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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Spreading The Word About Literacy Through the INT’L BOOK PROJECT

By: Michelle Areaux | Jun 8, 2016

If you are like me, you are always searching for ways to promote literacy among your students. During the school year, we all deal with reluctant readers, those that have difficulty comprehending, and those that do not have access to quality books. This struggle can be disheartening to both educators ...
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The Power of Buddy Classrooms: 19 Ideas

By: Jon Konen | Jun 8, 2016

Back to the main Bully Prevention Guide. PU#113 – Use Buddy Classes Read to me, draw with me…let's create something together! Creating a community of learners in a school can be done in many ways by students and staff. One way to quickly build relationships between students and staff is to create Buddy Classrooms. ...
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The Things She Carried

By: Mary Hardin | Jun 6, 2016

Right now, I am the most popular teacher in my building. It’s not for any typical reason—no, I don’t give out tons of extra credit, and I certainly can’t be the prettiest or funniest. No, the reason is because I have a sizable box fort in my room. Am I ...
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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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The “Double Scoop” – Student Emotions

By: Jon Konen | Jun 2, 2016

It's at this time of year we see behaviors in students that we may not have seen since the first days of school in the fall. We wonder what has changed in the student's life to warrant these behaviors.  We have to keep the big picture in the forefront. Many times ...
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Summer Reading: Friend or Foe?

By: Michelle Areaux | May 31, 2016

The idea of summer reading, as wonderful as it sounds to educators, is usually a dreaded phrase to students and parents alike.  For kids, summer is supposed to be full of sunshine, fun, and freedom. Not reading some boring book their lame teachers selected. Right? No! This is a mindset that ...
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Can a Kindness Campaign Truly Change Your School?

By: Jon Konen | May 30, 2016

Back to the main Bully Prevention Guide. PU#151 – Kindness Campaign After trying many things to lessen discipline referrals in our school, we had to step out and think “inside the box.” What do you focus on, the discipline of a few naughty students or the kindness of the majority of students? That ...
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