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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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    Mistakes to Avoid in December

    Mistakes to Avoid in December
    December can be such a stressful time of year for all educators. Don't make it worse by falling into one of these bad habits. Here is a short list of the mistakes that you can avoid this month to make your job successful. Read now: 7 Mistakes to Avoid in December >>
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    The Gift Dilemma for Teachers

    The Gift Dilemma for Teachers
    From the First-Year Teacher’s Survival Guide December can be an extremely stressful month for teachers everywhere. One of the stressors for many teachers is deciding how to manage students who come to class bearing gifts. Perhaps this excerpt can help you with this problem. “While it is gratifying to receive presents from students, you should never encourage students to give you ...
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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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    Avoiding an Ulcer and Other Health Problems

    Avoiding an Ulcer and Other Health Problems
    There's an issue we need to talk about before it's too late, and that is your mental and physical health. This issue often gets ignored in the rush to worry about lesson plans, classroom management and actually teaching your students, and understandably so: many of us are hard-wired to be dedicated far beyond what we're asked to do. That is, of ...
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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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    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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    Handling Mountains of Paperwork and IEPs

    Handling Mountains of Paperwork and IEPs
    Dear Julia, I am a special education teacher and have A LOT of paperwork on and surrounding my desk. I have tried numerous ways to organize my paperwork and would really appreciate some ideas and help! Especially with managing and organizing my student's IEP's. Thanks. Amanda Hi Amanda, Your concern is one of the most common ones that teachers everywhere share. ...
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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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    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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    What Veteran Teachers Wish They Knew Before Their First Day

    What Veteran Teachers Wish They Knew Before Their First Day
    It's okay to be worried or nervous going into the first day of school, especially if you're a brand new teacher. Yet even those of us who have been in the classroom for years still get anxious and may even overlook some of the wisdom we've accumulated from time to time. Knowing this was a question on the mind of many ...
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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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    10 Secrets to the Best School Year Ever

    10 Secrets to the Best School Year Ever
    I have been teaching about 30 years now and I still love teaching! I have taught all grade levels including the university level and I still feel the same way. After teaching special education classes for 28 years in public schools, I now teach teachers getting their master’s degree in special education and write a blog called Successful Teaching. I really ...
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