This is the new school. Education in the (virtual) classroom and beyond.

DIY Paper Spinners

Turn cardboard and string into twirly, whirly fun using Crayola Markers and Colored Pencils. Learn how to make Paper Spinners today!

Staples Spotlight
May 27 3 min read

Career Building 101: Landing Your Dream Job

They say find a job you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life — but first you have to find that job and get hired. Whether you’re a recent graduate or looking to change or grow your career, we’ve got a few tips to help you find and land your dream job.

Staples Spotlight
May 12 5 min read

A United Front: Building a Bridge Between Home and the Classroom

As I’m walking through the door after a long day at work, picking up stray socks as I go, I debate in my head if I’m going to cook or offer cereal for dinner. Sometimes, my three teenage sons trudge in behind me, dirty from soccer, and I’m already thinking about laundry and lunches for the next day. So, I get it. Investing energy into building relationships around school, homework and the classroom often feels like a momentous task. As a career teacher, I’m here to reassure you that my longest-lasting and most productive relationships with parents were never about test scores, grades or behaviors. These relationships were founded on trust.

Britt Jungck
May 12 3 min read

Supporting Your Teachers

I founded The Teacher’s Resource in August 2020, inspired by teachers who, at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, were adapting to virtual instruction. Our organization offers self-care and support for teachers’ total well-being —mentally, emotionally, and physically. Our motto is, “Taking care of the PERSON behind the teacher.” Being a teacher is not a job you walk away from at the end of the day. Most teachers I know tell me they love their job because it’s very rewarding — but they’re exhausted. Caring for their students’ academic development as well as their personal well-being can be a heavy burden to bear. The saying, “You can’t pour from an empty cup,” comes to mind. We are losing teachers daily because they just can’t take it anymore.

Sonya K. Battle
Apr 26 4 min read

DIY Teacher Gift Idea: Design Your Own Suncatcher

Teachers love to decorate their classrooms. Posters with inspiration and information about what students will be learning that year brightly decorate the walls. It takes thoughtful planning and effort to create an atmosphere that makes students feel welcome and immerses them in their educational experience. This Teacher Appreciation Week May 1-7, 2022 contribute to your teacher’s efforts to create a beautiful learning environment by making them a suncatcher, with Crayola.

Staples Spotlight
Apr 26 4 min read

Teacher Appreciation Week Coloring Pages

Teachers show us how much they care for students all year-round. This Teacher Appreciation Week, let’s show them how much we care! Your student will be thrilled to give them a gift of their own creation, and your teacher will love to know how much they care.

Staples Spotlight
Apr 26 1 min read

Create a Giraffe Mosaic

What’s the best way to celebrate National Crayon Day? By getting creative with your crayons, of course. Take your old crayons to the necks level by up-cycling them into colorful giraffe mosaic art.

Staples Spotlight
Mar 28 3 min read

How to Pick Planning Products that are Right for You

The New Year is fast approaching, and it’s exciting to get a new planner. Your life feels completely open, and the possibilities are endless. Before you rush out and fall in love with the first one you see, let the planner pros from ACCO Brands, who bring you brands like AT-A-GLANCE, DAYTIMER, Cambridge, and Quartet, share what to consider before you make this most important purchase.

Teri Herbstreit
Nov 16 7 min read

How to Set Up and Use Your Planner

When you get your planner, it feels like your life is an open, blank canvas. But how do you organize and write in your planner? What do you do first? The experts at ACCO Brands, who bring you planning brands like AT-A-GLANCE, DAYTIMER, and Cambridge, offer some advice on what to do when you get your new planner.

Teri Herbstreit
Nov 16 6 min read

Top 10 Gifts for Learners in 2021

Have a learner on your list? We collected our top gifts to help students embrace everything school day — from crafts to classes to Candy Crush. Wherever they’re learning this year, here are the perfect holiday picks.

Staples Spotlight
Nov 10 5 min read

Teaching Students the Art of Self-directed Learning

The past year has reshaped education and put virtual learning to the test. Teachers, students and parents quickly found themselves in uncharted territory. On top of technical difficulties, another major hurdle to learning has been an increasing lack of motivation.

Staples Spotlight
Nov 1 5 min read

DIY Holiday Craft: Create Your Own Snow Globe Ornament!

The holiday season is all about traditions. Start a new one this year by adding to your ornament collection! You can create completely custom, durable photo-ornaments with a laminator. They also make great gifts for family. This festive craft so fun to create and something you’ll treasure for holidays for years to come. Check out the list of supplies you’ll want to have handy and then just follow the steps below to get started.

Staples Spotlight
Oct 15 4 min read

Building Class Community and Positive Relationships at School

As teachers know, positive relationships make all the difference in the classroom! Students learn best in an environment where they feel a sense of belonging and safe to be themselves. There are a ton of ways to build class community, and Staples makes it easier on teachers by providing the basic materials for many kinds of social emotional activities.

Shannon Olsen
Oct 8 4 min read

Get to Know the 2021 Staples Connect Thank A Teacher Contest Winners

This year, teachers have dealt with a great deal of uncertainty in and out of the classroom. One thing that has remained constant is the dedication and selflessness that our 2021 Thank A Teacher winners have displayed throughout the year. From extra hours to supply drop-offs and outside-of-the-box lesson plans, these teachers have helped their students adapt to these changes and thrive in the face of them.

Staples Spotlight
Oct 4 5 min read

3 Ways to Prep for Back-to-School

Welcome! I’m Brittany Jeltema, also known as The SuperHERO Teacher, and I flip classrooms for incredible teachers around the United States. Recently, I completed a makeover in Columbus, Ohio for an amazing high school that serves adults. The spaces were designed for co-working and I’m excited to share with you how Staples helped me create environments that were organized and conducive to learning!

Brittany Jeltema
Sep 8 3 min read

3 Ways to Start the School Year Off Right

In a household of 5 kids, back to school can get pretty chaotic if I don’t have a plan in place. Over the last 18 years of parenting, I’ve learned a few tricks to get the kiddos ready for Back to School so they are excited (well as excited as they can be) without breaking the bank. Here are 3 easy ways to start the school year off right.

Amber Mamian
Sep 1 6 min read

Easy Learning Games from the Experts at HOMER

In the spirit of Learning through Play, we are happy to share a few learning games for you to try at home. All you need is a deck of index cards and some household arts and crafts supplies - and you and your child will be learning and playing together!

Peggy Kaye
Aug 4 6 min read

Plan to Start the School Year Off Right This Year

Mark your calendars: August 1st is National Planner Day, and there’s no better time to begin organizing for the next school year. School planners are a proven tool for college and high school students, but they also play an important role in helping young students stay organized and build important life skills in the process.

Sandi Crespi
Jul 29 4 min read