Fostering Parent-Teacher Communication

With all the questions that children bring, we can certainly agree on one thing. We want what is best for our students and children. However, without continuous communication passing through Parent-Teacher channels, we will only see limited success, as communication is a cornerstone of student achievement. From the very beginning of each year, parents and teachers should begin establishing a solid relationship in order to foster communication. This invisible bond between teacher and parent can ultimately determine the outcome and…

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How do I Meet the Needs of ALL Students: Data Tells the Story

"My students aren't making progress." "Only about half of my class can do it." "He/She just doesn't get it." Sound familiar? These phrases are commonly used when we are discussing student progress. Quite often I wonder, what are they really basing these judgment statements on? Are they using student achievement data? If not, then quite the assumption has been made and more digging needs to be done. The rule itself seems simple: All instructional decisions in the classroom should be…

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Best Behaviors – Implement Classroom Management Strategies that Work!

The behavior you acknowledge is the behavior you receive, simple enough. What behaviors are you encountering in your classroom? If you find yourself frustrated with student behaviors and trapped in a cycle of punishment, then the negative behaviors are getting all of your attention. Children need attention like a plant needs sun and water. If they aren’t getting attention for exhibiting desirable behaviors, then they will accept it through being scolded, nagged, and punished. It is far better than being…

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Providing the Just Right Supports that Improve Outcomes for Students with Disabilities

Students with disabilities are diverse learners with remarkable exceptionalities that continue to challenge our expertise, stamina and resolve as educators, reflective practitioners, and families. As an educator and mother who raised a child with a disability, I must acknowledge the importance of providing the just-right supports that improve outcomes for students with disabilities. Having served as a successful teacher, academic coach, and principal among other roles, it hurt deeply to face the reality of not always proving successful at the…

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MTSS Supports the Needs of All Students Through Data

Supporting the Needs of All Students Through MTSS All students deserve to have their needs met with intentional precision. We can’t practice on our students with the hopes of getting it right. As educators, we are under a tremendous amount of pressure to devise a sound plan to successfully meet the needs of all students. This means we must be proactive, responsive, and reflective in this process. There are some questions that can help to guide us in this collective…

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