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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 10 Money Saving Apps for Frugal Teachers

    You know the stats: according to NPR.org and the Huffington Post, teachers are spending around $500- $1,000 of their own money on classroom supplies each and every year. That really adds up. As a teacher you spend money on other people’s kids. Whether it’s out of pure necessity, or...
  • Hands-on, Hydroponic “STEM carts” Come to NJ Classrooms

    Gardening has a whole new look. While outside gardens are always nice, there are new vertical gardens happening inside, without the sun,  and minus the dirt. It’s called hydroponics —  an extremely efficient, sustainable, compact, and successful way to garden. Some are even calling this, the future of gardening....
  • Editor’s Picks: Eight Great Teacher Blogs from 2017

    Well, it’s been a great year of fun and engaging NJ Teachers’ Lounge blogs. As Editor, I never cease to be inspired by the heart of our state’s teachers and their impressive dedication amidst the myriad challenges they face.   In celebration of our first full year of publishing,...
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    5 Simple Classroom Organizing Solutions

    In Search of the Uncluttered Classroom: 5 Simple Classroom Organizing Solutions Clutter is the enemy of learning. It creates tension, stress and can be completely overwhelming. It’s hard enough to sleep well in a bedroom that is cluttered, let alone trying to teach and learn in a classroom that...
  • Want Empathetic Students? Keep Them Reading Literature.

      “If you just learn a single trick, Scout, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view…until you climb inside his skin and walk around in it.” These words, spoken by...
  • 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...
  • A Student-Curated Reading List to Combat Learning Loss

    With the holidays just around the corner, most teachers are gearing up for some time off and some much needed rest and relaxation. While these breaks can a wonderful time to re-charge for both teachers and students, sometimes progress made throughout the semester can be lost. For example, in 2015,...
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