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Elementary Teaching Has Its Education Challenges

Posted by Brian Spence on Feb 19, 2018 8:00:00 AM

When people think of elementary school teaching, particularly the lower elementary grades, they often think of the fun parts of the job. The kids are cute. You can use games to help with learning. You get to enjoy the funny stories the children share. Yet, being an elementary school teacher is not all fun and games. There are several struggles that those working in elementary schools face.

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Topics: Education

Elementary School Faces Hot-Button Society Topics Head-On

Posted by Brian Spence on Feb 12, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Some adults believe that they need to shield young children from tough, controversial subjects, but a New Jersey school is taking a different approach. Seek Academy is tackling hot-button issues that most classrooms avoid. The Newark-based elementary school recently added a weekly, 85-minute social justice class where students discuss riveting current events and social studies-related topics.

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Topics: Education

Special Education Needs: Understanding the Twice Exceptional Child

Posted by Brian Spence on Jan 8, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Is your child twice-exceptional or do you work with a twice-exceptional child? A twice-exceptional child is a child who can be labeled as "gifted" or "above average" while also having special education needs. For example, the child may have extraordinary math skills while also having ADHD and anxiety, or the child might have a reading level several grades above their current grade level but also have autism.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Education

New App Connects Developmentally Disabled with Similar Friends

Posted by Brian Spence on Sep 25, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Lasting friendships are an important part of life, but making friends can be difficult for many people. Unfortunately, it can be even harder for people who are developmentally disabled, especially those who struggle to form meaningful connections with their peers. One California man may have a solution.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Education

Back-to-School Focus on Mental Health

Posted by Brian Spence on Aug 28, 2017 8:00:00 AM

As the new school year starts for many people, mental health should be a top priority for everyone involved with education. Whether you are a student, a teacher, or a teacher who also takes classes, there are several things you should be doing to take care of yourself.

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Topics: Mental Health, Education

One Key to Being a Good Teacher: Letting Your Students Know You Care

Posted by Brian Spence on Aug 21, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Most people who decide to pursue a career in education do so hoping to make a difference in their students' lives. For some educators, making a difference in their students' lives might feel like an almost overwhelming task. If you are a teacher hoping to do something great for your students, though, it is important to realize that it is often the small things that can make a difference. Ultimately, your students often just need to know that you care. There are several ways you can do this.

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Topics: Education

A Teacher and a Nurse Save a Young Life

Posted by Brian Spence on Jul 3, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Nathan Campbell will grow up, thanks to his teacher and the school nurse. The kindergartner at Zane North Elementary in Collingswood, New Jersey had only been in school for a few weeks when his teacher noticed something wrong. Kathy Keller had taught his brother and sister, and when Nathan came along there was something "off" about him. He didn't want to go to recess and complained that his leg hurt.

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Topics: Healthcare, Education

88 Year Old Proves You Are Never Too Old to Further Your Education

Posted by Brian Spence on May 22, 2017 8:00:00 AM

As people get older, if they have not already completed a college education, sometimes they make excuses about why it is too late. Maybe they begin to feel that it is not worth their time or like they like they missed their chance to get a degree. That was not the case for 88-year-old Horace Sheffield, a Georgia man who recently graduated from Shorter University with a Bachelor of Science in Christian Studies. Sheffield started college in 1960 but dropped out in 1965 just a few credits short of graduating.

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Topics: Education

Celebrating Teacher's Day - May 9, 2017

Posted by Brian Spence on May 1, 2017 8:00:00 AM

The influence teachers have on young minds can't be overstated. From the first step you take into a classroom, you will spend more hours with your teacher than you will with your family.

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Topics: Education

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

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