We Need to Learn How to Teach Special Needs Students More Effectively

October 13, 2016


Special needs students can be trying at the best of times. They can test your patience, are often unresponsive to your wishes and can cause you great stress. But even still, they deserve a quality education. They also deserve to be treated fairly and properly.

It was upsetting to watch this video above, and even though a video doesn’t paint the entire picture and the teacher in question deserves the opportunity of reply, it is a shocking look. Nothing and nobody could ever cause me to drag a student by the hair!

But this shouldn’t be about a teacher’s conduct. It should be about the merits of a system that glosses over the practical needs of teachers such as what to do with students who are volatile, harmful and erratic? What do you do when you are confronted with a special needs student who doesn’t have the capacity to moderate their reckless behaviour?

The teacher in question will get her consequence, but the rest of us will be poorer for a lack of real leadership on this very important issue.


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Special-Ed Teacher Includes Her Students in Her Wedding

October 6, 2016



Good teachers care about their students and this teacher is much better than simply ‘good’:


A special education teacher has touched the hearts of thousands by including all of her pupils in her wedding.

Kinsey French teaches at the Christian Academy Providence School, which specializes in speech and occupational therapy for children with Down syndrome. 

The teacher, from Louisville, Kentucky, wanted to have the children at her side at her wedding.

She told WLKY: “They were like family to me.  They were my first class and they’ve been my only class and so I knew I couldn’t have a special day without them”.






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The Gift of Teaching and the Other Gifts that Come With It

September 29, 2016


It is fabulous to be appreciated. Teachers are often taken for granted, ridiculed, disrespected and bullied. So when we are given a compliment or a gift, it can make provide the strength and optimism required to manage through the hard times.

I just love this clip. This teacher will never forget the gesture.



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Teacher Installs Bike Peddles at Student Desks

September 21, 2016



I love innovation in teaching.  Students appreciate a teacher who dares to comes up with a different approach and I’m not surprised their grades reflect that here:


At one middle school in North Carolina, bike pedals are making kids better at maths.

Seriously: Ever since eighth grade maths teacher Bethany Lambeth installed under-the-desk bike pedals in her classroom at Martin Middle School, she’s noticed a decrease in student fidgeting and an increase in student performance, WRAL reports

“Before, they were drumming on their desks, they were touching other people. They don’t do that anymore,” Lambeth told WRAL. “[The kids] are not picking on each other, they are not needing to walk around, they are not needing to go explore. They are able to get their activity out and get their work done.”

Lambeth installed the pedals at the end of last school year, using funds from a private donation. The manufacturer, DeskCycle, sells each set for about $160. The investment has paid off: The students seem to miss fewer assignments and focus better in class when they’re using the pedals to siphon off their excess energy.

“I’m a really energetic person, so this takes all my energy out,” one student told WRAL. There’s also a side benefit of improved physical fitness: That student told reporters that he’d already pedaled 5.5 miles and burned 133 calories during class.

In fact, the pedals have been such a boon that the school is looking to expand the concept to more classrooms, the BBC reports


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Students Care About Caring Teachers

September 20, 2016


If you detach yourselves emotionally from your students, like some experts maintain, you cannot expect to have your students’ respect.

Above is the touching tribute that a terminally ill teacher received before his untimely death. Such a tribute could never have occurred if the teacher had distanced himself emotionally from his students.

It is our duty to care about our students. Not in an inappropriate way of course, but rather in a manner which shows them that we care more about their future and wellbeing than a standardised test score or even a quiet classroom.


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Teacher Stereotypes: Which One Are You?

September 5, 2016



A great list written by Andrew Cunningham:


The too-busy-to-breathe head of year

Heads of years have to keep on top of the curriculum in their subject and maintain control over an entire intake of pupils. No mean feat. Snatched conversations in busy corridors are the best parents can hope for.

To win them over, preface each encounter with comforting, understanding words: “I realise how desperately busy you are, but could you possibly spare five minutes to help my son plan his revision?” Their indispensability duly acknowledged, they’ll be delighted to help out.

The career teacher

School’s not about you or your child: it’s about their fast-track progression to becoming a head by the age of 35.  You can spot the career teacher from their habit of looking over your shoulder at parents’ evening, eager to catch the eye of a passing school governor.

To get them onside, ask about any important education conferences they’ve been to recently, before adding: “My daughter’s so lucky to have you – you’ve no idea how difficult your subject is for most people!” Just watch them preen…

The overzealous homework setter

The bane of teenagers’ lives, these conscientious teachers set five hours of written homework each night, ignoring the umpteen other subjects your little one is taking.

Don’t be too harsh on a homework setter: they’re only trying to cover off the curriculum, and they’re often really enthused by their subject (who wouldn’t want to spend the evening reading up on the Franco-Prussian war?).

If it really is getting too much, seek the sympathetic ear of your child’s form tutor, who can tactfully point out that anxious pupils have other deadlines to meet.

The marking shirker

You’ve watched your child stay up until midnight finishing that essay on Macbeth and then… nothing. A month later and the paper still hasn’t been marked. Marking shirkers come in many shapes and sizes, but don’t be surprised if the English teacher turns out to be one.

He’s an aspiring novelist, you see – his evenings are spent tapping out high-minded prose. Marking is a big part of teaching, and late marking is unacceptable.

The trainee teacher

Easy to spot from a mile off. Young, enthusiastic, occasionally hung-over, and quite possibly the object of your teenager’s first harmless crush.

Trainee teachers pose a conundrum for parents. It’s wonderful that your child is being taught by someone who knows exactly how young minds tick – but they’re still learning the trade and may struggle to keep order.

Try to show patience before complaining about any shortcomings. Trainees are desperate to do well and deserve support for choosing such a tricky profession. And remember: the alternative to young-and-callow “Ms X” might well be “Poor Old Mr Y”, who stopped caring long ago.

The faded star

Almost always found in the drama department or on the sports fields, these teachers are never shy of talking about past lives – “I once played Blanche DuBois in Streetcar”; “Sir Alex came to watch my Under-12s trial”.

Like the overzealous homework setter, they may not appreciate that your child has other educational priorities. Keep them sweet by listening when they retell old stories and never, ever, withdraw at the last moment from a school play or football match. These events mean more to the faded star than you may realise.

The inspirational teacher

A keen eye can spot an inspirational teacher just by walking into their classroom. Bookcases are stacked with well-thumbed books and wear a “Please take what you want” sign. The walls are covered with evocative pictures of faraway places, instilling a subconscious urge to explore and expand horizons. Desks are clean of graffiti, because pupils don’t need to find ways to pass the time.


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When Did Teaching Become Such a Dangerous Profession?

August 28, 2016



Police, firemen, nightclub bouncers – these are dangerous professions. It seems you can now add teaching to that mix.

When a student fires a stun gun at a teacher for doing nothing more than his job, you have to wonder how this great profession became so dangerous.



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A Teacher Doesn’t Get to Go Off Duty

August 22, 2016


If you want to get drunk and do foolish things in your non-working hours don’t become a teacher. We are role models long before our first lesson and long after the bell at the end of the day. Emily Higgins will be embarrassed by her actions.

And so she should be.



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Why Many Teachers Leave

August 15, 2016

Megan Webb


I would continue to be a teacher even if my pay was substantially cut, but I am very much in the minority. Teachers get paid better than some might think, but not as much as they deserve.

One teacher penned a very thoughtful piece on why she chose to leave the profession:


Heartbreaking – it’s the only word that can describe how it feels to walk away from something that was once your dream. The one job you always wanted to do, the person you wanted to become.

For the first time in 10 years, I am not anxiously preparing my classroom, anticipating the arrival of twenty energetic children and a new year full of learning, laughter and excitement.

Instead, I am preparing myself for a new career in the business world. And not because I wanted to. I absolutely loved my teaching job at Equestrian Trails Elementary. But sadly, love just isn’t enough.

Why am I leaving? I am being forced to make a decision between the absolute love of teaching and living up to my potential to support myself. Since graduating from college, I have been fortunate enough to focus on my work, and ignore my stagnant income by living with my parents.

It has been a very comfortable living arrangement that’s worked well for my family and me, and I just assumed I would move out when I “met the right guy.”  But, that hasn’t happened yet, and at the age of 32, I decided it is time for me to move out on my own and become a fully independent adult.

There is just one giant obstacle standing in my way: I simply cannot support myself comfortably with my current income.

A year’s experience worth just $274

I’ve always known that education would be far from lucrative, and I have always been accepting of that. However, I never anticipated that my salary would not grow along with my years of experience.

When I started teaching in the Palm Beach County School District a decade ago, I made $33,830. Today, I make $43,239.

While that’s a lot more than I made in my first year of teaching, it’s just $2,464 more per year than an incoming first-year teacher today, or an additional $274 for each year of experience.

When I began my career, the hope for a more comfortable future seemed attainable. The pay scale in 2007 reflected a more sizeable difference of $6,600 between a first and tenth year teacher.

Unfortunately, since I began teaching in 2006, we have seen serious changes to our pay structure, and a lack of substantial raises.

Compound that with an inflation rate of 19.6% over the past ten years, rising healthcare costs, and a change to our state-funded retirement pension (requiring a 3% deduction from our paycheck), and we as a teaching class have gained very little ground in a decade.

Discouragingly, the prospect of meaningful increases in the future seems dim.


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Father Gets Revenge on Teacher Who Had an Affair With His Young Daughter

August 11, 2016



I have long argued that teachers who abuse the privilege bestowed on them by having affairs with their impressionable students are evil. Their conduct is absolutely reprehensible. And whilst I absolutely don’t agree with the conduct of this upset father, it is up to teachers to avoid any altercations by leaving their students alone. Similarly, it is up to the courts to send a loud and clear message that teachers who are involved sexually with their students face many years behind bars:


Footage has emerged online of a teacher stripped and beaten after an alleged affair with a high-school pupil in China. 

Internet users claiming to be his former pupils said on social media that the man had sexually assaulted a female student, reports the People’s Daily Online

The parents of the girl reportedly beat and stripped the man before the video was captured in Wei County, northern China’s Hebei province.

In the footage the teacher can be seen sitting on the floor without clothes as people can be heard crowding around the man and talking. 

Other onlookers can be seen filming the incident on their phones. 

The teacher sways backwards and forwards throughout the video.  

Staff at Weixian Number 1 Middle School confirmed that the man in the video was a teacher at the school surnamed Li.

He had been a teacher at the school for some years. 

They said that ‘student evaluation of Li’s classes were good.’ 

Police have confirmed that the incident did take place and have said that they are still investigating the case. 

The local Public Security Bureau issued a notification on August 9 confirming that they found a naked man suspected of crimes on the north outer ring road. 

The man was injured and so police took him to hospital.  

In March this year, it was reported that a teacher tried to rape a female student in Lingshan County, China’s Guangxi Autonomous Region. 

Teachers immediately intervened and managed to free the student from the 30-year-old male teacher, surnamed Huo. The victim reportedly suffered no injuries. 

Photos from the incident show the naked man grabbing hold of the girl from behind and pushing her against a wall in broad daylight.  

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