What Password Policies should I Implement for School and Classroom Computers?

What Password Policies should I Implement for School and Classroom Computers?

Creating a good password for the classroom computers is crucial for the safety of the children. It is, therefore, good to set some policies in place while creating passwords for the computers. Some of the possible policies may include:
Length
I recommend a minimum of six (preferably eight) characters in a password for students and regular users […]

What do FERPA Regulations say about Disclosing Student Records?

What do FERPA Regulations say about Disclosing Student Records?

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) has guidelines that need to be followed while disclosing information related to students. Teachers should keep FERPA regulations in mind.
Generally, the school must have written permission from a parent or eligible student before releasing any information from a student’s record. However, the law allows schools to disclose records, […]

How can I Support a Student with Bipolar Disorder in School?

How can I Support a Student with Bipolar Disorder in School?

Bipolar Disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood energy. It can also make it hard for someone to carry out day-to-day tasks, such as going to school or hanging out with friends.
Symptoms of bipolar disorder are severe. They are different from the normal ups and downs […]

Can you Give me some Ideas for Creating a Back to School Bulletin Board?

Can you Give me some Ideas for Creating a Back to School Bulletin Board?

Creativity and a good sense of imagination needs to be used to create a back to school bulletin board.
Some possible ideas are as below:
The first figure is an example of a bulletin board created to welcome students on the first day of their class. The atmosphere a teacher creates on the first day will set […]

Dealing with Bullying in School: Should We Judge?

Dealing with Bullying in School: Should We Judge?

Adults regularly play judge in the disputes between children, and anti-bullying laws actually require us to serve as a judge in dealing with bullying in school.
Judging is very serious business. It should not be taken lightly and only be done when absolutely necessary and by qualified experts.
Whenever we act as a judge between two other […]

What are the Functions of an Ethical Committee in the School?

What are the Functions of an Ethical Committee in the School?

Having an Ethical Committee can create a climate of integrity and ethical flourishing, characteristics that are linked to quality, safety and excellence in education. The school can select a group of individuals who practice good ethics to be a part of this committee that meets once a month. Ethical concerns can be confidentially filed so […]

How do I Help Students Respond to Bullying in the form of Repeated Threats?

How do I Help Students Respond to Bullying in the form of Repeated Threats?

The best way to respond to bullying of a physical nature (like repeated physical attacks or threats) is to ask the attacker, “Are you mad at me?” This brings the situation down from a physical to the verbal level.
Tell the student that if the person keeps on hitting you, they must have a very good […]

Who are Twice Exceptional Students?

Who are Twice Exceptional Students?

Twice exceptional students, those with giftedness and another dimension of diversity, are among the most underserved populations in schools today. Few school districts have screening procedures to identify them. Fewer still have special classes or programs to meet their needs.
Children who are twice exceptional struggle with the following:

to become proficient in English
come from an impoverished […]

Dealing with Bullying in School: Rumors

Dealing with Bullying in School: Rumors

When kids bring a rumor to a child, they want to see the child defend against the rumor. If a child, who is the subject of the rumor, defends himself, then they have automatically lost because it is the weaker position. Therefore dealing with bullying in school involves not giving the ‘tormentors’ what they want.
Instead […]

Dealing with Bullying in School: Language

Dealing with Bullying in School: Language

Bullying is a common issue that we encounter while teaching. Thus, as teachers, we need to be aware of ideas and  strategies for dealing with bullying in school. One effective approach that can be used  is to teach students about expressing themselves correctly.
Anger is one of the most common responses to being bullied. Here are […]

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