6 Questions to Tackle in Being Exemplary When Communicating with Students

By: Jon Konen | Nov 27, 2017

Actions speak louder than words! To connect with our students we must think about the words and the actions we take in and out of the classroom. One of the first education books I read was Harry Wong’s 1997 book titled, The First Days of School: How to Be an ...
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7 Questions to Ask in Managing Student Behavior

By: Teacher.org Staff | Nov 27, 2017

One of the qualities that will get you hired faster than anything else is the ability to manage a classroom full of students. Administrators shy away from hiring new teachers that have a difficult time managing students. The amount of time an administrator must put into teaching and training a ...
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5 Questions to Tackle in Organizing the Physical Space in Your Classroom

By: Jon Konen | Nov 21, 2017

Five rows with six desks in each row…each row is two feet from the next with every desk pointed to the front of the room where the chalkboard and teacher desk are located. Does this paint the picture of the standard old school classroom? Starting in first grade, I could ...
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10 Strategies to Assist in Developing the Soft Skill of Note Taking

By: Amy Konen | Nov 21, 2017

Do you have students in your class that become frustrated when they are asked to take notes on the material you are presenting?  Do they try and write every single word that you say and ask you to repeat your words to try and capture it all?  Do they become ...
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How Can Parents Explain Episodes of Gun Violence to Very Young Children Without Filling Them with Fear?

By: Jon Konen | Nov 14, 2017

I am a principal of a K-6 school in Great Falls, MT (65,000). We are a rural state with many conservative (Republican) viewpoints on gun legislation. In the city I preside, predominately Democrat, there are different viewpoints than the rest of the state. This has been a question we have ...
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How Does Early Childhood Education Funding Impact District Administrators

By: Jon Konen | Nov 14, 2017

Great question, but difficult to answer, as there are different answers depending on which state you preside. I will try to give you as many points and ideas that I have read about in Montana, as well as other states.  I am going to give you a simplistic response…how it ...
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The Advocate: Easing Parents IEP Concerns

By: Mary Ribeiro | Nov 14, 2017

Back in the day, and I do mean WAAAAAAYYYYY back in the day when shorts were short, tube socks were cool, jumpsuits were only for girls, the belts were wide, the bi-level haircut reigned, Members Only jackets were sported by many, and little alligators were on the shirts, sweaters, and ...
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6 Questions to Tackle in Managing Classroom Procedures

By: Jon Konen | Nov 14, 2017

How can Finland students, touted as one of the highest-ranking OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) countries in education, score as high as they do on the PISA (Programming for International Student Assessment) data when they are in school 400 hours less than students in America? This is answered ...
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11 Total Participation Techniques That Involve Movement

By: Amy Konen | Nov 8, 2017

“Simple biology supports the obvious link between movement and learning” (Jensen, 2005). Jensen explains that oxygen is necessary for brain function, more blood flow equals more oxygen and physical activity increases blood flow (2005). Other outcomes of increased movement are: more cortical mass, greater number of connections among neurons, and gene ...
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