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EdWeb.net a Great FREE Resource for Teachers

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EdWeb.net may be just the thing you’re looking for if you need more FREE professional development hours and are not sure where to get them. The webinars are very user-friendly, and you can watch them when they are on and interact or listen to them whenever it fits into your schedule. You can print out a certificate that says you attended, as well.

Some examples of upcoming webinars are:
–Recognize, Respond, Report: Preventing and Addressing Bullying of Students with Special Needs (3/31/16)
–Universal Design for Learning in Action – Ensuring Every Student Can Create and Collaborate (4/6/16)
–Integrating Autism & Mental Health Interventions with Behavioral Strategies
Engaging All Learners (4/14/16)
–5 Steps to Creating More Inclusive Classrooms (4/14/16)
–S/he Hit Me First: Learn Proactive Solutions to Teach Social Emotional Skills through Daily Conflict (4/21/16)

I hope this helps in some small way.

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Surviving the Teenage Brain (book)

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So what is up with the teenage brain anyway, and how do we survive this period of time in our kids’/students’ lives?  In The Teenage Brain,  Dr. Frances Jensen explains that a teenager’s brain is like a souped up sports car with no brakes.

The last organ in the body to mature is the brain, and that doesn’t happen until the mid- to late-20s.  The teenage brain also has more “synaptic plasticity”, meaning it has a great ability to learn, but addictions can happen more strongly and quickly than in an adult’s brain.  The teenage brain can’t “put on the brakes” as easily because it doesn’t have the ability to regulate itself as well.  While the brain is maturing and making connections, risk-taking behavior can be high.  Male brains tend to take longer to make these connections, which probably comes as no big surprise to any of us.

Sleep is also a key part in teen brain health.  If a teen is sleep deprived, his learning will be negatively impacted.  Our current school day schedule is not conducive to teenage brain health.

Stress also plays a big part in the developing teen brain.  Teens tend to be more anxious due to a hormone that is released in response to stress.  In adults this release calms anxiety, but in teens, it ramps it up!

So how can we survive the teenage brain?  We need to be very mindful of any kind of addictions in our teens, from alcohol and drugs to video game usage.  (Cocaine and gaming turn on the same areas of the brain.)  Educating our kids about their brain health and what is happening is an important step we need to take, and we need to encourage downtime for them to reduce stress as much as possible.

If you’re the parent or teacher of teens, you may want to pick up this book for a more thorough read.  Good luck out there!

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Free! Teacher Talk Advantage Website is now free!

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The Teacher Talk Advantage Website by Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller is now free!  I have paid $60 for this each year and have gotten great value for my money, but now it’s free!  And it may be just what you’re looking for!
That site now has free articles, free instructional videos, free teacher talk quick tips, free research data, free forms to use, and free coupons for their books and seminars.

www.teachertalkadvantage.com

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TONIGHT! Chili Cookoff in GL!

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Bring your appetite at 6 pm to the 2nd Annual Mad Dog Chili Cookoff.  It’s at the Opera House.  COME AND VOTE FOR MY CHILI!  There’s also a Beer Fest!

Money goes toward a scholarship fund for local seniors!

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Here’s to a CALM and HAPPY 2016!

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As a parent, I have searched far and wide to find really solid, usable advice on parenting over the years.  My sons are all grown up now and creating lives of their own but I still find myself using the information I have learned from Kirk Martin on a regular basis.  I apply it mostly to my classroom now, but as we all know, the job of parenting never, ever ends.

I posted the following blurb back in early 2013 and want to post it again in hopes that you may benefit from its content:

“With three teenagers and a myriad of things on my “to-do” list, my life is busy, and I’m guessing yours is too.  One of the best sources of information I have found on parenting and teaching is a website called “Celebrate Calm” (celebratecalm.com). Kirk Martin is a dynamic speaker and writer who puts out a FREE newsletter on his website. You can get FREE notices of new posts if you subscribe. You also get FREE access to all of his speaking engagements–which are also FREE, by the way. Churches or schools sponsor his workshops for parents and teachers. I have attended three of his presentations and he is always full of excellent advice and support for all of us. He really speaks to how to keep calm in your life, whether you are supporting a young child who is emotionally melting down, or helping your 15 year old who is having a “teenage moment”. He speaks of taking care of ourselves first so we can do the hard work of taking care of others. He often answers questions that parents and teachers pose to him–things that happen to all of us in our homes and in our classrooms. Did I mention how helpful this man’s words have been to me yet?  (A quick aside–his son, Casey, does speaking engagements directly for KIDS and he is really, really wonderful too.)  Kirk and Casey have produced some super helpful CDs for parents and kids.  You can find these on his website, if interested.)  Parents, check out Kirk Martin and “Celebrate Calm”, and take a step toward making your life more calm and manageable! Teachers, share this information with the parents of your students if you think it would benefit them. Once you do, let me know what you think. Thanks for reading!”

Happy 2016, Happy Parenting, and Happy Teaching!