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October 31, 2012

It’s the Little Things: Together Trick #1

I try to spend a good chunk of time each month visiting schools and shadowing teachers, looking for the systems and tricks folks use to make their buildings more “Together.” This post will kick off a series of Together Tricks on the little…

October 26, 2012

Everyday Objects: Blue Tape For $3.87!

We teachers are always trying to make our classrooms more efficient—and less expensive! I recently visited several great schools in Brooklyn where I spotted multiple uses for blue painter’s masking tape. Check out the mileage you can get…

October 18, 2012

Teacher Desk Survival Guide

Thanks so much, everyone, for your awesome entries in our Desk Survival Kit Contest! Our lucky winners (also announced in last week’s Newsletter) are. . . Arsheen M. from Michigan!  Arsheen is returning to her work as a first grade teacher…

October 17, 2012

Mailbag: Thumbdrives, Google Docs, and Longhand, Oh, My!

Dear Maia, I’m a middle school language arts teacher, and it has gotten increasingly complicated to keep track of my students’ writing over my decade of teaching. Some students want to write by hand.  Others want to draft on laptops or…

October 11, 2012

E-mail–Hate or Love it—It is Here to Stay!

E-mail. . . You may have noticed its absence as a topic on our blog. This is not because  e-mail isn’t a big deal — in fact, we have an entire book chapter devoted to it. But I know that once we open the e-mail can of worms, well, there is no…

October 4, 2012

Routines. . . Not Just for your Students!

Most of us are heavily focused on teaching various routines to our students at the start of the school year: how to enter the classroom, how to hand in homework, procedures for using bathroom passes, ways to get classwork if absent, etc. We invest…

October 1, 2012

FAQ: Falling Off and Getting On Again?

It happens to all of us. You have the best intentions to be “Together,” and then, something happens. You get sick, you travel all weekend, a friend pays you a surprise visit, you watch too many episodes of Homeland (ummmm. . ….