- The Two Writing Teachers blog talks about their take on NCTE sesson related to designing effective writing assignments.
- Need some good handwriting worksheets or explanations for why it’s important? Look no further:
- Have you heard of “speed dating?” How about sparking interest in reading by doing something similar with passing books after a few minutes? Here’s how at teaching tips machine blog.
- Alan Haskvitz talks about how B is the new C in his article entitled, “The End of the D and F Grade: Welcome to Lake Wobegon” at teachersnet Gazette. Sad but true!
- What a wonderful quote about NCLB by Doug Noon of Borderlands : “If we’d have used an NCLB-style approach to the Apollo moon mission, President Kennedy would have simply ordered NASA to fly conventional airplanes higher and higher until they fell out of the sky, and then blamed the pilots for lacking the will and the know-how to get the job done. ” Check out his take on how the new administration should approach assessment.
Category Archives: Books
Today’s post is about saving money at home–a good thing whether or not you are a teacher! Because teachers are used to researching things, they tend to have great ideas about stretching a dollar! I’ve learned a lot by watching my coworkers.
Personally, I believe that you should eliminate debt from your financial picture. That way, you can mount any financial problems that come your way. And the problems WILL come your way.
Dave Ramsey and Suze Orman have great plans for doing this. Dave uses the snowball debt method that involves paying the smallest loan off first, then start applying that to the next largest and so on and so on…. In our case, we started with the largest interest rate and did the same thing.
It’s important to have a nest egg of a couple month’s pay. In this way, you become your own bank and do not have to rely on your credit card for emergencies–thereby paying someone else interest.
In our case, we have a car fund that we pay into instead of paying a car loan. When we have enough money in it to replace our car (and it needs to be replaced) we do it. We research used cars that last a long time and then service our cars regularly. It has really paid off in the long run. The money that could have gone towards interest on a loan is in our pocket!
One of my favorite ways to get cheap books is to use paperbackswap.com. You post ten paperback books and are given free credits to begin trading with others who want to trade books. I’ve been using for a year now and haven’t been burned yet!
As a teacher, I use it for:
AR books for my classroom library
Books to give away as prizes for contests and good behavior
Classroom Management or Curriculum books that extend what I teach.
I have found tons of teacher journals and scholastic teacher resources this way. I would never have afforded the wonderful teaching library I have now if it weren’t for Paperbackswap.com.