Welcome to 2014!

by Lisa Dabbs on February 5, 2014

Hello 2014!

The Teachers Lounge  has been dormant for about 8 months, but we’re happy to be back!

As happens at times, there have been transitions and some of our blog team members  have moved on to do other great work on the web. We wish them well!

As 2014 begins to roll out, look to see posts here at least twice a month.  They may be re-posts from our current blog team’s personal/professional blogs, or guest posts, or lists of links and resources. In any case we hope you will find that our posts are inspiring.

Today, just want to share a few links that our readers may find useful for February:

  1. Winter Holiday Resources
  2. Digital Learning Day
  3. Winter Olympics

Hope you take the time to check out some of these great, resources. See you back here soon!

Lisa Dabbs is an Educational Consultant. You can find her blogging at Teachingwithsoul.com and on Twitter @teachingwthsoul.

Photo credit: icanread


Wishing All Our Readers a Happy Memorial Day

by Lisa Dabbs on May 23, 2013


As we head into the weekend, we at The Teacher’s Lounge, want to wish you all a safe and celebratory, Memorial Day! As we may be busy at the park or backyard Bar-B-Que, we want to encourage you to be sure to take this time to share the true meaning of this day with your children. It may seem a bit daunting, so here are a few resources to offer support:

  1. Teaching Memorial Day
  2. Memorial Day Teacher Resources
  3. Celebrate Memorial Day

Hoping you will all take this time to count your blessings, and enjoy this time with family and friends.

Photo credit: soldiersmediacenter




Earth Day is celebrated every year on April 22. It’s an annual event held worldwide to demonstrate support for ecological awareness. The April 22 date was designated as International Mother Earth Day by a consensus resolution adopted by the United Nations in 2009. Earth Day is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network, and is celebrated in more than 192 countries every year!

#Earthday Lesson Plan Contest

In celebration of Earth Day this  Month of April, Georgia-Pacific will host their first lesson plan contest on, Teachingwithsoul.com  and they want YOU to participate!




  • Submit a lesson plan for talking to students about conservation on Earth Day.
  • Each lesson plan must include a Pinnable image that can be posted on Pinterest with the hashtag #GPEarthDay.
  • For ALL details on entry requirements and how to submit your lesson plan, head over to Teaching with Soul.
  • As of this posting, the contest ends, Friday April 12 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. (May be extended.)


Prizes: Submit your Earth Day lesson plan to this contest and you could win great prizes for your classroom, such as a tablet, $500 Staples gift card, and products from Georgia-Pacific.


Start planning that awesome lesson plan, NOW and enter to win a great prize!


For complete contest rules, click here [LINK].

Photo credit:  via  woodleywonderworks, Georgia Pacific


Assist Students with Online Storytelling: Storybird

by Amy Sullivan on January 25, 2013

No funds? Few resources? Constant demands? No problem.

I’d like you to meet Storybird.

Go ahead, hold your hand out and give Storybird a proper handshake. You will like her, I promise.





Storybird is a way to connect cool art to fun words penned by your students. Storybird provides artwork and templates and allows your students an easy avenue to create free online books. Here’s a better explanation.

In addition to being very teacher friendly, Storybird’s fun features include ways to complete the following:

  • Issue assignments.
  • Inspire creativity.
  • Embed anywhere to share with classmates or parents.
  • Easily grade assignments.
  • Improve writing.


Interested in hearing a step by step tutorial? I thought you might be. Check this out.

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What about you? What exciting online resources have you discovered to enhance writing in your classroom?

Amy L. Sullivan teaches kids and loves words.



Teaching Research Techniques

January 22, 2013

We have all the information we need at our fingertips, right? Well, sort of. Thanks to the internet, there’s plenty of information out there. But students still need to be taught how to use that information responsibly. My high school sophomores write a research paper using MLA endnote citation, and it’s not their first. Our [...]

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Teaching Our Students to Be Thankful

January 14, 2013

I am currently visiting America’s Mart in Atlanta– a huge shopping expo for store owners. I have been hunting and hunting for some spectacular teacher gifts for our store– something that really helps students show just how much their teachers mean to them. While walking through hundreds of booths in my search, I started thinking [...]

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Integrating Subject Areas

January 11, 2013

Integrating subject areas is a must if you want to cover the entire curriculum in depth throughout the year. And really, it does not have to consume your planning time to integrate your curriculum. It will also save you valuable assessment time if you can assess for more than one subject area at one time. [...]

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Surviving New Curriculum – Misery is Optional

January 8, 2013

I’m teaching new curriculum this year. Actually, it’s a new-to-our-state course: Middle Grades World History.  A course I haven’t had since freshman year in college. 24 years ago.  One of my students figured it out right before Christmas. “Wait,” he said,  ”You’ve never taught this before? Why are you teaching it to us?” (I would never accuse [...]

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What’s for Dinner?

January 4, 2013

Looking for a new way to bring vocabulary words to life?  My third graders are studying dinosaurs and their many characteristics.  One of the learning goals for my unit is for the students to define the meaning of herbivore, carnivore, and omnivore.   First, I traced a meat eater, plant eater, and both a plant [...]

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Group Work Can Work

December 18, 2012

Student engagement – that’s what we’re all going for, isn’t it? How do I get my kids involved enough that they “own” their learning? Group work is one way—but like all techniques, it’s not a panacea. Successful group work takes planning on the teacher’s part. Here are some hints: Consider the size of the groups. [...]

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