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Oct 10, 2017

INSPIRED BY MICHAEL

By | 2017-10-23T23:06:31+00:00 October 10, 2017|Custom-Fit Education, Elementary|

BY: MONIQUE JANZ, EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANT Last April, I introduced my older brother Michael to our learning support staff at one of our meetings. He was visiting me from Toronto and I introduced him as my inspiration for working as an Educational Assistant (EA). When Michael was three years old, he and my mom were visiting [...]

May 6, 2016

Just Say Yes Already!

By | 2017-08-01T21:43:20+00:00 May 6, 2016|Character, Elementary|

BY: KARIN RIEMER, Elementary Vice Principal and TeacherIt was my first year teaching. Fresh out of Dordt College, transplanted to sunny California. I had this wonderfully diverse and eager-to-learn first grade class. After the first few weeks of “what am I doing here?!” I was finding my rhythm as a primary teacher. I was connecting [...]

Jan 27, 2016

Do You See What I See?

By | 2017-08-01T21:43:21+00:00 January 27, 2016|21st Century Learning, Secondary|

BY MIKE RIEZEBOS: Secondary Math TeacherWhat do you see when you look at the picture above? A student’s first car? A vehicle ready for donation? A hunk of junk?Well, it isn’t any of the above. It’s my car, or as it’s affectionately known by the staff, the “Pi Mobile.”My wife wants nothing to do with that car [...]

Oct 22, 2015

How NOT to be an Artist

By | 2017-08-01T21:43:32+00:00 October 22, 2015|21st Century Learning, Art & Music|

BY JONATHAN BOERSecondary Art TeacherThere is a poster out there entitled “How to Be An Artist.” It’s a list of things an artist is supposed to do, like “plant impossible gardens,” “take moonbaths,” and “invite dangerous people to tea.” If this poster is the definitive list, I’m not an artist.The only things on that poster [...]

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