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How to Budget Lump-Sum Summer Pay

By Andrew Hawk Summer months bring teachers a much-deserved break from the daily routines and challenges of teaching. However, summer can bring its own set of challenges depending on how school districts choose to distribute teachers’ pay during these months. … Continue reading

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Summer SMART Goals for Teachers

By Andrew Hawk SMART is an acronym for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound. This describes the type of goals many teachers make at the beginning of a school year. These goals are tracked throughout the year, and the success … Continue reading

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Ideas for End-of-the-School-Year Celebrations

By Andrew Hawk It’s hard to believe, but another school year is nearing its conclusion. The weather is finally turning warm again after what was a brutal winter in many states. Practices for warm weather sports have resumed. This time … Continue reading

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10 Inexpensive Ideas for DIY Fidget Toys

By Andrew Hawk Restlessness in the classroom is a challenge for both students and teachers. This is especially true on wintry or rainy days when outdoor recess and activities are not viable options. Students’ attention can quickly wane, leaving them … Continue reading

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Tips for Nailing Your Teacher Evaluation

By Andrew Hawk The process for evaluating teachers has greatly changed in the last generation. Teachers today live in the age of accountability. My school system uses a rigorous evaluation method encompassing observations, student performance, teacher goals, and artifacts that … Continue reading

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