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  • MADE Chocolate

    MADE Chocolate loves teachers and wants to give back! And just in time for the NJEA this year. Be sure to stop by and enjoy one of their decadent desserts and treats while you go to Atlantic City this November, or any time of year, and receive a generous...
  • Surviving the Cuts:  9 Grants to Support Your Classroom

    Budget cuts and difficult years ahead for school districts seem to be a trending headline across the New Jersey news. While this can be discouraging for teachers, we could (as we often with these sorts of things) take this as a challenge. While we cannot control state and administrative...
  • A New Teacher’s Diary: Five Pieces of Great Advice for Starting the Year

    September is here – bus drivers are practicing their runs, kids are excitedly buying their supplies, teachers are setting up their classrooms, yet here I am freaking out! How can I possibly keep calm when it is my first year of teaching? I have to attend training sessions, create...
  • When a Student Shuts Down: Creative Ways to Rekindle Engagement

    Tyler was by far my favorite student in my E period English class. He understood my jokes, and reciprocated humor without ever being inappropriate. He always contributed to class discussion, demonstrated a true interest in the content and, bonus- he always had a pencil. He was the type of...
  • Teachers of New Jersey: Mother and Daughter Reflect on Two Generations of Teaching

    Amanda Gagnon Village School, West Windsor, Speech Language Specialist   Amanda (Left): “I work with children with special needs. They have an IEP, and if they require speech therapy, I will come and pick them up from their classroom, and we do group or individual therapy. We will work...
  • Our Favorite Back To School Memes for 2018

    It’s that time of year again! You woke up and realized that it’s already the end of August. The start of the new school year is right around the corner and with that in mind we’ve compiled some of our favorite back to school memes to make the transition...
  • The Dilemma of the Infinite Good

    If you’re reading this you’re probably the kind of teacher who really cares about kids. Or maybe teacher discounts. But probably kids.   One of the first things you realize as a teacher is that there is literally no end to the good work you could do. Better lesson...
  • That Awkward Week — Tips to Break the Ice in the Classroom

    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...
  • 10 Steps to Maximizing Your First Day Back to School

    This will be my 16th year as a teacher.  Even with years of September experiences, I still approach the first day of school with the same nervousness as my very first. I have learned that every year is different, every group of students unique, and behind each new student’s...
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