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The Unique Challenge of Teaching Special Education

Posted by Brian Spence on May 14, 2018 8:00:00 AM

It's not easy being a special ed teacher. All teachers face their own set of challenges, but for special ed teachers, those challenges can be even more advanced. The challenges, however, are also backed by their own unique set of rewards. If you're a special ed teacher, many of these scenarios will seem all too familiar.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Education

How Special Needs Instructors Can Connect With Their Peers

Posted by Brian Spence on Apr 30, 2018 8:00:00 AM

A recent Edutopia article explored the loneliness that special education instructors feel on the job. In her op-ed "Easing a Feeling of Professional Isolationism," columnist Jayne Clare explains that being a special ed teacher can feel lonely. The 30-year education veteran said instructors can overcome isolation by connecting with others.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Education

Teachers Who Practice Self-Care are Happier in the Classroom

Posted by Brian Spence on Mar 5, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Imagine a classroom of 25 fourth-graders. It's nearing the end of the day. Eyes are gazing out the window, minds are wandering into private daydreams, and the teacher at the whiteboard, realizing her history talk is mostly being ignored, experiences a personal meltdown. She does nothing drastic, but she does stop teaching, she assigns some quiet reading until the bell rings, and then sinks into her chair, near tears and feeling incompetent. Another failed day, she thinks.

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Topics: Mental Health, Education

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

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