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Preparing for Kindergarten

Preparing for Kindergarten

August 20, 2019 |

Listen The time is here! Sound the trumpets! Your child is going to kindergarten. For many children, this means they are off to the big, local public school with new friends, bigger classes, bus rides and nervousness. That nervousness can be from you, your child or both. How do you...

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Mindfulness in the Classroom

Mindfulness in the Classroom

August 19, 2019 |

Listen The demands put upon students these days, from kindergarten through high school, have become overwhelming. Kindergartners, 5 and 6 year olds, are expected to read and write by the end of the school year. Upper elementary age students need to be able to use a computer and take multiple,...

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PBIS - How Effective Is It?

PBIS - How Effective Is It?

August 12, 2019 |

Listen PBIS stands for "Positive Behavioral Interactions and Supports." The overarching goal of PBIS as a classroom strategy is to create safer, more positive learning environments for students of all ages and levels. Most importantly, perhaps, PBIS adds "behavior" as a classroom topic like any other. Here, everyone is first...

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Another School Year Starts - Advice to a New Teacher

Another School Year Starts - Advice to a New Teacher

August 08, 2019 | Performance Stress Teachers

Listen New teachers face unique challenges from connecting with students to developing a work-life balance in a career that seems to follow them home every day. But they also have one of the most important and rewarding jobs on the planet, so those new-teacher-jitters are well worth it in the...

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Should We Have Corporal Punishment in the Classroom?

Should We Have Corporal Punishment in the Classroom?

August 06, 2019 | Mental Health Performance Stress Student Achievement Students

Listen Corporal punishment is defined online by Merriam Webster as being “punishment inflicted on a person’s body”. They further add to the definition by pointing out that the Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution “limits the use of corporal punishment on convicted offenders and prisoners”. However, they also point out...

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2019 Changes In Education

2019 Changes In Education

July 30, 2019 | Budgets Curriculum Students Technology Testing

Listen Education is an ever-evolving industry. Changing families, changes in society, and even our political climate have the potential to impact what is happening in and around the classroom. Industry insiders predict that there will be several significant changes to education in the coming year....from school lunches to the way...

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Bureaucracy in the School System

Bureaucracy in the School System

July 25, 2019 | Administrators Curriculum Student Achievement Teachers

Listen We like to think of education as the one U.S. institution that adamantly supports individualism and free speech. In many ways our schools, public and private, do just that. Administrators and teachers encourage free expression and a personal approach to academic development. State and federal education policies take proactive...

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Are Parents Or Staff In Charge At a School?

Are Parents Or Staff In Charge At a School?

July 24, 2019 | Parents Teachers

Liste A school is a place where children learn, and every child should go to school to acquire new knowledge. In most countries, the schools are managed by the school staff. However, in the United States, there are schools where the parents are in charge. In this scenario, all of...

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Let's Make Teaching Fun

Let's Make Teaching Fun

July 10, 2019 | Curriculum Student Achievement Teachers

Listen Teaching should be fun. If you think about it, it has all the elements. You're in a setting that, for several hours a day, lets you talk about a subject that you love. It's astonishing, then, how boring so many classrooms can become. If you want to reach your...

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Can a Boring Teacher Be a Good Teacher?

Can a Boring Teacher Be a Good Teacher?

July 09, 2019 | Performance Students Teachers

Listen While you may think you are teaching important material to your students, the truth is, when students are bored, their minds begin to wander. And when minds begin to wander, they are not paying attention to what you are talking about. Instead, they begin to put energy into one...

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5 Teachers With Incredible Stories

5 Teachers With Incredible Stories

July 05, 2019 | Teachers

Listen Teachers are among the ranks of the unsung heroes of the world. Around the world teachers wake up day in and day out to go teach a class of students who may be grateful for the education they are being given, or they may not be. Despite this lack...

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Is It Better For a Teacher To Be Nice or To Get Results?

Is It Better For a Teacher To Be Nice or To Get Results?

July 03, 2019 | Curriculum Performance Student Achievement Teachers

Listen If you commonly hear the words You're being too nice or toughen up you might be taking a second look at how you run your classroom. A nice person by nature, you may not want to change how you do things, but something has to change. Your students are...

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