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  • 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....
  • The Best Movies to Show Your Students About U.S. Presidents

    During the month of February, most teachers look forward to President’s Day because it’s a day off on the academic calendar! However, that doesn’t mean you can’t tie in some sort of academic content in reference to that specific day leading up to it. Social Studies lessons and reading...
  • 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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