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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…]

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Impact of Conduct Disorders in Schools

by Howard Gerber on March 1, 2012

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Conduct disorder is a common psychological diagnosis among children and adolescents. It is a chronic behavior problem that is often seen in schools. It can be difficult for teachers to tell when a child is simply having a string of bad days or being overly extroverted and when there is a true psychological problem. Because of this it is important to make teachers aware of the psychological and counseling services available to them and their students. By making teachers more comfortable in referring students to school psychologists more students can be diagnosed and treated for any conditions or disorders that are interfering with their ability to be successful in school. [continue reading…]

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Educational Games in the Classroom

by Howard Gerber on February 23, 2012

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One of the reasons ESE students have so much trouble in traditional classroom settings is because their learning styles are atypical. Lectures, taking notes, and reading chapter after chapter are simply not the way they learn best. ESOL students also have trouble when placed in a classroom at first because they simply don’t understand what is being said or what they are being asked to read. This is where games can be a lifesaver for the children and the teachers. Try one of these educational games to help encourage your unique learners. [continue reading…]

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Pros and Cons of Co-Teaching

by Howard Gerber on January 9, 2012

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There are several reasons why many schools have begun to adopt a co-teaching model in their classrooms. Class size laws in many states require a lower student to teacher ratio as do many individualized education plans. Co-teaching can even result in a better teaching experience for the teachers and the students, as long as the teachers get along. [continue reading…]

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Winter Holidays in the Classroom

by Howard Gerber on December 15, 2011

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As soon as Thanksgiving begins to peek around the corner at the beginning of November, students begin dreaming of their long awaited winter holiday. Two to three weeks away from school to play with toys, watch television and hang out with friends sounds like a dream after the months of slaving away in a classroom. Once December arrives, it can be almost impossible to keep students grounded in school work. One way to do this is to explore the winter holidays from an academic and cultural point of view. This is especially useful in helping to take the mystery out of holidays or holiday traditions of some of the ESOL (English Speakers of Other Languages) students in the school. [continue reading…]

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Gratitude in the Classroom

by Howard Gerber on December 8, 2011

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During our fast paced lives, it is easy to forget that we all have something to be grateful for. Not simply the material possessions we enjoy, but the little things we may not even consider on a daily basis such as being able to see the leaves changing colors, listening to the holiday music, smelling pumpkin pies baking, or enjoying a Thanksgiving meal with our friends and family. Students especially need to be reminded how privileged they are simply to be able to attend schools and have the ability to learn. [continue reading…]

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Apraxia of Speech

by Howard Gerber on November 10, 2011

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CAS, or childhood apraxia of speech, may also be known as verbal apraxia. This speech disorder is not fully understood, however, it causes the patient to be unable to fully perform the movements required to create speech. While it may be called by a variety of names, the important connection is the child has difficulty planning and following through with the actions required to speak. [continue reading…]

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