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  • Classroom Activities for the Week of Respect

    This article is written by motivational speaker, Mike Marsteller. The first week of October means it’s the Week of Respect for schools in New Jersey.  I am sure your school has many activities going on and I encourage you to look at this week as an opportunity to connect...
  • DONORSCHOOSE.ORG: Funding For Your Classroom!

    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...
  • 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 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...
  • Hired and Afraid: Getting Over Your First Year Teacher Fears

    You filled out the endless online applications, you put together a stellar portfolio of achievements, you killed it during your sample lesson, and what do you know- you got the job. You really did it, you-got-the-job. You are a REAL teacher. All of your years of schooling, student teacher...
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    The Real Deal with the Back to School Blues

    Well folks, it’s August — the Sunday night of months. Oh sure, we still have a few weeks left to wake up when it’s light out and to use the bathroom whenever we darn well please. But August is when BTSD sets in for real. For you non-teachers, that’s...
  • Free and Reduced Price Tickets and Resources for NJ Teachers

    Summer break may still have a week or two remaining, but as teachers, we never really stop, do we? Teaching is one of those 24 hours, 365 days a year jobs. Time off is really time to catch up, plan ahead, and cross items off the to-do list! We...
  • 7 STEM Education Experiments to Try With Your Kids This Summer

    Summer is here, which means it’s time to decompress and slowly start to prepare for the upcoming school year. This is the perfect time to plan out some fun STEM experiments for your class that you can try out on your own kids first. It’s fun, educational, and it’s...
  • Coming to Terms With “Summer Break Blues”

    The teaching year has a rhythm all its own. If any profession has a special relationship with seasons and holidays, it’s teaching. The back-to-school transition is nearly synonymous with the start of autumn. The middle of the school year is like two campaigns against the magnetic draws of winter...
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