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  • Samsung and Lexus Offer Big Prizes for Classrooms Across the Country

    If you are like most teachers, you have plenty of creative ideas for supplementing your curriculum that require just a little more funding than you have available. You can get creative with writing grant proposals (see our teacher grants page HERE), you can get a crowdfunding initiative going with...
  • 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...
  • Fall Crafts

    Five Fun Fall Art Projects

    Fall is in full swing already, and with the season comes a bit of rain and some brisker weather. Leaves are covering the grounds, and you’ve got a classroom full of children. So how can you make this work for you? By making the best of a cloudy, windy...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • The August Mindset: Some Back to the Classroom Resolutions

    It’s August. For many people across the U.S., it’s a fun month when they take a vacation, go camping or head to the beach. For teachers, it means preparing for the upcoming school year or actually starting the school year. It’s a time when we start setting up our...
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  • What’s Working, What’s Not?: A Teacher’s Summer Break Self-Inventory

    If you are a teacher, Summer is one of the best times to do a self-audit. Yes, you are probably still working on school curriculum, programming, student teaching, or even taking classes for your own education. But hopefully your stress levels are much lower than they normally are during...
  • Early Summer Teacher Challenge: Slow Down & Carpe Diem

    I was working the other night at a local wine shop, which is my fun part-time/summer gig because, you know, teachers often need part-time/summer gigs. In my case it’s as much about getting some adult interaction (and, frankly, some quiet time) as it is about making extra cash. You...
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