5 Components to a Great Weekly Lesson Plan

By: Jon Konen | Oct 7, 2016

What are the five most important components that should be in every lesson plan? Can you make your list with just five components? I think it can be done, even though Madeline Hunter may tell you there are more. In fact, a Madeline Hunter lesson plan includes these seven components¹: Materials/Resources ...
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9 Reasons Culture Trumps Strategy

By: Jon Konen | Oct 7, 2016

Back to the main Bully Prevention Guide. This last summer one of the most profound speakers I have ever heard was Dr. Bill Daggett from the International Center for Leadership in Education. His words of “Culture Trumps Strategy” have given me a resurgence and confidence into education and changed what I have ...
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Building Connections, Building Community

By: Mary McLaughlin | Oct 7, 2016

Life in Arkansas is very different from life as I experienced it for 49 years in Michigan. The sky is bigger, the Fall air has the smell of burning fields instead of the crisp smell of Autumn leaves, apple cider, cider mill donuts, and the tinge of Winter making its ...
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Autistic Kids and Daily Noise – Keeping the Peace

By: Mary McLaughlin | Oct 7, 2016

Today is Saturday. It is the high holy day of household cleaning, errand running and laundry for a working person. It is an issue of budgeting our time wisely. While the laundry spins, I write. Multi-tasking is the name of every teacher’s professional and personal game, especially during the school ...
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9 Ideas You Can Use Without Taking Away Recess

By: Jon Konen | Sep 28, 2016

Missing recesses has come under fire recently and rightly so! All the latest brain research in the past decade proclaims increases of academic success are directly related to a student’s physical activity level. Some schools are even going to four recesses per day. In my school most students receive three ...
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Child Development, the Bell Curve, and the Twenty First Century

By: Maury Cook | Sep 28, 2016

I wrote a column recently about teaching our kids resilience and how to prepare them for the competitive world they have been born into. Those things are important, but where, I now ask, is that reality leading us? Read on. Isn’t it interesting how the world views the development of the ...
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10+ Tips to Prepare for Parent-Teacher Conferences

By: Mary McLaughlin | Sep 28, 2016

Our school’s parent-teacher conferences were last night. The expected, and desired, rate of attendance is always 100% so we can share the great things our class and individual students are doing, and also discuss the things we need to discuss…and boy, sometimes those can be challenging conversations! If you’re new to ...
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The Every Day Advantage

By: Tricia Koechig | Sep 28, 2016

Tired. Stressed. Overworked. Underpaid. Frazzled. If you are a teacher on any grade level, you understand and even empathize with those words. It’s obvious: the “stereotype teacher” is exhausted. Teachers have been given a stereotype because quite frankly, teaching is one of those jobs where you never know what is ...
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Embracing the PLC

By: Michelle Areaux | Sep 28, 2016

I am sure by now, most educators have heard the phrase; Professional Learning Community or PLC. In the middle school where I teach, we have embraced the ideas of the PLC and have begun a new approach to our teaching standards and monthly faculty meetings. We even had to include ...
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Pay Them (Teachers) And They Will Come!

By: Maury Cook | Sep 17, 2016

When I graduated from college with my four-year degree in education back in 1988, my salary ($15,000) qualified me for food stamps and I was single. Today most starting salaries in education would place a family of 4 with one income on that same list.  There is a lot of ...
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