Tag - Teachers


Springtime Planning for Transitions

The sun is beginning to shine, and the fresh smells of spring are upon us. This time of year is always a favorite of mine, whether I am working with clients or walking through the park with my sons. One thing is for sure, this time of year is always busy in school systems. Special …


Learning to Think Part Three: Continuing Mindfulness Throughout the Day

Winter is well underway here in Michigan, and the snow sure has been falling.  It is such a wonderful sight to see children, young and old, out and about enjoying the wonderful scenery.  My young son has become increasingly aware of the seasons, and it has been amazing for me to watch him make discoveries …


Learning to Think: Mindfulness Throughout the Day

School has been in session for a few months now, and students are busily working on their studies. Teachers have dug into the content of their curriculum for the year, and everyone has had time to adjust to the new routine. As a former teacher, curriculum was an integral part of my day; and working …


Ask the Horizons Team: Do you have suggested resources for teachers to use in writing goals and objectives for students?

Question: I am a special education teacher working with students in grades 3-6. One of our areas for school improvement this year is writing more specific IEPs, including tightening up our goals and objectives. I have to say that this is something I didn’t get a lot of instruction in when I was in college, …


New Year Resolutions for Teachers

By: Courtney Kowalczyk, M.Ed. It is hard to believe that 2010 is already here! The holidays came and went so quickly, and now we are on to bigger and better things in the New Year. As a teacher and consultant, I believe that starting a new year is always a great time to put into …


12 Things Parents and Professionals Must Understand About Educating Students with Autism and Other Neurodevelopmental Disorders

12 Things Parents and Professionals Must Understand About Educating Students with Autism and Other Neurodevelopmental Disorders By: Nicole Beurkens, M.Ed. Working with parents and educators for over a decade has taught me some important lessons about what it means to provide a meaningful education to students with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders. It is easy …


Thought Provoking…

  Good evening! I hope you and your family had a relaxing and enjoyable holiday season. It is so nice to spend time with our family and friends! Now that we are back into the swing of school and work, it is nice to refocus ourselves and look towards the year ahead. I recently began …


The Importance of Structure

Today, my students and classroom staff returned to school after a week off. I was very pleased to see the smiles on my students’ faces as they walked in the classroom this morning. They were all so happy to be back. As the day progressed, I noticed how important structure is in the lives of …