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hello #first year teacher followers

July 29th, 2014 No comments

hello #first year teacher followers:



I’m gonna try to get started organizing us but if you aren’t already using the “#first year teacher” or #firstyearteacher tag, you should!

There are lots of great teachers on Tumblr. If you don’t already follow the #education tag (unlikely though it may be) you should definitely start. Also,

First Year Teachers! #education loves to help you :)

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The first rule of Tumblr

July 24th, 2014 No comments


is you don’t talk about Tumblr.

But I’m trying to publicize the wishlist stuff. So here’s my current FB status; feel free to copy, adapt, share, etc.

As back to school time approaches, it’s worth noting that the average American public school teacher spends hundreds of his or her own dollars prepping and equipping their classrooms. I’m lucky enough to be in a well-funded district and don’t have to scrape money out of my bank account for basics like pencils and papers. Not all teachers can say the same. If you’d like to contribute to a needy classroom, message me and I can connect you with the Amazon wish list of a hard-working teacher who is committed to providing a quality learning experience for economically disadvantaged students.


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Hi. My name is Bridget. I’m not yet a teacher. I’ll get my license in August. I have to interview a practicing high school English teacher in order to get my license. I was wondering if you could connect me with one? Thanks!

July 24th, 2014 No comments

I’ve never heard of a state agency requiring one to interview a teacher to get a license….but whatever!

here ya go:

Good luck,


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Teachers Chalk Up 10 Percent Savings at Walmart’s First-Ever Teachers’ Savings Event –

July 23rd, 2014 No comments

Teachers Chalk Up 10 Percent Savings at Walmart’s First-Ever Teachers’ Savings Event –


Teachers who shop at Walmart stores during its Teacher Appreciation Week, July 25 to 31, are eligible to receive a Walmart eGift Card for 10 percent back on nearly 15,000 products — everything from pencils and glue to classroom décor.

“On average, teachers around the country spend about $1,000 readying their classrooms, and half of that comes from reaching into their own wallets to make sure students have what they need,” said Steve Bratspies, executive vice president, general merchandise for Walmart U.S. “We’ve had a commitment to supporting teachers in the communities we serve for many years. This program is one more way we’re helping lessen the cost, increase support and set teachers up for success.”

The savings process for teachers is simple:

— Shop Walmart stores for classroom supplies.

— Visit by August 15 to register receipts by entering teacher’s school information and receipt transaction code.

— Savings on eligible items from select departments* will be delivered on a Walmart eGift card via email within 14 days of submitting the receipt online.

Thanks rackfocus85 for this tip!

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Want to support #education? Donate to Tumblr Teachers’ Classrooms!

July 23rd, 2014 No comments



Dear Tumblrverse,

Before the explanation part of this post, I need to say this so it will be in posts that are shortened by a reblog: More than anything I ask that you reblog this post so that kind millionaires  more people will see it and more support can be given.   All the Amazon wishlists and blogs are linked below the read more link!

As the new school year approaches, we are obviously in denial teachers are mentally figuring out what materials we need for the school year, what will be provided by the school or families, and what we will buy with our own money as we shop sales (if it is in our budget).  Several members of our #education community on tumblr dealt with unexpected family deaths, weather disasters, or more happy (but expensive) life achievements like getting married or having a baby.  Our pockets have been hit hard, and I think you’d be surprised how much of our own money we spend on classrooms each year.

Many of us teach in areas where our students’ families cannot help with school supplies.  In fact, as I began working on this project, every teacher I contacted to include that came from a more affluent community declined being included so that classrooms in greater need could be helped.  I am in awe of the teachers in this community.  After the jump is a list of teachers and their classroom wish lists for the upcoming year.  If you are able to, please consider supporting a teacher via their wishlist.  If you’d rather make a donation to their supply fund or send a gift card, I’m sure you could contact them and they wouldn’t turn you down.   

So after the jump are the blogs and corresponding wishlists from Tumblr’s teachers — most of the educators on this list I have personally interacted with and know them to be dedicated to their students.

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Reblogs are especially important because people can’t help if they don’t know where/how to help. So even if you can’t personally donate, a reblog will help us. Thanks in advance.

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toddparr: Thank you for making me feel good and supporting my…

July 22nd, 2014 No comments


Thank you for making me feel good and supporting my work! Love, Tom. Oops! I mean Todd!


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think-progress: “A little Texas hospitality goes a long way,…

July 22nd, 2014 No comments


A little Texas hospitality goes a long way, y’all.”

The best signs from last weekend’s immigration rally in Texas.

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Are you a first grade teacher? Or know a first grade teacher tumblr?

July 19th, 2014 No comments


Holla at me please! Or reblog :)


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A Declaration of Teacher Leadership

July 9th, 2014 No comments


We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all teachers are valuable, and that they are endowed by their skill and expertise with a certain inalienable right to lead. That within this right to leadership lies possibility, progress, and the pursuit of a profession which students deserve.

Educational systems must be designed to serve students, deriving their power from the consent of teachers. Whenever any school or system forgets its way, it is the right of the teachers to alter or abolish it. Thus, teachers must institute a new learning environment for students.

How? They must lay its foundation on student needs and goals and organize the environment accordingly. After all, teachers understand the elements that are most likely to impact student learning and success.

Our educational history, indeed, has shown us that systems and policies should not change for light and transient causes. History has shown that acceptance of poorly designed or poorly implemented policies occur more than rejection of this abuse or its abolishment. But when patterns emerge which sideline the leadership of the teacher, it is the teacher’s right—it is his or her duty— to throw off such patterns and provide protection for future generations of teachers and students.

Such has been the experience of teachers, and such is now the necessity that constrains them to alter their former systems. No longer will teachers allow what seems to be in direct object to their service dictate what is best for students or their profession.

To explain why teacher leadership must drive our educational system, let these facts be submitted to a candid world that teachers are:

Advancing teaching and learning through teacher-powered schools. Pioneering teachers across the United States are leading more than 60 teacher-powered schools in at least 15 states. These teams are pushing forward fresh ideas that change how teachers teach and how students learn.

  • Influencing decision makers. Teachers across the United States are advocating for their students and profession by drawing on their classroom expertise. From Colorado to North Carolina, teachers are using their voices to inform sound policy decisions.
  • Leading and innovating without leaving the classroom. Teachers in hybrid roles are able to spread best practices and innovative ideas beyond their schools, districts, and states while continuing to teach students for part of each day or week. Learn more about teacherpreneurs and see how expert teachers benefit students and the profession.
  • Speaking out about conditions affecting their practice. Teachers are using virtual networks like the Collaboratory to share and compare policies impacting their teaching—whether they live in the same state or on the other side of the globe. Take this report by seven teachers from Shanghai, Singapore, Toronto, and the U.S. on their respective professional learning systems and recommendations for improving them.
  • Advocating for their students. Teachers understand what their students need, and they are willing to speak up. Take Wendi Pillars’ heartbreaking apology to her third-grade students about over-testing, or Nancy Gardner and Rod Powell’s testimony defending the Common Core standards.
  • Building bridges with legislators. Teachers understand the importance of developing lasting relationships with decision makers. Read Arkansas teacher leader Justin Minkel’s take on the need for regular ongoing dialogue between teachers and legislators.
  • Changing the public narrative on teaching. Teaching isn’t all hugs and apples. Teachers are eager to convey the complexities of their profession and their passion for it. Take the recent #TeachingIs social media movement on Twitter that reached over three million people.

Therefore, we, the teachers of this nation, appealing to the good judgment of all who care for posterity and the future of our children, solemnly publish and declare that teacher leadership ought to be the foundation upon which education lies.

And for support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the needs and interests of students, we mutually pledge to one another that we will honor our commitment in thought and deed.

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What is the biggest battle teachers experience in the process of doing their jobs and educating students?

July 8th, 2014 No comments

That sounds like a really interesting topic for a paper!

I’m sure if you follow a variety of writers on #education you’ll see there is no one single answer to this question because every discpline and grade level and community offers new challenges. 

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