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Special Education Budget Changes?

Posted on March 03, 2011

Federal Budget Standoff Puts Pressure on States, tadalafil Districts U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan arrives to testify before a House Education and the Workforce Committee hearing on March 9. States and school districts remain in suspense—and frustrated by their inability to plan—as Congress struggles to come up with a budget for the rest of the fiscal year, this which ends Sept. 30. With the government operating under a series of stopgap spending measures, the latest of whic

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Leadership in Troubled Times: Eight Important Lessons

Posted on March 03, 2011

Lesson One: Stay in Control of Yourself “Tough times tend to strip away our security and sense of control.  In a crisis most of us tend to be like Atlas, carrying the weight of the world on our shoulders.” You can’t control anyone else, the only person you can control is yourself. Step back, pause, take a few minutes to breathe, remember the big picture. Remember: your staff will look to your reaction before formulating theirs. Lesson Two: Get the Facts, Think it Thr

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Changing Negative Behaviors By Rewarding Student Compliments

Posted on March 03, 2011

Some students thrive on peer attention-and will do whatever they have to in order to get it. These students may even attempt intentionally to irritate their classmates in an attempt to be noticed. When students bother others to get attention, though, they often find themselves socially isolated and without friends. In addition, teachers may discover that they must surrender valuable instructional time to mediate conflicts that were triggered by students seeking negative peer attention. Po

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Teaching Social Skills to Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders

Posted on March 03, 2011

A Systematic Approach to Teaching Social Skills to Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Guide for Practitioners Social skills training (SST) is a topic of great importance in the field of autism as social skill deficits are a prominent feature of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Common social deficits include (a) difficulty with receptive and expressive use of nonverbal cues such as facial expressions, viagra order gestures, rx and body language; (b) difficulty establishin

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Do Your Students Find Worksheets Boring?

Posted on March 03, 2011

Used wisely, thumb worksheets can help students to make sense of content, case practice important skills, website like this and deepen understanding. Used inappropriately, worksheets can be a major source of boredom, discontent, and frustration for both students and teachers. When considering the use of a worksheet, teachers should reflect on the following questions. Tips and suggestions HERE Author: Bryan Harris

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Student Goal Setting and Student Achievement

Posted on March 03, 2011

A student's ability to set and achieve realistic goals is linked to higher grades, lower college-dropout rates and greater well-being in adulthood. Yet a majority of U.S. students lack faith in their ability to reach their goals, according to a nationally representative survey of 642 students last year by Gallup Inc. Although children begin to form their ideas about what they can and can't achieve by age 7 or 8, only 42% of students ages 10 to 18 say they are energetically pursuing their goals,

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People With Full Bladders Make Better Decisions

Posted on March 03, 2011

Huh? Anyone considering an expensive purchase might do well to drink a bottle of water first, dosage scientists concluded after finding that people with full bladders make wiser decisions. Researchers discovered the brain’s self-control mechanism provides restraint in all areas at once. They found people with a full bladder were able to better control and “hold off” making important, or expensive, decisions, leading to better judgement. Truth or fiction, read more HERE. Author: Andrew

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One Day Does Not a Teacher Make…

Posted on March 03, 2011

Think about the kids’ perspective. In this video, website like this ASCD featured conference presenter Geoff Fletcher reminds educators to think about their students’ perspective when planning lessons. Get as much knowledge about the kids as possible. And, again, today with all the data we have available, from all the different capabilities of gathering information, we should know a lot more about kids then I knew [on my first day of teaching]. And, hopefully more teachers are much more in

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2011 Effective Practices Conference Registration is now Open

Posted on March 03, 2011

Save the date! The conference will be held at Utah State University June 20-23, view 2011. There are a limited number of registration stipends available to help cover the cost of registration. For more information about the conference and to register or apply for a stipend please visit http://sped.usu.edu/effective-practices/. Please distribute this to teachers and other professionals with whom you work. We look forward to seeing you at the conference!    

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Idaho Abolishes Teacher Tenure, Weakens Union…

Posted on March 03, 2011

Idaho's Republican governor signed into law a measure that strips public school teachers of some major collective bargaining rights and does away with teacher tenure. Butch Otter is the second governor to sign such a measure this year, after Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed legislation curbing that state's public workers union last Friday. The Idaho law limits collective bargaining by the 12,000 teachers represented by the Idaho Education Association, the state teachers union, to salarie

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