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Reading Aloud After Elementary School

by Howard Gerber on March 8, 2012

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It is common for elementary school teachers to read books to their classes. They read textbooks aloud and will often have a time set aside each day to read a non-curriculum book to the class as well. Students love this and it teaches them a variety of skills including the proper way to read, how to pronounce new words, and how inflection should be used. Once students enter junior high, reading aloud often becomes nothing but a distant memory. [continue reading…]


School Nurse Shortages

by Angela Stevens on March 1, 2010

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My son attends a relatively small school. As I am by nature a chatty person, I have gotten to know most of the teachers and staff through open house nights and other school functions. One of the people I talk to on a fairly regular basis is the school nurse. She is a very kind older lady, Grace, who has been a nurse almost as long as I have been alive. School Nurse

She has worked all over the country, depending on where her husband was transferred in the military. Nursing, especially school nursing, is a true passion of hers. She is a member of several nursing associations and groups, and she was recently telling me about the school nurse shortage. I thought it odd that there would be such a shortage, considering it seems like an ideal job for a nurse. However, she said there are shortages in the nursing field in general, and many of the younger nurses want a high impact, more exciting career – which is not usually part of the job description when one becomes a school nurse.

There are numerous reasons why the role of school nurse needs to be filled. [continue reading…]


ESOL in a Small Town

by Angela Stevens on November 23, 2009

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ESOL and ELL are acronyms that are used interchangeably and the preference for one over the other largely depends on geographic location. ESOL stands for English for Speakers of Other Languages and ELL stands for English Language Learners. Both describe students, usually children, in the educational system who are learning English as a second language.


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