Combat Bullying By Creating Space

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While bullying at school has certainly evolved over the years with the onset of technology and social media, the basic problem persists among younger people. Yet it remains a tricky issue to manage in a school, often occurring in subtle verbal or emotional ways rather than the more noticeable physical bullying. Although we know every…

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How To Start the School Year Great

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For many teachers, the first part of the year brings an array of emotions, from excitement and optimistic anticipation to flat out anxiety and fear. Especially if you’re not a fan of the unknown, it’s scary to peer over the edge of a gorge full of untold future experiences. Your students may still feel like…

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How To Connect With Students Before School Starts

When I was a teacher, I resisted anything school-related during the summer. I honestly just wanted to be left alone and have a clean break from the job that drained so much from me during the school year. So I bristled at any summer PD, book studies, or other tasks. I did my job, but…

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Round-up of Best Pinterest Classroom Ideas

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Hey, teachers! We sure hope this message finds you lounging poolside with your favorite drink, soaking up the sun and the freedom and rest that comes with summer. While nobody is ready to think about next school year quite yet, we know it’s always in the back of your minds as you navigate your summer…

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What We’re Wishing For During 2022-2023 School Year

If you could be granted one wish for the 2022-23 school year, what would it be? Manageable class sizes? Parents who instinctively trust you? More contracted planning time? Perfectly-behaved students? Each of these things would bring multiple benefits cascading down onto teachers–and ultimately their students. But they are unlikely to come about due to the…

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Why Teachers Should Travel During Their Summer

As a teacher, your own mind, body, and soul are often set aside or even buried under taking care of everyone else’s. You are often told to “remember self-care,” and it’s easy to roll your eyes when it comes from people who just don’t get it. It’s not that easy for teachers to take time…

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Summer Jobs For Teachers

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Here at ETED, we believe wholeheartedly that teachers desperately need to decompress during the summer. Thus, we present the following suggestions for summer jobs for teachers with fear and trembling and a caveat: The Caveat After all, you magically squeezed an entire year’s worth of work into 9.5 calendar months. We know the job never…

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Summer Learning Ideas To Send Home With Students

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When I taught school, parents approached me at the end of every year, asking for summer learning ideas for their students to keep their skills sharp and avoid the perennial summer learning loss. I’d often direct them to some online resources or tell them to work through the unused pages of our workbooks from class. …

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Ending The School Year Strong

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No matter how dreamy or difficult the school year has been, you are weary, worn down, and likely running out of patience. Ending the school year strong feels like a pipe dream. But don’t let the prospect of sleeping in and not dealing with daily discipline issues overshadow the last moments you have to create…

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Summer Training for Teachers That is Actually Useful

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What Pandemic Teaching Taught Us These last few years have been a wild ride. When the pandemic slammed everything shut, everyone had to learn a new way of life. Schools shut down, and teachers reinvented the wheel, teaching from behind computers and spending countless hours trying to reach their students in new ways.  Over the…

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