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Archive | January, 2013

Personalized Learning and Digital Natives

Thursday, January 31, 2013

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By Dr. Amy Burkman
Program Director, M.Ed. in Administration and Supervision, American Public University System

Technology plays a vital role in the learning process for today’s K-12 students.  These digital natives have used technology since infancy to play games, watch videos, and interact with family.  There are even apps for infants and toddlers, like Baby’s Musical Hands, Monkey’s Preschool Lunchbox, and Ewe Can Count, for Apple and Android devices, Baby’s Musical Hands and Monkey Preschool Lunchbox!

Practical Strategies for Protecting Schools

Monday, January 28, 2013

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By Dr. Amy Burkman
Program Director, M.Ed. in Administration and Supervision, American Public University System

There has been a movement to arm teachers in the classroom as a knee-jerk reaction to recent violence in schools. There isn’t a worse place for us to put guns! Students have been known to steal money, food, pencils, really anything, from a teacher’s desk.

Administrative Guidance for Working with Challenging Parents

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

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By Dr. Amy Burkman
Program Director, M.Ed. in Administration and Supervision

Partnering with parents to provide the best education for a child can be one of the biggest challenges for a teacher, especially when the parent is hesitant to join forces. As a teacher and as an administrator I experienced two types of parents that have difficulty maintaining positive relationships with teachers: parents who are hesitant to come to schools and interact with educators and parents who are over-involved and fail to see teachers as professionals.

Measuring Soft Skills in Undergraduate Education – A Focus on Personal Responsibility

Thursday, January 10, 2013

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By Dr. Tammy Lynn Woody
School of Education Program Director, American Public University

As we prepare for a new year in the APUS School of Education, a conversation about the expectations and “soft skills” being incorporated in Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College grading system came to our attention. Please follow this link to see the full article entitled “Grading Personal Responsibility”:
http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2012/12/13/nc-community-college-issue-grades-certificates-soft-skills?goback=%2Egde_1203287_member_196396888
Like other schools of education, we frequently have rich and deep discussions about how to ensure that our pre-service and in-service educators develop their professional dispositions and skills.

21st Century School Counseling: Dispelling Myths of the School Counselor

Thursday, January 3, 2013

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By Dr. Kimberlee Ratliff
Program Director, M.Ed. in School Counseling at American Public University

When you think of school counseling, do you think of a particular character portrayed in the movies or on television? Do you think of your own experience with your school counselor? Do you still use the outdated term “guidance counselor”? The role of the school counselor has evolved over the past several decades and is clearly defined in the American School Counselor (ASCA) National Model.

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