• Mississippi teacher sees each of her students as a gift

    By Austin Vining
    The Vicksburg Post

    VICKSBURG, Miss. — Vicksburg Intermediate School teacher LouAnn Fitzgerald had two driving forces that led to her 15-year career in education.

    When she was still in school, Fitzgerald had two very different types of teachers, which served as examples for how she might one day lead a classroom of her own.

    “I had one teacher, a science teacher, who really made learning fun,” she said. “It was not just rote work and paperwork, but there were a lot of activities and experiments.”

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  • Dear Teacher - Nov. 22, 2015

    By Marge Eberts and Peggy Gisler

    Question: When I hear my child in fifth grade read aloud, she hesitates a lot, backtracks and reads slowly. Fortunately, the teacher does not call on her often, so she is not embarrassed by her stumbling reading. Are there any easy ways to help her? — Want to Help

  • Teacher challenges high school students

    By Stacey Becker
    Telegraph Herald

    DUBUQUE, Iowa — Natalie Schira paces near student desks as her young charges ponder truth.

    A Wahlert Catholic High School teacher, 26-year-old Schira encouraged sophomore honors English students to use a writing assignment to explore the concept of truth.

    The tapping of fingers on keyboards intermingles with the click-clacking of Schira’s heels. Students softly discuss assignment details.

  • HU reading group tackles higher education issues

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Trends and issues in higher education are the focus of a new Big Ideas Reading Group at Highlands University.

    The reading group is a joint initiative of the Office of the President and the Faculty Senate.

  • Dear Teacher - Nov. 15, 2015

    By Marge Eberts and Peggy Gisler

    Question: I think it is very unusual, but direct spelling instruction ends after third grade in my son’s school. Spelling errors on the students’ work in fourth grade is circled, and they are expected to correct all errors. Surprisingly, this seems to be working for my son, who is a fairly good speller. Nevertheless, aren’t there advantages to continuing formal instruction at this level? — Very Surprised

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  • Dear Teacher - Nov. 8, 2015

    By Marge Eberts and Peggy Gisler

    Question: My child has had an IEP throughout elementary and high school. Are there any colleges that really will help students with learning disabilities? — Searching

    Answer: The transition from high school to college is big; however, the additional stress can be overwhelming for a student with learning differences.

  • School creates collaborative environment for students

    LARAMIE, Wyo. — Harmony Elementary School lives up to its name.

    Located about 20 miles from Laramie, just off Wyoming Highway 230, the school is home to a small, close-knit community of four teachers and about two dozen students.

    The location offers a scenic view; the Snowy Range serves as a backdrop to the west, and golden eagles can often be spotted just a short distance away.