Brain Breaks: How to refocus your classroom

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Do your students seem extra fidgety? Perhaps you are seeing a room full of blank stares or a student or two is seemingly frustrated with their work. Ding Ding Ding! Those are just a couple of indicators that it is time for a Brain Break! Quick brain breaks during or in between lessons are important for student learning, and can relieve students’ frustration, stress and anxiety.

Substitute spotlight: Sarah Rahija

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What does a substitute teacher look like? A stay-at-home mom who wants to spend more time with her kids? A college student wanting to grow their skills before becoming a full-time teacher? Or a retiree who is looking for something to do in their free time? The answer is all of the above, and more.

Sub Pack – How to make sure you’re prepared and have a successful day of substitute teaching

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Oh no! You have arrived at your substitute teaching position for the day and cannot find lesson plans anywhere. Don’t panic! That is where having a Sub Pack comes in handy. A Sub Pack is kind of like an emergency kit for the classroom. Included in a sub pack are items that will help make sure you have a successful day, no matter what classroom you’re teaching in.

Substitute spotlight: America Patton

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What does a substitute teacher look like? A stay-at-home mom who wants to spend more time with her kids? A college student wanting to grow their skills before becoming a full-time teacher? Or a retiree who is looking for something to do in their free time? The answer is all of the above, and more.

Sub Spotlight: Chuck Watson

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Let’s Fly Away Since my first flight at ten years old, I’ve had a lifelong interest in aviation history along with art. Teaching art for forty years allowed me the chance to indulge both. While teaching in Liberal, Kansas I volunteered and served on the board of the air museum there, so after retiring in… Read more »

April Sub of the Month: Gary Worthington

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MHED chose Gary as our sub of the month for April because he is always very communicative with us, even when not able to work – which isn’t very often. Gary is willing to go wherever we need a substitute teacher and that has been so very helpful. He has been to virtually every school… Read more »

Sub Spotlight: Karen Swanson

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I worked as a zookeeper at the Kansas City Zoo for 7 years. I got my degree in environmental science at KU and worked as a naturalist at the Lawrence nature center for 3 years before taking a job at the zoo. I spent a lot of time doing the bird show and giving educational… Read more »

March Sub of the Month: Kelly Staples

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Kelly was chosen as sub of the month because she has been in her current assignment at Tonganoxie Elementary since the beginning of the year and has been very dependable. She is a very hard worker, has been great in communicating with MHED, and she is a team player. She truly is making a difference… Read more »

Sub Spotlight: Ann Alexander

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Each month we like to highlight a substitute teacher who has a unique skill, hobby, or story. This month we are highlighting substitute teacher Ann Alexander. I learned woodworking when I was teaching at Lawrence HS. The woodshop teacher, Jay Hundley, taught me how to use all the shop equipment and let me use the… Read more »

February Subs of the Month: Tom & Debbie Sack

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Tom and Debbie Sack have been substitute teachers for MHED since October 2015. We appreciate their dedication to teaching the students and their willingness to work as often as they can. They communicate with MHED daily about future available jobs and we truly appreciate their loyalty and hard work. We have been married almost 45… Read more »