5 Strategies to Teach Children Patience That My Dad Taught Me

By: Jon Konen | Aug 8, 2016

Can you teach patience? I think you can! Having an amazing dad that is the epitome of patience has taught me a lot. Staff members wonder why I don’t get rattled when a kid yells, screams, or even tries to throw stuff at me when they are frustrated. It goes ...
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A New Normal – Explaining Loss to Child with Special Needs

By: Mary McLaughlin | Aug 1, 2016

Last week I enjoyed the best kind (in my mind) of vacation:  a beach vacation. The opportunity to sit and watch the waves crash to shore in a pulsing, cacophonous, capacious rhythm which makes my heart happy, my mind relax, and my body become serenely placid. Ahh…the joys of getting ...
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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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Not 400:1, But 400 1:1s – 21 Tips to Form Strong Kid Relationships

By: Jon Konen | Jul 29, 2016

Ratios can be valuable pieces of data, if used correctly. Math gets in our way sometimes of seeing what truly is meaningful in education. We track assessment data, individual education plans, and even formative data on how students respond in science classes.  The data we can’t track are the intangibles, ...
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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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How Becoming a Published Author Changed the Way I Teach Writing to My Students

By: Michelle Areaux | Jul 8, 2016

As a middle school language arts teacher for almost eight years, I have found myself seeking new and different ways to teach writing within my classroom. I have always enjoyed writing as I am a writer, but teaching writing- that has always been a stressful part of my job. 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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Caring Communication

By: Tricia Koechig | Jul 8, 2016

Communication has been defined as “the act or process of using words, sounds, signs, or behaviors to express or exchange information or to express your ideas, thoughts, feelings, etc. to someone else (Merriam-Webster).”  Communication takes place from the time of your birth and throughout your entire life. There are many ...
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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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