Celebrated or demonized, it’s tough being a teacher in an election year, or any year, for that matter. At The Mailbox, it’s our aim to support you everyday with tips, ideas, and resources that work in your classroom. If you’ve got standards you’re teaching to, our activities help you meet them. If you have students with special needs, we can help. If you’re a first-year teacher trying to find your way, we’ll get you organized. If you’re just a few years from retiring, our tools and projects will keep your classroom feeling fresh. But we also care about how you’re doing.
The language of math is intense and unique. Used improperly or inaccurately, it is sure to leave students confused and struggling. However, placing an emphasis on top-notch math literacy only helps create an ever-more-solid math foundation. While this is not why I became a language arts teacher, it is certainly one of the reasons I am glad I did.
This blog was created to be your forum even more than mine, so please do not hold back. Do you want more tips and hands-on ideas for the upper grades classroom? Do you want to hear more about controversies affecting upper grades teachers? Do you want to learn more about The Mailbox personalities or other figures in the field of education? Do you want reviews of books concerning upper grades education? Do you want the Upper Grades Exchange blogger to visit you at your school? (Talk about a special guest!)
We all know that an organized teacher is an effective teacher…But let’s think of new teachers. Step into the Wayback Machine with me (since Mr. Peabody and Sherman were kind enough to let us borrow it) and return to a time when you were just starting out in the classroom…What is the one thing 2011 You wishes you could tell First-Day-of-Teaching You about organization and preparedness?