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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3 Things You Should Be Tracking with All Behavior

By: Jon Konen | Sep 17, 2016

One of my pet peeves is to walk into a room, say a teacher’s lounge, and hear teacher’s griping about a student’s behavior. I understand we must talk to colleagues about school life, but continually knocking down students isn’t going to make the problem better. In our school we call ...
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Implications of Lead Poisoning on Children

By: Mary McLaughlin | Sep 9, 2016

I come from the land called Michigan whose lower peninsula is shaped like a mitten and whose upper peninsula is shaped like a running rabbit. My daughter lives in the “nose” of the rabbit, a dear friend lives in the rabbit’s tail, an in-law lives in the thumb, my bestie ...
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Making a Move: Special Needs Kids and Frequently Changing Homes

By: Mary McLaughlin | Sep 9, 2016

I’ve been spending a lot of time after school packing up my home, preparing to move into another home, one which is a lot closer to my school, closer to the Big City, and is located in a mid-sized town. I’ll be back where food can be delivered to my ...
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4 Arguments for Technology Infusion in Schools

By: Jon Konen | Sep 7, 2016

You ever been in argument with someone about education, and what we should be or should not being doing? It’s not hard to argue against someone who believes students should be technology free in schools. We see technology in almost all jobs and every aspect of our lives. Recently, on ...
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How to Combat Self Doubt as a Teacher

By: Mary McLaughlin | Sep 3, 2016

I have had some interesting events rise up in my personal life this week. I don’t know if this has happened to you, but when this type of week rolls in, it feels like a rushing wave of water at high tide, catching me sitting too close to the water’s ...
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5 Ways to Be an In and Out Burger, and Not an Applebee’s!

By: Jon Konen | Sep 2, 2016

The size of the menu can tell you a lot about the restaurant. Some menus offer everything under the sun and appeal to as many people’s appetite as possible. Applebee’s is a family favorite in my house because we can all get something completely different and everyone’s happy. They spend ...
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Some Tips You Need to Know to Survive Your First Year in Special Education

By: Mary McLaughlin | Aug 25, 2016

So, this isn’t my first year as a special education Teacher anymore…it’s certainly not  my first year in Education…this year marks year 21 in the field. Having served in a variety of roles over these many years, it’s a safe bet that I thought I had a handle on my ...
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New Beginnings

By: Mary McLaughlin | Aug 25, 2016

What is the true test of friendship? Helping someone move—willingly… without fear of the other person having something to lord over you—like the tales of a crazy night spent in Vegas or those late night conversations held in dorm rooms after the pizza box is empty. This selfless act of ...
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