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January 31, 2013

Meet Michelle—and Her Arc Notebook

We’ve been teasing you for awhile now with references to the great Arc Notebook, and now it’s high time we go into detail. Loyal blog followers have already met many teachers and their Flexy-Friends, Jocelyn and her binder, and Keith and his…

January 29, 2013

Systems Tweaking: Returning Graded Work

I like to remind people that it may be hard to get HOURS back in your day, but it is much easier to get back minutes—both yours and your students’. Tess H., a middle school teacher in Philadelphia, recently shared how her systems for…

January 25, 2013

Yes or No? iPads at Teacher Interviews?

Credit: Brian Taylor for The Chronicle It’s teacher-hiring season all over the country! As a former interviewer and hirer of teachers, principals, deans, operations directors and more, I’m always interested in how organizations and…

January 22, 2013

Meet Nilda – And Her “Teaching Encyclopedia!”

Maybe it’s the fact that I’m having this baby in five weeks. . . or maybe it’s the fact that I’m trying to get my act together to write a “booklet” titled The Together Leader. . . or maybe it’s just my perpetual dream of one-day…

January 17, 2013

Rockin’ the Together Teacher Lanyards

Thanks so much, friends, for your awesome entries in our December contest for Together Teacher Lanyards. Our lucky lanyard winners are. . . Kaylan, keeping things classy with her A5 Filofax Cuban Zip! Jessica L., juggler extraordinaire:…

January 15, 2013

Everyday Objects: Sheet Protectors for $3.99!

I met Dana P. last month in Washington, DC. Dana is a busy school leader whose schedule is full of duties, grade team meetings, lesson plan reviews, and more. Dana is a paper-based planner. We love her use of sheet protectors to plan her week…

January 10, 2013

The Together Student

Working on our own Togetherness is one thing. Helping our students – the reason we all actually got into teaching – with their own is quite another. We receive many questions about student Togetherness. These can be toughies, and we’re…

January 3, 2013

A Together School Leader and A Together School!

I recently spent time with the founding teachers of a charter school in Washington, DC. I was struck by the intentionality of the school leader, Mekia L., in setting up systems for Togetherness that will last her school, staff and students for years…

January 1, 2013

Happy 2013! Schedule a Hot Chocolate Break!

Let’s be honest. . . Sometimes all of this planning, scheduling, sorting, filing, and more planning just gets EXHAUSTING. We know why we do it: It makes us better teachers, and hopefully gives us more free time and less work to take…