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Students Can Gain Wisdom From a Senior
Students Can Gain Wisdom From a Senior

Across the country, youngsters in all grades are connecting with senior citizens on projects that transcend community outreach to provide students with true curricular value.

While doing research for National History Day, students in Tea McCaulla's Florida high school stumbled upon Women's Airforce Service Pilots and Letters from Home, a book by World War II veteran Bernice "Bee" Haydu, now 96.
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A Case for Finger Counting
A Case for Finger Counting

Teachers generally start telling children to stop counting on their fingers around the end of first grade—they’re learning to do math in their heads, and finger counting is sometimes seen as a crutch or even a sign of weak math ability.

A new British study published in Frontiers in Education suggests that this may be a mistake because finger counting seems to boost math learning when paired with number games.

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Teachers With Student Debt: These Are Their Stories
Teachers With Student Debt: These Are Their Stories

Teachers have one of the lowest-paid professional jobs in the U.S. You need a bachelor's degree, which can be costly — an equation that often means a lot of student loans. We've reported on the factors that make this particular job even more vulnerable to a ton of debt, including chronically low teacher pay, the increasing pressure to get a master's degree and the many ways to repay loans or apply for loan forgiveness.

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Sales Tax Holiday Upcoming
Sales Tax Holiday Upcoming

This year's Sales Tax Holiday is Aug. 11 - 13. As in previous years, the law exempts most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced less than $100 from sales and use taxes, which could save shoppers about $8 on every $100 they spend.

Subject to the criteria explained below, all sales of qualifying items made during the holiday period qualify for the exemption, including items sold online, or by telephone or mail. Shoppers can use layaway plans to take advantage of the sales tax holiday.
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Cell Towers At Schools: Godsend Or God-Awful?
Cell Towers At Schools: Godsend Or God-Awful?

School districts -- hard up for cash -- are turning to an unlikely source of revenue: cell towers. The multistory metal giants are cropping up on school grounds in Chicago, Milpitas, Calif., Collier County, Fla. and many other places across the country.

The big reason: money. As education budgets dwindle, districts are forming partnerships with telecom companies to allow use of their land in exchange for some of the profits.
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What It's Like To Be a Teacher With an Anxiety Disorder
What It's Like To Be a Teacher With an Anxiety Disorder

We all feel anxious sometimes. Maybe it is going into a new situation such as starting a new job, or having to have a difficult conversation. The feeling of nervousness and anxiousness is completely normal, and an evolutionary necessity. However, for some people, like me, that feeling of anxiousness never goes away. You live with it day in, day out, and it can have quite a detrimental effect on your life and mental health.

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National Day of the Cowboy
National Day of the Cowboy

National Day of the Cowboy is observed annually on the fourth Saturday in July.

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5 Neat Things You Can Do With Google Sheets
5 Neat Things You Can Do With Google Sheets

Once you get the hang of working with Google Sheets there are a lot of great ways to use spreadsheets as a teacher or as a student. Here's a run-down of some of my favorite things to do with Google Sheets in the classroom.

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School Leaders: Top Tips For Keeping Your Morale High
School Leaders: Top Tips For Keeping Your Morale High

Leading a school is a privilege, and a tremendous opportunity to have a positive influence – to lead in the way you think it should be done, to focus on the priorities you believe to be the right ones and to create an environment where it is possible for those you lead to be their best selves. You have the chance to make a difference to the lives of students, and of staff, on a scale unlike any other you have ever known. There’s huge reward and satisfaction in this, and, in my experience, joy.

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Celebrating Best Friends, Both Real and Fictional
Celebrating Best Friends, Both Real and Fictional

Today is National Best Friends Day, which has me thinking about what it means, exactly, to be a best friend. Among my closest friends, I know that I can count on them to be there for me no matter what. We laugh together until we cry, and we sometimes cry together until we're laughing again. No matter how far away from each other we live or how long it's been since we've talked, I know that we can pick back up like nothing's changed whenever we want to. And we all know each other's favorite ice cream.

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