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  • Teachers of New Jersey: From Fallujah to Matawan–A Destiny Shaped by Special Needs

    Editor’s Note: This story was one of the first Teachers of NJ stories we ever ran on the Teachers’ Lounge. It was one of our most popular incarnations of the story, but since it’s over one year old, and we have a whole new audience, we figured we’d share...
  • 10 Teacher Memes for Surviving the Last Month of School

    10 Teacher Memes for Surviving the Last Month of School

    We are soooooo cloooooseto the finish line. The end of school festivities will soon be under way, and if everything goes right you’ll be basking in your new collection of “World’s Greatest Teacher” mugs, Starbucks gift cards, and potted flowers. Hang in there…May is only 31 days; it can’t...
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    Celebrate Latino Book Month in Your Class this May

    Did you know that Latinos make up about 15% of the United States population?  And did you know that only 2% of the children’s books published each year are written by or about Latinos.  With such a disparity, educators have a great opportunity to bring some of the great...
  • The Educator’s Quest for Google Certification: Hangouts, Sites, Forms

    The Educator’s Quest for Google Certification: Hangouts, Sites, Forms

    Hangouts, Sites, Forms We started our journey by examining the overall benefits of acquiring the Google Certification Level I to both you the teacher and the students.  In our first leg of the journey, we discovered the advantageous uses of Gmail, Calendar, and Drive to help with our organization...
  • Teachers of NJ: Making Good People, not just Good Students

    Teachers of NJ: Making Good People, not just Good Students

    Ronald Heitmann, Lake Riviera Middle School, Brick, 7th Grade English and Science   24 years ago, I got my job here in Brick at Lake Riviera. I coach track, I advise the school newspaper, and I run the drama club, too. I love it. I actually used to be...
  • Save the Date – Teacher Week at the Beach 2019 Dates Announced!

    Save the Date – Teacher Week at the Beach 2019 Dates Announced!

    Teacher Week at the Beach is back for the fourth year running! Mark your calendars for Wednesday, July 31 – Friday, August 2. That’s when Plymouth Rock’s Teachers’ Insurance Plan will be giving away free passes to the beach and other venues to registered teachers and their guests.  Dates...
  • 7 Garden Starter Ideas for Your Classroom

    Gardening is a fantastic way to get kids off of electronic devices and outside doing something active. As the wise Robin Williams once said, “spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s Party!’” Get students excited about plants and science with these 7 fun garden starter ideas. These are cute...
  • 7 Reasons You’ll Love Being Married to a Teacher

    7 Reasons You’ll Love Being Married to a Teacher

    So… you’re marrying a teacher? Yes it’s true, you’ll never be able to go anywhere in public without stopping to talk to someone and, most likely, you’ll be asked to save items around the house for random science projects. You may even have to occasionally confiscate the laptop from...
  • Rethinking the Phone-Free Classroom

    Rethinking the Phone-Free Classroom

    Photo Credit: https://www.overyondr.com/howitworks One of my colleagues recently agreed to have her classroom used as a test group for a product called YONDR (pictured above). It’s a pouch that locks students’ cell phones inside with a magnet; students must then wait for the unlocking base to release them. The...
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