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Thank You Teachers!

We would have little use for great notebooks and awesome pens were it not for the teachers that taught and inspired us to read and write when we were in school, wouldn't you agree? That is why Writer's Bloc wants to thank all our wonderful teachers during TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK (May 3-9) with a sale from May 6-May 11, 2009.

As a student in a rigorous teacher preparation program I have seen that a lot of the unique products offered at Writer's Bloc to be helpful in the classroom. Here is a list of my favorites and why I love them. All of these products will be ON SALE as weekly specials from May 6-May 11! Show your teachers, your children's teachers, and your fellow teachers that you appreciate their hard work with a fun (and useful!) gift. Or, if you are a teacher take advantage and stock up!

Exacompta Club Leatherette Journal

In my experience organized teachers are the most effective. This is a quality I have yet to perfect, but keeping a planner helps immensely. With the format of the 365 undated planner teachers can plan their day to the hour and have ample space to make notes about lessons. It's undated so pages never have to be wasted (for those not-so-organized days) and covers come in a gorgeous array of colors so each teacher can have this great his or her favorite.

STAEDTLER Non-Photo Pencil

This cool pencil writes in a light blue line that is easy to read not reproduced by most photocopiers. Teachers can mark up a worksheet with notes and answers and then use that same sheet to make clean copies for their students! No more worrying about keeping one blank copy on hand, now your master copy is the only one you need.

Clairefontaine Wirebound French Ruled Notebook

European students use French Ruled paper to help them improve their handwriting; teachers could certainly learn this method and use it to help their own students. However, when I looked at this paper I automatically thought, "that looks like a grade book!" I still believe in paper grade books and think this format could be very versatile and be made to fit any grading needs from checks to full paragraph comments.

I would have student names down the side and assignments across the top (then I could just cut off the side edge of the next page so I wouldn't have to write names over and over). I don't have problems with tracking with my eyes, but I thought that using different colored pens or a little time with a straight-edge could help those who do.

Platinum Preppy Fountain Pen

I enjoy grading papers more if I am using a fun colored pen, but I find that even with certain pens my hands start to tire half-way through the stack and my notes start getting a little sloppy. Fountain pens allow you to write without having to apply hardly any pressure to the pens, saving your fingers from fatigue and unsightly calluses. The Platinum Preppy fountain pen is well within a teacher's budget, comes in great colors, and can be refilled with any of your favorite fountain pen ink colors.

Clairefontaine Music Notebook and Clairefontaine Large Sketchpad

Of course not to be forgotten are our wonderful music and art teachers. I so admire their love and skill for their craft, and their willingness to teach it to children. Help keep their passions alive and burning bright with these elite quality art products from Clairefontaine.

Thank you to all the teachers who inspired me to read, write, question, discover, inquire, believe, and reach-- you'll never know the full impact you've had on me.

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