Archive for November 16th, 2015

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Congrats Sue Beaulier

November 16, 2015

Representing the arts and good teaching

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Sue Beaulier, 2015 Aroostook county teacher of the year, Kate Smith, 2014 York county teacher of the year, Senator Collins, Argy Nestor Photo taken by Monty Rand

On Saturday night in Bangor educators from across the state were recognized as county teachers of the year and one who represents Maine teachers as the state teacher of the year. The event is always fun but more importantly, a clear reminder of the importance of celebrating our teaching profession. Almost every year since I started attending the event in 1995 there has been an art or music teacher as one of the nominees. This year is no exception. Susan Beaulier is a PreK-12 art teacher extraordinaire at the Ashland School and teaches visual art. Sue is the 2015 Aroostook County teacher of the year and we at the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI) are pretty darn proud since she has been a Teacher Leader with MALI for 3 years!

Joining the celebration on Saturday was Kate Smith who is the 2014 York County Teacher of the Year. Kate continually uses her voice in a positive way at the local, regional, and statewide level. (https://meartsed.wordpress.com/2015/11/12/find-your-voice/) Sue, Kate, and I had the opportunity t0 have a photo taken Senator Susan Collins. And, Kate took a few moments to speak with the Senator about MALI. A grand event was had by all who attended!

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Look for the Helpers

November 16, 2015

Sad day

Screen Shot 2015-11-15 at 11.08.49 AMI know that the news from Paris is stressful and trying to make sense of it is very difficult. For students this kind of news can be even more difficult, turning their world upside down. This depends on their age, their personal relationships with others, and so many other factors. Today I share a resource from a Compass Point blog post, November 14, called Talking with Children about Tragic Events and Loss written by Josie Holford.

At the above link you’ll hear the famous Mr. Rogers tell about a conversation he had with his mom who suggested to Fred as a child: “Look for the helpers.” There are always folks who want to help. This certainly helps to focus on the good in a situation. And the second part at the link is information that was written by psychologist Rob Evans on the five points in helping those who work with young people and written in response to 9/11. Some of this may be useful to you in your classrooms as is or adapted, when students come through the classroom doorway today.

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