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Service Projects in the Classroom

December 13, 2021

Dear Anne, When I was a 6th grader I met you inside the pages of your diary. Remember how you wanted to become an author? Even though your life was cut short before your 16th birthday, your book was published by your father. In the years since, your amazing words have touched millions including mine.…

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What the latest TikTok fads say about how Americans view teachers

November 15, 2021

Teachers, we know this analysis of the Tiktok fads is not news to you. We know you diagnosed this problem long before the rest of the nation picked its head up to notice. We’re writing this here for you to feel seen, for you to feel supported, and for you to share with administrators and…

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How To Find Free and Cheap Classroom Stuff

October 20, 2021

Need new things for your classroom? On a budget? Struggling to find cheap items for your room? Whether you want a pair of string lights for the reading corner or need books for your shelves, here are a few tips beyond hitting the local thrift store or eBay for classroom items: Buy Nothing Groups on…

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Classroom Frights: How To Carry On In the Classroom During A Pandemic

October 18, 2021

Just one month prior to the Great Covid Shutdown of March 2020, my homeroom class single-handedly shut down an entire grade–and subsequently the whole elementary school–with a super spreading flu. I’ve never in my 13 years of teaching seen something spread so quickly. Those kids dropped like flies. (And yes, it was “just” the flu.)…

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Diversity In The Classroom

October 4, 2021

Growing up, I would always get so excited and happy when my teachers had books, images, or anything that featured someone who looked like me. I am half African American, a quarter Caucasian, and a quarter Filipina; I have what I would call caramel skin and curly dark brown hair. When I felt represented and…

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Practical Ways To Help Teachers This Year

September 5, 2021

As awareness of the current plight of teachers grows, you may find well-meaning offers of help (and we hope you do) flood your inbox. But it can be daunting to type out what you need when you’re just trying to stay afloat. So we made a list for you. Copy and share this with your…

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Technology For Teaching Music (Even When Singing Is Prohibited)

September 2, 2021

In March of 2020 when the pandemic hit, many teachers had to rapidly adjust the way that they were teaching. Most had to switch to online learning and present their content online in lieu of in-person instruction. This change was particularly drastic for music teachers, whose everyday teaching includes singing and many group games. All…

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Why Teachers Quit – It Isn’t Just About The Money

August 12, 2021

When you hear of a teacher who has decided to leave the profession, it’s easy to assume the reason was related to salary. Teacher pay has been a hot topic for decades as it has not seemed to keep pace with inflation over time,  but usually, pay is very low on a list of reasons…

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Time Management for Teachers

August 5, 2021

Chasing The Golden Snitch As a teacher, time is something you will often chase like the elusive golden snitch. In addition to, well, teaching, your profession includes a long list of administrative tasks; they aren’t kidding when they say it’s like spinning plates. Many days will fly by so quickly that your head may be…

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An Open Letter (We Wish We Could Send) To Parents

May 22, 2021

Dear Parents,    Please don’t read this letter and think “ingratitude.” We really do appreciate the donuts in the teacher’s lounge or the carefully orchestrated notes from students, expressing their thanks. These things are good and appreciated, and will fuel teachers to finish well and finish strong. Keep ‘em comin’.    There’s something else that…

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