creatively Choose the Use of Time
As we move through this first month of January, time feels like an easy companion, not yet fighting us with the urgency to choose. It still seems there’ll be plenty of time to do it all, much as it felt weeks before this trip last October.

Urgency and choice are two key filters for how we decide to use time. The third filter, as Dr. King described, requires us to creatively use time. While there may a limit to the time we have, creatively using the time we have expands our ability to choose wisely and can offset the urgency that “urges” us to try to do it all. I’ll always be grateful for the creative choice I made to spend that October day with special people who matter deeply, sharing experiences I’ll never forget, and honoring a man who helped change so much for so many.

More Quotations About Time
As you move through the second half of January, you’ll undoubtedly need to make your own choices about how to wisely, creatively, and efficiently use your teaching time. In honor of Black History Month, we’re including a worksheet of this quotation by Dr. King. We’ve also included two more worksheets with a “timely” quotation from Maya Angelou and Nelson Mandela, respectively, so you can “ch-use” with your students in mind.

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We look forward to hearing how you opt to use these PeachQuotes Studio™ Worksheets in your classroom. We so hope you’ll take just a sliver of time to share your creatively chosen teachable moments. Share an experience that you’ve had like my amazing trip to Washington, too. I understand Maya Angelou’s words so well—the Martin Luther King Memorial definitely took my breath away!

 

“Granting Teacher Goals” High 5 Initiative!

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Teacher Peach is so excited to announce a terrific new initiative designed to help teachers bring dream projects to life!

What’s the “Granting Teacher Goals” High 5 Initiative All About?
5 fabulous 5s drive this incredible teacher projects initiative from Teacher Peach. With 5% of the profits from ALL of the January sales on teacherpeach.com, or $500, whichever is greater, Teacher Peach will underwrite our first “Granting Teacher Goals!” High 5 Initiative to honor Black History Month and the many great teachers and educators who consistently and creatively bring amazing educational projects to life!

What Kind of Projects Are Eligible?

  • Any project that is educational in nature is eligible if it helps kids learn, teachers teach, or just makes a tricky learning objective more engaging and exciting to learn—and teach!
  • Your project doesn’t need to be big or incredibly ambitious to be considered.
  • It just needs to make a difference to you and/or your students and you need to tell us about your vision.
  • Sometimes the smallest projects yield the biggest results.
  • We know teachers have many ideas that could spring to life if only it would be possible to infuse even a little bit of money to buy supplies, offset transportation, or cover other necessary expenses.
  • Do you have an educational project in mind 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 right now 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?

If One Is Good, 5 Is Better!
Because we know most teachers are rarely One-Goal Wonders or Single Dream Dreamers, you may enter more than one project, up to a maximum of 5! You may enter up to 5 separate applications for 5 different projects from one email address. Only one project per submitter can potentially receive the $100. We will read all completed applications carefully. We will choose the top 5 projects that our review team believes will make the biggest differences to teachers and/or students and will use the $100 in the most unique and beneficial ways to the project. Be sure each of your 5 submissions is different and compelling!

Send in Your Application Form(s!)
Click here to access the application form for the “Granting Teacher Goals!” High 5 Initiative. To be considered, applications must be received electronically by January 31, 2016. Share why you believe the educational project you’re dreaming of would benefit from $100! Tell us what matters to you about a special goal or dream that’s on your educational to-do list for 2016! Teacher Peach definitely knows amazing teacher goals and dreams when we see them.

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What Project Ideas Are on Your DREAM List?
Not sure yet? Jot down lots of ideas and hone in on the ones you like best. Think about “What IF?” as you are commuting to school, walking the dog, or making a cup of tea. Curious to know what kinds of ideas other teachers might be thinking about? Kick off a discussion here. We’d all like to hear from you. Whatever you do, keep dreaming!

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? Enter now!

100 Reasons to DREAM BIG!

As we previewed in yesterday’s blog post, Teacher Peach is recognizing Black History Month and Martin Luther King’s birthday in three “DREAM-y” ways:

  1. PeachQuotes Studio™ is about to launch an amazing series of motivational quotations called “Dreams and More” Quotations. This series will showcase quotations by powerful leaders and visionaries including Martin Luther King, Jr., Walt Disney, Oprah Winfrey, and many more. To help teachers infuse these quick learning opportunities into already-busy days and ambitious lesson plans, we’ve even created a worksheet for each quote. Teachers can use the freebie quotation graphic to create quick, meaningful lesson ideas with minimal prep because the worksheet’s all ready to be customized.
  2. In honor of Dr. King’s birthday, we’re also running a special MLK Birthday Sale! Check out the “30 peachy products” Teacher Peach curated and “hand-picked” from our peachy product orchard. They really underscore and reinforce the power of “dreaming BIG!”—and they are DREAM-y!
  3. We really hope this sale inspires teachers to take advantage of the savings because five teachers will benefit from every sale we make this month! We will use a portion of profits from ALL of the January sales on our website, teacherpeach.com, to fund Teacher Peach’s first official “Granting Teacher Goals” High 5 Initiative, designed to help support and enable specific teacher/student educational projects and goals.

Learn more about this incredible initiative below and complete your application today!

Teacher Peach Granting Teacher Goals

What’s the “Granting Teacher Goals” High 5 Initiative All About?
5 fabulous 5s drive this incredible teacher projects initiative from Teacher Peach. With 5% of the profits from ALL of the January sales on teacherpeach.com, or $500, whichever is greater, Teacher Peach will underwrite our first “Granting Teacher Goals!” High 5 Initiative to honor Black History Month and the many great teachers and educators who consistently and creatively bring amazing educational projects to life!

What Kind of Projects Are Eligible?

  • Any project that is educational in nature is eligible if it helps kids learn, teachers teach, or just makes a tricky learning objective more engaging and exciting to learn—and teach!
  • Your project doesn’t need to be big or incredibly ambitious to be considered.
  • It just needs to make a difference to you and/or your students and you need to tell us about your vision.
  • Sometimes the smallest projects yield the biggest results.
  • We know teachers have many ideas that could spring to life if only it would be possible to infuse even a little bit of money to buy supplies, offset transportation, or cover other necessary expenses.
  • Do you have an educational project in mind 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 right now 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?

If One Is Good, 5 Is Better!
Because we know most teachers are rarely One-Goal Wonders or Single Dream Dreamers, you may enter more than one project, up to a maximum of 5! You may enter up to 5 separate applications for 5 different projects from one email address. Only one project per submitter can potentially receive the $100. We will read all completed applications carefully. We will choose the top 5 projects that our review team believes will make the biggest differences to teachers and/or students and will use the $100 in the most unique and beneficial ways to the project. Be sure each of your 5 submissions is different and compelling!

Send in Your Application Form(s!)
Click here to access the application form for the “Granting Teacher Goals!” High 5 Initiative. To be considered, applications must be received electronically by January 31, 2016. Share why you believe the educational project you’re dreaming of would benefit from $100! Tell us what matters to you about a special goal or dream that’s on your educational to-do list for 2016! Teacher Peach definitely knows amazing teacher goals and dreams when we see them.

High 5 Initiative

What Project Ideas Are on Your DREAM List?
Not sure yet? Jot down lots of ideas and hone in on the ones you like best. Think about “What IF?” as you are commuting to school, walking the dog, or making a cup of tea. Curious to know what kinds of ideas other teachers might be thinking about? Kick off a discussion here. We’d all like to hear from you. Whatever you do, keep dreaming!

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?