California Educator

August 2016

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Best Totes for Teachers Online class homework and quizzes have reduced the amount of paper teachers must deal with every day. But there's still a lot of stuff that must be hauled back and forth from home to school, including supplies, laptop, books, lunch, a jacket, and — paper. One can always use a backpack, of course, but other stylish options abound. A few of the most popular : A perennial favorite, the Vera Tote by Vera Bradley comes in a new fall shade of Elderberry as well as other hues. With a zip-top closure, the exterior has a slip pocket in front, with a smaller pocket inside it for phone or keys, plus a zip pocket in back. The colorful interior has six slip pockets. 15" × 14 ½" × 6". $99. Timbuk2's Classic Messenger Bag has good things inside: an organizer for pens, phones and other small items; water bottle pocket; and slightly padded internal pocket for laptops. An exterior zipped pocket provides easy access without undoing the outside flap. Medium bag: 18.1" top × 14.6" bottom × 12.2" height by 7.1" depth. $99. If you have back and shoulder pain, you need a rolling tote. Options range from boxes to briefcases, all on wheels. The Kensington Contour Balance Notebook Roller Bag has a cushioned laptop section, lots of storage, a zip- down front organizer and telescoping handle. The contoured side means you carry it without hitting your legs. 14.75" × 16.5" × 7". $90.75. Those who prefer a sleeker silhouette should try Solo's Executive Bucket Tote, which has a zip-top closure. It has both front zip-down and interior organizing sections, and the padded interior compartment can fit a laptop up to 16 inches. Full-grain leather/polyester body. 16" × 15.25" × 4.5". $119.99. Beloved by educators and most everyone else, L.L.Bean's Boat and Tote bag — with or without a zippered top — has been around since 1944 and is made of rugged, nearly indestructible cotton canvas. They're available in various sizes, with handles and trim in different colors, and can be monogrammed. 15" × 17" × 7". $49.95. Myriad teachers swear by Thirty-One's Zip-top Organizing Utility Tote, with a zip-top closure, seven exterior pockets and an ability to carry — well, pretty much everything. They come in a variety of cheery patterns and prints, including Preppy Pop, shown, and can be monogrammed. 10.75" h × 14.5" l × 6.5". $35. 13 August 2016 in the know ideas

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