Bill Bodkin, Author at New Jersey Teachers Lounge
  • Welcome to Back to School Night with Mrs. Mom

    Sometimes the lines between mom and teacher blend, and, really, I don’t know where one ends and the other begins. This is evidenced by the number of times I have been called “mom” in my classroom, and I know I am not the only one.  I have also been...
  • Teachers of NJ: How Being “Part Robot” Brings STEM to Life in My Class

    How Being “Part Robot” Brings STEM to Life in My Class NJ Teachers’ Lounge is excited to continue its Teachers of New Jersey series in 2017. Due to the overwhelming popularity of the series, it now comes out twice a month. This editorial series is curated by photojournalist, Gregory Andrus, creator of the...
  • DONORSCHOOSE.ORG: Setup and Success for Teachers

    Donors Choose.org is a nonprofit organization that has helped me and countless other public school teachers in the United States obtain funding for their classroom projects. We spend thousands of dollars of your own money each year on classroom supplies to make great things happen for our students (and...
  • Duke Farms: An Inspiring Resource for NJ Teachers (Part 2 of 2)

    If you are a science teacher you do not want to miss out on getting to know a little about Duke Farms, where the mission is “to become a model of environmental stewardship for the 21st Century and to inspire visitors to become informed stewards of the land.” Duke...
  • 7 NJ Programs to Connect Your Students to Community Service

    Whether you’re a club advisor, a guidance counselor or a classroom teacher looking for a way to connect your lessons to life in the Garden State, there are countless community service opportunities in a variety of settings right in your own back yard. And there’s nothing like a hands-on...
  • Icebreaking Tips for the First Week of School

    Here you go. 20+ students all to yourself. The first week of school has begun. Between getting your classroom in order, and trying to survive on what is (most likely) a few hours of sleep, you now have a brand new set of kids to work with. What is...
  • Teachers of NJ: “I Love My Students:” When You Know They Know It

    NJ Teachers’ Lounge is excited to continue its Teachers of New Jersey series in 2017. Due to the overwhelming popularity of the series, it now comes out twice a month. This editorial series is curated by photojournalist, Gregory Andrus, creator of the social media series, Portraits of the Jersey Shore. These stories highlight...
  • New Year. New Job. New School. New You?

    New year. New job. New school. At the end of the day, transitions are not just between classes and for students. They can happen to us, as educators. We find ourselves in situations where there may be a better opportunity calling and it becomes available for us to take...
  • Organizing Hurricane Relief at School

    Organizing Hurricane Relief at School: Here’s a Quick Guide to Connecting With Key Organizations With Superstorm Sandy still painfully fresh for many of us New Jerseyans, I’m sure that many of us can’t help but feel a special connection and empathy with the people of Texas and Florida. As...
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