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I just moved from a charter school to a public school, and I'm honestly a little confused about how to make the best use of my union. I'd love feedback!

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Is your school offering anything for oversized classes? We're getting a stipend, $1000 extra per year per child over our target class size.

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How can I work to meet the needs of students with a large class size?

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I have a difficult time not taking stress from school home with me. What are some ways you separate school and home?

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I'm back to in-person learning, and I'm noticing my elementary kiddos are so much faster at completing work on the computer. I want to use technology, but I also want to make sure they're … more

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What technology are you provided by your IT department? We're given laptops and tablets, although I'm not sure how to best leverage use of my iPad.

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Does your school have any kind of harvest/Thanksgiving celebration?

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How do you work with a parent who doesn't like the curriculum your school is using?

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What are some ways I can help my middle school students build leadership skills in the classroom?

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Who is the most calming person in your building? I don't know what it is, but the lunch ladies at my elementary school always put a smile on my face.

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Big interview tomorrow! How do you prepare for job interviews and what are your best tips for success?

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What is your #1 tip for staying on track with correcting? I hate falling behind but can never seem to avoid it.

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How do you address bullying in your classroom?

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Looking to buy a new laptop, what do you use and would you recommend it?

I have quite horrific penmanship. Some might say the worst in the whole world. If you can relate, what are your best tips for giving feedback/presenting info to students. Mine is that for essays - I a… more

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Best tips for teaching tedious texts like Shakespeare, The Illiad, etc.? My students and I are suffering with a long road ahead LOL

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I love wearing graphic tees - the punnier and cornier the better. Anyone else? What are you favorite shops for shirts with funny quotes for the classroom?

Anyone use attendance questions? Would love some fun ideas!

How far in advance should you start planning instate field trips?

Do you have a favorite water bottle? If I forget my Stanley at home I feel distraught (and dehydrated)!

I'm an elementary teacher, and I have limited space to store my hands-on manipulatives. What are some organizational items that have helped keep your classroom tidy?

I was asked to present a PD at our next PD Day on Literacy. It's my first presentation, and I'm nervous. Any advice?

What kind of translation services are available for students and families in your district?

I would love ideas on how to make our morning announcements more fun. Thoughts?

What are your favorite news resources for middle school students?

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Trying out flexible seating for the first time this year! Any tips on making the transition successful?

I have a kindergartener who is consistently 15-20 minutes late 3-4 times a week. I want to be empathetic and understanding, but they're also having a really difficult time adjusting in the morning… more

Does your school allow you to participate in Donor's Choose?

Does anyone tutor on the side? What do you typically charge for an hour?

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Favorite activites to build classroom community with your elementary students?

I'm on FMLA, and I return to my classroom October 1st. How can I set my sub and students up for success at the beginning of the year?

Has your parent handbook been translated into other languages?

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What open-house activities do you plan for families?

Do you use a seating chart, or do you let students choose where to sit?

How much did you receive for classroom supplies this year. I just found out I have $460, that's more than I've ever had.

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Do you leave campus for lunch or eat at school?

Do you still teach your students to use a planner? Or do you teach them to use a digital tool like Google Calendar?

Is anyone else teaching in a school without air? What are some ways you keep your classroom cool?

I'm creating a "First Day of School" slide deck with an about me and classroom expectations. What are some other must-haves you would include?

Does anyone else get overly excited about their first day of school outfit?

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