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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The Big Send-Off

By: Mary McLaughlin | May 30, 2016

Today was our school’s last day of school. My first day of class with this bunch was November 20, 2015; during the course of six months, my kids have worked very, very hard. Their IEP goals were at the forefront of all our activities, their learning styles were the root of my ...
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The Fortune of Failure and Firsts

By: Tricia Koechig | May 26, 2016

Vincent Van Gogh is considered one of the most influential painters of all time. However, few know of his life outside of his famous painting, “A Starry Night.” Van Gogh’s parents gave birth to a still born son just a year prior to having Vincent. The Van Gogh’s had not ...
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Veteran Status

By: Mary Hardin | May 26, 2016

I can’t believe it happened, but it finally did. I remember in my early days, covered in sweat and chalk dust, armpit deep in half-marked essays and desperately constructed lesson plans, that this day would never come. Oh, yes, people told me that it would, but I didn’t believe them. ...
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School Year Alpha, Omicron, and Omega

By: Mary McLaughlin | May 26, 2016

The Alpha (beginning): school year...the beginning of a new year’s adventures in teaching and learning...it’s fresh. We’re rested. We’re renewed. We’re rejuvenated. We’re excited. We’re organized. We’re anxious. We’re professionally developed. We’re unpacked. We’re set up. We’re done reviewing I.E.P.’s, their accommodations and modifications. We’ve asked a million and nine ...
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For Love or Money?

By: Mary McLaughlin | May 26, 2016

I got paid Friday. While that day always makes my heart happy, what makes my heart happiest after nearly two decades in the profession is the same as when I first stepped into my very first classroom: working with the kiddos in my class. They are the reason I do what I ...
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The Facts on Implementing College Readiness – A Positive Approach

By: Lisa Nielsen | May 26, 2016

I have been an educator (or a teacher) my whole life; I just did not know it right away. I spent many years in Corporate America building a career in business (finance and publishing) as a project management focused executive. During my career, I was lucky enough to begin adjunct-ing ...
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The Passion for Knowledge

By: Cailyn Dougherty | May 25, 2016

The passion for knowledge has always been within me. It was something, even at a young age, I could remember having. I would create these expansive stories in my head about adventures a character had been on or struggles a character had gone through. Of course, when I was younger, ...
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Brain Breaks: Not Just for the Kiddos

By: Cailyn Dougherty | May 25, 2016

When I think back to when I was in school, we worked from the start of class to the end of the day. The only time we had breaks was if we needed to go to the bathroom, or finished all of our work. These little moments were few and ...
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