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Shake Up Special Education

Posted by Brian Spence on Feb 17, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Most people have a favorite former teacher. Typically, these educators left their mark because they formed trusting relationships with their students and taught with genuine care. These educators taught in a way that built relationships and demonstrated interest in the lives of their students, not just their homework score. While schools are careful of physical touch, for obvious reasons, a handshake is a great way to create a connection and foster relationship.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Education

The Cost of Caring -- Why Teachers Are Stressed

Posted by Brian Spence on Jan 16, 2017 8:00:00 AM


Business is business; but when you are in the business of dealing with children, it's hard to keep your emotions in check. Teaching is a profession that attracts naturally compassionate folks. With a genuine sense of social concern and commitment, their desire is to work with young minds to change the world through education. No one becomes an educator for the money.

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Topics: Education

Mental Health Training -- What Every Teacher Needs To Know

Posted by Brian Spence on Dec 5, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Teachers often spend more time with children than parents do, so why are most teachers not trained in mental health disorders? Sure they are underpaid, but at the end of the day, educators teach because they have a passion for helping children learn.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Mental Health, Education

Singing a Final Goodbye to a Teacher

Posted by Brian Spence on Oct 24, 2016 11:54:35 AM

Stories of chaos, and even violence, in the classroom are all too common. Teachers are frustrated with the lack of respect from kids and lack of support from parents and administrators; it's easy to be discouraged.

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Topics: Education

An Extra Special Wedding For a Special Education Teacher

Posted by Brian Spence on Oct 17, 2016 8:00:00 AM

People get married every day. Every wedding is unique. But who needs five flower girls and three ring bearers? Louisville teacher, Kinsey French, did. She couldn't imagine getting married without including all the students in her special education class at Christian Academy Rock Creek. Along with her niece and her fiance's nephew, her six Down Syndrome students led the way down the aisle for the teacher they all love.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Education

Kinesthetic Education - Learning and Movement

Posted by Brian Spence on Oct 3, 2016 1:56:42 PM

As Thomas Edison said, “Great ideas originate in the muscles.” Kinesiology is the study of human movement. Kinesthetic learning incorporates movement with learning. Exercise promotes a process known as neurogenesis, i.e. your brain’s ability to adapt and grow new brain cells, regardless of your age.

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Topics: Education

Teacher, Social Worker, Or Both?

Posted by Brian Spence on Jul 11, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Being a teacher is a lot more than just imparting knowledge to students and keeping order in the classroom. Sometimes the lines blur between teacher, parent, and social worker. During the school year, kids spend more time with their peers and teachers than they do at home. A classroom is its own little community; it has hierarchies and other dynamics that affect the how well students learn.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Education

Paraprofessionals - The Quiet Heroes

Posted by Brian Spence on Jul 5, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Who are these quiet heroes? They used to call them teacher's aides, the ones who assisted with art projects or tidying up. But now they are paraprofessionals or para-educators, and take a more active role in the classroom, especially with children who are physically or developmentally disabled.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Education

White House Gives Special Education a Big Boost With eBooks App

Posted by Brian Spence on Jun 27, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Building a lifelong love of reading is difficult, especially when great books are few and far in-between. It's even harder for schools and educators that have limited resources and access to great books, such as low-income schools and special education professionals. The Obamas are hoping to remove these obstacles with their new app, called Open eBooks.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Education

10 Things Special Education Teachers Wish You Knew

Posted by Brian Spence on Jun 20, 2016 8:00:00 AM

49 states report a shortage of special education teachers, according to the National Coalition of Personnel Shortages in Special Education and Related Services. These educators should be considered modern day superheroes. Whether scaling mountains of paperwork in a single bound like Superman or knowing what your child needs before they express it like Jean Gray, special education teachers are exceptional.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Education

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