The Fears Teachers Have: Part 2) Have Well-Educated Adults Lost Their Ability To Have a Backbone?

By: Mary McLaughlin | Mar 22, 2019

This is Part 2 of a three-part series on Teacher Fears, and in it we will explore what’s really ruminating in the hearts and minds of the people in this profession. This exploration will consider the things that teachers are often hesitant to discuss or write about for fear of ...
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The Fears Teachers Have: Part 1) Facing Down What Is Real, What Is Perceived and What Makes Teachers Fear For Their Jobs and Careers

By: Mary McLaughlin | Mar 20, 2019

This is Part 1 of a three-part series on Teacher Fears, and in it we will explore what’s really ruminating in the hearts and minds of the people in this profession. This exploration will consider the things that teachers are often hesitant to discuss or write about for fear of ...
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4 Strategies to Reframe Student and Parent Comments to the Positive

By: Jon Konen | Mar 12, 2019

Have you ever wanted to change the words that someone says? As an educator, reframing words is a conversational skill that can be very tricky, but very effective in the success of a student. Many times we using reframing to change negative self-talk or unhealthy perceptions of others. The best ...
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Igniting Magic: 5 Things I Learned When I Transformed My Classroom Into a Campground

By: Brooke Knowles | Feb 11, 2019

Can you just hear the crackle of the campfire and the crickets chirping?  How about the sweet taste of marshmallows, chocolate, and graham crackers?  The tent is set up in your favorite spot, right next to the tallest evergreen tree. You and the kids settle in to read a good book ...
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Leadership: 7 Unintentional Lessons I Learned from Failure

By: Jon Konen | Feb 4, 2019

Failure is often misinterpreted. We shy away from failure, especially if we are perfectionists. When in reality, it can be the greatest learning experience and an opportunity for personal growth. Recently I applied for a superintendent position in my school district. The district is the second largest in Montana with roughly 10,500 ...
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You Can’t Control All the Factors That Lead to Problem Behavior, But You CAN Manage It In The Classroom

By: Mary McLaughlin | Jan 24, 2019

I have three dogs—Homer, Scruffy, and Murphy (whose whole name is Murphy Hugh Jackman…long story). Homer came to me because of a rainy day. Typical for me on a rainy day, I picked up my lap top and sat down to mindlessly browse the web during Christmas vacation.  A page popped up ...
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Training and Retaining Great Talent in America’s Teaching Ranks

By: Mary McLaughlin | Jan 9, 2019

In the last week of the year. All across this great land of ours, American Teachers were enjoying the reprieve from day-to-day tasks involved with educating America’s youth. Not many (okay, probably a lot really ARE…I’m probably the only slacker) were reading professional articles about enhancing classroom practice.  Probably few were ...
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The Construction Foreman Parent: 5 Strategies for Raising a Kind and Humble Child

By: Jon Konen | Jan 8, 2019

This picture is worth 1,000 words and it tells a story. A story of a child’s hard work with football…signing day! Our son recently signed a letter of intent to play football for University of Montana Western. There is a back story to this picture that I would like to ...
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Being An Agent of Success At a Time When Many Are Opting Out: Remaining Committed To Your Career Dream

By: Mary McLaughlin | Dec 29, 2018

What Is Going On? My heart is heavy. A friend and I were chatting about our mutual alma mater.  We were discussing our teacher prep program, graduate programs, and their application to our current jobs. I asked how things were rolling in the university’s teacher prep program.  Reminiscing about the challenges we faced ...
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Over Christmas Break, I Promise to… 10 Strategies for Going on an Education Diet

By: Jon Konen | Dec 13, 2018

Yes, I truly believe we must step away and have a break from our classrooms and schools routinely. The school year has a few breaks built into the schedule, and several 3-day weekends. Then, educators have a summer break which can be and should be rejuvenating! Though our roughly 180 ...
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