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Monday, March 19, 2018

Posts Tagged ‘teaching’

Schools teaching mindfulness cite improved memory and better behavior

The word “mindfulness” can conjure images of yogis sitting cross-legged on a rug, eyes closed, hands resting on knees, forefingers and thumbs touching. But consider these images: A child taking a moment to breathe instead of lashing out in anger. A child shifting her attention back to the teacher after being distracted for a moment. […]

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Josh Meibos of David Crockett Elementary is AZ Teacher of the Year

Josh Meibos, a kindergarten through sixth-grade physical education teacher at David Crockett Elementary School in Phoenix, was named 2018 Teacher of the Year by the Arizona Educational Foundation on Tuesday. “He is a talented and enthusiastic member of our team, and he is so deserving of this prestigious recognition for all the hard work he puts […]

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Dyslexia: The elephant in the classroom

Walk into a typical elementary school, and what do you see? Besides tiny desks and crayons, you’ll find posters with inspirational messages about learning to read: “Reading is thinking.” “Readers are leaders.” And my personal favorite: “Reading takes you places.” The philosophy is this: First you learn to read. Then you read to learn. In […]

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Preschooler not listening? Be patient and pick your battles

Q: My 4-year-old acts like she doesn’t hear me when I ask her to do something — anything. How can I get her to listen? A: When your child doesn’t seem to hear you, it definitely can be frustrating for parents (and children, too). First, talk with your child’s pediatrician to be sure there aren’t […]

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An open letter of gratitude to my children’s teachers

As we get ready to celebrate National Teacher Day on Tuesday, May 9, local pediatrician and RAK Readers Advisory Panel member Leslee Kelly shares this heartfelt note.  This is dedicated to the many teachers and elementary school staff who have enriched my children’s lives; you know who you are! I hope that I speak for […]

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Q&A: Arizona’s new English Language Arts and math standards explained

Last month, the State Board of Education adopted new English Language Arts and mathematics learning standards — the first update in seven years. The new K-12 standards formally replace Common Core. The biggest change is that third-, fourth- and fifth-graders must learn cursive handwriting. Other changes include a bigger emphasis on phonics instruction, telling time […]

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Q&A with Michelle Doherty, Arizona’s 2017 Teacher of the Year

Michelle Doherty is in her 22nd year of teaching at Encanto School in Phoenix’s Osborn Elementary School District. In November, she was named 2017 Teacher of the Year by the Arizona Educational Foundation. This first-grade teacher believes all children can learn and that outstanding teaching can be measured by inclusivity and attention to all students. […]

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Party do’s — and we’re talking etiquette, not hairstyles

Since school started in August, our coveted weekends have been filled with birthday parties. But that’s OK, because who doesn’t love a party? I enjoy watching my son and daughter getting excited to celebrate their best buddies’ and classmates’ special days. But I have to confess, I’ve witnessed and overheard some pretty interesting birthday scenarios […]

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2015 Arizona Teacher of the Year John-David Bowman

John-David Bowman, Arizona, Teacher of the Year, Mesa Public Schools

Letting students know you care about them is key to being a successful teacher, according to John-David Bowman, the 2015 Arizona Teacher of the Year. The award is made each year by the Arizona Educational Foundation to recognize excellence in teaching. The most important thing a teacher can do is “develop relationships with kids—be a […]

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Learning at home: Old-school skills rule

alphabetization, phone book, learning at home

During my last year of teaching I taught eighth-grade humanities. The students did a lot of writing in my class and often they would ask me how to spell a word. My standard response was, “g-r-x-t-s-e-j….” They got the message; they needed to look it up themselves. They’d find a dictionary and paw through it […]

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