Exclusive JAM Interviews for Teacher Appreciation Week

Exclusive JAM Interviews for Teacher Appreciation Week

Being a teacher is one of the most important jobs in the world. They are responsible for the growth and education of our youth, constantly coming up with new ways to learn all while having fun! Their patience is unmatched, who knows where we would be without them. No one becomes a teacher because they feel they "have to," they do it because they desire to. Teachers genuinely want the best for their students and will do anything to watch them succeed in hopes for a better future. That's what makes them so special. Here at JAM, we recognize the kind of passion one must possess in order to be a teacher. We respect their work and want to continue to support them in all that they do. So naturally, we interviewed two of the most AMAZNIG teachers we know, Ms. Melanie Capalbo and Mr. Tommy Biggiani.

Ms. Capalbo

Art Teacher K-5
What classroom supplies do you use most frequently?

I like to change the supplies I use, but more frequently I've been using construction paper, watercolor paper, drawing paper, crayons, markers, and paint!

What is your funniest teaching story?

During a virtual class, my kindergarteners were to find objects in their home to create a color wheel. Every student was able to share with the class what they found when it was their turn. On the color red, I saw a bottle of wine slide into view in a student's camera. She said, "My mommy said this is red!" And I laughed and said, "Yes it is!"

What is your favorite part about teaching?

I love sharing my passion with my students and watching them get as excited as I am. When I show my joy for an art project or new skill we are learning about, my students feed off of that energy and are even more motivated to create!

What is your favorite desk essential?

Push pins!!! I love push pins because I can hang up my students' artwork in the hallways and on my bulletin board.

What are some innovative ways you kept your students engaged during remote learning due to Covid-19?

I had to rely on kids having some kind of materials at home. My lessons consisted of the most basic supplies, like paper and crayons. But after a while you can only do so much with those two items. So an innovative way I kept the kids engaged was by creating art with things around their household! We made facial drawings by manipulating wrinkles in a blanket. We had a texture scavenger hunt by placing paper on objects in the home and rubbing a crayon on top. We also made sculptures out of laundry and other bedroom items! Not only were the kids engaged during virtual class, but they were active and not just sitting at their screens.

Please feel free to share any unique teaching techniques that have enriched the classroom experience for both you and your students!

Teaching art-on-a-cart has taught me many ways to pack up and travel with supplies. The best investments was buying a jug with a spout for clean water and an ice bucket for dirty water when it came to painting in classrooms with no sinks. When they are done we have two students walk to the bathroom at the end of class to dump the dirty water rather than trying to get the entire class to the bathroom at the same time. I also pack all the supplies ready for use in a green bin and when they are finished at the end of class they place all their materials in a red bin. That way they know which materials they can use and I know which ones need to be sanitized. Easy clean up!

Lastly, how do you think JAM can help inside and outside the classroom?

JAM can help inside the classroom by providing bright colors to spark creativity!

Mr. Biggiani

US History Teacher - 5th & 6th Grade

Do you teach anything other than US History/World Civilization?

Yes! I am the Basketball Coach, teach Ballroom Dance and run our school's Public Speaking Club.

What are some innovative ways you kept your students engaged during remote learning due to Covid-19?

My school has stayed in a hybrid model all year. But in an effort to make things fun, during a December snowstorm, my brother John and I built an igloo and I taught from inside.  The Wi-Fi was just strong enough. But the kids really enjoyed it. One of the Local newspapers wrote a feature called, "NJ history teacher leads virtual classroom from inside homemade igloo." the article went quasi viral and since then many people have seen me and asked, "Aren't you that igloo teacher?" 

If you want to read more about how Mr. Biggiani taught from outside the classroom click here!

We would just like to have a round of applause for all of our teachers out there who are trying their absolute hardest to do their job during these desperate times. We admire all that you do and are so thankful for all your hard work. I'm sure we speak for everyone (even your students) that we are so proud of you. Make sure to follow our blog, Instagram and Pinterest to get the scoop on our latest new crafts and items! Also our Facebook and Twitter for promotions and sale updates! Don’t forget to leave comments down below. We’d love to hear how these teachers influenced or encouraged you!

Exclusive JAM Interviews for Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher Appreciation Week is a special time to honor and celebrate the hard work and dedication of educators. At JAM, we understand the importance of recognizing the incredible contributions of teachers, which is why we are thrilled to present exclusive interviews with some of the most inspiring and influential educators. These interviews offer a unique opportunity to gain insight into the experiences, challenges, and triumphs of teachers, and to learn from their wisdom and expertise. By sharing these interviews, we hope to shine a spotlight on the incredible work of teachers and to show our gratitude for all that they do.

What to Expect from the Interviews

Our exclusive JAM interviews for Teacher Appreciation Week feature a diverse range of educators, each with their own unique perspectives and experiences. From seasoned veterans to up-and-coming teachers, these interviews offer a glimpse into the world of education and the impact that teachers have on their students and communities. Through these conversations, you can expect to gain valuable insights, inspiration, and a deeper appreciation for the vital role that teachers play in shaping the future.

The Benefits of Listening to Teacher Interviews

Listening to these exclusive interviews can provide a wealth of benefits, including a greater understanding of the challenges and rewards of teaching, valuable tips and strategies for educators, and a renewed sense of appreciation for the hard work and dedication of teachers. These interviews offer a unique opportunity to learn from the experiences and expertise of educators, and to gain a deeper insight into the world of teaching.

Use Cases for the Interviews

These interviews can be used in a variety of ways, such as for professional development, inspiration for lesson planning, or simply as a way to show appreciation for the teachers in your life. Whether you are an educator, a student, a parent, or someone who simply values the importance of education, these interviews offer something for everyone.

Alternatives to the Interviews

If you're looking for additional resources to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week, there are plenty of alternatives to explore. Consider organizing a special event or activity to honor teachers, creating personalized thank-you notes, or donating to a classroom in need. There are countless ways to show appreciation for educators, and these interviews are just one of many options.

Tips for Getting the Most Out of the Interviews

To make the most of these exclusive interviews, consider taking notes on key insights and ideas that resonate with you, sharing the interviews with colleagues or friends, and reflecting on how you can apply the wisdom and inspiration from these educators to your own life and work. By actively engaging with the content, you can maximize the impact of these interviews and truly appreciate the value they offer.


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