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  • Teacher Week at the Beach 2018 Announced

    Teacher Week at the Beach returns to the Jersey Shore in 2018! The event, produced by Plymouth Rock/Teachers’ Insurance Plan of NJ, will take place at Jenkinson’s Boardwalk in Point Pleasant Beach July 18-20. All the details on the event — including times, giveaways, and events are going to...
  • Five Ways to Create a Classroom That Manages Itself

    Classroom management is what makes or breaks your lessons. It is what keeps new teachers up at night, and what even the veteran teacher longs to improve. It is, I believe, the KEY to good teaching. Classroom management incorporates everything that needs to happen in order for a lesson...
  • Reap the Benefits of a School Garden Program This Spring

    Spring is finally here, or so they say. Despite the cold temperatures and the powdery white stuff that keeps coming, the days are getting longer, and the thermometer is slowly creeping higher…thankfully! Now is a great time to begin planning for your spring classroom activities. One of the most...
  • Autism Awareness Month – 8 Resources to Help Make Your Classroom Autism Friendly

      April kicks off autism awareness month: a month to focus on a disorder that impacts every school, every teacher, and an increasingly high number of families in every state in the nation. According to CBS News, autism spectrum disorders (ASD) impact 1 in 41 children in the U.S....
  • Going for Gold on Your Next Observation

    In our NJ teacher evaluation systems, scoring 4´s in everything is literally impossible. I laughed out loud when I attended the introductory meeting to Danielson and they told me that scoring 3’s were good and should be our goal, while 4’s were extraordinary, and in fact, not every lesson...
  • A NJ Teachers’ Guide to Fun Spring Break Day Trips

    There’s no need to travel far for spring break when you live in New Jersey. So many local attractions all over the state, make staying home an alluring option. There are so many awesome places to explore, and family things to do without going far or spending much. Teachers...
  • Teachers of NJ: “Prepping the Heart” and the Lessons for an At-Risk Trenton Classroom

    NJ Teachers’ Lounge is excited to continue its Teachers of New Jersey series in 2018. This editorial series is curated by photojournalist, Gregory Andrus, creator of the social media series, Portraits of the Jersey Shore. These stories highlight the joys, struggles, and personal reflections that surround being a teacher....
  • A Female Science Teacher’s Open Letter to Her Future Female Scientists

    NJTL Editor’s note: With Women’s History Month approaching, we reached out to a very distinguished female educator and former professional chemist, to share her thoughts on the past and future of women in science. Maria DeBruin, NJ’s 2017-18 Milken Educator Award winner, responded with this very personal and very...
  • Why Team Teaching is Like a Marriage (and How to Keep the Magic Alive)

    If you’ve ever been in a team teaching partnership, you know exactly what I mean. Team teaching can be an incredibly rewarding experience, or the exact opposite. If you think about it, in the course of a week, our colleagues likely see us more than our family members do....
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