10 Reasons Why You Should Move to Montana to Teach

By: Jon Konen | Jan 30, 2020

Why not promote my state? In fact, why don’t we all create a Top-10 list for why teachers should move to our respective states to work? I am a little factious here, but I understand that my Top 10 will make you want to move to Montana! If you are a ...
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Zugzwang Zigzag: An Educator’s Nightmare

By: Jon Konen | Jan 22, 2020

The current situation in America puts educators at a disadvantage…no matter what move we make to promote increased funding we are dividing our communities. Some communities are further along this continuum. I would like to coin this state of education, “The Zugzwang Zigzag!” Are you wondering what Zugzwang means yet? It ...
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A Slice of Huckleberry Pie At the Crossroads of Public Education

By: Jon Konen | Dec 11, 2019

Public education in America is at a crossroads! We can argue that these crossroads have paths towards public education or private ventures (vouchers, charter schools, etc.). We can argue this differently in every state, and if it hasn’t come to your state yet, it will! There is a scarring division over concerns ...
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Finding Ways to Persevere – Finding Joy and Remembering Why You Became a Teacher in the First Place

By: Mary McLaughlin | Dec 2, 2019

At every turn over the past week or two, it seemed too many colleagues were contemplating leaving Teaching. One example is my friend, Lisa. She is a 26-year veteran Special Education Teacher.  She has been in talks with a company that writes Individual Education Plan software.  Citing the need for her ...
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Dealing With The Perpetual Cycle of Giving and Getting Colds at School

By: Mary McLaughlin | Oct 31, 2019

My friend: “I’ve had it. I’m so tired of being sick…and tired. I’m tired of parents sending their sick kids to school!” Me: “What do you do when your kid is sick?” My friend: “I have to send them to school. I’m a single parent and I have no one to stay ...
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Educating Kids with PTSD

By: Mary McLaughlin | Oct 17, 2019

Some years ago, a student entered my classroom. It is never unusual for a Special Education Teacher to hear a knock on the door and have a new student and their family member standing there, along with a school representative, waiting to enter your classroom. Such was the same for this child ...
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Medicating Behavioral Problems Away: What Do Children Think About All the Meds They’re Being Prescribed?

By: Mary McLaughlin | Oct 8, 2019

Checking For Understanding Thursdays is assessment day in my classroom. It is the day where each child is given an assessment which directly addresses the goals set forth in their Individual Education Plan. It is my responsibility, as their Teacher, to track how they’re doing…to monitor their progress toward those goals. This weekly monitoring ...
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3 Wishes I Made to a Genie to Change Education

By: Jon Konen | Sep 30, 2019

When I rubbed the Tylenol bottle, I found a mysterious and mythical genie popping out of the top. Though I was digging into this bottle to relieve my pain, I laughed as he told me he would grant me three educational wishes. The genie seemed to have a glowing October orange ...
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10 Reminders to Keep Your Sanity

By: Jon Konen | Sep 19, 2019

What many people in other professions don’t understand is how engrained and engaged educators are in the lives of their students once they step foot in our doorways. We now stay up at night worrying how to connect, how to feed, how to clothe, how to support their trauma, and ...
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Administrators May Not Be Well Informed About Special Education Do’s and Don’ts: Educating the Educational Leader

By: Mary McLaughlin | Sep 13, 2019

My friend Elise was recently promoted to the role of school principal in her large urban district on the west coast. During her 18 year tenure in the same district, she spent nearly a decade teaching third grade, a couple years as a Literacy Coach, and then was reluctantly cast into ...
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