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Working in Schools

Using Facebook in the Classroom

by Howard Gerber on January 5, 2011

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Keeping parents apprised of their child’s academic performance has always been important for teachers. It is especially important to have close communication with parents of children who are struggling in school. New technologies are constantly being rolled out that can have a phenomenal impact on the lives of students, if applied properly. The Internet and social applications like Facebook are an excellent method of facilitating communication between parents and teachers. However, it must be done carefully in order to not violate any privacy rights of the students. [continue reading…]

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The Role of Holiday Decorations in Education

by Howard Gerber on December 8, 2010

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Decorating classrooms has become somewhat expected these days. Teachers are expected to have bulletin boards that are coordinated with the season or a theme from the lesson plans. The start of the school year will often find classrooms decked out with apple trees, school buses, colorful piles of leaves, or stacks of books. Most minor holidays such as St. Patrick’s Day, Valentine’s Day, and even Halloween are expected to play a role in the décor of a classroom. It isn’t until December arrives that people become hypersensitive to holiday decorations. [continue reading…]

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Bullying in Middle School

by Howard Gerber on October 6, 2010

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Bullying has received a lot of attention in the media lately. Everything from food allergies to being gay can cause bullying at all academic levels. While it is certainly true that instances of bullying can be found almost everywhere, it often begins in middle school. Students begin picking on one another about any perceived difference, and eventually an incident will escalate into bullying. It is up to school educators, psychologists, administrators, and therapists to take a stand against bullying in the school. By teaching children how much damage their words and actions can cause, it may be possible to reduce the amount of bullying students must endure during school and hopefully reduce, and eventually eliminate, the tragic consequences bullying so often cause. [continue reading…]

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Leftover Medications at the End of the School Year

by Howard Gerber on July 20, 2010

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One of the primary roles of a school nurse is to dispense medications that have been brought in by parents. A doctor may prescribe medications for conditions such as asthma, allergies, migraines, infection, or pain. Over the counter medications may also be brought in for students by their parents, such as a pain relievers, antihistamines, or eye drops.  All of these medications are kept in a secure location and accessible only by a nurse or other school official. At the end of the school year, some medications will be left over. Several steps need to be taken by the school nurse in order to dispose of the medications prior to leaving for the summer. [continue reading…]

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Healthcare Jobs Available at Schools Now!

by Howard Gerber on July 7, 2010

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People who do not work within the school system often think all aspects of a school and the school district shut down when the students leave for the summer. This could not be further from the truth. The school board and district offices remain open around the year. Even the individual schools are staffed all year. Principals, assistant principals, coaches, some teachers, counselors, and office staff are all on duty getting ready for the following year. In fact, it is during the first few weeks of the students’ summer vacation that schools begin to aggressively search for new employees. [continue reading…]

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Responsibilities of a Teacher of the Visually Impaired

by Angela Stevens on March 30, 2010

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The biggest responsibility of a teacher of the visually impaired, or TVI, is to lead the student’s educational team. While the student will have a 504 or an IEP, and thus a special education teacher assigned to him or her, that special education teacher has not been specifically trained to meet the needs of a visually impaired student. The TVI must help show the special education teacher, classroom teachers, staff, and possibly even the parents what they will need to do in order to make the education environment as effective and enjoyable as possible.

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The specific responsibilities of the TVI will depend greatly on the degree to which the child is visually impaired. [continue reading…]

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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…]

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