Paula Cole is a teacher who knows how to adapt. She ensures that her students continue getting a strong, inclusive education no matter what changes happen in school or what struggles they face at home. Mrs. Cole is a 1st grade teacher at Emerson Elementary in Minneapolis, MN. Emerson Elementary is a dual Spanish immersion […]
Like many teachers, Katherine Holland was getting anxious thinking of ways to prepare for the school year ahead. Mrs. Holland is a sixth grade teacher at Clinton Middle School in Tulsa, OK. Often her students can use an extra hand to get the school year. “I have 130 students, most come from five housing projects […]
For teachers and students alike, half the fun of fall is starting the new year off with a fresh look. If you’re anything like us, sometimes the excitement is a little too much, and you start feeling guilty about the frequency of mall-trips and packages showing up on your doorstep.
Forty to fifty percent of new teachers leave within their first five years on the job. Why? Because teaching is hard. More is expected of teachers than they could comprehend before starting the job. Teachers are lesson-planners, disciplinarians, fundraisers, administrators, emotional-support systems, and more.
We at AdoptAClassroom.org are excited for another year teaming up with BIC’s Fight for Your Write campaign! Together, we are working to save handwriting as a critical learning tool for children. But we think typing about it would be a little hypocritical…So instead we got some of our team members to practice their handwriting by […]
“These kids are so excited about a book.” Heather Mitchell is a 2nd grade teacher at McKinley Elementary School in Erie, Pennsylvania. Her classroom is home to students from all over the world, and many are English Language Learners. Often their home lives are difficult, some without parents there to raise them. For that reason, […]
Michael Ellegood is concerned about the state of education in his city. When a vote to give the local school system more money failed, it upset him. “We are taking kids that are our future and we are denying them their future,” he said. “I want to do something so that people in our community […]
We all need someone to lean on, and teachers are no exception. If you are frustrated that teachers are struggling to teach because of a lack of supplies, you can do something about it. Become a Classroom Champion! Classroom Champions are often the key to a classroom adoption. When you help raise awareness about a […]
What do you do with a low-income school, a few donated garden boxes, and no funding for plants or supplies? To this question, teachers Debbie Rutledge-Lockyear and Janet White’s response was confident. You make it work. When they received the garden boxes, the teachers began dreaming of creating a community garden where they could give their […]
Vivett Hemans is an 8th grade language arts teacher at Eagle Academy for Young Men of Southeast Queens in Jamaica, NY. “There is one Eagle Academy in each of the five boroughs as well as one in Newark, New Jersey,” said Ms. Hemans. “They have been strategically placed in neighborhoods that have been identified as school-to-prison […]
We’re excited to roll out a new feature on our blog: The Innovative Teacher. We are constantly in awe of the great ideas and sharing nature of teachers on social media, and wanted a space to pull together some of those great thoughts. For the first installment, we asked you how you spent your summers—and […]
An AdoptAClassroom.org update from our Executive Director, Bob Thacker: Summer is right around the corner and that means Back to School will follow. Here’s a recap of major events going on over the summer as we gear up for Back to School.