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Friday Five

Each Friday, the NC Education Lawyer will post five items that she has read during the week. Generally, all the posts will have some connection to education. Sometimes, items shared may simply be to highlight the good in humanity.


1. Teacher to parents: About THAT kid (the one who hits, disrupts and influences YOUR kid), By: Valerie Strauss

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2014/11/14/teacher-to-parents-about-that-kid-the-one-who-hits-disrupts-and-influences-your-kid/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.7189fe39a461

The moral of the story is there is so much going on with THAT kid. Be kind, teach your children to be kind, and always try to see the other side of the story.*


*Violence is never okay. If your child, or any child, is being bullied, report it to their school and parents promptly.


2. High Point University’s Stout School of Education Welcomes Children for Book Buddy Celebration

http://www.highpoint.edu/blog/2018/11/hpus-stout-school-of-education-welcomes-children-for-book-buddy-celebration/

Great job HPU! Your students service to the students of Montlieu Academy and Fairview Elementary School is invaluable.


3. This teacher had to tell her deaf students that people can hear farts. Their reaction was hilarious., By: Tod Perry

https://www.good.is/articles/hard-of-hearing-student-gas

A humorous reminder of the steep learning curve students with different abilities can have. Anna Tupiano, the teacher who had to explain that passing gas can make a sound, explained, “I know it started with farts, but the real issue is that many of my students aren’t able to learn about these things at home or from their peers because they don’t have the same linguistic access.”


4. NC Teachers warned “We Vote in November” and they did, helping break GOP Supermajority, By: T. Keung Hui

https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article221371205.html

N.C.’s teachers provided an incredible example to their students about the democratic process, and the ability to make your voice heard. As one teacher from Charlotte, Justin Parmenter, explained, “It was pretty clear that teachers were following the adage if you don’t like the policy, you change the policy maker.”


5. #ThankAnEducator: Your Stories about Educators Who Change Lives, By: Leah Jarvis

https://ced.ncsu.edu/news/2018/11/15/thankaneducator-your-stories-about-educators-who-change-lives/

“We are devoting this season of giving thanks to express our appreciation to the educators who made a difference in our lives and who are transforming lives, schools and communities across North Carolina, the nation and the world. We asked our alumni, students and friends to join the #ThankAnEducator movement by writing notes of appreciation to educators who changed their lives.”


Teachers, thank you for all you do! Never underestimate your ability to effect a life long term!

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