Kim Reichelt, a Wayland mother, found herself initially against a ban on the classroom celebrations.
The more she thought about it, however, the more she decided the change was the right thing to do.
More and more Massachusetts school districts are adopting a no-food policy for classroom celebrations in response to a growing obesity epidemic, an increase in allergies, and recognition that these constant mini-parties can be disruptive to learning.
Schools in Beverly, Weymouth and Hull have approved similar restrictions to limit food at party celebrations.
It’s an exciting but also anxious time, as the experienced professionals in the Teacher Leaders Network know well.
So for those early birds lucky enough to have found a teaching position in the current down-sized economy and eager to begin, we offer our first Teaching Secrets article of 2010, tailored to the particular needs of new teachers in the “tween” grades.
Author Marsha Ratzel teaches middle school math and science in Blue Valley, Kansas, where she has also served as a district-wide technology and curriculum coach.
She’s National Board-certified and began her (so far) 18-year teaching journey after a first career in health care administration.
I even tackled a few organizational projects at home, namely organizing our closets and my office. The gift is by no means over the top, but the kids are always happy to get their bag of goodies! For me, the easiest way to give the students their goodies all at once is to bag 'em all up. I simply put the items into a cellophane treat bag and tie them with some curling ribbon.
In my quest to forever be organized, I stumbled upon some materials/items I've been stockpiling for next year.