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  • 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...
  • Top Summer 2018 Professional Development Opportunities for NJ Teachers

    Top Summer 2018 Professional Development Opportunities for NJ Teachers   As teachers, we don’t just love to teach, we love to learn. And with summer finally here, we leave behind the daily grind of lesson planning, grading, and lesson prep. It’s time to get ourselves back into the classroom...
  • 9 Amazing Summer Reading Lists for Kids

    The summer months unquestionably come with many perks–longer, warmer days, visits with family and friends at the beach or by the pool, and time off to curl up with a book that you’ve been waiting to crack open all school year. Maybe your students or your own children are...
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