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Co-Founder of ShopForStudents.com

Suzie your article is right on target.

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Dear Suzie and friends,

I would like the opportunity to share with you what we are doing to help students, classrooms as a whole. Our fundraiser has no cost. We make it so easy to raise money. We provide professional quality flyers, online ads, banners, etc. for each individual school/fundraiser. This was created by a dad of two young children that volunteered in person for their PTA at his girl's school that wanted to find a better and safer way for his children and others.

Determined and focused, we planned, surveyed and built a true fundraiser that focuses on the GOOD (no catches) needed in modern day fundraising. We figured out a way to eliminate car and van pooling filled with children to go knock on doors, that is OUT. There is no transfer of any money or checks. Our program leaves students, teachers and staff where they do their best, in the classroom, not managing fundraiser's.

We mail the donation directly to the head of the group or school every month based upon the sales in their own unique online store, but with their own personalized domain. For ex. ShopForJefferson.com.

Coincidentally our program eliminates concerns that modern day schools nationwide have regarding their fundraising leaders and the risk that they may be tempted to dip into the cash/monies raised. Our program completely eliminates that risk. We have a special fundraising payout account at our bank.

We donate TRIPLE the national average. 15% of every sale made from the web store. ShopForStudents.com is the perfect fundraising solution whether small, medium or large school or group.

Suzie please help us get the word out and feel free to call me anytime at 1-877-980-7467.

Thank you,

Laura Shifrin
Co-Founder
www.ShopForStudents.com

Teacher, Writer, and Artist

GOOFY INNOVATIONS WORK, TOO

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I had been to School Box, the teacher’s dope store. I held in my hand a fake pencil. Two feet long. It’s bright yellow. I said … This is “The Teaching Stick,” and I’ll probably be whipping this thing around a whole lot this year to punctuate the air with knowledge. Touching The Teaching Stick is unholy, however. Don’t do it.

Spike yelled … Can I touch it!

I ignored the question. I had to. I knew I had to get through this as quickly as possible before I changed my mind on every bit of it. On the wall I have placed in big letters, I pontificated, that I bought at an arts and crafts store and that I painted in a school color and the words are Seek Knowledge. I pointed The Teaching Stick at our class motto … Seek … Knowledge. When in doubt, I said, seek knowledge. I waited a moment or two and dumbly gazed at them.

The dumbly gazed back.

They seemed to think having a class motto was okay.

Petal moaned … This is so lame. Petal and Tempest high-fived. Petal said … There is definitely something wrong with you.

And in the back, near my desk in the back, I said, is not a globe. It’s “The Globe of Happiness.” After you push the northern hemisphere up you will see that inside The Globe of Happiness, in the southern hemisphere, is a whole bunch of candy that I discovered is real expensive to buy. Do good deeds. Say good things. Work hard, I said, and you’ll get candy, and lots of it.

I think bribing kids with wads of Snickers, Butterfingers, Smarties, Twix, Milk Duds, Milky Ways, Blow Pops, Gobstoppers, and Chupa Chups, Twizzlers, Swedish Fish, Dum Dum Pops, M&M’s, Sour Patch Kids, Tootsie Rolls, and bubble gum cigarettes, to do and say nice things is fine because it works.

I also asked them not the chew on the carpet or lick the walls. Class discipline must be maintained.

www.adixiediary.com

Suzie, thanks for posting such a great article!

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I agree with everything in this article. As an educator, I believe it is very important to teach material that is important for the future of the students as well as remain innovative. By teaching for the 21st century, students will be more prepared in the future. It seems like so many aspects of today’s society centers around the digital environment and teaching should be altered to adapt.

Thanks Suzie,
Mike.

Mike Byster
http://www.mikebyster.com
Inventor of Brainetics, Author of Genius, Mathematician, Educational Speaker

Suzie, thanks for posting such a great article!

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I agree with everything in this article. As an educator, I believe it is very important to teach material that is important for the future of the students as well as remain innovative. By teaching for the 21st century, students will be more prepared in the future. It seems like so many aspects of today’s society centers around the digital environment and teaching should be altered to adapt.

Thanks Suzie,
Mike.

Mike Byster
http://www.mikebyster.com
Inventor of Brainetics, Author of Genius, Mathematician, Educational Speaker

Great post! Thanks so much.

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Great post! Thanks so much.

Journalist and PBL advocate

3 Elements for Learning

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Martin,
Thanks for your comment, and thanks for sharing your TEDxESCP talk. I love your 3 elements for learning--engage students' perspectives; build "social sculptures" by encouraging mutual exchange of ideas; and bring emotions into the classroom. They're as apt for K-12 learners as they are for your biz school students.
Cheers,
Suzie

Professor for Entrepreneurship

Dear Suzie, thank you very

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Dear Suzie, thank you very much for your blog. I am already looking forward to reading you book. I just recently talked at TEDxESCP in Paris about "Why students should take care of their education". I turned the question about what makes a great teacher around and talked about what makes good students. If you find the time to watch the video I would be very interested in your thoughts. Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yb4oA-cnQJY

Best
Martin

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