IMSE’s own Allison Pajor knows what it’s like to be a first year teacher—the excitement, the pressure. She led classrooms for five years at Michigan’s Wayne-Westland Community School District in 5th grade and special education. 

In her Journal Guest Column, Allison shares three of her favorite books that motivated, inspired and comforted her as she embarked on her teaching career. 

If you’re heading into the classroom for the first time as a teacher this fall, we hope these titles help you in your journey.

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Building Better Readers: Lori Oczkus and Reciprocal Teaching

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Book Trading Sites

Hop on these handy web sites to trade in your old books for some new titles for your summer reading list!
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Reading in the Digital Age

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Winning with IMSE: Hamilton City Schools

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LDA Sounds Alarm for Children’s Futures in Flint Water Crisis

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Make Learning Fun with Word Games

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IMSE Certification in Action: Melissa and Sunny Young

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Research Beat: Read to Babies Now for Better Literacy Skills Later

Researchers at the University of Iowa are examining the role reading plays in helping infants develop language skills.
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Start a Children’s Book Club!

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Get Students Writing on the Right Path!

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Q&A With Deborah Lynam, Parent Member of Decoding Dyslexia-New Jersey

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Q&A With Dr. Louisa Moats

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Q&A with Dr. Marcia Henry

The IMSE Journal talks to one of the country’s leading experts on reading instruction and dyslexia, Dr. Marcia Henry.
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Children’s Books on Women in Government

These have been historic times in America: Hillary Clinton recently became the first female presidential nominee of a major political party. But as…
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