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Building Relationships: Fostering communication opportunities between school and home

Building Relationships: Fostering communication opportunities between school and home

by Sarah Brokofsky, Cumberland County Teacher of the Year 5th Grade, Westbrook Middle School

Parent teacher conferences are right around the corner. As I prepare my classroom to welcome these families back (some for the first time this school year), I can't help but reflect on my efforts to open up the lines of communication between school and home. I have always prided myself on building relationships with my families and I make it a priority to get to know the families of my students as well as the students themselves.
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Teaching and the Circus

Teaching and the Circus

by Kara Beal, Aroostook County Teacher of the Year English Language Arts, Valley Rivers Middle School

I also am wondering where reading is going in this technological age. The circus is not a big hit anymore with the masses, as there are no special effects or major animation techniques as seen on T.V. or web. Remember in history when reading was the only activity one had to entertain themselves, and families would sit around a fire for hours engaged with reading. Now, my students continually tell me how much they dislike reading (not all, but many). How can we nudge our students into the movie of their mind, instead of the circus on the web? 
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Family, Students and Schools: Keeping Students at the Center

Family, Students and Schools: Keeping Students at the Center

by Skip Crosby, Androscoggin County Teacher of the Year Spanish, Poland Regional High School

In July 2014, most of the sixteen 2014 County Teachers of the Year met to develop a common platform; a message deemed of utmost importance. At the end of the day we decided that since "nothing impacts a child's academic and social success in school more than a healthy relationship between schools, families and communities," we should make that relationship the center of our platform.
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Creating a Classroom Contract with Students

Creating a Classroom Contract with Students

by Jeff Bailey, Oxford County Teacher of the Year Allied Arts, Mountain Valley High School

One of the most important things to do early in the school year is establish a classroom culture. Teachers have many ways of doing this, from reading through the rules, using ice breakers, or even challenging students to solve a problem together. This year, I decided not to post my classroom rules or consequences. 
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