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How to Break the Cycle of Student Misbehavior

By Kathryn Picano Morton, EdS, NCSP December 5, 2018

Getting a child to behave when expected can be quite a challenging task. When a student engages in misbehavior, that child is often attempting to get a response from the adult. Reacting to challenging behaviors negatively – yelling, using corporal punishment, removing the child from the setting, enforcing “timeouts,”– tends to exacerbate the issue. It… Read More

How Personal Trauma Can Lead to Teacher Burnout

By Amy Anderson, MEd, LPC, LADC November 27, 2018

You may have seen it, been around it, or maybe you’re experiencing it right now: teacher burnout. It’s sadly very common and it can often be labeled as Secondary Traumatic Stress (STS). Many of us struggle to find ways to set boundaries, recognize our own limitations, and prioritize our personal needs. It becomes even more… Read More

It’s easy to see the potential in young learners, but recognizing what they can already contribute and encouraging their growth requires a dedicated advocate with passion and expertise. Meet Tina Lageson, EdD, a kindergarten teacher at Glencoe Elementary School in Portland, Oregon. She’s a three-peat alum of Concordia University-Portland, having earned her BS in Early Childhood… Read More

The Impact of Income on Student Success and What We Can Do About It

By Mary Jane Pearson, PhD October 30, 2018

The American Dream depends upon the belief that, regardless of your background, if you work hard enough you can achieve your goals. But extensive research has shown that income does impact student success. As educators, what can we do about this national issue? Read on to find out how one Portland school addressed the challenge. Research on… Read More

A Framework for Teaching Tomorrow’s Innovators Today

By Jennifer Gunn October 22, 2018

It’s said that today’s teachers are educating students for a job market that doesn’t yet exist. Foundational skills are still important, but how should this generation’s educators teach tomorrow’s workers and innovators? 21st-century learning is at the heart of a movement preparing students to work in a very different world. But the concept of 21st-century… Read More

Teacher Memes That Nail What It’s Really Like to Teach

By The Room 241 Team October 12, 2018

Many people don’t really get what it means to be a teacher and how challenging yet rewarding this profession can be. Don’t worry. We’ve got your back with a host of new memes that we’ve created just for you. So ignore the mountain of ungraded papers for a moment and take a well-deserved meme break.

Why Educators’ Voices are Essential to EdTech Innovation

By Jennifer Gunn October 9, 2018

SmartBoards, iPads, Google Classroom, and 3D printers — these are just some of the tools found in classrooms today. Gone are the days of clunky overhead projectors, transparencies, heavy textbooks, and loose-leaf notebooks. “Edtech,” short for educational technology, is a booming industry with seemingly endless new apps and products hitting the market each year, promising to… Read More

When working in education, it’s easy to get caught up in student challenges and successes and our very long to-do lists. Carving out time to stop and reflect is a key component of professional growth. In Concordia University-Portland’s MEd programs, all candidates complete a capstone research experience and one option is EDGR 696: Practitioner Inquiry. This… Read More

Proof that Teachers’ Donation Dreams Can Come True

By Nicole Mace, MEd September 25, 2018

Sometimes as teachers we feel alone when trying to find ways to give students everything they need and deserve. After all, we are but one passionate person to many young minds. While we all wish a lack of resources and supplies wasn’t an ongoing issue, we can at least ask for donations from parents and… Read More

Saying No Can Make You a Better Teacher

By Sarah Knutson September 19, 2018

Saying no is the best choice I have ever made for my teaching career. I entered the teaching profession after a career in public libraries. In the beginning, I told my principal that I would probably stay late on campus since I was used to, and I quote, “working until 6 p.m. most days.” I started… Read More

While it’s fun to see photos of kids on their first day of school, let’s not forget that it’s also another first day for our dedicated teachers and staff members. Your years of service should be celebrated! Concordia University-Portland’s College of Education set out to do that through a social media campaign, and we’re happy… Read More

Addressing Power Struggles in Classrooms and Staff Rooms

By Nicole Mace, MEd August 27, 2018

Teachers are leaders in the classroom, collaborators in the staff room, and influencers during faculty meetings. In our unique profession, walking through the school can change our roles instantly. Working with our students, colleagues, and administrators involves multiple personalities and personal objectives. Often, these differences can lead to conflicts and power struggles. Instead of fearing… Read More

Building a Growth Mindset for Teachers

By Jennifer Gunn August 26, 2018

Fostering a growth mindset in students is a priority for most educators, but sometimes teachers themselves operate with a fixed mindset. Stanford University professor of psychology Carol Dweck, author of the very popular Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, made these terms part of our pedagogical vocabulary. Growth Mindset is the belief that one’s abilities,… Read More

Picture it: Hoards of parents line the hallway, waiting for their five precious minutes with you, their child’s teacher. Inside the classrooms, you go over grades and discuss how their child is doing as quickly as you can, and are disappointed by the no-shows. On Back-to-School Night, you try to make connections but time flies… Read More

Rethinking PD: Self-Care & Mindfulness for Teachers

By The Room 241 Team August 14, 2018

Concordia University-Portland’s College of Education and WeAreTeachers hosted an awesome Facebook Live professional development session: Self-Care & Mindfulness for Teachers. Did you miss it? No worries! We’ve got you covered with some key takeaways. You can also watch the full video anytime to catch all of the details. Mindfulness for students Hosts Kayla Dessert and… Read More