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I wrote a grant proposal for the Pepsi Refresh Project to get classroom libraries all over my school. I could really use some support and votes. I work in a poor area, and my students don't have access to books at home. Here's the link: www.refresheverything.com/booksforelston

Please take a minute to vote. It would mean a lot to me and my students. You can vote once a day until June 30 at midnight.

If your school needs money for a project, I also recommend trying out your own proposal.

Help! I am relocating.

Hello Folks,

I am currently teaching grades 6 - 8  north of Boston in a suburban school district. I have certification in English which ranges from grades 5 - 12. I am in my second year of teaching and am going to be relocating to the West Coast. I am looking to end up in either the Portland, Oregon area or near Tacoma, Washington. If anyone out there in LiveJournal Land has any information about jobs out that way, I would sure appreciate a heads-up. It is hard enough to land a job here in Massachusetts and I have never tried to find one on the other side of the country before. Any helpful hints or links to job postings would be tremendously helpful. I have had no luck at all with Monster, Craigslist, or SchoolSpring thus far. Thanks!

- Dan Warner

The job hunt continues

I thought I'd throw this out there just in case.

Does anyone know of any schools that are going to be needing a theatre teacher for the '10-'11 school year? I'm currently in Florida and have my 5 year professional certificate with coverage in Drama 6-12, English 6-12, and Elem Ed k-6. I figure it's worth a shot!


Is there ANYWHERE to teach? Everyone I talk to says that every state is cutting back on education and that it will be impossible to find a job. I'm starting to panic. I'm in NYS, so there's a slim chance I'll find anything here. I've known that, but now I hear that even southern states have too many applicants, and I'm getting nervous. Any info? Someone told me I made a huge mistake becoming a teacher, so I'm feeling discouraged.

New Teacher Discussion Community

Teacher's Nook: http://www.teachersnook.net

Come and help us make the community grow. It's also a way to get additional support and feedback from your colleagues. (You can NEVER have enough of that! Can you?)

***There's a posting section in regards to employment and seeking a teaching position where you can get help from other unemployed teachers and even employed ones!!!

Job Fairs

I'm about to graduate in May and I only know of my own school's job fair for teachers... is there anywhere I can look up info on other teaching job fairs in my area? Thanks!!

Hey guys,

I am doing an action research project for grad school about using dramatic  activities in the content classroom.  I made a survey online for classroom teachers.  It would help me soooooo much if you could fill out the survey.

Link: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=8D_2fKBNc9HIqM_2fVZeH6jQrg_3d_3d

Thanks so much!!!  It would help me soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much!


PS: This is for Pre-k to HS teachers.

I have hit a bit of a roadblock...

My school is pushing us all to do an electronic portfolio which sounds great and all but I want to have something in my hand at an interview rather than hoping they have internet access in the room we're in. I have no guidance in a paper portfolio so here are my questions...

Where do I get a "portfolio" to put my documents in?

And are there any online resources to help guide me?


Teacher buying a home

I remember hearing about programs or organizations that help teachers buy their first home... I am about to do just that and was wondering if anyone knew of any of these programs... I'm in Michigan if that helps!!

With all my student loans looming over my head I'm looking for any help I can get!

Thanks in advance!

Common Interview Questions

It helps to practice answers to interview questions before the interview, but wouldn't it also help to know the most common?

Post common interview questions in the comments and if you have a spectacularly good answer, you can post that, too.

I'll go first: What is your biggest fault? What area would you like to focus on next year?

(I haven't yet found a good way to answer that one.)