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Working in Schools

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Exceptional Student Education (ESE) teachers often need to think outside of the educational box when choosing learning supplies for their students. Coloring pages can be quite useful for younger students, students who are just learning English, students who have difficulty reading, or for students who need visual aids to help remember information. The following five websites provide educational coloring pages or printable worksheets that will help students excel in a variety of subjects. [continue reading…]

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Twitter for Special Education Teachers

by Howard Gerber on April 18, 2011

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Twitter is a powerful tool for teachers – especially for special education teachers. In a school, there may be hundreds of classroom teachers, but only half a dozen special education teachers. This often makes it difficult to create a local support network of other professionals who are facing the same sorts of challenges each day in the classroom. [continue reading…]

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Parental Reactions to ESE

by Howard Gerber on February 22, 2011

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One of the hardest things for a parent to hear is that there is something wrong with their child. Parents want to protect their children from illness, injury, and monsters under the bed. Because of this many parents may feel that their child needs protection when a school informs them that their child may have, or does have, a learning disability or delay. [continue reading…]

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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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