ATPE News Magazine

Winter 2019 | Volume 40 | Issue 2

In this issue of ATPE News, we take a look into one of the latest issues facing Texas public schools—student vaping—and how to deal with it on your campus. Next, discover how a social and emotional learning curriculum has transformed teaching and learning in Copperas Cove ISD for ATPE member Marla Sullivan. Learn why classroom escape games are a breakout trend, and read about the one giant leap some ATPE members from Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD took this summer when they attended a NASA education program in Florida. Plus, ATPE member Kami Collins of Amarillo ISD presents five tips for managing a blended classroom, and we share some insight into Kahoot! with our tech-focused column Learning Curve. In Your Ally, ATPE Managing Attorney Paul Tapp discusses two student discipline bills passed during the most recent legislative session, and ATPE Lobbyist Andrea Chevalier explains ways you can stay involved with education policy and politics between legislative sessions in Your Voice. And finally, we know the school year can be exhausting, so don’t miss the article on self-care, written by ATPE partner It’s Time Texas, and a list of seven easy ways to tackle stress in our revamped Brain Break section.

Contents

Features

Escape to Win

Escape to Win

Why classroom escape games are a breakout trend.
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Warning: Our Schools Contain Vaping

Warning: Our Schools Contain Vaping

E-cigarette use among middle and high school students has increased in recent years. What you should know about student vaping and how to deal with it on your campus.
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Shifting Mindsets

Shifting Mindsets

A social and emotional learning curriculum has transformed teaching and learning in a public school with high mobility and high poverty.
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Everything Else

It's Time We Had a Talk About Self-Care

It's Time We Had a Talk About Self-Care

Half of the nation’s schools are struggling to find and keep quality teachers. We need to have a long, hard conversation about self-care.
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Teaching Out of This World

Teaching Out of This World

Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ATPE members traveled to Florida to learn the latest in Earth/space science, technology, and teaching.
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Walk the Line: Navigating New Prohibitions on Student Discipline

Walk the Line: Navigating New Prohibitions on Student Discipline

Learn about two student discipline bills passed during the last legislative session that prohibit “aversive discipline techniques.”
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Staying Engaged During the Interim

Staying Engaged During the Interim

Rather than being quieted by the positive outcomes of the session, hold the Texas Legislature and statewide elected officials to high standards.
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Five Tips for Managing a Blended Classroom

Five Tips for Managing a Blended Classroom

An Amarillo ISD educator presents five tips for managing a blended classroom.
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Make Learning a Game with Kahoot!

Make Learning a Game with Kahoot!

Educators are constantly looking for new ways to keep students engaged. Kahoot! is one tool that does exactly that.
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7 Easy Ways to Combat Stress

7 Easy Ways to Combat Stress

We know educators face skyrocketing expectations. We’ve put together some tips and exercises to combat the pressure that comes with the job.
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Director's Message

Director's Message

Breathe easy, educators. You’ve made it to the halfway point.
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