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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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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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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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8 Steps to Start a Power of Praise Program

By: Jon Konen | Oct 15, 2016

Do you spend more time calling parents on a student’s bad behavior or good behavior? If I could give one piece of advice for new teachers, new administrators, or other educators wanting to change the culture of their school or classroom, it would be to start a Power of Praise ...
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5 Components to a Great Weekly Lesson Plan

By: Jon Konen | Oct 7, 2016

What are the five most important components that should be in every lesson plan? Can you make your list with just five components? I think it can be done, even though Madeline Hunter may tell you there are more. In fact, a Madeline Hunter lesson plan includes these seven components¹: Materials/Resources ...
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9 Ideas You Can Use Without Taking Away Recess

By: Jon Konen | Sep 28, 2016

Missing recesses has come under fire recently and rightly so! All the latest brain research in the past decade proclaims increases of academic success are directly related to a student’s physical activity level. Some schools are even going to four recesses per day. In my school most students receive three ...
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5 Strategies to Teach Children Patience That My Dad Taught Me

By: Jon Konen | Aug 8, 2016

Can you teach patience? I think you can! Having an amazing dad that is the epitome of patience has taught me a lot. Staff members wonder why I don’t get rattled when a kid yells, screams, or even tries to throw stuff at me when they are frustrated. It goes ...
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Not 400:1, But 400 1:1s – 21 Tips to Form Strong Kid Relationships

By: Jon Konen | Jul 29, 2016

Ratios can be valuable pieces of data, if used correctly. Math gets in our way sometimes of seeing what truly is meaningful in education. We track assessment data, individual education plans, and even formative data on how students respond in science classes.  The data we can’t track are the intangibles, ...
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How Becoming a Published Author Changed the Way I Teach Writing to My Students

By: Michelle Areaux | Jul 8, 2016

As a middle school language arts teacher for almost eight years, I have found myself seeking new and different ways to teach writing within my classroom. I have always enjoyed writing as I am a writer, but teaching writing- that has always been a stressful part of my job. I ...
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