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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Professional Development: How Sweet It Is

By: Mary McLaughlin | Jul 7, 2016

I am a professional development junkie. I love it. It’s like a pan of homemade Rice Krispie treats for me…I don’t get to have it often enough and oh! That deliciously rice flavor. When it’s done well, I can’t wait for more because of its sweetness and a wonderful, lingering ...
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WHERE TO BEGIN: The Class Syllabus

By: Donald A. Fuller | Jun 14, 2016

In my last post, I focused on a few classroom management techniques and reinforcements for students.  Now that you have had a chance to look at some of those aspects and create a system that might work for you, it is time to look at how to organize your class.  ...
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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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