Author Archives: Ellen Cochrane

Grant to Support Animals in the Classroom

The Pet Care Trust is sponsoring a grant to support pets in the classroom. Awards are for $50, $100 or $150 dollars (k-6 classrooms). It it is a simple on line form to fill out. (Takes about 5 minutes.) Good … Continue reading

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The Cost of Becoming a Teacher

The Debt Sarah spent big money to become a teacher. Just the bare bones cost of her tuition would support a middle class Bombay household for years. Despite living frugally, she’s tens of thousands of dollars in debt as she … Continue reading

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No Fur No Feathers

An absolute no fur no feathers policy in public schools is rare. Just this May I met Doris the puppy a Seeing Eye in training and watched Elvis stroll with his math teacher Momma on the quad lawn. Through the … Continue reading

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Hippocratic Oath for Teachers

My friend Rhonda likes to quote the Japanese proverb: Fall down seven times… get up eight. Believe me, I have rolled down spiral staircases professionally, but yet, it’s best to get up and try again. I’m also the type of person … Continue reading

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Kids In Need Foundation

Kids in Need Foundation is a quick and easy grant to apply for, and you get some free goodies, just for making out the application. Good Luck! Applications for the 2010 Kids In Need Foundation Teacher Grants are now online. This … Continue reading

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Quick Teaching Tips

This post does not offer mind-bending revelations about teaching or groundbreaking advice. (Do any of them?)   My student teacher asked me for some oddball tips, things not in the books that might help him. So here they are, off the … Continue reading

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I’m Managing… a Girl Group?

It’s rather funny to think of myself as a show biz impresario. I’m one of the un-funny–willing to laugh but can’t remember a joke or tell a compelling story to save the free world. Oddly, putting together a girl act … Continue reading

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I’m Gonna Be A Better Teacher

Somedays I wake and announce, “I’m gonna be a better babe.” It does set the tone of the day on a positive note and it pleases my mate immensely. Odd thing is, even as I forget my vow and the … Continue reading

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You Big Stupid Young Dummy

You’ve probably heard it from your parents, or mentor, or older relative, but now you’re going to hear it from me. My cachet is that I am a knuckle head myself and made many financial mistakes. But here are four … Continue reading

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Teacher Discounts: Getting the Best Deal on Magazine Subscriptions

Every year I watch teachers open their wallets and buy supplemental material for the classroom. This, combined with layoffs, furloughs and wage cuts, is an economic smack down. My teacher discount blogs are intended to find the best deals for … Continue reading

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