Hey Substitute Teachers!

In just a few short weeks students will line the halls and school will be in full swing. Get ready for teacher absences, and no matter how long you're in a classroom remember, "proper preparation prevents poor performance."

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Every day educators have the opportunity to not only positively affect students' education but their confidence to take on any obstacle they face in and out of the classroom.  Jasmyn Wright is a third-grade teacher at Frederick Douglass Elementary in Philadelphia and she understands the impact she has as an educator goes beyond the classroom.

 

Happy Independence Day from Educators On Call to you and your families! We hope your grill and fireworks are as lit as our passion for bringing quality education to our schools. Today we would like to take a moment to thank the men and women who serve our country and allow us to pursue truth in education without restriction. Our freedoms are the reason we are so grateful to live in the beautiful USA.

We salute those who make our freedom possible.

Summer break is a time for well deserved rest from early mornings and after-school meetings, but that does not mean your time off needs to be unproductive. Here’s a list of seven helpful ideas to make this summer your springboard into an amazing school year.

1- Read these three books. While there are many amazing books that will inspire you this summer, these three are certain to help you reinvent yourself as an educator.

  • Drive, by Daniel Pink. Everything you ever needed to know about what motivates people, and students, to do anything. This was my life-changing book.
  • Teach Like a Pirate, by Dave Burgess. Arguably the best teacher book ever written. No matter how experienced and good you are, TLAP will make you strive to be better.
  • Assessment 3.0, by Mark Barnes. Okay, this one may seem self-serving, but the throw-out-grades movement is real, and this book shows you how to be part of it and how to forever change how we assess learning.

2 – Join a social network for teachers. Find a Twitter chat, Facebook group, or online book club, and collaborate with other educators. We are better together than we are apart. Here are a few options:

  • #Edchat on Twitter. This feed has powerful information 24/7 and two live chats weekly on Tuesdays.
  • Teachers Throwing Out Grades on Facebook. One of education’s most influential groups, there are thousands of teachers, parents, and students here, talking about how to build an ongoing conversation about learning.
  • Talks with Teachers. This is a growing community of educators, who discuss many education-related topics daily.

3 - Reflect On Last Year’s Teaching Experience

Think back over the previous year and identify your successes and your challenges. While you should spend some time thinking about both, concentrate on the successes. You will have greater success improving upon what you do well than focusing on what you did poorly.

4 - Take a Colleague to Lunch

It's better to give than to receive. As the school year approaches, teachers need to know how much they are appreciated. Think of a fellow teacher who inspires you and let them know how important they are to students and to you.

5 – Write

Whether you write a guest blog post, a series of Facebook articles, or start your own teacher blog, you should write about education. Share something awesome with the world–a unique teaching strategy or a new tech tool you’ve discovered. You’ll love contributing to the profession.

6 - Build a new yearlong project 

The yearlong project can help you meet many objectives, while giving students the opportunity to take charge of their own learning. Summer break is the perfect time to put all pieces of your project in place, so you can launch it the second school begins.

7 - Maintain Your Expertise

You can always learn more about the topic you teach. Check out the latest publications. You might find the seed for an excellent new lesson.

 

Be sure to check out more actionable ideas to improve your teaching this summer on Melissa Kelly’s article for ThoughtCo and Mark Barnes’ list for Brilliant or Insane.

 

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If you're thinking about getting your Pennsylvania teaching certification but don't know what route to take, here are some ways to get your questions answered:

You can reach the Bureau of School Leadership and Teacher Quality at 717-PA-TEACH (728-3224) or 717-787-3356.

You can also ask questions online by chatting with certification staff.

Certification Staff are available for Phone and Chat on:

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Tuesday 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

If you do not have time to wait or have a question outside of these hours, submit a Help Desk ticket. You will receive a response via email within 24-48 hours.


“Those who know, do. Those that understand, teach.”  ― Aristotle

As part of our annual book drive, we host a Celebration of Reading with our selected recipient. This year's recipient, of over 3,000 books, was Youth Services, Inc. Since winter snow postponed our celebration we were excited to share our love of reading during Children's Book Week 2017, on Wednesday, May 2nd.

The morning was filled with laughter and joy as we sang, read a story aloud, and completed a super-hero mask craft with the children serviced by YSI.  We want to thank all of our donors again for making this year's book drive such a huge success.

BOOKS and FUNDS DONATED BY:

  • Lankenau High School
  • Librarian and students at Salford Hills Elementary School, Souderton School District
  • iLoveBOBs Membership
  • Obioma Martin - OMART Women Supporting Women
  • Tonya Ladipo -The Ladipo Group
  • Educators On Call team
  • The Archways Professional Building
  • Farida Saleem - Family Centered Outpatient Theraputic Services
  • Rafyah Lumb -Naturally Neat
  • Tara Colquitt - The Credit Woman
  • John Walters
  • Community Council Education Services
  • Mary May of Butterfly Love-Consultations
“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.”  — Oscar Wilde

 

 

1. Create a hanging garden.

2. Upcycle trash into flower art.

recycled garden craft

3. Grow an egg carton tree.

recycled egg carton tree craft
Credit: Glued to My Crafts

4. Fashion a pop top bracelet.

5. Chime the wind.

recycled lid wind chime craft
Credit: Hands on as We Grow

6. Paint paper bags.

paper bag painting craft
Credit: Small for Big

7. Raise a rainbow made of drink tops and bottle lids.

recycled drink top rainbow project
Credit: Mollie’s Mum

8. Feed the birds.

9. Make papier mâché pots.


Credit: Childhood 101

10. Catch the sun.

earth suncatcher catcher
Credit: No Time for Flashcards

Get the details for these crafts and more ideas from  at WeAreTeachers

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. “Libraries Transform” returns as the theme for 2017, reminding us that today’s libraries are not just about what they have for people, but what they do for and with people. Several events going on during the week include National Library Workers DayNational Bookmobile Day; and Take Action for Libraries Day. To learn more, check out the newly released The State of America’s Libraries, that captures usage trends within all types of libraries. The report finds that library workers’ expertise continues to play a key role in the transformation of communities by empowering users to navigate our ever-changing digital, social, economic, and political society.

Thank you, school Librarians!

 

Author: U.S. Department of Education ~ THE TEACHERS EDITION - ED Teacher Newsletter

Here at Educators On Call we believe that literacy is a fundamental skill in order to learn, to experience our world,  to advocate for ourselves and to live full lives.  Children in the most impoverished parts of the city are missing out on the amazing benefits of reading and having quality books readily available to them.  Philadelphia is one of the lowest ranking metropolitan cities in Reading proficiency. Philadelphia also has one of the highest poverty rates in the nation.  Youth 18 and under makeup almost ¼ of this population.  This is why we have set a goal to reduce "book deserts" in the City of Philadelphia by donating books to organizations that support families living in poverty and homelessness.

Our 4th Annual Book Drive has collected over 3,000 books along with clothing donations for children serviced by Youth Services, Inc. We want to thank our donors who made this year our biggest book drive yet!

BOOKS and FUNDS DONATED BY:
  • Lankenau High School
  • Librarian and students at Salford Hills Elementary School, Souderton School District
  • iLoveBOBs Membership
  • Obioma Martin - OMART Women Supporting Women
  • Tonya Ladipo -The Ladipo Group
  • Educators On Call team
  • The Archways Professional Building
  • Farida Saleem - Family Centered Outpatient Theraputic Services
  • Rafyah Lumb -Naturally Neat
  • Tara Colquitt - The Credit Woman
  • John Walters
  • Community Council Education Services
  • Mary May of Butterfly Love-Consultations
“a great nation is a reading nation,” ~ Frederic G. Melcher