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Joe Paradise
Joe Paradise has been a fourth grade teacher in Westfield, NJ for the past 14 years and a life long shore resident. He resides in Point Pleasant with his wife, Jill, and two toddlers, Ben and Charlie. He loves writing, distance running, and making family movies.

Entries by Joe Paradise

When Disposable Cameras Develop Far More Than Photography

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 1:59 PM

In the world of education, teachers are familiar with the rare, unplanned moment where a learning opportunity presents itself to their students. In the business, we call this a "teachable moment." When this fleeting opportunity arrives, we immediately grab it before it's gone. Other times, a teachable moment grabs us...

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Kids Are Never Too Old to Be Read to by Parents

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2014 | 12:15 PM

As a fourth-grade teacher for 15 years, I have had many conversations with parents. But by far, the most common question I get is, "How do I get my child to enjoy reading?"

The answer to this question is not as elusive as many people think. The answer is...

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A Jersey Shore Thank You From an 'Average Joe'

(2) Comments | Posted November 30, 2012 | 4:44 PM

My name is Joe. My Jersey Shore cannot be defined by any reality show. My community and I are the Jersey Shore. When people ask me to describe myself, I usually tell them two things: I proudly tell them that I am a teacher, and that I am from the...

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How to Teach 'Jersey Strong'

(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2012 | 1:55 PM

New Jersey is a pretty resilient state. We have to be as we are so often the punch lines of other states' jokes.

When Hurricane Sandy hit, that resilience was put to the test on an even more sobering level. All New Jerseyans were affected whether they live "down the...

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