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  • Learning Styles Revisited, Fact or Fiction?

    Debunked.  It's true. Learning styles theory has been thoroughly debunked.  Kaput. Put out to pasture. At least for now. Things come and go in education, that pendulum swings mightily, but right now, gone or going fast. And for those teachers and administrators who still believe in styles based pedagogy, common to the core no more. I just don't get it. Tonight after another crazy busy day, I am writing to you, instead of watching Netflix, almost anything would be ok tonight. This is ...

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    by Rita Wirtz | @RitaWirtz
    Tuesday, 11 December 2018
  • Louie of Winter Light

    After more than three decades of working with kids from kindergarten to high school age,  I have witnessed many a behavioral outburst.  Occasionally, these incidents have been explosive, with a student striking out vocally and/or physically at his teacher or one of his peers in some attempt to openly rebel and assert his individual power.  These types of outbursts can potentially cause more harm to the well-being of others than to the angry child himself.     A sec ...

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    by Tim Ramsey | @PlutoTim
    Sunday, 09 December 2018
  • 4 Things a Worried Child Should Never Hear

    When children are little, they worry, but may not understand why. There may be no logical evidence to support it, but it is real to them, nonetheless. It is real enough to provoke a real nervous system response. Worry is anxiety. It sometimes surfaces with a barrage of questions that seem to come out of nowhere. I remember one evening when my 5-year-old son started asking, “What if the chickens didn’t want to give their feathers away for people’s pillows?” “What if they get really cold because ...

    by Debra Pierce | @easycda
    Wednesday, 21 November 2018
  • Turkey and Parrot, A Thanksgiving Parable!

      That turkey is such a show-off, just like the one in this parable. I love teaching with parables, stories which illustrate moral or religious lessons. Here's a grand one, just in time for holiday family, friends and fun. And there is a moral to look for. Turkey and Parrot, A Thanksgiving Parable  I hope you enjoy this simple little, yet super funny story, perfect for your Thanksgiving festivities. Traditionally my family has always shared stories, our thanks of course, made plenty ...

    by Rita Wirtz | @RitaWirtz
    Monday, 19 November 2018
  • Giving Thanks, On Optimism, Courage, and Candor

    On Optimism:   As a cancer survivor, I can assure you that the only thing that saved me was a small voice inside of me that suddenly started screaming, "Life is worth the effort!" I wanted to live for granddaughter Morgan's wedding. I wanted to be at all our grandkids' weddings, too.   Her little hands, smiling face and voice gave me strength when there was none. Only my optimism remained during daunting times and a life beyond wh ...

    by Rita Wirtz | @RitaWirtz
    Thursday, 15 November 2018
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No Smokers: Setting Up Policies Barring Smokers in Early Childhood Settings

The Next Wave:

Holly Elissa Bruno with Jonathan P. Winickoff, MD, MPH; Suzi Brodof & Susan Offutt

pic Allowing smokers to work with children is a tough ethical debate. In this segment we dig into the question of establishing policies that bar smokers from working with children. Are these policies needed, appropriate, fair? How should education leaders approach this issue?
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