It’s the day that many of us teachers look forward to all year long- the last day of school. So just like any great year, we have some end of the year memes just for teachers…..Read more.

“Oh you are a teacher? It must be so nice to have two months off. I just have a normal job with only two weeks’ vacation.” We have all heard it. And to be honest…read more

When the end of the year comes around, we teachers like to take that last snapshot of our classroom and the wonderful contents in it. Sometimes we get more than we bargain for; sometimes tears are shed. Read more here.

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s gift to high school social studies teachers is Hamilton, his Pulitzer and Tony award winning play.  Using musical theatre, he rescued history from the mind-numbing facts listed in textbooks.. Read more.



Teacher Resignation Accepted

June 30th, 2016|0 Comments

Guest Post: By Patricia Wood  August 2004- Jan 2016 Resigned. My teaching career is over. “Hey Mr. S, can I talk to you for a minute?” I poked my head into my principal’s office, hoping [...]

Classroom Engagement: Signals that Work

June 29th, 2016|0 Comments

It’s my favorite lesson to plug into the start of the school year. Before I start I want to say that, in the tradition of great teachers and great teaching, I totally stole this and [...]

Just Keep Swimming: What Dory Teaches Us About Disabilities

June 28th, 2016|0 Comments

  My kids and I loved Finding Nemo, so when I found out that there was going to be a Sensory Friendly viewing of Finding Dory, my husband and I jumped at the opportunity to [...]

Those Dreaded Words-“I’m Already Done!”

June 27th, 2016|0 Comments

No matter how precisely I plan I always end up with a couple of students who finish some activities early. I used to say what most teachers say, for them to read silently, but I’ve [...]

More Tales from the Dark Side… Best Parent Conference Ever

June 24th, 2016|2 Comments

You are sitting at your desk after a long Thursday, drinking your cold coffee.  No, it's not iced coffee; it's just left over from this morning. You open your email and your stomach turns over. The [...]

Education Consultation: Passing on Your Expertise

June 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

I get emails all the time asking questions about how I started my own school, emails that I gladly answer, but usually end up going no further than an initial contact, for whatever reason. This [...]

Fostering an Independent Three-Year-Old

June 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

Children are capable of so much more than society gives them credit for.  Helicopter parenting is becoming increasingly common and children are being required to do less and less for themselves.  Sure, it's easier to do [...]

4 Questions to Celebrate Your School Year

June 21st, 2016|0 Comments

As I write this I’m seven school days away from summer vacation. At this time, I’m filled with the usual mixture of emotions. I’m excited to recharge and relax. I’m sad to be saying goodbye [...]

“I Wrote You a Sonnet, Instead” at the Intersection of Hip-Hop and Tragedy

June 20th, 2016|1 Comment

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s gift to high school social studies teachers is Hamilton, his Pulitzer and Tony award winning play.  Using musical theatre, he rescued history from the mind-numbing facts listed in textbooks and gave students an alternative narrative, a hip-hop [...]

Dewey in 2016: Still Relevant?

June 20th, 2016|0 Comments

When I was pursuing my master’s in education, I spent a great deal of time examining the philosophies of various critical theorists. Vygotsky, Piaget, Freire, Montessori, Gardner, Pestalozzi and a whole host of other big [...]

6 Ways for Teachers to Earn Some Extra Money From Home

June 18th, 2016|0 Comments

It's the summer and many teachers are thankful for a short break to recalibrate and refocus for the upcoming school year. We are no longer confined to using the restroom in under 30 seconds or [...]

Tales from the Dark Side… of Parent Teacher Conferences

June 17th, 2016|0 Comments

I have a friend who retired after many years as a Superintendent of Schools with many accolades and awards, a highly respected professional. When interviewed by her local paper, she was asked if, given the [...]

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