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WHAT SHOULD YOUR FOSTER CHILD MEAN TO YOU?
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The most unfathomable question in fostering is; exactly what should your foster child mean to you. With your own children it's a clear relationship, or at least it ought to be. Parenting your own child is the most important thing in life. You love them utterly. You want them to be okay, whatev…

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FOSTERING BREAKS
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When the schools are broken up fostering is a different kettle of fish. For foster children everything's "broken". Their home, their school. On a normal school week your brood are got up and out of the house Monday to Friday, with all the usual moans. No problem. From around eight/eig…

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3 Fun Activities for any Novel Study
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When teaching a novel, I love to mix things up and throw in a fun, creative, or collaborative activity that engages students as they analyze and interpret the novel’s theme, characters, symbols, or conflict. This allows me to enhance my students’ understanding of the novel, and it gives them a brea…

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THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR
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The song says that Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. If you mutter; "Humbug' they shout; 'Scrooge!' I don't care; much of it is humbug and for the foster carer it's the most challenging time of the year. First up, did you know that more children are taken in…

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If It Bleeds It Leads
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“If it bleeds, it leads”. It’s a great quote which the Executive Director of News at the Danish Broadcasting Corporation reminded me of in a presentation I saw recently. He reckons it’s wrong though.  He’s not saying bulletins have to be jolly -  because that’s a familiar argument and I'm not s…

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6 Ways to Help Students Set Goals
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By The SuperHERO Teacher As adults, we know the importance of setting goals, creating a plan of action to REACH those goals, and celebrating our successes.  However, many of our students struggle with intrinsic motivation and are not yet familiar with the concept of life planning.  I believe that w…

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WELLING UP HERE...
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There's a ghostly space left in a house when a foster child leaves. There are positives, such as the 'Job Done' thing - fostering is all about helping a child go back home and repair a broken family. Then there's the relief of the reduced number of household tasks and responsibiliti…

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