Teacher Talk

Professional Learning Communities: Creating and Sustaining Bonds to Bring the Best Out of Every Teacher

By: Mary McLaughlin | Jul 10, 2019

My dryer died today. It was unceremonious, from what I was told. It just quit in all its fold and fluff glory. The very thought of this betrayal hurt. It is only three years old. It has no gadgets, no bells, no whistles. It’s plain stock white. I wipe her down weekly. We make ...
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How One Special Education Teacher Found Respite Care for Her Own Special Needs Son During an Emergency

By: Mary McLaughlin | May 28, 2019

My husband and I are feeling pretty lucky right now. Last Friday, my husband, a 24-year paramedic, had a significant cardiac episode. Here’s where the luck comes in:  he had just finished transporting a patient to the emergency room at a hospital in the Mississippi River Delta region of Missouri. A long way ...
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Helpful, Watchful Eyes Keep Us All In Check

By: Mary McLaughlin | Apr 4, 2019

A Rose By Any Other Name “What's in a name? that which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet.” –William Shakespeare I got married a year ago. While it’s a big-deal event in one’s life, and it definitely was for Jack and me, we have each been married previously. We ...
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Don’t Leave, We Need You! 8 “Cries” and “Whys” For Not Leaving Teaching

By: Jon Konen | Mar 27, 2019

One random Wednesday in March our staff all wore red to school. It signified red for public education. We talked about “why” we should wear red all day! It made me proud to be part of this one day movement, and many have pledged to continue to promote this cause. With ...
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The Fears Teachers Have: Part 3) What Is Making Professional Educators Flee At Such High Rates? Tales From the Inside of My Chosen Field

By: Mary McLaughlin | Mar 25, 2019

This is the final installment of a three-part series on Teacher Fears, and in it we will explore what’s really ruminating in the hearts and minds of the people in this profession. This exploration will consider the things that teachers are often hesitant to discuss or write about for fear ...
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The Fears Teachers Have: Part 2) Have Well-Educated Adults Lost Their Ability To Have a Backbone?

By: Mary McLaughlin | Mar 22, 2019

This is Part 2 of a three-part series on Teacher Fears, and in it we will explore what’s really ruminating in the hearts and minds of the people in this profession. This exploration will consider the things that teachers are often hesitant to discuss or write about for fear of ...
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The Fears Teachers Have: Part 1) Facing Down What Is Real, What Is Perceived and What Makes Teachers Fear For Their Jobs and Careers

By: Mary McLaughlin | Mar 20, 2019

This is Part 1 of a three-part series on Teacher Fears, and in it we will explore what’s really ruminating in the hearts and minds of the people in this profession. This exploration will consider the things that teachers are often hesitant to discuss or write about for fear of ...
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4 Strategies to Reframe Student and Parent Comments to the Positive

By: Jon Konen | Mar 12, 2019

Have you ever wanted to change the words that someone says? As an educator, reframing words is a conversational skill that can be very tricky, but very effective in the success of a student. Many times we using reframing to change negative self-talk or unhealthy perceptions of others. The best ...
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Leadership: 7 Unintentional Lessons I Learned from Failure

By: Jon Konen | Feb 4, 2019

Failure is often misinterpreted. We shy away from failure, especially if we are perfectionists. When in reality, it can be the greatest learning experience and an opportunity for personal growth. Recently I applied for a superintendent position in my school district. The district is the second largest in Montana with roughly 10,500 ...
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You Can’t Control All the Factors That Lead to Problem Behavior, But You CAN Manage It In The Classroom

By: Mary McLaughlin | Jan 24, 2019

I have three dogs—Homer, Scruffy, and Murphy (whose whole name is Murphy Hugh Jackman…long story). Homer came to me because of a rainy day. Typical for me on a rainy day, I picked up my lap top and sat down to mindlessly browse the web during Christmas vacation.  A page popped up ...
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