End of the School Year “Blahs”

By: Mary Ribeiro | May 12, 2017

We have entered the time of the year when teachers of all students are marking time. We are following our well-established patterns and routines. We are doing the same things day in and day out. Our teams begin to feel more easily frustrated with each other. Words become more sharp, ...
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Opening The Discussion On Teacher Preparation

By: Maury Cook | May 9, 2017

I recently attended a job fair in one of my favorite places, Bozeman, MT. I completed two programs there for my “edumacation” (I love that nonsensical word), and taught in the area for five years. I was privileged to listen to rural administrators from our beautiful State talk of the ...
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Embracing the Age of Technology in the Classroom

By: Michelle Areaux | May 9, 2017

It seems everywhere you look in our society, kids have their noses stuck in a cell phone or iPad or another type of electronic device. We’ve all seen the hilarious videos of people falling into water founts at the mall while scrolling through their phones, or the photos of kids ...
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9 Strategies We Can Teach Students to Problem Solve

By: Jon Konen | May 8, 2017

In the school setting and in life in general, a parent or teacher cannot be with a student 24 hours a day for 365 days a year. We must empower our students to deal with conflict and problem solve. We know that students can solve many problems at the lowest ...
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#1 Instructional Lesson for Bully Prevention For All Students

By: Jon Konen | May 8, 2017

What is the most impactful Bully Prevention Lesson you have ever taught? What made it effective? What evidence do you have that proves your opinion? If there were one lesson that I would recommend be taught to all students, it is a Bully Circle Lesson. We will delve into the power ...
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11 Communication Strategies to Combat Bullying

By: Jon Konen | May 8, 2017

If communication is the key to being proactive in stopping bullying behaviors, then why is it so hard to end? When bully behaviors continue, we definitely get frustrated on our next steps to stop them. I believe communication can solve this problem. It must include students, parents, school personnel, and ...
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Quit or Stay? Battle – Special Education

By: Mary Ribeiro | Mar 13, 2017

Once upon a time, long, long ago there was a little school in a land far, far away near a lake known for its greatness. It was a school run by the Very Well-Regarded Entity and was granted the ability to exist by an organization which had a big stake ...
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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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