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Marshall FFA wins award

Problem solving, teamwork and presentation skills are the sorts of benefits students can receive through the hands-on, real-world instruction of project-based learning. Lessons learned from project-based agriculture classes recently paid off big for four Missouri FFA chapters. They each won top prizes at a national competition in Indianapolis. The Marshall chapter was recognized as the Read More

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Carol Reimann and Beth Davey

As a teacher, you may wonder whether your daily lessons, student engagement and hours (weeks, years) of preparation will leave a lasting impression on the children in your classroom. Remember the words of the Dalai Lama: “Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have Read More

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Students with goggles in science class

The public may think of gifted classes as a room full of super-smart prodigies who excel in school on their way to the Ivy League. But teachers of gifted programs and parents of gifted kids know that their students are much more than really bright. They are culturally, racially, and socially diverse, they may feel Read More

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Scott Clithero

In his nine years of teaching, Scott Clithero has learned a profound lesson: You have to build relationships with people before they will listen. “I never considered myself a people person,” Scott said. “I was more interested in information itself than in how the information was packaged. I soon realized that before you can teach, Read More

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Joes Place

I accepted a position to teach 6th grade math at Maplewood-Richmond Heights elementary school in April 2012. I was intrigued by the district’s initiatives and programs that supported the learning and life needs of students. The most intriguing, perhaps, was a program called Joe’s Place. Joe’s Place offers homeless teenage boys in the Maplewood-Richmond Heights Read More

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Flexible seating in Angie's classroom

About a year ago, I was sitting in my local craft coffee shop, reading the afternoon away. I began to people watch. The man lounging in the leather arm chair; the woman meeting with a client at the long wooden table; the small group of teenagers giggling and taking selfies in the corner booth. I Read More

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Shannon Waldo's 5th and 6th grade band

You might think that after 19 years of teaching, anybody would feel like a classroom veteran. Not Shannon Waldo, who teaches K-12 music in Billing R-IV. “Sometimes I feel like such a newbie,” Shannon said. “I have to remind myself that I’m a veteran teacher.” Shannon’s background in music is deep. She began learning piano Read More

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Bethany Prenger and student candling egg

A gaggle of freshmen clattered into Bethany Prenger’s agriculture science class on a misty Monday afternoon in Eugene. After a quick rundown of the schedule for the next day’s field trip, the kids got started on the day’s assignment: checking on the eggs they were incubating and expecting to hatch in three days. It was Read More

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Casey Hassell in front of class

Casey Hassell’s parents always said she should be a teacher. It took a while, but Casey finally agreed. “I was stubborn and thought, ‘No, I want to do this instead,” she said, as she headed to college to earn a bachelor’s degree in mass communications with an emphasis in corporate video. Casey worked in television, Read More