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Six Ideas for Teaching Media Literacy
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Even my students who “don’t have time” for homework spend 2-3 hours a day on Facebook, YouTube, and Netflix. Our students consume media in amazing quantities, and it’s said that traditional advertising doesn’t work on their generation. As advertisers become more and more savvy  in an attempt to b…

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LANGUAGE BARRIERS
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In fostering we frequently encounter language barriers with our foster children, well, not barriers really, maybe just speed bumps. Not because they don't speak English - although come to think of it I once accepted three Afghan brothers who'd hitch-hiked across Europe and made it to Dover …

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TREADING ON EGGSHELLS
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Beginning to see how very very hard it is for families who have someone who has mental health issues. For one thing, everyone else gets neglected. Bill (my other half) and I talk about nothing else. We seem to think that somewhere, hidden away in all young Glen's pain, is a solution to his huge…

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Using Bell Ringers to Spark Discussion
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Greetings from The SuperHERO Teacher! As teachers, we are all familiar with bell work of some kind (bell ringers, journal prompts, warm-ups, entrance tickets, etc.), but how can we turn those topics of interest into intellectual classroom discussions? I’m here to help!  Starting a daily routine usi…

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MENTAL HEALTH AND FOSTERING
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We've been awaiting a new placement since Romeo went back to his disorganised mother. We worried about him for some time, his mum is all over the place, but it's so what he wanted. He's a tough nut, he'll be ok. The phone rang. "Would you consider taking a child who...?" T…

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A New Dawn for Commercial Radio
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It’s been a long time coming, but many in the commercial radio sector, but not all, will be delighted to see today’s announcement from DCMS on the future regulation of commercial radio. The pass was sold some time ago.   Those who seek detailed regulation of what is broadcast by commercial companie…

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Building A Positive Classroom Community
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By Presto Plans  With the pressure for secondary teachers to meet curriculum expectations in such a limited time, building a classroom community can sometimes be put on the back burner.   What many teachers don’t realize is that by intentionally taking time to build a positive community in your cla…

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FOSTER KIDS AND THE TIDINESS CHALLENGE
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There's plenty of things that fostered children do that can upset you if you lapse and make the same expectations you make of your own children. We have to remember that we are professionals, dealing with someone else's child on a professional basis. Take tidiness. We think of tidiness as a…

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The Style Guide
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As a young programmer, I'd often get pretty depressed. I'd kick off my shoes and try to relax at the weekend, only to hear one of my presenters doing something I felt should be done differently. They'd ignored what I'd said. These idiots, frankly, ruined my Saturday. Why on earth do…

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