Teacher Talk

Being a Team Player

By: Tricia Koechig | Jul 29, 2016

We have all heard it said, “There is no I in team.” Football, basketball, soccer, and hockey are just a few sports that you simply can’t play alone. Even “solo” sports have more than just one person involved. Most people involved in solo sports have a coach. Similarly, the teaching ...
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“I Am Not the Queen!”… What Would You Tell New Teachers to the Profession?

By: Jon Konen | Jul 29, 2016

Visiting my sister this past June for her retirement party from education, I asked her one question…”What would you tell new teachers to the profession?” Her daughter quipped, “RUN!” People stopped talking. Everyone listened as she gathered her thoughts and what she said was profound, to the point that I ...
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Special Needs, Special Vision

By: Mary McLaughlin | Jul 8, 2016

I was recently invited to attend a special education review meeting at the school of a friend’s son. The son attends a school for special needs adults over the age of 21. I teach Special Education in the elementary setting, so while I had a solid handle on the basics ...
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Tell Your Story

By: Jon Konen | Jul 8, 2016

I have always believed in education that if we don't tell our story, someone else will. You may not like the story they tell! This past week I had conversations with two young 20-somethings who work in our school. I have noticed how well they work with our kids, especially our ...
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I Had a Teacher Once

By: Mary McLaughlin | Jul 8, 2016

I had a teacher once, back in 7th grade, which for me was before the mullet haircut was cool but during the era of the Farah “flip”. Those beautifully cascading bangs which we worked so hard with our curling irons to create cylinders gracefully framing the side our face as ...
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Professional Development: How Sweet It Is

By: Mary McLaughlin | Jul 7, 2016

I am a professional development junkie. I love it. It’s like a pan of homemade Rice Krispie treats for me…I don’t get to have it often enough and oh! That deliciously rice flavor. When it’s done well, I can’t wait for more because of its sweetness and a wonderful, lingering ...
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State Testing and Special Education

By: Cailyn Dougherty | Jun 13, 2016

Teaching has been one of the greatest joys of my life and I am constantly thrilled to be given the privilege to influence young minds as far as literature goes. Recently, I have noticed in my students an increase of stress due to the expectations of state testing. What breaks ...
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Sleep vs. ADHD: 21 Questions to Ask

By: Jon Konen | Jun 13, 2016

As a teacher or parent have you ever sat and watched a kid buzz around like a bubble bee and wonder where that kid gets all his energy? I think about all the renewable resources our state of Montana is trying to tap: wind, solar, water, and more. How can ...
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Teachers: Saints or Sinners

By: Mary Hardin | Jun 6, 2016

Yesterday a student asked me a seemly simple question: “Is teaching just your job or is it your life or something?” On the spot, I didn’t know exactly how to answer that question. I mean, I know that I probably should answer the question with a resounding, “Yes! Teaching is ...
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Special Education and Family Involvement

By: Mary McLaughlin | Jun 6, 2016

One of my friends realized school had let out for the summer and asked me what were my plans for my “time off.” That always cracks me up. Teachers don’t have time off, but that’s a blog entry for another day. Anyway, this pal—a retired Special Education Teacher--also asked how ...
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