The Importance of the School Bus Driver

If you have ever worked in an elementary school, you know that for many students the transition from the bus ride to the classroom can be difficult.
The bus is often unsupervised and unsafe. Although the drivers try their best to maintain order on their bus, they are most concerned with driving carefully and getting children to school safe and sound. Because of this unstructured environment, students often get off the bus feeling unsettled and not prepared to learn.We remember reading about a school bus driver in West St. Paul named Dennis Stricker who discovered not only how to provide a...

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Beginning of the Year

Each new school year we are confronted with the challenging task of educating a diverse group of learners. Students enter our rooms performing at a wide variety of levels in reading, math, and other academic areas. Teachers seem to understand that children grow at different rates, and they accept this range of ability from their students. Educators are willing to search for ways to individualize and differentiate their instruction in order to address the needs of each individual student and to help each student be successful. Similar to the range we experience in student academic ability, we also are confronted...

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