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EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO ASK ABOUT FOSTERING (WELL ALMOST...)
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People who are wondering about entering fostering tend not to ask the questions they really want to know. They usually vague questions such as; "What's it like?' If I was starting out again I'd ask the following, more specific questions.  And I'll try to answer them honestly, f…

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Reading Strategies for Middle and High School Students
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Reading is one thing that many students struggle with. Some students get the underlying messages right away, while others need a little extra help. By the time students reach the high school level, we hope their reading levels have improved from their elementary years. While the majority of student…

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FOSTERING FEELGOOD
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Something we're not very good at in this world is giving ourselves a boost. There are so many terrible things happening around us it almost seems selfish to make ourselves feel good. But I worked with a kind man way back, I always remember once somebody saying to him; "Have you had a goo…

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11 Ways to Rescue (or Start) a Secondary Classroom Library
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Does your classroom library need a makeover? (Or, do you still need to make one?) Dealing with a classroom library CAN feel like one more project that you don't have time for, especially if you're short on funds or unsure if students will appreciate it. (Plus, if you teach a specialized cou…

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THE PEANUT BUTTER KNIFE
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You learn something new every day in fostering. That's if you have enough of your wits about you, what with putting into practice all the little things you've already taught yourself. Not to mention if you've got enough energy left to keep your eyes and ears peeled and your brain in gea…

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5 Ways to Inspire Your Writers
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Sometimes our students need a little nudge when it comes to writing. It would be lovely if they all came to our classrooms excited about putting pen to page, but when they aren't, there are several things we can do to jump start their creativity. One of my favourite ways to get my students'…

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FOSTERING AN OLDER CHILD
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NO-ONE EXPECTS THE SPANISH INQUISITION I have to keep this one short, because it's just an inkling. Our new placement, Glenn, has been with us a couple of weeks and is settling in. And then again he isn't. And the ways in which he isn't settling in leads me to an unsettling thought. In …

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A couple of weeks ago we were in Rishikesh and the place was filling up with participants for the big International Yoga Festival; these people had come from all over the world to attend the event, and one person we asked said that around seven thousand people were expected to be …

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How Many Ads Are Too Many?
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As a jock, pressing the button to start a long commercial break is a depressing moment. You suspect that listeners are unlikely to enjoy the next few moments quite as much as the rest of the stuff you are doing. At the back of your mind, you fear you may never see them again.   There is little poin…

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