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How to Find the Right Graduate Program

It is always a difficult process to find the right graduate program.  There are a plethora of options out there and locating the perfect place can be tricky and time consuming. I wanted to share my own personal anecdote as well as some recommendations.  I hope that you find this helpful!   What inspired this post was a question by one of my followers.  Below you will find their question in blue and my answer in red. 
I am a special education teacher and have been for 20 years +.  I also work as an adjunct professor for several Massachusetts colleges.  I have my masters +60 additional graduate credits, but have yet to commit to a doctoral program because I cannot find one that really interests me. I really want to focus on the impact of movement and exercise, cross-body exercises and increased heart-rate on learning.  How did you go about tailoring a degree program to meet your unique interests?  I’m not sure where to even begin!  Any help or advise you could give me would be so apprecia…

Natural Strategies that Can Help Students Academic Abilities and Behaviors

More and more children are being medicated for school based problems related to attention and learning issues, and families are concerned about the short term and long term effects.  In addition, most caregivers don’t want to mask the presenting symptoms.  Instead, they want to get to the root cause of the problem.   
What are Some Possible Causes that can be Addressed Naturally? There are three possible causes that can addressed without medications.First, there are increasing amounts of toxins and unhealthy, synthesized substances in our environment that have impacted our food chain and water supplies.For instance, toxic levels of mercury are often reported in many types of fish and professionals are continually warning us about the dangers of pesticides and genetically modified foods.Second, many available foods contain preservatives, additives and other chemicals that can negatively impact on our bodies and brains.  A common additive, monosodium glutamate or MSG, is used by restauran…

Word Collages and Wriggle Writing Make Writing Fun and Engaging

Bringing creative ideas and images into the writing process can make class work and homework assignments fun and memorable for students.  I love teaching my students how to create word collages in the shape of an image.  In addition, I find that my students love wriggle writing, too, which allows them to write their stories and poems in a nonlinear fashion.

The Process of Creating a Word Collage:       1.Provide your students a theme, such as their favorite animal, a friend, a self-portrait, an event, a concept and so forth.       2.Share with them that they will be creating a word collage using phrases, sentences and/or words that they can type, write or cut out of magazines.       3.Indicate that they can place their words, phrases and sentences randomly, or they can organize them within a traced image on a piece of poster board.  Then, show them some examples.       4.As an added option, students can be encouraged to add small objects and designs.  

* The image to the right was done ab…