Teacher Peach knows that it IS all about the kids and that teachers underscore this belief every time they step into their classrooms. That’s why we’re committed to supporting what teachers believe and inspiring them to champion their students by creating awesome accessory products—just for teachers.
HOW We Create Teacher Gift Products
Even though summer is a quieter time for teachers, Teacher Peach is anything but. We’re in product-creation mode, big time. What teachers think matters to us—from the moment we shape an initial idea until we put each product into its shipping box. Each time we release a new product collection, we’ll take our blog readers behind the scenes to share the thinking, care, energy, research, and focus we put into the unique teacher accessories we create.
WHY This Teacher Gift Product Collection Is So Special
I’m very excited to personally describe our newest collection, “Because it’s all about the kids. . .”. In today’s difficult times, teachers have to
work differently, work creatively, and yes, work even harder than before to create great learning experiences for their students. These same dedicated teachers are now also knee-deep in assessment forms, evaluation documentation, searches for OER content, and other new-to-the-scene distractors that didn’t exist in the same way three years ago. “Because its all about the kids. . .” is an important reminder message for all of us as teaching continues to evolve.
Our team has spoken with many teachers, administrators, and educators. We’ve listened to challenges, victories, and issues of all shapes and sizes. Through all of this, we discovered a common thread: Great teachers always strive to put their students first. Whether this means spending extra time creating an engaging lesson or spending extra money making the classroom a more exciting place, teachers do all they can for their students.
While I love all of the products we design and produce, this particular collection is very near and dear to my heart for all of these reasons. Part of our design process includes sharing our proposed product ideas with teachers. The teachers we’ve shared it with love it, too. As one teacher said, “This is a little half a sentence that says it all. It IS all about the kids.”
WHAT Is Part of This Teacher Gift Collection
Once the design was complete, it was time to test, sample, and put possible product ideas through their paces. From tech bags, umbrellas, coffee mugs, and magnets, to notebooks, notecards, and of course, tote bags, we tried them all. (Every tote bag we create, for example, does at least 15 days on my left shoulder, filled with gear, technology, files, books, folders, shoes, umbrellas, water bottle, and more than a few granola wrappers.)
The tote we ultimately selected for this collection is both elegant and functional. The Because It's All About the Kids Insulated Cooler Tote's exterior is made of a durable poly/canvas in rich black, piped in white trim. With its front pocket, top zipper, and sturdy handles, this tote will stand the test of time. It’s actually more than a tote; it’s a cooler tote that’s insulated with Thermal Shield leak-proof material.
We also tested many journals to make our choice for this collection. We wrote on the paper, checked for bleed-through, used various pens and markers to be sure the paper quality worked. We considered grid patterns versus writing lines and assessed the sturdiness of the front and back covers. Then we dove into ink coverage and coating options. The end result of all of our testing is this vibrant Because It's All About the Kids Spiral Notebook Journal.
The Because It's All About the Kids Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Thermal Bottle, with its sleek, matte stainless steel—so good for reducing our carbon footprint—was an easy choice. It not only makes an environmental impact, it also keeps a beverage cold for up to 16 hours or hot for up to 8 hours thanks to its double-wall and copper vacuum insulation. We tested this ourselves. I also couldn’t resist the polished gray color against the crisp white ink. Our ability to boldly wrap this message around the bottle makes it visible from afar with flourishes that truly stand out.
WHERE You Can Find These Teacher Gift Products—And More
We truly hope you will explore this new “Because it’s all about the kids. . .” collection and that you’ll also let us know what you think. Post a comment or a review or drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- July 14, 2015
- Randi Brill