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Category: For NEW Teachers


A Classroom Restroom Policy That Works

We’ve all been there. You are in the middle of teaching, and a student raises their hand. Expecting a question, you call on them, only to hear “can I go to the bathroom?” Ok… so the title of this blog post is slightly misleading. I’m not here to tell you

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Science Lab Supply List

Are you teaching a new science class for the first time? Are you overwhelmed with what lab supplies you will need and how to spend (or save) your budget? I’ve taught biology for many years, and compiled a list of 20 must-have items to get you started. Some materials can

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Finding a Teacher Mentor

Meme from @DigitalDivideConquer Today is my first day back to school and my 12th year teaching. (No, I’m not actually typing this August 5th, I scheduled it out in advance. Because we all know the first day is EXHAUSTING and I’ll be in bed by 8pm. Plus this is my

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5 Tips to Quickly Learn Student Names

I’m currently two weeks into school, have 140ish students, and have already learned their names. I’m not here to brag… it took work. You might be thinking “Wow! She is so good with names!” but that can’t be further from the truth. I am one of those people that if

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Tips for a First Year Science Teacher

Your first year teaching is going to be one of the hardest years of your career. I frequently went home near tears thinking “I just can’t do this. It is too hard.” But I promise you, it gets easier! I’m in my 10th year teaching and I spend a lot

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Class finished 5 minutes early…. now what?

As much as we would love to have our lessons end 30 seconds before the bell rings, it rarely happens. Even if it does work out perfectly in 1st hour, 2nd hour is a completely different group of students and the lesson might require more or less time. It sometimes

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