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June 27th, 2020

An Adventure and a Reflection: Supporting Parents Over Break

While many of us spend the month of December day-dreaming about long lazy days spent binge-watching favorite shows, eating tasty holiday treats, and spending time with family and friends, there is one group that faces the holiday break with a bit more trepidation: our students’ parents. Knowing how to plan activities to stimulate and encourage learning while keeping kids focused
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June 27th, 2020

Avoiding the Summer Slide

There are two words on every educator’s mind during the transition from summer to a new school year: “Summer Slide”. This unfortunate tendency for some students to regress over the summer months at home may not be completely avoidable, but teachers and other school staff can certainly take some actions to curb this lapse. One thing that can be done
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June 27th, 2020

Challenging Conversations, Positive Results

Our goal as teachers is for our students to succeed. That may mean something different to each teacher – earning a certain score on an exam, overcoming a specific obstacle to achieve a social goal, finally participating in class – but success for all students has to be at the core of a teacher’s goals. So when a student is
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June 27th, 2020

Helping Parents Take the First Step!

Writing celebrations. Classroom volunteers. Coat drive. Box tops. Homework help. So much comes along with being a parent who is engaged in their child’s education and school community! It can feel daunting for some parents and they may not know where to start. Instead of jumping into everything, they may stay on the sidelines, or at least appear that way
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June 27th, 2020

New Year’s Resolutions for Communication

Before the school year begins many teachers are full of a sense of renewed excitement and commitment for the goals they hope to achieve professionally and in their classrooms. It is very realistic that while some may have stuck and even exceeded expectations, just like so many goals we set for ourselves, others may have gotten lost in the mix.
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June 27th, 2020

Parent Conferences: Tips for Success

With March around the corner, it is conference season for many schools. While conferences are undoubtedly a busy time for you as the teacher, with a little bit of planning they can prove to be a great relationship building event that will help you, the parents, and most importantly the students have a successful remainder of the school year. Scheduling
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June 27th, 2020

Start a New List: Breaking the Cycle of Negative Communication

I was sitting in the staff lounge during my third week of teaching when I first heard a colleague refer to “The List.” She was complaining about how difficult her student was and another teacher responded, “Well, add that name to your list,” referring to the list of names that they would never name their children, thanks to having taught
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June 27th, 2020

Starting the Year Off Strong: Establishing Communication Procedures with Parents

The bulletin boards are up, your lesson plans are done, and you’ve completed your in-service days. This can only mean one thing…it’s time for a new school year! There are some sayings that seasoned staff are sure to hear and repeat year after year. Some they will say for novice staff, and some they will say to remind themselves. But
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June 27th, 2020

5 Tips to Prevent End-of-Year Communication Chaos!

Congrats! It is officially the home stretch of this school year! In the next few weeks your communication to parents will likely be at an all-time high for the school year. Staying organized and thinking through your communication strategy will help your parents and, in turn, help you! Summer is just around the corner…you’ve got this! 1. Send home a
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