How to Become a Writer

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by Katherine Reilly

A few days ago, one of my students told me that when she grows up, she wants to become a writer like me. I was honored by her heartwarming confession. Being a positive role model for someone and in this case my students, is not something to be taken lightly. When a person looks up to you, it’s not only a privilege, but also an obligation to help him in any way you can.

So, what makes you a writer, and a good one at that? There are no rules that you must follow to achieve this, however, some of my personal experience might help you.

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How to Teach When You’re Sick

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by Katherine Reilly

If you’re a teacher and you are reading this article, you’ve definitely been in the difficult position of teaching while effortlessly blowing your nose and trying to keep the lesson going at all costs, no matter what.

Whether it’s a sense of obligation, or plain and simple love for our students, a teacher’s job comes with a lot of sacrifices. However, where do we draw the line and what is the best approach when coming down with a fever without abandoning our duties?

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Teaching Students with Special Educational Needs (SENs)

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by Katherine Reilly

Teaching is a privilege. It is the means by which we pass on our heritage to the next generation. Education is every person’s right and must be offered to all children with no discrimination whatsoever. Students with SENs are believed to be difficult to teach. What daunts most teachers, is the manner in which such a procedure must be handled. However, things are much more simple than they seem.

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Preparing for an Exam- Do’s and Don’ts

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by Katherine Reilly

Most of you have probably seen this picture pop up on the web from time to time – a picture which is highly exaggerated and out of proportion, by the way. Regardless, how many of us have felt like this during a test?

In this article, we won’t debate the effectiveness of tests or question what the best way to assess a student’s skills or knowledge is. Tests are here to stay and whether we like it or not, we have to comply with this designated method of evaluation. Nonetheless, what is the best way to prepare for one?

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How to Handle School Bullying

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by Katherine Reilly

Have you ever been bullied at school? The answer, whether one likes to admit it or not is ‘yes’. School bullying is the most common form of violence students experience today. Most students admit to being bullied at least once per week, while other cases are more frequent – some on a daily basis.

What’s made matters even worse, is the increased accessibility to the Internet and the affordability of technology, offering bullies even greater tools to harass their victims. ‘Cyber-bullying’, as it is now known, has contributed even further, to the suicide of multiple children.

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The Sunday Migrant School of Athens

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by Katherine Reilly

On a beautiful Sunday morning, I drive to an old ordinary building in a suburb of Athens. I exit the car only to hear the sweet voices of children playing outside. As I approach them with books in my arms, one of my students wraps herself around me. Then another and before you know it, all of them surround me as I’m gasping for air while my heart beats with love and joy to see my sweet darlings once again.

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