What is the Harkness Discussion? … Why I’ve Embraced this Method and How It’s Worked for Me

By: Michelle Areaux | Apr 19, 2018

If you are like me, you are always trying to find new and innovative ways to get your students engaged in your lesson...or at least to buy into what you are teaching. The daily “sit and get” or the constant shuffling of stations can grow tiresome. One new learning style ...
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8 Ways Teachers Can Build School Culture with the Support of Their Principal

By: Jon Konen | Apr 17, 2018

What attracts teachers to specific schools? You will hear a myriad of responses, but most likely, it comes back to culture. Who wants to be in a school where the culture is toxic? You can walk into such a school and know that relationships, respect, and trust are not valued. ...
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When Special Education Teachers Get Married

By: Mary McLaughlin | Mar 27, 2018

Last Saturday was a glorious day here in northeastern Arkansas. The breeze was steady but light, the sun was shining after what seemed to be endless days of drizzly rain, and the temperature was in the low seventies after days of chilly 40-degree temperatures. It was, in fact, a beautiful ...
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Freshening Up

By: Mary McLaughlin | Mar 27, 2018

During Christmas break, I spent far too much time in front of the television. I know this because there is a groove in the couch from where my happy hiney spent far too much time embracing the spirit of the word “break.” I took a break from wearing make-up. I took ...
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What Part of the IEP Process Is the Most Frustrating for You as a Special Education Teacher?

By: Mary McLaughlin | Mar 27, 2018

I got a new student in late March of a particular school year and as I sat down to review the out-of-state Individualized Education Plan. The student was sort of a mystery. He was a cute little strawberry blond-haired boy with those adorable red silicone break-resistant glasses. Kids and glasses…every time ...
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Scarcity and Surplus

By: Tricia Koechig | Mar 27, 2018

Teachers are infamous for ALWAYS using up any and all resources. Teachers can NEVER have enough glue sticks. Teachers can NEVER have enough paper clips, file folders, paper, pencils, white-board markers, sticky tack, tape, and the list could go on and on. Teachers are experts at depleting materials, resources, time, ...
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Snapchat Will Not Be the Death of Me! 7 Lessons to Teach Responsibility

By: Jon Konen | Mar 26, 2018

I have a streak going…four straight years of dealing with students on Snapchat as an administrator. From the beginning speech the teachers and I give to parents and students, it is inevitable that the lure of Snapchat will grab most any kid with a smart phone and teach a lesson ...
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10 Reasons to Have a Passion Partner

By: Jon Konen | Mar 23, 2018

Do you have that drive or passion in education where you are always pushing the proverbial “envelope?” Some educators are a lucky to not only have this passion to try new things, but they have found a partner that shares the same passion on educating youth. Those partners may be ...
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When Special Education Teachers Gets Sick

By: Mary McLaughlin | Mar 23, 2018

During the course of my career, I have been sneezed on, coughed on, vomited on, spit on, pulled on, tugged on, cried on, been in the presence of seizures, copious amounts of blood, and even a heart attack. Insulin pumps don’t scare me, neither do tracheotomies. What really scares me the ...
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