Teachable Moments

By Jennifer Yirce, Essex County Teacher, Article is from NJ Education Now, 2013 Teaching in the classroom for almost four…

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Black History: More Than Pictures on a Wall

Black HIstory Month

Black history month is amongst us. Our schools will be buzzing with lessons about inventors, civil rights leaders and famous first African Americans.  The walls will be decorated with coloring pages, biographies and other artifacts that have demonstrated to anyone who walks the hallway that our students have been introduced to the many people who…

Teachable Moments

Martin Luther King Jr.

By Jennifer Yirce, Essex County Teacher, Article is from NJ Education Now, 2013 Teaching in the classroom for almost four years, I have been faced with many challenges that arise from being a new educator. Teaching the elementary grades is fun and rewarding, but I was always confused on how to bring current events and other important issues into…

Why You Should to Use Comic Strips in the Classroom

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Have you ever wondered how to keep kids creative while meeting all those common core standards? Why not try cartoons and comics? With graphic novels all the rage these days, comic strips and graphic novels are a great way to build creative writing skills while keeping your students engaged in something they actually enjoy. Writing…

National essay contest will award three winners with $1,000 for their school library and a Kindle Fire

Anti Bully Campaign

Charles Lafitte Foundation Invites Students to Participate in 2014-2015 Winter Essay Contest  National essay contest will award three winners with $1,000 for their school library and a Kindle Fire The Charles Lafitte Foundation (CLF) Kid’s Corner is hosting a special Winter Essay Contest to encourage students to read during winter vacation. Students in grades 3-12 attending a…

Using the Whip Around as a Way To Demonstrate Learning

Demonstration of Learning Using the Whip Around

Have you ever wondered just how much of your lesson was absorbed? How many ideas sank in? What stuck and what didn’t? I am using what I call the “Whip Around” as a method that will allow my students a way to demonstrate their learning. Its a simple technique that I found useful and successful for over four years.…

Top 5 Tools to Use in Science Class

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Guest Post by Eowyn Applegates With funding being tight in most schools, the science classroom should use its money for the items that field expediency will not cover. Hands-on lessons help to spark interest and keep the attention of kids.  However, if you lack the right equipment, students won’t have the same opportunities for learning…

The Benefits of Student Blogging

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How many times a week do you have your students journal? That’s a tough question especially if you teach something other than language arts. One of my goals has always been to encourage my students to write as much as possible. When I taught science, students journaled what they learned on a regular basis. Even…