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    Quality Teachers Can't Find Jobs

    Quality Teachers Can't Find Jobs
    In all of my years of teaching, I have never seen so many of my colleagues stressed and out of work. It deeply concerns me and it should concern our nation more than it does. More parents and business leaders should be sending letters to our nation's capitol and marching on state legislatures to protect teacher positions and school programs. This ...
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    55 Things a New Teacher Should Know

    55 Things a New Teacher Should Know
    This week's question for Julia is from a member who has just begun a teacher certification program and isn't sure what happens when you first become a teacher. *_Dear Julia,_* I have just begun a teacher certification program. What I want to know is what happens after you are hired and before the school year starts? Are you shown to your ...
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    How Teachers Can Work with Divorced Parents

    Julia- I’ve got a lot of divorced parents in my class. How do I go about conferences? Do I do them separately or invite both sets to one conference? It’s probably a silly question, and I don’t want to ask the teachers in my grade until I get a better idea what other schools do. Thanks a bunch- Angie h4. Dear ...
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    20 Powerful Quotes for Teachers

    20 Powerful Quotes for Teachers
    If you're a teacher, it's important that you be constantly reminded how powerful your profession is and to be inspired to continue. These quotes were shared with me by members on Teaching, and I think reading this list of quotes by famous and not-so-famous teachers will help lift the spirits of educators everywhere. I've placed each quote on a separate page ...
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    Powerful Quotes for Teachers

    Quote #1:If kids come to us from strong, healthy functioning families, it makes our job easier. If they do not come to us from strong, healthy, functioning families, it makes our job more important. -Barbara Colorose Continue to Quote #2 → [page] Quote #2:Teachers affect eternity; no one can tell where their influence stops. Henry Brooks Adams Continue to Quote ...
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    Dear Julia Advice for Teachers

    Dear Julia Advice for Teachers
    Dear Julia, I am currently in the military and I plan on getting out and going to school starting next fall. Couple questions: How hard is it to teach and coach a high school sport at the same time? I really want to coach soccer. Also, I love math, but I don't think I could take all the math classes that ...
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    Funniest Ways to Quit

    We’ve all been there — you’re sitting at your desk or laying in bed actively imagining the infinite ways you could tell your lunatic boss “I quit!” Throwing him your resignation, haphazardly stuffing a box full of your most precious desk knick-knacks, and five-fiving coworkers as you bound out of the office, never to return again. Dream all you want, ...
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    Is it Possible to Live on a Teacher's Salary?

    Is it Possible to Live on a Teacher's Salary?
    Dear Madison, I just finished my first year of college. I'm an undecided major, but I've always thought about teaching. I love kids and think I'd be really good at it. With the economy the way it is though I'm not sure I should be a teacher. I won't make enough money to make a good living. I'm thinking about becoming ...
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    Relationships in the First-Year Teacher’s Classroom

    Relationships in the First-Year Teacher’s Classroom
    As my first year of teaching moves forward, I am beginning to see the impact of relationships I have with my students. We all know from personal experience and moving stories we’ve heard that a relationship between a child with few resources and a teacher or coach who can provide some stability can affect the course of that student’s life. To ...
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    The Back-2-School Checklist for Teachers

    The Back-2-School Checklist for Teachers
    Dear Julia- I just got my first teaching job. I’m not working a second job this summer, and I’ve just reached a “bored” point. I’ve completed my personal to-do list for and I’m going to school in just three weeks! Are there things I can do before school starts to get ready so I don’t panic once pre-planning starts? Thanks, Susan ...
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    What Do Students Value in a Teacher?

    Want to know what students want in a teacher? I did too. So I asked them. Be sure to watch the whole thing—the last student really brings the noise. (If your school blocks YouTube, try watching it here.) That’s as good an argument as I could ever make for asking students what’s wrong with education. Too bad we don’t do ...
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    A Higher Calling Deserves a Friendly Answer

     A Higher Calling Deserves a Friendly Answer
    My mother knew I was going to be a teacher when she tripped over my stuffed animals and me in the narrow hallway of my childhood. Of course I had them in a perfect straight line. “But my Cabbage Patch Kids have to go to the bathroom, Mama”, I protested as she sternly asked me to pick them up from the ...
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    Transitioning to a New Grade- Help!

    Transitioning to a New Grade- Help!
    This week's question for Julia is from a member who has just switched from teaching the elementary level to middle school. Julia has great suggestions for how to accomplish more during the day and tackle bad behavior. Dear Julia, I have taught for several years at the Elementary level. This year is my first year teaching middle school that instructs about ...
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    Focus on What You Have, Not on What You Don't

    Focus on What You Have, Not on What You Don't
    If you constantly focus on what you don’t have, you will never fully appreciate what you do have. -Sharron Scott (yours truly) It's true, if you constantly focus on what you don't have, you'll never see what you do have. Think about it: If someone gave you 3/4 of a wonderfully delicious chocolate cake, and all you could focus on was ...
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    A Poem For Disruptive Students

    A Poem For Disruptive Students
    I wrote this poem earlier this school year. I used this poem to teach students about analyzing poetry as well as theme and narration. They were really engaged in this lesson. I SEE YOU You make strange noises OR You laugh at things That are not funny OR Maybe you FART LOUD and SMELLY Because your voice has Been silenced By ...
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    Dear Julia: Trouble with Team Teaching

    Dear Julia: Trouble with Team Teaching
    This week's question for Julia was posed by a teacher having trouble team teaching. Even if you aren't team teaching, she offers great advice on how to work with another teacher- even when you don't agree. _Dear Julia-_ _I've just started team teaching this year. My cooperative teacher is about twice my age, and seems like a great teacher. Our class ...
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    Dear Julia Advice Column for Educators

    Dear Julia Advice Column for Educators
    Teaching is listening, and what we've heard is that you need extra support dealing with difficult students and difficult situations you face as a teacher. If you have a question and need the help of a seasoned teacher, here's your chance. Send your question in a message to Dear Julia, acclaimed author, Julia G. Thompson. Julia will answer your question in ...
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    Dear Julia: Help! Principal Problems

    Dear Julia: Help! Principal Problems
    Dear Julia, I have had a couple of altercations with my administration that has left me feeling unvalued and unappreciated. I feel that they are very unprofessional and I have spent many sleepless nights trying to figure out how to handle the situation. First, I teach in a "unique" community of wealth and power. The administration is the poorest I have ...
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    Dealing with Disruptive Students

    Dealing with Disruptive Students
    There are two students in the same class. They don't know each other. One soph. HS girl very large and unattactive never speaks, sometimes sleeps, only does assignments when she is prodded; and then very little. She is failiing badly. She has very rude behavior, pushing like a defensive line man; leaves the class room to go to the bath room ...
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    How to Find Class Management Balance

    How to Find Class Management Balance
    Dear Julia- I am currently a substitute teacher and am looking for a full time teaching job. I am a beginning teacher so I am learning new things everyday. My biggest problem seems to be finding a balance between being strict and being relaxed. In some schools I teach in being strict works well however in the older grades it seems ...
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