Applying Maslow in the Classroom – Part 3

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By Allison Kirch, Staffing Specialist for MHED Understanding and Applying Tiers 3 through 5: Love and belonging, self-esteem and self-actualization Once our students’ basic needs are met, and they feel safe and comfortable in their classroom environment, we need to allow students to express themselves, boost their self-esteem and promote individuality. As educators, we do… Read more »

Applying Maslow in the Classroom – Part 2

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By Allison Kirch, Staffing Specialist for MHED Understanding and Applying Tier 2: Safety and Security Students need their basic needs to be taken care of, but they also need to feel safe—in the school building, classroom, and safe with their peers and teacher.  Often, that starts with building teacher/student relationships as well as student/student relationships…. Read more »

Applying Maslow in the Classroom – Part 1

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By Allison Kirch, Staffing Specialist for MHED Understanding and Applying Tier 1: Physiological Needs Maslow’s Hierarchy covers all needs we have as humans to be available for self-growth to meet full potential. The first tier being basic needs. As teachers, we need to be empathetic of each student’s unique situations. If a child is tired… Read more »

Understanding Today’s Students

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By Allison Kirch, Staffing Specialist for MHED “If kids come to us from strong, healthy functioning families, it makes our job easier. If they do not come to us from strong, healthy, functioning families, it makes our job more important.” – Barbara Colorose. Abraham Maslow was an American psychologist who in 1943 developed what he… Read more »

Tips for Successfully Working with Special Education Students

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  Special education students are a part of the regular classroom environment — and for good reason. They deserve to feel included and to receive the same education as mainstream students. As a substitute teacher, it’s inevitable that you will have the opportunity to work with special needs students on many assignments. While this can… Read more »

5 Fun Halloween Classroom Activities

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  Need some ideas for Halloween activities? Check out these 5 Halloween classroom activities! Most of these games are low- to no-cost activities you can do with items you likely already have.   Monster Freeze Dance Play Halloween music while the kids dance around. When the music stops, the kids freeze. Those who don’t freeze… Read more »

5 Skill-Boosting Books for Teachers

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  It’s important for teachers to keep their skills sharp. Staying ahead of innovative teaching techniques is not only vital for your career, it improves the education of your students. There are a lot of terrific books out there to help you in the classroom. Here are 5 of our favorites:     The Freedom… Read more »

How Substitutes Can Make a Positive First Impression at a School

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  It doesn’t take long for people to form an opinion of you. That’s why making a good first impression is so crucial. This is especially true for substitute teachers. When school administrators, teachers, and staff gain a positive first impression of you, you are more likely to be asked back, leading to more consistent… Read more »

Stay Healthy: Tips for Substitute Teachers

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  Winter weather is here, and along with it, cold and flu season. Teachers and substitute teachers are especially susceptible to these viruses. In an effort to keep educators healthy, STEDI recently released some tips to help you avoid getting sick. Wash Hands Sleep Exercise Get flu shot Keep a small bottle of hand sanitizer… Read more »

Emergency Lesson Plans: October

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Elementary: Pumpkin Life Cycle                         Fall is a great time to study pumpkins! This resource can help students describe and identify the life cycle of a pumpkin. You could also have your students write stories about: The last pumpkin in the patch from the… Read more »