Teacher Talk

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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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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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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