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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!

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

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

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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?

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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?

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

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

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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?

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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

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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?

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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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Anyone know someone interested in an Elementary Art Teacher position? My district is hiring.

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What open-house activities do you plan for families?

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

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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?

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

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

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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?

I took paternity leave in April of 2022 and applied for NJ FMLA. I received the debit card in the mail but no money was added to it. It’s says online there was info missing in my paperwork. I’ve sent … more

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Looking for ideas. We are short staffed and I got 8th grade lunch duty this year. It’s one other teacher and myself with 130+ wild animals 😳. I’m an eighth grade teacher myself and I love that age… more

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I teach eighth grade ELA. What’s everyone do on the first day of school? I’ve been at this a long time but I’m always looking for new creative ideas!

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I asked awhile ago about support groups in north Jersey. I work in Bergen and live in Essex, however there are none. I am interested in starting something with other teachers, we can get together and … more

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Is my school district the only one who is pretending like COVID is over?

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I am curious about the student loan forgiveness program. Normally my husband and I make combined anywhere from 100 to 110,000 a year last year I worked nothing but overtime tutoring and home instructi… more

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Did your school hire more counselors for the upcoming school year?

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Persistence paid off. Last Thursday I got offered a salaried position to teach preschool in a public school about 20 minutes from my house. It is not tenured because it is a leave replacement but at l… more

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Any advice for a new LDT-C? It’ll be my first year not teaching after over 7 years and I can’t even imagine what to expect!

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

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Has anyone made the leap from in-person instruction to virtual school? Do you regret anything?

How are you spending the last few weeks of summer?

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I've mostly had wonderful para educators. This year, I've been assigned a para who is notorious for sitting on her phone. How can I build a positive relationship and set boundaries?

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I was asked to share my lesson plans with my grade level by admin. I worked really hard on them, and I love to help. However, I'm now being asked to teach others the tech I used and clarify. It… more

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What are some of your favorite inclusive sayings for referring to the children in your classroom?

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