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  • The Communication Crisis – Teacher to Teacher Part I

    on Oct 31, 14 • in Educator Professionalism, Featured • with Comments

    Parent Meeting

    Few people would disagree that communication is essential in sharing concepts and ideas, however, effective communication often seems to elude the masses. Many books and motivational speakers have touched on the subject in one way or another, yet properly passing along information and having it received as intended is not an easy task; miscommunication is. So, how could it be in a world where communication is shared so readily and easily, that people can still be so misunderstood?  Most teachers excel in classroom communication and parental communication, yet it is in teacher to teacher or teacher to administrator communication where we seem to

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  • What’s the Difference: Accommodations vs. Modifications

    on Oct 30, 14 • in Featured, Special Education • with Comments


    When it comes to accommodations and modifications, very few educators have a solid grasp on the differences between the two. What’s the difference between accommodations and modifications? Here’s how to tell them apart! Accommodations vs. Modifications An accommodation helps a student with learning gaps experience the same curriculum as his or her peers. For an accommodation, you will give strategies, but you don’t alter the curriculum and the learning outcomes remain the same. A modification helps a student with a more significant learning need experience the same curriculum as his or her peers, but with the

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  • 12 Tips for Maintaining Classroom Self Control

    on Oct 29, 14 • in Featured, Management • with Comments

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    The class is taking a weekly math test. Everyone is working quietly when a fly buzzes across the room. Suddenly, Bingo says in a clear voice, “Here’s my friend, Tony the Fly.” A few people twitter but most just keep working. I go stand near Bingo ready to whisper in his ear to help him get back to task. Another fly joins the class. Bonzo, Bingo’s partner in crime, shouts, “Look! It’s Tony’s dad!” The entire class’ self control flies out the window with Tony and his dad. I have to bypass my urge to

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  • Trouble Student: 4 Things Every Teacher Should Do Before Putting A Child in Time Out

    on Oct 28, 14 • in Featured, Management • with Comments


    We all have that one student. The one that seems to know just how to disrupt, disrespect, and disassemble a class all without meaning to. They are the ones that, when absent, you tend to get more done. But what are you to do when the are present and ready to disrupt? How do you curb their tendencies and help them work to achieve? First, take a breath. You can count to 10, close your eyes, remove yourself to the hall for 30 seconds. Whatever works for you to think clearly. Even as adults, we have tempers

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  • A Light to Turn On

    on Oct 27, 14 • in Featured, From the Front Lines, Opinion • with Comments


    Little people. That is whom I teach. I have a room full of loud, curious, eager, fidgety little people who I must teach Reading, Math, English, Social Studies, Science, critical thinking, social skills and personal hygiene to in 170 days. State Department of Education, eat your heart out. It is a privilege to be trusted with this large task. I don’t take it lightly. I know that I have a very large role to fill and I know that I have the support of parents. But what about those of you who don’t have the

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