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    Women’s History Month: 7 Ideas to Inspire Your Teaching

    Looking for online resources on New Jersey women’s history, or local destinations to visit with your class? Thankfully, there are a multitude of quality resources available for NJ educators to draw upon to develop lesson plans for Women’s History Month this March. Complete lesson plans are also at your...
  • The Best Movies to Show Your Students About U.S. Presidents

    During the month of February, most teachers look forward to President’s Day because it’s a day off on the academic calendar! However, that doesn’t mean you can’t tie in some sort of academic content in reference to that specific day leading up to it. Social Studies lessons and reading...
  • Valentines Day Craft

    Five Easy Valentine’s Day Art Projects Your Students Will Love

    Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching. For many classrooms, that means a party where too much sugar is digested, and little paper cards get traded in abundance. Some brave educators also like to try to make crafts during the course of the day, and those items may even be turned...
  • 8 Great Ways for NJ Teachers to Celebrate Black History Month

    This February, NJ educators have an abundance of great ways to recognize the contributions of African Americans from the Garden State as well as so much of the rich cultural history that has transpired right here in New Jersey. From curriculum resources addressing Black history to historical sites and...
  • Exercises

    Combat Teacher Stress With These 7 Simple Exercises

    Teacher stress is on the rise. The profession has long been known to be a stressful one, but with changes in school policies around issues such as budget cuts, bullying, and political discourse, teacher stress is at an all time high. According to a USA Today study 58% of...
  • Essential New Year’s Resolutions for Teachers

    When the clock strikes midnight on the new year, we always resolve to better ourselves. Whether it be losing weight, quitting smoking, reading more, or joining a gym — we always want to do something to better ourselves. As teachers we can resolve to do all these things, but...
  • 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...
  • Top 7 Super Fun DIY Holiday Door Decorating Ideas – (May the Best Class Win!)

    The holiday season can be both really fantastic and really stressful for teachers especially. Having an extended break for the holidays is wonderful, but dealing with the overly excited and hyper students, as well as class parties can be rather exhausting. Figuring out how to decorate your classroom may...
  • Five Spooky, Fun and Easy Halloween Crafts

    Hard to believe, but it’s October 1st and  Halloween is right around the corner. October 31st is normally a day reserved for parties, parades, and of course, candy. Teachers may worry about the student sugar rush coming their way, but listed below are some really creepy and creative Halloween...
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