Author Archives Rose Dugas

  • I came across an article at Edutopia.com on building a positive staff culture. I thought back over my work lifetime and realized, as many people do, that there were some great teams I worked with but far more bad ones than good ones. I know I am not alone. Here at the Network we have […]

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  • In honor of Science Friday I thought I would share with you some pictures that I received through email.  The pictures honor the diversity of nature and man.  Some things that we will never see or even never thought about.  Check out the blowhole of the Blue whale picture and tell me what you see.  […]

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  • I just read an article posted by Ken Anthony on Facebook, called “When Students are Traumatized, Teachers are too”.  It’s something we don’t think about much, even with my family of teachers.  We talk about burnout but never about the teacher’s physical and mental response to the trauma inflicted by students and on students. My […]

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  • This is a short video produced by the Atlantic magazine that talks about new research that has been going on over the past 10 years on the link of early childhood trauma and ongoing adult mental health issues.  Earlier discoveries have lead the way to earlier social interventions in healthcare, early education, and family intervention. […]

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  • We “transmit” information in a variety of ways.  Generally we communicate acoustically; meaning we “talk”. But did you know that communication is also by olfactory (smell), signaling (dog wagging tail), touching, and chemical (ants secreting acid). In the transmission of information you have a sender (or source), a message, a channel, and a receiver (destination). […]

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  • Human Body Learning Activities for Kids  Here is a list of 10 fun STEM learning activities from “A Spectacled Owl“.  From brain hats to shrinky dink cell models, it’s a great collection of activities to teach kids all about the human body. 1.What’s Inside a Drop of Blood (Creekside Learning) 2. X-Ray Play Dough (I […]

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  • It’s called the great pacific garbage patch. I’m sure many of you are familiar with the problems our oceans face with plastic so I’m not going to quote statistics or show you horrible pictures.  Instead I’m going to show you something positive that is taking place. A creation of a 21 year old student named […]

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  • The definition of bullying is, “the use of superior strength or influence to intimidate (someone), typically to force him or her to do what one wants“. Based on this definition it seems like everyone has been bullied.  When it affects our own children that’s when we tend to need it to be stopped in its […]

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  • Did you know that Connecticut sent  55 winning students from the Connecticut Invention Convention to the National Convention and tied with Ohio for the most awards received?  Makes you proud.  A 14 year old Southington student won the National award.  Lucca Riccio invented the “message mask” that took the top honor.  That peaks your curiosity, […]

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  • Fathers make important contributions to their kids’ development—and do so in ways that are different from mother’s contributions. Fathers are more likely to use advanced language around young kids, which promotes vocabulary development. Fathers also tend to prioritize rough-and-tumble play, letting kids explore, and playing more than caretaking, which establish independence and positive social skills. […]

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