Summer will fade soon - kids are back to school, leaves are changing colors. But for this Labor Day weekend, we are living in the moment and making lemonade out of the last unofficial weekend of summer.
Enjoy the long weekend and thank you to all American workers for making our country strong and prosperous.
With school back in session (or soon for those of you with September starts), let's grab some back to school inspiration. We're talking about the write stuff - putting pen to paper. At Twist OP, we have everything you need. From pens to writing instruments, from white paper to custom stationery, put your pen to paper. Send someone a hand written note, leave a thank you on someone's doorstop or desk - it's that time of year. You can always count on Twist Op.
August kicks off back to school for many and what's more appropriate then talking about packed lunches and the main item that many fret over. The sandwich of course. The name “sandwich” has a bit of a scandalous beginning. Sandwich is the name of a place in the county of Kent, England. In the late 1700s, the Fourth Earl of Sandwich, John Montague, was known to be an avid gambler. He would spend so long at the card table that eventually his hunger would get the better of him. For sustenance, he asked for bread, meat and cheese. Because he needed a hand free for his cards, he put the meat and cheese between the bread. Other players saw this convenient snack and asked for the same.
The universal appeal of the sandwich is that it can be customized for every taste and every meal. They can be eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner; as a snack or a meal, sweet or savory, hot or cold. They can be as humble as a PB&J or as exotic as a lamb bánh mì with spicy mint rub. After all, the beauty is in the eye of the sandwich holder.
As the kids head back to school, what kind of sandwich are you making?
With the school bell poised to ring, parents, students, and teachers are streaming into stores in search of supplies. Gone are the days of hop-scotching from one store to the next. This year it's all about getting everything in one stop. Here's what they'll be looking for.
* Calculators - Printing, non-printing, pocket-size, or scientific, calculators in every shape, size, and price, continue to be among the best selling of all back-to-school supplies.
* Pens, pencils, highlighters, markers - A necessity for every student, every school, everywhere.
* Pocket calendar - One of the most underrated items, a pocket calendar helps with everything from dating an assignment to planning a research paper.
* Cell phones - While talking during class isn't allowed, it's a family necessity for schedule coordination.
* Ruled notebooks - Get a different color for each subject. This year consider going green by buying those made of recycled paper.
* Binders and pocket folders - For organizing miscellaneous handouts and papers.
* Backpack - Big enough to hold various shapes and sizes, but not too large for the child.
In addition to the above, popular items for the college-bound include:
* Planner - Electronic or paper, this must-have helps keep projects, papers, and assignments on track.
* Sturdy backpack or messenger bag - While a shoulder-style messenger bag keeps things neatly arranged, a sturdy backpack (or one on wheels) easily accommodates the heaviest textbooks.
* Laptop - An everyday essential for class work, research, and communications.
* Flash drive - For those times when you can leave the laptop at the dorm, conveniently carry your work in your pocket.
* Markers - Including fine-point, thick-point, and plain (non-toxic).
* Colored chalk - Livens up the lesson and helps make an important point.
* Index cards - Great for customized flash cards, teacher's notes, and general organization.
* Post-it notes - Handy labels and reminders.
* Color folders - Keeps classes, subjects and lesson plans together.
* Tape - Both transparent and masking for multiple uses.
Get the school year off to the right start with the right stuff. Find all these supplies, and much more, at www.twisop.com
Originally posted on the Post-it Perks website written by Michele Borba, Ed.D.http://www.post-it.com/wps/portal/3M/en_US/PostItNA/Home/Ideas/Articles/How-to-ease-kids-back-to-school-anxiety/
Heading back to school can be exciting for most kids but traumatic for others. It's natural for children to feel anxious especially if they are changing schools, new to town, had a negative experience last year or if they are shyer.
Although parents can’t be there to solve every problem, there are ways to help children feel more secure and prepared for the first day of school such as listening to worries, anticipating concerns and offering solutions for simpler problems.
As students advance to a higher grade level, one source of anxiety related to entering the new school year may be the increased work load and higher level of learning. Parents can instill positive study habits at a younger age and arm children with the proper tools for success so they are prepared to for new academic challenges as they enter middle school, high school and college.
Another source of stress might be new school routines and a new lay of the land. Boost the child or teen’s comfort zone about a new location and routine by visiting the school, taking an online tour, printing a map or schedule or getting a school handbook.
Michele Borba, Ed.D is an internationally renowned educator, TODAY Show contributor and parenting expert recognized for her solution-based strategies to strengthen children's character and reduce peer cruelty.
For more about her see: www.micheleborba.com or follow her on twitter @micheleborba
There are a plenty of study suggestions floating in the world and some of them are just plain ineffective (looking at you, all-nighter!). Browse these ideas from Post-it to help you maximize your thought-process and mental health:
#1 Embrace variety: instead of solely focusing on one topic, study various topics during a single session. Jot down thoughts on a Post-it Super Sticky Notes to keep ideas close at hand and trade topics every 15 minutes or so.
#2 Drop the highlighters. Evidence shows that highlighting and underlining is largely ineffective. Instead, mark important ideas with Post-it® Arrow Flags and refer to as necessary.
#3 Study with less stuff. Keep your space tidy and organized and only have the materials you need to keep your brain focused.
#4 Get some sleep! The exhaustive effects of an all-nighter can affect your thinking for the next four days! In other words, get some sleep and keep your brain sharp instead of strung out.
The new school year. Once the new-backpack smell wears off, there's actual work to be done--things to memorize and classes to pass. Whether you're in high school or college trying to maximize your time or the parent of a younger student learning the best way to study and take notes, there's a secret weapon you must add to your back to school list.
TOPS FocusNotes™ note taking features a divided page with a lined note taking area, cue column and summary section. Comparable to the Cornell Note Taking System, this highly effective method uses a three-step process to ensure retention of notes taken during class.
Step 1: Record Notes Start by labeling the page with the date and class name or purpose for your notes. During the lecture, record notes in the large lined section of the page. Skip a line between concepts for clarity and neatness. The goal of this step is to record all of the necessary information from class.
Step 2: Devise Questions and Cues Immediately after the lecture, jot down key phrases, sketches and any questions you may have in the cue column to the left of the note section. Try to line up these key terms with the corresponding block of notes in the note section. This second step forces you to evaluate your notes and pull out what's important for an at-a-glance snapshot of the lecture.
Step 3: Summarize Material At the end of the day, use the summary section at the bottom of the page to create a review of the main points from the class notes. If your notes take up more than one page, summarize on the final page of notes. You could also use this space to jot down homework assignments, action items or to-do lists. This step makes it easy to review the information from each lecture quickly and efficiently.
Tips: Before a test, skim over the summaries before quizzing yourself with the cue column information. This method saves time because you're not re-reading all of your class notes. Plus, because you've written out your review material in your own words, you're more likely to retain the information and apply it in a test or real-life situation.
TOPS FocusNotes™ is available in a letter-sized writing tablet or a portable junior pad--perfect for students of all ages. Both formats feature an extra-strong back cover that holds up to desktop writing and on-the-go notetaking. The top-bound tablet format is ideal for right-and left-handed writers.
Shop at www.twistop.com for all your back to school items.
AUTHOR CareerBuilder DATE July 29, 2011
by Kaitlin Madden – The Work Buzz
Each summer, Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week” capitalizes on our collective fear of large, toothy fish with seven days of programming dedicated to topics like “Rogue Sharks,” “Killer Sharks” and “How Sharks Hunt.”
At the same time, however, the people at Discovery Channel want us to be realistic about the actual incidence of shark attacks. The “Top 100 Shark Facts” listed on DiscoveryChannel.com point out that shark attacks are actually very uncommon. In fact, you’re more likely to get bitten by another human than by a shark.
Since shark attacks are pretty rare and getting bitten by another person is not so rare (or not as rare, at least), we decided to focus on a more common kind of shark attack, one that most people should learn to protect themselves from as soon as possible: The office shark attack.
The office shark, characterized by its power-hungry, super-aggressive, man-eating attitude, is native to absolutely every workplace on earth. It attacks without warning and has been known to bite the head off of anything that gets in its way.
To help you survive your inevitable encounter with this beast, we put together a handy how-to guide.
1. Stay out of harm’s way: If there was a sign on the beach that said “Danger: Shark-infested waters,” you wouldn’t go in for a dip, right? So, next time you’re assigned a project or scheduled to go on a business trip with the office shark, talk to your boss about being reassigned.
“If you are going to request a change to a new department, try to avoid using the other person being a shark as a reason, though,” says Jan Yager, author of “Productive Relationships: 57 Strategies for Building Stronger Business Connections.” Hopefully there are other reasons that will put you in a better light. ‘I understand there’s an opening in the x,y,z department and I have the skills that they seem to be seeking so I think it will be a good fit,’ or something like that.”
2. Travel in a pack: If there’s no way to avoid the shark at work, at least try to avoid being alone with her. She’ll be less likely to attack in front of a group. Plus, you’re probably not the only who feels bullied by the shark, so it should be easy to form an alliance against her. “Most likely, the shark is a shark by nature — not just with you. Talk to others and find allies,” says Yosh Beier, managing partner at Collaborative Coaching, LLC, an executive coaching firm in Brooklyn, NY.
3. Stay alert: When the shark is around, don’t let your guard down. Keep personal and professional information to yourself, since the shark may try to use it against you later, Yager says.
4. Don’t panic: Office sharks, too, can smell fear. They prey on the weak, so a confident attitude will keep them away.
“’Sharks don’t show aggression right away. Only when they feel that they can get away with it — that the person in front of them lacks confidence — do they step it up from provocative to disrespectful to aggressive,” Beier says. “If you are around a shark-kind-of-a-person, send an early message that this is not okay.”
5. Defend yourself: According to the Discovery Channel’s shark facts, “Punching a shark in the nose or poking its eyes can help to fend it off during an attack. Aim for the sensitive eyes or gills — or, if your aim is off, the much bigger target of the snout. Most sharks don’t want to work that hard for their food and will swim away.”
This same strategy will work for the shark in your office. Next time he messes with you — BAM! — whack him in the nose. Just kidding. However, like we mentioned before, sharks pick on the little guys because they can. Put up a bigger fight and chances are, he’ll walk away.
Next time the shark tries to overpower your opinion, for example, make sure that you’re heard by using this tactic: “Express your disagreement — but don’t explain yourself unless follow-up questions are asked. If you have a different opinion, don’t say things like ‘Could you listen, please,’ etc. Just continue to say ‘no,’ ‘I disagree,’ ‘not how I view it,’ etc. until the other person stops and asks you why,” Beier says.
6. Size him up: If you’re no match for the shark, be careful about how you approach him.
“There are some sharks who will fire you, if it is their company, just because you stand up to them and they want to show you who is in charge,” Yager says. “That doesn’t mean you don’t stand up to him or her, but be prepared for that outcome. That means that you have your resume ‘dusted off’ and you’ve thought through if you absolutely have a financial cushion or even another family member who is working so if you do lose your job, you won’t be out on the street.”
7. Get the heck out of there: “If you find yourself in an organization that tolerates dysfunctional behaviors – well, maybe this is not the place to be. Know your choices,” Beier says.
Do you have a shark at your office? How do you handle him or her?
Stay Connected to your kids
Rely on Post-it® Products to maintain a presence in your kid’s day – before, during or after school.
1. LUNCH NOTES
When your child brings lunch to school, leave a note in the lunchbox or sack. Or simply draw a funny picture.
2. INVITATION TO PLAY
For many kids, the first move they make when they get home is for the iPad or computer. Leave a Post-it® Noteon the tablet cover or keyboard challenging them to a collaborative game like Words with Friends or Draw Something at a time when you can take a break from work.
3. TREASURE HUNT
If your kids get home from school before you get home from work, leave a trail of clues on Post-it® Notes that lead them to a special snack. Or to a collection of notes that describe what you love about them.
4. CLASSIC STORIES
If your child is reading a classic story that you read as a kid, leave a Post-it® Note to mark your favorite passage and tell them why. It shows you share something in common while reinforcing the value and importance of reading.
5. GOOD MORNINGS
If you leave for work before your kids go to school, leave a Post-it® Note on the breakfast table or door to let them know you're thinking of them.
6. REMOTE REMINDERS
Are your assignments done? Is your room clean? Use a Post-it® Note near the TV remote to serve as a reminder to stay on task before screen time.
7. STEERING WHEEL
For teenagers, Post-it® Super Sticky Notes can help to encourage responsible choices. Leave a note on a steering wheel – “Be safe tonight.” Or “Please call if you need a ride.”
8. FOLDER NOTES
More and more teachers have their students keep a dedicated folder in their bags to shuttle assignments or messages between home and school. Your child will see this every day. Leave a Post-it® Note with encouragement or well wishes before a big test or activity.
9. TAKE IT OUTSIDE
“Your bike is lonely.” “How many free throws can you hit in a row?” Or “It's a beautiful day to walk the dog.” Leave a Post-it® Note near the TV or game controller that nudges your child to play outside.
10 ways to help moms get ready for back-to-school
Here are 10 tips for how Post-it® Products can help you get a little more done - and in way that’s a little less hectic.
1. COLOR CODES
Assign a color of Post-it® Note for each child and choose a certain location for messages. This way, they know when a message is for them. Or record their must-dos or key events each day to keep them on track.
2. ALWAYS AT HAND
Keep a pad of Post-it® Notes in your purse or car so you can write yourself reminders when you're out-and-about. (Which always seems to be the case when you have kids.)
3. MANAGE REFRESHMENTS
When your kids have a group of friends over, have them mark their place at the table with a Post-it® Note. Then everyone knows where to sit.
4. BETTER-ORGANIZED BACKPACKS
Your child's backpack can quickly become a mess. Use a Post-it® Pocket to keep the most essential papers or items
all neat and tidy.
5. MEAL PLANNING
Here's how to make quick work of a week's worth of lunches and dinners. Jot down your grocery list on a Post-it® Note. Mark recipes in a cookbook with Post-it® Flags to help you find them more quickly. And use Post-it® Full Adhesive Notes to mark cooking instructions on a casserole or storage containers that are in the refrigerator or freezer to speeds things up when the kids get hungry.
6. MAKING UP
To diffuse the inevitable argument with your kid, a Post-it® Note that says you're sorry can be enough to sap the negative energy out of the situation. And bring you and your child together for a face-to-face.
7. CURATED COLLECTIONS
Use Post-it® Tabs to set up a filing system that catches all of the things you want to save throughout the year. Come summer, you'll have all of the artwork, essays and report cards in one place and ready to archive.
8. MARK YOUR PLACE
Your kids can use Post-it® Flags to mark chapters in their text or mark where they left off in a story. You can use them to mark a great find in a catalog so it's easier to track down when you're ready to order.
9. BIG REMINDERS
Have one thing you can't forget during the day? Put your reminder on a sheet from a Post-it® Big Pad and stick it up in a place where you won't miss it.
10. WRANGLE YOUR CALENDAR
Post-it® Notes and Post-it® Flags are the perfect tool for customizing your day planner or wall calendar. Color code events by child. Or call out “can't miss” details. Have an event scheduled for a tentative date? Mark it down with a Post-it® Note so it can be easily moved if the date changes.
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