Character in the Classroom

By: Tricia Koechig | Mar 13, 2017

We have just begun our literary unit of recognizing and identifying major and minor characters in a story and analyzing their character traits. As a Fifth-grade teacher, studying characters and their development throughout a literary piece is essential to expand the thought processes of my students. They may be 10, ...
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5 Tips for Developing Important Study and Organizational Skills for Your Child

By: Maury Cook | Mar 4, 2017

As parents we are inundated with information on a daily basis and with social media the information is coming in greater and more frequent waves than ever before. Keeping up with the day to day household chores can be daunting even without the information coming from your child/children’s school(s). However, ...
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Kindergarten Entrance – Teachers Are You with Me?

By: Maury Cook | Mar 4, 2017

As national curriculum and testing requirements become more and more stringent, the need for a kindergarten entrance exam may be becoming more and more evident. In Montana, as in most states, the requirement for kindergarten entrance is restricted to age only. In Montana, age requirements are such that a child ...
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Getting the New Kid

By: Mary Ribeiro | Mar 3, 2017

There are days in our teaching careers when all we can do is go home and cry. In some cases we may cry because of what our colleagues have said or done, or we may cry because we have somehow failed our students. We may cry because of the stressors of ...
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5 Reasons Why Schools Have a Difficult Time Stopping Bully Behaviors

By: Jon Konen | Mar 3, 2017

It seems rarely that when we, teachers and administrators, investigate a bullying incident that it is cut and dry, black and white, and easy to solve. At times, we find there are two sides to every story, but we want to be empathetic to the student bullied. We put interventions ...
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Bully Prevention: How to Raise a Defender?

By: Jon Konen | Mar 3, 2017

A big audacious statement…The World needs more “defenders!” What we see and hear in the media melds our minds to believe that we are sometimes helpless with what is happening in the world, especially recently in the United States. We have seen an uptick in gun violence, riots, protests, and people ...
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Bully Prevention: 10 Ways to Empower Defenders

By: Jon Konen | Mar 3, 2017

THE HONEST TRUTH…WE CAN’T BE EVERYWHERE! It is hard to tell parents that we cannot be everywhere on our campus to fully supervise students. With many of our schools, the sheer space and number of students we have make it nearly impossible to provide 100% supervision all the time. I ...
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So You Think You Can Be a Special Education Teacher, Eh?

By: Mary Ribeiro | Feb 11, 2017

Did you know there are millions of children with special needs who need you? No, I mean MILLIONS. Who NEEEEEED you. According to Special Education Advisor (http://www.specialeducationadvisor.com/special-education/special-education-fast-facts-2/), there are 6,612,752 who need your support, direction, teaching skills, and since 1978, the number of children between the ages of three and twenty-one ...
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5 Reasons Why Strong Instruction Affects Bully Prevention

By: Jon Konen | Feb 11, 2017

STRONG INSTRUCTION…that’s the ticket! No one will argue that having the most effective bully prevention program and strong school policies are intricate pieces to stopping bullying, but effective instruction is even more important! After listening to Principal Kafele recently, I now understand more than ever, that administrators must focus on ...
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