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“Peanut Butter! Peanut Butter!” squeals a spirited 3rd grader and instantly everyone stops,  racing over to see what’s   been found this time.  You see, “peanut butter” is the code word students agreed upon to alert others when they find something cool. Read more here

Summer break is an American institution. A time when students across the nation leave their intensive classes and venture off to the woods, the pool, the mountains, and the basement. Read more here.

Teaching my 8th graders not just to read, but to love to read has been my main goal. I have instinctively known (and confirmed with research and data) that if they read more, they would read better, and all the things like test scores and whatever else the people in charge deem important would follow. …..Read more here.

The idea behind having a variety of ages, or grades, in one classroom, should not be a foreign concept. On any given day, most adults interact with individuals from an assortment of populations: family members, co-workers, neighbors, service personnel, teammates, etc…Read more.

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Word Sorts: A Pre-Reading Strategy for Frustrated Students and Teachers

August 20th, 2017|1 Comment

If I were to ask my middle schoolers what the hardest subject is for them, I can tell you right now, a majority (especially sixth graders), would say science. Even though my kids typically love [...]

Positive Reinforcement: When Do We Want It? NOW

August 20th, 2017|0 Comments

While I realize that effective classroom management is essential to effective teaching and learning, I sometimes worry that we educators over-do it.  Are we failing to inspire a basic desire to do the right thing?  [...]

Keep That Smartphone Out: Teaching in the Age of Technology

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Most educators in today's world remember a time when access to technology was difficult to come by. For instance, my family didn't have internet access until I was in junior high, and even then, those [...]

The Solar Eclipse-A Unique Teaching Opportunity

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The Solar Eclipse-A Unique Teaching Opportunity On August 21st, 2017, we will see something amazing. For the first time in over 30 years, there will be a total solar eclipse. This is when the moon [...]

Back To School Hacks: Digitize Your Syllabus and Lesson Plans!

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This year I'm going back to school with a twist - I'm going to digitize my syllabus and lesson plans! A few years back I experimented with different ways to engage students on the first [...]

What to Change Behavior? Start With Class Meetings in Special Education

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When thinking about classroom management, class meetings could be the answer to most of your problems. Just think about it. One of the biggest causes of classroom management issues is that students come in with [...]

Want to Be Ready for Middle School? Start With These 4 Skills

August 14th, 2017|0 Comments

Other than the first day of kindergarten, the first day of middle school may be one of the most anxiety-producing days for students and parents alike. The good news is that you and your child [...]

Teaching Gender Equality in a High School Classroom

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  Following recent events, it's impossible not to recognize how divided our nation has become. We as teachers have our own unique and individual opinions based on our own experiences and education, and so do [...]

Do You Want Students to Do Better In Class? If So, Try Working on Their Executive Function Skills

August 14th, 2017|0 Comments

"Executive Functioning Skills. Executive Function. What is that and what does it have to do with my classroom?" These are the questions I asked myself walking into the New Jersey LDT-C Fall Symposium in 2016. [...]

Teaching in a Post-Union World

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The week before school begins, our education association is fortunate enough to sit down with the new educators hired in our district and encourage them to sign-up for our association. While this seemed pretty cut-and-dry [...]

We Must Teach the Worst of our History; Not Glorify It

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As I write this, it's not yet 24 hours since Charlottesville, Virginia erupted in violence at the hands of white supremacists. What happened there, how we respond to it, and what must happen next is [...]

LGBT Perspectives in the Middle School Classroom

August 14th, 2017|2 Comments

There has recently been a lot of buzz around a new short animated film entitled “In a Heartbeat.” I first saw it being shared on Facebook, and since it was posted on July 31st, it [...]

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