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The Difference Between b and d

Beginning readers and writers often struggle with the letters b and d. This activity will show the difference between these two letters as well as how to recognize the letters p and q. . read more

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Involving Parents and Influencing the Home so Students Achieve More

Are schools doing the right things to involve parents? If you haven’t already, you will soon read about the fact that many state legislatures are providing funds to provide teachers with bonus’ who involve parents during the school year. While this idea has real merit as far as children’s achievement is concerned, the laws passed by these states only require parents to come to “back to school n.... read more

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Bus Monitor, 68, Bullied by Middle Schoolers in Greece, New York-- What is an Appropriate Punishment

Grandmother, Public school bus monitor bullied by students
Mob Mentality: Reverse it and Use Peer Influence in a Positive Way --Greece, New York, A recent article posted by CNN reports about a 68-year-old school bus monitor being verbally abused and harassed by middle schoolers from Greece, New York. Video recorded by a camera phone and later posted online shows students using vulgar language, insults about her weight and income level, taunts, and even p.... read more

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The New PTA

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New PTA Movement We recently presented at the Utah state PTA Convention. We met many great, dedicated people who really want to make a difference in education. PTA representatives we spoke with were inquisitive, thoughtful, and were sincerely investigating ways they can help teachers and improve student achievement. This hasn't necessarily always been the case, however. This isn't to say that P.... read more

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Four Conditions to Change Bullying

Just read an article about another approach to eliminate bullying. This one, "Stand4Change," is organizing a specific time and day when thousands of kids/people, over 900,000 and growing as currently stated on the Stand4change.org site, simultaneously stand and speak against bullying, create awareness, and compliment others. We fully believe in putting an end to bullying. As if education and life .... read more

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Teacher Satisfaction, Beans, and Oatmeal

A recent survey completed by MetLife shows that teacher satisfaction is lower than it has been in 20 years. The economic influence plays a very significant role in this perception: reduction in social and health programs, layoffs (66% polled have witnessed layoffs in their area), 76% have seen budget cuts, while needs appear to be increasing. Class size has increased as reported by 63% of those su.... read more

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Effort vs. Innovation

How to Really Improve Classroom Achievement--Teaching is a most respected endeavor, though not always treated as such, and teachers do work extremely hard. Spend a few minutes trying to get the few kids in your own family on the same page and you can begin to relate just a little to what a tremendous undertaking it is for a teacher working to wrangle and organize 20 or maybe even 30 students wit.... read more

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