Scholastic Teacher Express Summer Steals

I love this sale and wait for it every year! The Scholastic Teacher Express store offers great discounts on ebooks and printable worksheets in a variety of subjects. The math ones are my favorite because the girls use them to practice math skills all year long, but there are also mini plays, unit studies, flash…

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Dear Parents: A Plea from Your Child’s Teacher

The following post is from Jennifer, a lifelong educator: Most students are in countdown mode:  they know exactly how many days are left until summer.  Children and teens everywhere envision sleeping in, lazing by the pool, and playing with friends. All of those things are appropriate – when balanced with the realities of responsibility. What…

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Before You Put Too Much Stock in Your Child’s Test Scores, Read This

The following post is from Jennifer, a lifelong educator: Emphasis on test scores in schools today has reached fever pitch.  Students are drilled on how to answer questions, time is spent taking practice tests, and teachers collaborate on how to raise the numbers.  I agree that we need a way to assess the effectiveness of…

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How to Start Their School Days Peacefully

The following post is from Jennifer Burke, a lifelong educator: Have you ever wondered how a teacher keeps 25 children moving calmly through the day?  Chances are she’s trained her students to use procedures.  Instead of treating actions as behaviors, which have positive or negative consequences, a good teacher organizes the classroom so that students…

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How Much Should You Tell the New Teacher?

The following post is from Jennifer Burke, a lifelong educator: With a new school year about to begin, some parents find themselves asking “How much should I tell the new teacher about my child?” For some, it’s easy; your child’s education has been smooth sailing. For parents who have weathered a few storms, though, the answer…

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DIY Teacher Appreciation Gift: Photo Flower Pens
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DIY Teacher Appreciation Gift: Photo Flower Pens

The following post is from Kristina of Toddler Approved: I have intense gift giving anxiety. If I want to thank someone I love or really appreciate, I think about what gift to give to them for weeks and weeks... and then when I can't figure out something special or thoughtful enough, I resort to procrastinating.…

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Extra Credit IS Real Life

I've mentioned before that I had three teachers in junior high and high school who each contributed to my success with their negativity rather than their encouragement. Instead of building me up, like teachers are supposed to, they really did the opposite, both to my face and behind my back. Lately, I've been thinking a…

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Little Seeds

The following post is from Amanda of OhAmanda.com and Impress Your Kids: Spring is Here! One day this week, the kids and I laid on the back porch and drank in the spring weather. The sky was blue, the temperature was 74 and nicely breezy, the birds were singing, the creek was dancing and the…

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