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To Email or Not to Email… That is the Question

"I delete your emails," said a friend.  "They're too long."  They were.  These days, I'm embarrassed.  My old emails would've been perfect--if I were writing a research paper or Ph.D thesis.  They're way too long and deserved to be filed under #nobodycares. I...

“I Want to Smash Their Phones”

"I want to smash their phones." This is the number one complaint I hear about middle and high school students with phones.   It often gets directed to me. "I know you wanted students to have phones, but..." I'm a big fan of BYOD*--Bring Your Own Device--for a number...

Get Organized: Use Calendars & Project Management Tools

"When's it due?" students ask. "When did I say it was due?"  I answer. "I don't know."  It's either that or "I forgot."  That's how it goes. Not anymore! No kid with a computer, tablet, or smartphone gets to say "I forgot" anymore.   Set them up with calendars and...

Pinterest in the Classroom

Do you use Pinterest in the classroom?  If not, you should. Pinterest used to be a place for dumping pictures of all the cool things you wanted to buy and projects you never got around to finishing.  Not anymore--Pinterest is the place to be for research,...

Evernote Saves Lives

Evernote could have saved this student's life. "My brother peed on my science notebook."  The student was frantic.  Science is serious, and they have a serious notebook full of labs, tables of contents, and lots of things.  She had a little brother with autism who...

You Need to Get Connected! Twitter 101 for Teachers

Are you on Twitter yet?  If you're a teacher, you should be. "No man is an island."  Someone really great said that. Teaching often feels like one.   I have a saying, "If you're more than two rooms past me, or farther than the bathroom, I won't see you till June."...

Excuses Bringing You Down? How To Be a Productivity Ninja

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DB2Q1Jt_Kd4 "You're late again." I've got a student who's late every day, each time with a better excuse.  We don't use the clock anymore--class officially starts with a round of applause when he arrives....

Dump Your Surplus. Get What You Really Need

If you have five million boxes of staples and there's not a single pencil in site, you've got to do something immediately to get rid of your surplus to get the things you really need. You don't want to file a request in triplicate that won't get here till June.  Take...

Your Handouts Are Ugly. How to Make Them Shine

No one wants to read your handouts.  They're ugly and boring...or worse yet, copied from an old workbook. Are you still giving old-school worksheets to Generation Snapchat? I was. "What do I have to do?" kids would say. "Read the directions!... You didn't read it...

How to Make Your Classroom Website without Bleeding Cash

You can run an all-out technology-based classroom as a broke teacher... even if you don't have computers or Chromebooks. All you need is a classroom website. Why a website? Websites are where our kids are used to getting information.  That's where we go to first....

WordSwag Makes Your Quotes Look Inspired

What's does this Broke Teacher love about WordSwag? Not all teachers are graphic designers.  That's okay now with WordSwag, an inexpensive typography generator for your phone. There's a reason designers mix and match font--for the price of a graphic design degree you...

The Best Places for Stealing Pencils and Pens

Out of pencils and pens again? Me too. Our official position at BrokeTeacher.com is that you should not spend your paycheck on your job.  That includes buying a million pencils.  You should pay down your debt instead.  Nothing'll take you down faster than pens and...