Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Five things a teacher must do to be effective

Teachers cannot be effective if they lack certain qualities or are determined to actual teach in a professional, but warm manner. Here are five things you as a teacher should strive to do.

1) Be in school, all the time, taking off only when necessary. Your students suffer academically each and every time you miss class.

2)Teachers need to be available. Every school day you should never turn a student away who needs and wants help before school, lunch time, and after school. You are the best tutor a student could ever get.

3)Introduce yourself to your students' parents and always stay in touch.

4) Be a fair and balanced teacher. Grade scales, assignments, behaviors are modified for your class on a daily basis.

5) Never, ever get angry or upset in class or you will lose all respect as a teacher pretty quick. Oh it may work for a few minutes, but then what?

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Sunday, July 25, 2010

Substitute teaching can be fun and rewarding

Many people work as substitute teachers while they are completing their credential, or waiting for a permanent job to open. But if you like kids, work well with them, have a little on the ball, don't get frustrated easily, and need a part-time job, become a substitute teacher. You may like it and decide to become a regular teacher.

How do you become a substitute teacher?
Most states have similar rules. You probably need a bachelors degree and pass some sort of written test. In California for example, you need a bachelors degree, pass the CBEST Test, get finger printed and have a background check, and apply for a substitute teaching credential. Normally you can do this all through your local school district. Just come by the personnel office and tell them you want to be a substitute teacher. Normally districts hiring them on a constant basis, as some quit or get regular jobs.

Many times, the district will want you to attend a substitute teaching workshop or seminar to get you started.

Many people treat a substitute teaching position as if it were a babysitting job or crowd control. Most times it is, especially at the upper grade level. However, at younger grades, you actually get to teach and interact with students. Not a bad way to earn some money.

In large districts in California and across the country, substitutes make between $100 and $200 a day, even more for long term. Most times you need some type of higher credential to do a really long term sub position. That's not a bad bit of money. However, some days can be quite unpleasant. Substitute teachers are not treated as well in the upper grades. But many love the upper grades and do just fine. Many stick with 4th grade and below.

Many districts are short on sub teachers, so the chances of you working 1 to 2 days a week is pretty good. Keep in mind that you are not guaranteed a daily job. Sometimes you work a lot, sometimes not at all.

Check into substitute teaching. It may lead to a future career as a teacher!

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Friday, July 23, 2010

Be a preschool or early childhood education teacher

If you are considering becoming a teacher, but don't especially want to be with older kids, becoming an early childhood teacher may be just for you.

As fun as it sounds, being a preschool teacher is a lot of work and takes a special person to handle small children.

Teaching is an almost recession-proof career, although some districts have been doing a few layoffs. This is not the case for preschool teachers. The federal government has committed money in the stimulus bill to fund more of these early childhood education program. They are predicting an almost 25% increase in these positions.

If you wish to be a state certified preschool teacher, you probably will need to get an associates degree. If you want to be a kindergarten teacher, this will require a bachelors degree.

Remember that if you teach in a field or area that is under-served, you may get student loans forgiven.

Besides being recession-proof, almost all teachers will get health care and retirement benefits.

Daycare in your home could also be a possibility, with no school, but stringent state rules. For some people, this is a good option. You may have very small children yourself, want to help friends that need daycare, or just need a little extra money. Every state and community has rules for how to set one up. Normally they come with restrictions on the number of non-family members you are allowed to have.

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Teachers, Be there for your students!

The one important thing that teachers can do to be effective is: Be there.

Sounds simple? Many teacher have a habit of not only not being accessible, but literally not showing up period.

You as the teacher of your students are the best one to be instructing them. Take as few sick days off as you can. Have your classroom discipline and classroom management down so that you are not working nights and weekends on school stuff. This will lead to burn-out, which will lead to you being tempted to take days off.

Teachers also need to make themselves available for tutoring. You are the best person to be doing this. See your students during lunch, and before and after school. If this sounds like it will be a hassle, do it once or twice a week. Make a point to allow your students to get help from you.

Making yourself available actually can lessen problems you have in class. If students know you are approachable outside of class time, they just may be better behaved in class.

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Teachers and Home Buying

Teachers generally have job security after a couple of years. Because of this, they make good credit risks for home loans. If you can afford it, plan to stay for a long time, then almost any time is right to buy a home. The interest rates on mortgages are at historic lows.

HUD has a program where teachers can get up to 50% of the house taken off.

Here are some other deductions that teachers and anyone who own homes can get.

The mortgage interest. A lot of people think that buying a home is so much better because of the interest deduction. But renters don't have a house payment and renting can be cheaper than buying, deduction or not. But the deduction is something.

Private Mortgage Insurance, PMI can also be deducted in certain situations.

Points if you refinanced.

If you qualify, you can also deduct moving expense for more than 50 miles. This should certainly be looked into for some people. Let's say you lived 40 miles east of Los Angeles, then moved 40 miles north or south. The distance may be 50 miles. If you move to another state especially!

If you sell your home, you don't have to claim any income on the profits if it is less than $250,000.

Times change, but homeownership never does. Teachers should buy a home, any time, if their situation is right. Don't believe the hype. Buy a home to live in long term, not as an investment or ATM. Many people go into trouble doing that!

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Girls and Math

I taught high school at an inner city high school and never saw any math phobia among girls.

In fact, girls were the better students. We do them a disservice by thinking they can't do math unless we make accommodations. The problem is getting girls to go to do something with their math skills.

From computer science, to engineering. From a nurse to a research scientist. All these jobs need a boat load of math. Girls should be encouraged to seek a career in these fields.

Get your female students interested in math by showing them other women who have been in math and made major contributions. We have a website that lists the top ten women in math history. It gives a very short bio just to pique the interest in finding out more about them.

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A Few Teaching Tricks and Tips

Having trouble keeping track of your originals? Use a neon (not dark) yellow highlighter and write the word "original" across the top. The word will not show up when making copies. You may have to experiment with colors, as some may faintly show up.

Have your class "adopt a hallway" or other part of the school. Your class will make sure it is clean and tidy. Encourage other teachers to do the same.

Show educational films after school in your classroom. Documentaries, nature, etc. are good topics. Many times you can't or should not show movies in class. Invite students and parents to attend. You can even have snacks. Make it an education movie afternoon.

A good way to get your students working together is to tell them they must ask at least three classmates for "help" before asking the teacher.

Do you see things in the classroom that are not provided by the district, such as hand sanitizer, baby wipes (good for cleanup), and other items you may need? Ask students if any parent may wish to "donate" items. You will be surprised as to how many do.

If you teach elementary, have a backpack-free classroom. There really is no need to these kids to bring a backpack to school, right? It has just become a given that kids and backpacks go hand in hand. But what are they for? Not much! Except for jamming up the classroom and causing problems!

Play background music while students work. Find appropriate mood music that will be soft and inspiring at the same time.

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Best Books for Teachers

Nothing beats experience and watching a good teacher. But new teachers need a starting point, even if it is for only a couple of good tips. Books on tips for teachers and teaching tricks are a good start. Books give the beginning teacher the advantage to always have the reference handy, as well as being able to peruse the teaching tips at their own pace.

Keep in mind that books on teaching are not going to be what will solve all of your problems. All books do not have the answers. Just a piece of the puzzle. But books can be a valuable teaching aid.

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Monday, July 19, 2010

Quick tip to reduce teacher stress!

One of the biggest things about teacher stress is the tired feeling a teacher gets. A new teacher just does not realize how tiring the job is. Mind work can be very stressful. To give you less stress, try and grade less! That's right, grade less. Grading is a time taking effort. It can kill you. So, try this: Make one day a week a non-turn-in day. That is, collect no work from students. You take attendance, so you have a record of who is there. Do some group work and grade the effort. Grading this way takes very little time. One more, NEVER give an exam or collect a HUGE assignment on Friday. You will waste your weekend and a weekend is what a teacher needs to recharge. Avoid grading over the weekends!

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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Teachers assigning homework just because...

Teachers, you need to understand the value of homework, as well as the nonvalue of homework. Homework should not be given just because you fee l the need to assign homework. Many teachers are under the false impression that more homework makes a better student. It doesn't.

First and foremost, homework should be given as an adjunct activity. Not more of the same old same old drill and kill. You have the classroom for that. It should be something that enhances the learning and reinforces why a student should be learning what you are teaching. Many teacher feel they have no time to do fun or extra activities. BINGO! Homework is the perfect vehicle for this!

Here's just a short tip about homework. Never assign it on Thursday. That way, no homework to grade or report over the weekend.

Your students' jobs are going to school. Why on earth would you want to burden them further? Most jobs do not require hours of extra things to complete at home. (Teaching being an exception, of course) If we want students think "real world," then we need to get them doing real world things.

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Friday, July 16, 2010

How to keep your teaching job

Many school districts around the country are planning layoffs for next year. Some of you may be out of a job come next September. Good news is that layoffs for teachers are the last step in budget cuts, but still, some teachers will get laid off. Can you do anything to protect your job? Well, this blog post will probably rankle some feathers, but here goes!

Math and science teachers are always in demand. Since you already have a teaching credential, you may think about taking some math and science courses to at least qualify to teach middle school.

Charter schools are under different rules. Seniority does not count. If you are a great teacher at a charter school, the principal can save you.

If you are an elementary teacher, the sad truth is, you probably have more of a chance at being laid off than a high school or middle school teacher. One reason is class size. The big thing in the 1990's was to reduce class size in k to 3. Now, many districts are making the classes bigger, hence they need less teachers at those levels. So, unless you have tenure, you may be one of the first to go if you teach elementary school. In most school districts, secondary teachers who don't have as much district experience are not replaced by an elementary teacher just because they have more. State rules require a different credential. This refers us back to the previous paragraph.

You may have thought about it, but if you work at a charter school, probably union rules do not apply. If the principal wants you, they will keep you. Not so at traditional public schools. You may get bumped. You may rethink your job prospects by applying to teach at a charter school. Then if cuts come, charter schools are almost exempt. This is because they do not have to follow seniority rules, and have much more leeway when spending money. In other words, if you are a first year teacher at a charter school, and the principal wants you, you will probably not need to worry about being laid off.

Don't think principals are immune. Many districts are cutting back on the number of principals. Not more assistant to the assistant. So, don't go getting a principal's job thinking you are immune from cuts. And senior principals with seniority will bump a lower teacher if they go back to teaching.

Remember, the peripheral staff will get cut before teachers. So, if you were thinking of becoming a specialist, like reading, you may want to go for something else. Same for counselors, etc.

Are you eligible to coach a varsity team, especially football, perhaps basketball? These are normally teachers hired specifically for that purpose. They are many times given classroom teaching jobs as well. Do you think they will be laid off? Fat chance. They probably have a contract for the season and beyond.

Look for surrounding cities and districts in the state where you live. Many times districts side by side are having different problems. You may have another job on the burner just in case.

A lot large cities are on the borders of states. Check across state lines for opportunities. In other words, if California has problems, how about looking to a neighboring state?

Remember, if you are part of a union, it is probably last hired first fired, no matter what. No exceptions. You are not protected by just being a fantastic teacher.

And we want to reiterate that not all teaching jobs are equal. Band and art teachers are looked upon as more expendable. You have got to think about that if you are preparing to teach.

The best thing a teacher can do is a little research. If you do not have tenure, you especially need to get your ducks in a row.

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Teaching all students does not mean teaching differently

You cannot, and should not, change successful teaching. Teacher education classes are teaching new teachers that they need to accommodate any and all differences in your students' makeup.

The problem with changing your style, is that you cannot change to accommodate every student. If you do, you will indeed succeed at doing nothing except chaos. You, as the teacher, need to devise lesson plans to reach all students at the same time. We underestimate our students quite a bit. Your students are adaptable. Your students can learn. Your students can also see right through you. Give them the benefit of the doubt. Real life is not about accommodations. Real life is learning to adapt, follow rules, and get ahead in spite of obstacles. The only guideline I would give is to make your lesson plans grade, subject, and age appropriate.

Every teacher early on in the school year, needs to get to know their students. Your classroom is your classroom. It is not your college professor's classroom. It is not the teacher next door's classroom. You and you alone should be the sole judge as to what works and doesn't work in your classroom. You have a set curriculum. Teach it in a way that is comfortable for you and your students. Somehow politics has mixed up what a teacher is supposed to do. Yes. There are rare, and I mean rare, instances when specific things for specific students need to be addressed. The bottom line again, for teachers, is that good teaching is good teaching, no matter what kinds of students you have.

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Teaching is still a mostly recession-proof career

Thinking of being a teacher? There are still jobs for teachers. Even though districts are making cuts, most of the teaching jobs have been saved.

This is especially true if you are teaching math or science. These teachers are in high demand, and probably will be for a long time.

The best places for jobs are in the big states, California, New York, Texas, and Florida.

Yes, you have heard stories in the news about teacher cuts, but most have been avoided. Schools cut other personnel first.

So, if you are a current teacher, and worried about budget cuts, find out the true story and ask your union what you can and cannot do about it. You would be the most worried if you are the last one hired. Normally, those will be cut first. But again, math and science teachers are normally immune to these cuts, as schools have a hard time getting these teachers.

Also, you may look into getting a different type of teaching credential. Find out if it would be beneficial to take some advanced math or science classes to at least be certified to teach math at science at an entry level.

Special education teachers are also normally in high demand. There can be shortages of these teachers in various parts of the country. Getting a Spec Ed credential can be a little harder, and the teaching more taxing, but it can be a rewarding career.

Don't discount colleges, universities, and technical schools. Find out what local schools are hiring and what they require as certification. Many technical schools and community colleges allow teaching with a bachelor's degree. And with budget cuts, community colleges are filling up. Many unemployed workers are returning to school and going to a technical college to learn a trade.

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Three ways teachers can use the internet daily

The internet is a great place for teachers, especially when you are looking a quick teaching idea or tool, a worksheet, or even general teacher stuff. Teachers should actually spend a few hours on the weekends looking over what things they can use in the upcoming weeks. But mostly teachers will use the internet three ways.

1) Printing out worksheets. The internet is a great place to find worksheets to start a lesson, fill in between or before lessons, or even enhance lessons. While it may be difficult to find specific worksheets on all subjects, the internet shines when it comes to printing out math worksheets. Many times you can create custom worksheets geared for your class grade. You can find other general worksheets like graph paper and graphic organizers.

2)Finding quick teaching tools or ideas. If you need something quick or a teaching tool, many sites have such things. This can be good if you show up to school and "forgot" something.

3)Teacher information on various grade levels and subjects is right at your finger tips. You can find what other teachers are doing, join groups, network with other teachers online, or find professional teaching organizations.

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Monday, July 12, 2010

Teachers, how positive is your classroom?

Are your students encountering a positive atmosphere when they walk into your classroom? Are you a teacher who constantly nags and complains about what is not being done? Are the walls of your classroom bare or devoid of student work? Then you probably do not have a positive classroom.

Two quick things you can do to create a more positive environment. First, you have got to stay upbeat on the outside. Never let your anger or disappointment get the better of you. You will lose your students. Encourage them at all times and try and put something positive toward everyone. Second, get some student work up on the walls! No matter what level or subject, you can and should put work up on the wall. And don't be shy. Fill up the space and use work from each and every student. One example is when I taught math at a large public high school. At least twice a month we did an art project that had a math theme. All work went up on the walls. There were times when my classroom had no blank space at all. You do not need to spend money on posters. Your students can create all you need.
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Simple Way Teachers Can Really Save Their District Money

Are you a teacher afraid of budget cuts?

There is a very simple thing that all teachers can do to save their district money.

Have perfect attendance.

If you work for a large district, the money they spend on substitute teachers is enormous. I worked as one when the pay was $60 a day. Now it can be as high as $150-200. Think about the math on this one. Everyday you call for a sub costs the district money. It also costs your students time. Time spent with their real teacher. Subs are real teachers and some are good. I was real good. But not even close to the teaching your students get from you. Be a role model for your students to have perfect attendance. During my first year as a math teacher in a large inner city high school, I had perfect attendance. I got a small certificate as a reward. The real reward was in being there for my students. I was appalled that so many teachers call in sick or take off.

My school had perhaps 150 teachers with an absent rate of about 5% a day. 5 percent of 150 is about 7 teachers. 7 times an average of $100 is $700 a day. My district had 2 large high schools and 3 large middle schools. That's a huge amount of money going out for just secondary. We had dozens of elementary schools. If the rate was the same, we are talking thousands of dollars a year wasted on substitute teachers. Well, not wasted in every case. Some subs do good jobs, some teachers need to take off. But seriously, if you are a veteran teacher, shame on you if you are out regularly.

This school year is ending. Be determined to get that perfect attendance award and encourage your fellow teachers to do the same!

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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Teachers, Are you phoning home?

If you are a teacher, and you are not phoning student's homes on a nightly basis, you are missing out on one of the best classroom discipline tricks there is.

It takes only a few minutes to call 4 or 5 student's parents. You can introduce yourself, and start a dialogue on their child. You do not need to, nor should you, complain about the student on the first call home. You need to meet and greet first.

Do not call for each and every problem. Only serious ones. In fact, you may call to praise a student, and as an aside, mention something they need to work on.

If you have never tried this, you will be amazed at how many students change. Once they and other students know you call home, they will be aware that what they do in class matters.

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Friday, July 9, 2010

Are you a negative teacher?

Are you a negative teacher? Always telling students what the should not be doing? Do you openly get mad when students misbehave or are not getting the material? Is your classroom an experience your students would rather forget?

You need to be a more positive teacher and create a positive learning atmosphere. Your class should not be one where students hate or dread to enter. No, this does not mean just having fun and games. It means being a serious teacher, with a positive outlook.

Try being a teacher who turns negatives into positives. When a student acts up, remember the ones who are not. "I am pleased most of you are behaving appropriately." As opposed to singling out the misbehaving student.

You can let a lot of little things go. Don't let them get to you. If you let every thing in a classroom get you down, it will show. And you will accomplish nothing.

When students do not score high enough on an exam or assignment, you say something like, "Many of you did not do well. But this is a new day. Every one of you has the ability to get a passing grade."

The above examples are just two instances in turning a negative into a positive. You want the students to try and be better. Or at least think about being better.

Try to smile as much as possible. Look like you are an interested teacher. In fact, be an interested teacher.

Your classroom should be one where students are ready to learn and are not afraid to fail.

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Get students into education with the real world

Many students always ask, when are we going to use this? Especially in math. well, the truth is, most of them will not. But, lots of professions do, and many of your students will become a profession that uses all sorts of skills they learn in school.

A good way to pique the interests of students, even if they do not have any thoughts of using these skills in the future, is to get them to look at how people and companies around them use them. Also, a look at the past is helpful as well.

Here are three websites to help with this.

Link: Top 10 women in math history
This website gives a short description of some fantastic women in history who had an influence in the world of math. The purpose of this site was to get people interested in the history of math, women in math, and how cool doing things with math can be.

Link: Jobs that use math
This website does not give normal jobs. Instead, it uses jobs that high school students may think of as "cool." Reading about just how much math there is in certain jobs can be a way to interest students in math.

Link: Fun and amazing facts about the United States
How do you get students really interested in history? By finding out some off the wall facts about their country. Learn about some things about the United States that puts another slant on history. Here's one that may get even you interested: Did you know that some of Ghandi's ashes are in the United States? Visit the site to fond out where.

After visiting the sites above, maybe you can come up with a website of your own to give some real world information, or make your subject interesting.

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Thursday, July 8, 2010

Grants for Becoming a Teacher

School districts are laying off teachers, that's true. But teaching in the right places, and the right subject, will almost always guarantee you a job. Now may be a good time to switch careers if you are thinking about your job security.

TEACH Grant Program is a federal funded program for people looking to be teachers. The grant is $4,000 a year. There are some rules for getting the money.

You must first agree to teach in an area or school that is underserved. A four year commitment to teach there is a must. If you fail to do that, you will have to pay back the money. It will be treated as a student loan.

You must be actively enrolled in a program that leads to teaching in a high demand area, such as math, science, special ed, and bilingual.

You also must maintain a 3.35 GPA.

$4,000 is not a bad bit of money to help you go back to school and complete a teaching credential.

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Do you just lecture?

Students being actively engaged in learning at all times should be the goal of every teacher.

Too many times teachers hear that they need a quiet class to be successful. Not so. A quiet class, except during a test, may not show much at all except a quiet class.

Students who are working, talking, creating, discussing, are actively engaged in learning.

Do you just lecture? If so, do you stop after every few sentences and ask for feedback, questions, comments? If not, why not? Boring your students is not teaching. Call on your students by name constantly! Get them involved! Students will remember quite a bit even when they don't take notes if they are active in the presenting of material.

When giving individual work, make it only a couple of minutes. Transition to the next phase. Keep your students busy.

Sometimes group work helps, sometimes it doesn't. Asking for help with the student next to them is not an interruption. Allow your students the opportunity to engage with other students. This works for whatever subject you are presenting. Read more tips on students engagement.

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Were you a pink slipped teacher?

Teachers across the country are getting pink slips. Some will have them revoked, others will need to find another school district. Some districts are closing schools at a record pace. There are many factors in this, but the common ones are budget and declining enrollment.

The declining enrollment can be attributed to parents homeschooling or moving to less crowded states. Also, illegal aliens may be returning to their home country, taking the kids with them.

Of course the biggest is budget. It should be no surprise to anyone. Especially states like California. For at least 35 years, this state has added program after program. And had to increase spending. But enrollment was not keeping up. The budgets of schools should have remained steady, except for inflation and any increase in enrollment. But the powers that be decided otherwise. They decided we need to come up with unique programs to add to the school day and educational experience. So we get what we have today. I system that is bloated with pet programs and top heavy positions requiring fat salaries.

Yes, the top is bloated. We have superintendents for everything. We have assistant supers to those. They all get secretaries. They all get car allowances. Full benefits, and well over 6 figure salaries. Why? We don't need all these superintendents. Schools can function quite well without them. In fact, get a lousy one and you add to the misery.

We think we have to attract these people with cars, money, etc. Why? Our educational achievements here in California are lousy. We rank near the bottom for that, but near the top for salaries. Why?

Teachers have no gripes either. They have frittered away responsibilities to literacy coaches, tutors, mentors, resource teachers, and any pet project you can think of. We keep adding programs. Oh sure, they're nice programs. But we can't keep adding to the fat. We can't keep adding projects and programs without thinking of the consequences. Sooner or later, we will run out of money. And we have.

Some districts have so many employees, each kid could almost get one on one instruction. Schools don't create revenue. It's gotten from you and me. So when someone adds a program or gets a raise, it comes from someone elses pocket. But soon there are no more pockets to pick from. This ponzi shceme had to end. And it's ending badly.

But not really. We scream about cuts as if they really are cuts. They are not. They are a returning to a logical level of spending. Public school was never intended to be a place where we have day care, feed breakfast and lunch, and take care of every special request and need of every student. Can't be done. Should not be done.

Money never has been a problem. Look at our public schools 150 years ago. These schools were just instruction. Period. And we ushered in the greatest industrial revolution ever. The first half of the last century was no different. We sent a man to the moon and invented personal computers. But look at what has happened since. A complete change to nonsense. Public schools became places for political experiments.

And now we can't pay. Go figure.

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Monday, July 5, 2010

Free grants for teachers and classrooms gives out between 5 and 10 $200 grants to teachers who submit their projects for using the grant. The winning teachers also get a video camera to show their project being implemented.

First, you must join the submit a project. Then you get as many people to vote for you one the website. You will be given instructions when submitting. You want your classroom project to appeal to as many people as possible. Those who visit the website can find your project and vote for you. You can also send people to the website to vote. The more votes you get, the higher your project becomes. The top vote getters will be awarded the money. So far, over 100 of these micro grants have been awarded. also has many resources for teachers and classrooms. is another program that awards grants to schools.

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Sunday, July 4, 2010

Bad economy means going back to school is a good option

Many people are out of work, laid off, furloughed, or just working part time. The economy does not seem to be getting better soon. Did you know that going back to college is a good idea and investment?

Adults who have Bachelors degrees already should think about graduate school. You can borrow up to about $20,000 to pay for grad school. There are other loans available as well. >>Graduate school admission and financial aid.

Graduate school can help you get more marketable skills and experience to secure a higher paying job. That's a given. But one more thing it can do during a bad economy, is put of a job search until times are better.

You have a win-win situation. You don't have to look for a job, and you are getting more skills for when you do!

Teaching is almost recession-proof. Yes, there are teacher layoffs all over, but there are still plenty of jobs for the right teacher. Math and science teachers are always high in demand. Chances are less to be laid off if you teach one of these subjects. Special Education is another high demand teacher. Normally, there are more jobs for these teachers than there are teachers. Again, this makes for less chances of being laid off. Because of the budget cuts, they are increasing class size in K-3. That means, those grades will have fewer jobs, more chance to be laid off. >>How to be a teacher and get a teaching job.

The bigger the state and district, the more need there is for teachers.

Don't think you have time for school? Going to school online is a great time saver. Also, online classes are usually cheaper. >>Information on online college degrees.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Free online resources for teachers

The internet has a wealth of information for teachers. But it also has teaching tools and materials that for the most part are free. Many teachers do an online search before going out and buying something. Here are some terrific examples for teachers.

Math worksheets: You can create and print out free math worksheets. You can use ones that are pre-made, or create custom ones. These can be used for many grade levels. Click here to start creating math worksheets. If you are a math teacher, or need more math printouts, click here for free graph paper and other math worksheets.

Quick teaching tools and resources: Do you need a calendar? Perhaps a coloring page, word search or crossword puzzle. Maybe graphic organizers. These and more are available free online. You won't have to buy a teacher printout book again. Click here for online teaching tools.

Subject specific resources. The internet is full of professional websites for teachers of all subjects and grades. You can get teaching ideas and see the latest teaching methods in your subject. Click here for a k-12 teacher resources guide.

Latest education news: Do you like staying up to date on what's happening in education across the country and world? Click here for the latest education news.


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