KARMA: 4 Lessons Learned from ISS/OSS

By: Jon Konen | Dec 3, 2016

After garnering a job as a teacher, I was walking through the hallways of my alma maters.  There were still teachers working whom I had when I was a student. I respected those teachers, but in reflection, I sure was a handful while in school. In fact, I was suspended ...
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8 Questions for Proactive Reflection

By: Jon Konen | Nov 19, 2016

How often as educators do we reflect? I mean truly sit down and reflect on the decisions we have made for the day, the week, or for the past year. As our lives get busier, it seems we get into a “reactive” state. We only have time to react to ...
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13 Manners My Mom Taught Me That Affect Behavior

By: Jon Konen | Nov 19, 2016

My mom, Pat Konen, helped me to understand that manners are essential. Being a classroom teacher for over 30 years (Kindergarten, second grade, fourth grade, and a traveling science teacher) she understood that weaving manners into her instruction supported her classroom management and even more importantly, she understood it was ...
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The Best Teaming Rubric Out There: How Would You Score Your Team?

By: Jon Konen | Nov 19, 2016

What does teaming look like in your school? Making this concrete for teacher teams may be difficult, but let’s put it into a rubric. Defining what good “teaming” looks like as a staff is powerful. Mix these criteria with high expectations from administration and you have the tools for a ...
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Have Times Really Changed?

By: Mary Ribeiro | Nov 4, 2016

Today is a lazy day here in my home. Went to early church, went to the grocery store, went to the local waffle place, went to the dollar store, ran a load of laundry, and then put on my p.j.’s to enjoy the rest of the sunny, warm, breezy, Southern ...
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5 Tips for Developing Important Study and Organizational Skills for Your Child

By: Mary Ribeiro | Nov 4, 2016

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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Promoting Literacy Using Anchor Texts

By: Michelle Areaux | Nov 4, 2016

For most teachers, we spend countless hours planning and creating fun lessons for our students to enjoy. In reality, most of those lessons never see the light of day because we are forced to now design each daily lesson around a standardized test that, honestly, does not measure what our ...
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The Best LIVE PD, EVER: 7 People Who Supported My Elucidation of Education

By: Jon Konen | Nov 4, 2016

It’s funny that in the business world when you steal other company’s ideas, you may see yourself in a lawsuit. In education, we encourage our people to beg, borrow, and steal successful ideas in order to implement them in our own schools. Since I started in education back in the ...
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Halloween: Hauntingly Frightening or Ghoulishly Great?

By: Mary Ribeiro | Oct 27, 2016

I recently had a conversation with a parent of a special needs child regarding the October festivities surrounding Halloween. The parent shared how his son, now an adult, would see costumes at WalMart. The child would be so terrified of what was down the aisle that he would refuse to walk ...
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