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    Back to School Anxieties Part II: How To Help Children Manage Them With 4 Easy Fun Exercises!!

    Back to school anxieties are common and often not addressed. In part I, I spoke about how these anxieties need to be aired and shared so that children’s day to day learning would not be affected.  As many adults do not know how to share their anxiety and fears, children certainly have neither the skills to identify these feelings nor the language and communication abilities to express what is shutting them down. This shut down interferes with their listening and processing skills, and the ...

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    by Karen Stone @eqforchildren.
    Wednesday, 31 August 2016
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    An Educator's Social Media Guide

    There’s a lot of talk these days about how worthwhile it is to be a connected educator. I’m one of those people doing that talking. I’m trying me best to be out there doing what I can to help people get connected. Odds are, you are, too. I might even be a nuisance to some people about it, but there’s good reason for that. Here’s why—There’s nothing that I’ve done that has had a bigger impact on me as a professional than getting connected online. It’s not hard to find these crusaders for the p ...

    by Aaron Hogan @aaron_hogan
    Tuesday, 30 August 2016
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    Are Hidden Vision Problems Causing a Student's Learning Challenges?

    If a child can’t see well, he or she likely will have some trouble with learning. That’s a bit of a “duh” statement. But what if the child’s vision problems go undetected? After all, vision problems aren’t as easily observed as are, for example, hearing or speech problems. Still, you might wonder how vision problems could go undetected when so many children have their visual acuity screened every year in school. Well, Wendy Rosen, author of The Hidden Link Between Vision and Learning, and a r ...

    by Rae Pica | @raepica1
    Tuesday, 30 August 2016
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    The Joy of Now

    The other day I stopped into a local store to get some resources for an activity I'm planning. I saw a few craft items and kits for making Christmas ornaments or crafts. "Okay," I thought. "I guess you need to get started early on that kind of stuff." Then I stumbled into an aisle that was row and row of Christmas ornaments. "It's summer," I thought."I don't need to see or think about this yet." I just couldn't comprehend it. But, of course, I pondered on seeing all this Christmas stuff now. ...

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    by R Scott Wiley | @sxwiley
    Tuesday, 30 August 2016
  • I'm More Than a Football Player

    I love football season!  Although I grow in my excitement for college football every year, there's nothing like feeling the energy at a high school on a Friday in the fall! As a first year building administrator years ago, I was especially excited to interact with the football players in the hallways on a Football Friday!  There's nothing more classy than football players dressed up in button-down shirts and ties walking the hallways showing their pride for their school and tea ...

    by Neil Gupta | @drneilgupta
    Monday, 29 August 2016
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NAEYC’s vision for our profession is one that “exemplifies excellence and is recognized as vital and performing a critical role in society” (NAEYC, 2015). In order to fulfill that vision, we need to make darn sure those in this profession obtain quality and appropriate training.

Unfortunately, this is not always the case. This is especially true now that online training seems to have exploded. In the push to hire or to become employable, expediency and low cost often take priority when weighing training options. Care providers can easily Google and find Early Childhood courses online from just about anybody. If you haven’t tried this lately, it’s really pretty disturbing. There are training programs that are totally self-directed, with a quiz at the end of each module, requiring only an 80% to move forward. One can conceivably go through an entire course of study in an evening and print off certificates indicating mastery in a whole list of areas. Mastery?

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Early Childhood educators deserve more than this. More importantly, young children certainly do. When a parent entrusts his precious child into someone’s care, that care should encompass a keen awareness of proper health and safety practices, child development, curriculum, appropriate guidance techniques, and how to promote relationships with families.

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Learning Champions, Ready, Set, Let's Go!

Oh, how I love the Olympics! This one came just the right time, right before back to school. Perfect! 

I believe in miracles and that miracle is you! Tonight, in the Olympics spirit of sharing athletes' back stories, it's time I tell you about one very special school, that first turned around, then transformed. But first, I have news.

I'ts official. My volunteering turned into being part of the preschool staff, half-time starting in Sept., to help needy kids learn to read. So here we go again. I have never retired. Crazy, really. 

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Last Thursday was the end of a mini-era. It was my last day as principal of Brookfield Elementary School, a K-8 out of district placement for students with behavioral and emotional difficulties. In 8 years as an educator, I have worked in 4 different schools. Each departure from a school has been difficult emotionally for their own reasons, but this last day was much different.

As I reflect on the goodbyes that I shared with our ESY students and my staff, I think of the familial atmosphere and culture that we created. We often discuss how our staff is a family, but it goes beyond the relationships that we have created with each other. We extend this mindset and relationship to our students  and our students extend it to each other.

In our world, we, both staff and students, are a part of everything that happens in the lives of each other. We celebrate the successes, we support during the struggles, and we inspire and learn through the failures. For some of our students, our school family is the closest thing to family that they have in their worlds. The relationships that we build and keep up are important for academic and therapeutic purposes, but are also essential for their surviving and thriving.

In a small school, everyone works so closely with each other. Everyone knows what everyone is experiencing and going through, both inside and outside of school. Our students are more than our students, they are our children. Our colleagues are more than peers, they are our brothers and sisters. We all love, support, and cherish each other in ways that I have never seen in a school. We are the epitome of what a family is and what every school should strive to achieve.

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You probably would not expect it.

But then again, why wouldn’t you?

The story I am about to tell you is about two brothers. One big and one small.

It all began one morning before school. Two brothers rode their bikes to school. I may be wrong, but I couldn’t recall them ever riding their bikes to school before. Neither wore a helmet and neither one seemed as if they realized that they were riding in the bus zone. I was just arriving to school and I paid them a good morning and made sure to remind them that the buses would be pulling up soon.

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Typically, it takes months and even years to prepare for the Olympics venue.  Cities are cleaned up, arenas are built, and housing complexes are erected.  Event organizers and volunteers arrive in droves to welcome and help the athletes, coaches, and spectators. The focus is on welcoming the athletes and providing them the best care and support to help them do their best.  Finally, the opening ceremony commences, and everyone cheers on the athletes with prideful representation for their country and their hard work.  

For a few weeks, Cinderella stories are shared inspiring grit, resiliency, and fortitude.  Our TV seems to be on the channel 24 hours a day during this 3 week span in order to share in the triumph and celebration.  History is made in front of our eyes as we cheer on those who embody perseverance and determination.

But, what happens after it's all over?  What happens to the venue, the athletes, and the fans after the Closing Ceremonies?  What happens when the cameras are turned off and the hype is over?  What happens then?

"Post Olympic Depression Syndrome" is a real term.  For the athlete,  there's a huge void in what to do or prepare for after they've been training for years or even decades for that one event.  Yet, the fans, especially the ones living in the host city, have a hard time recovering.  Some people actually go through depression and even seek help.  

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