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Combat Bullying By Creating Space

September 13, 2022

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

August 23, 2022

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 a…

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Summer Learning Ideas To Send Home With Students

June 20, 2022

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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Tax Tips for Teachers – Saving Money

April 6, 2022

Once you’re organized, teachers, you need some tax tips for categorizing your expenses to find the best deductions that will help you save money. Always check with your tax professional for how your state laws and individual situation might impact your savings. The recommendations below may not apply to every teacher. Tax Forms: W-2 vs.…

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Taxes for Teachers – Getting Organized

April 4, 2022

 Taxes for teachers can be complicated, especially if teachers are holding down more than one job (as many are).  Polina Mann shares her tips for getting organized and finding deductions (see part 2 on Thursday!).  Please note that Polina is a teacher, not an accountant, and her recommendations are made in the spirit of helping…

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Writing Advice for Teachers and Students From a Professional Writer

March 23, 2022

Since we had a captive audience with professional writer and actor Kate Peterman, of Abbott Elementary, we asked her to include some extra thoughts for teachers who are shaping young writers.   Career Advice What was your path to writing? I went to school for theater and was really into acting. I definitely still love…

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Free Resources For Talking to Kids About Ukraine

March 3, 2022

Here are a few resources you may find helpful as you talk to your kids about Ukraine and current events: Lesson Plans & Teaching Resources For Talking to Kids About Ukraine: Choices Program –A complete lesson plan with talking points, video, and links for additional reading about Ukraine. New York Times Lesson of the Day…

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Recommended Read Aloud Books by Grade

January 24, 2022

Reading aloud to your students is one of the best things you can do to improve literacy and foster a love of reading.    But maybe you’re stuck on what to read this year. Or you’re bored with your regular library and want to read something new to your students for your own entertainment. You…

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Budget Friendly Holiday Gifts To Give Your Students

November 23, 2021

As the holidays roll around, educators often want to get their students a small gift to show how much they love them. But since most are already tapped out financially this time of year and classroom money doesn’t typically cover such luxuries, what’s a teacher to do? Listen, you showing up for class every day…

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Featured Resource: Self-Care You Can Actually Do

November 2, 2021

I know that self-care is a word you don’t want to talk about right now. You’ve got 8000 papers to grade, 4 parent emails to answer graciously, a slew of lesson plans to create, and no planning periods with which to plan. I understand that I shouldn’t suggest bubble baths, chocolate, or long walks (nice…

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