According to some estimates, teachers can spend up to $500 of their own money on things for their classroom and students over the course of a school year, much of that before the first day. Every little bit of savings helps, so we’ve put together some best practices to help you save as much as possible and still being able to concentrate on preparing yourself for the coming school year.
Scott Sterling is a former English teacher who worked in Title I middle and high schools in St. Petersburg, Florida who is now a freelance writer who focuses on education. He is also a stay-at-home dad to his 4-year-old daughter Lily, who will soon be starting her own educational journey.
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You may think you need thousands of dollars of new equipment and furniture to accomplish these ideals in your classroom, but with a few smart purchases during the back-to-school period, you too can broaden your students’ learning and make your classroom run more efficiently.
As we roll through the summer, it’s time to start thinking about how students can be best positioned for success when that first school bell rings. Some grade transitions are more difficult than others, like going from elementary to middle school, but the students who have mastered the following intangible skills will handle any transition more smoothly than their peers.
The nation is experiencing a teacher shortage that is only expected to grow. Although district funding is rising, teacher raises tend to only cover the rate of inflation. Therefore, retaining promising educators is a paramount challenge for administrators that takes some outside-the-box thinking. Here are a few tips to help keep your best teachers on staff.
Filling slots in the teaching world is a necessary task for a school leader. Colleagues retire, move away, or unfortunately, leave the profession. As we all know, teaching is a very unique profession, and it’s important to find the intangibles within candidates that can signify success. Here are some things to look for as you’re interviewing this summer.
Although it may seem trivial, the last day of school can be a challenge. The work of the school year is (probably) done, and students (mistakenly) believe summer has already started. That can lead to wayward behaviors if you can’t keep students occupied. If you fall into this category and feel that using a movie would be mailing it in, here are some ideas to make the last day as fruitful as the other 175-plus days.
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