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First Steps: Three Tips for Building Positive Relationships with Your Students’ Parents

By Otis Kriegel, author of Everything a New Elementary School Teacher REALLY Needs to Know (But Didn’t Learn in College) Relationships with students’ parents can feel overwhelming, especially for new teachers. You were taught how to teach kids. But probably … Continue reading

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Flexible Classroom Seating: Your Questions Answered

By Shannon Anderson, author of Coasting Casey: A Tale of Busting Boredom in School After teaching for twenty-two years, I finally decided to give flexible seating a try. Although there are a few things I will change for the upcoming … Continue reading

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Finishing Touches: Meaningful Activities to End the School Year

By Shannon Anderson, author of Coasting Casey Each May, I wonder how another school year could be over already—just when I’ve bonded with all of the kids and watched them grow so much, and just when we’ve become a big, … Continue reading

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8 Tips for Substitute Teachers

By Andrew Hawk The substitute teacher is one of the most underappreciated and stereotyped positions in the professional world. The trials and tribulations of the substitute teacher are often made light of in sitcoms and movies. However, with instructional time … Continue reading

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Cultivate a Culture of Integrity in Your Classroom

By Andrew Hawk Toward the end of my last methods of teaching class for my bachelor’s degree, the professor delivered a lecture on community expectations for teachers. During this lecture, she reinforced what many of us already knew: Teachers are expected … Continue reading

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