Development for Educators

Social Emotional Learning Standards: A New Definition

Last August, CASEL announced a “joint effort” to establish Social Emotional Learning Standards across 8 US states. For many long-time advocates, the creation of declarative, procedural, schematically-built guidelines will surely speed up consensus, funding and implementation of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in all classrooms. But as we visit schools, what we sometimes hear is that the move towards standards could also be a dangerous…

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Four Essential Teaching Skills for the 21st Century Educator

When my son Daniel started the first grade, he was struggling with reading. My wife and I felt that we’d done everything we could as parents, placing him in preschool programs at age two, and reading to him every night. We were understandably concerned.  Reading is critical for academic success, and our son was behind.…

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7 Easy Teacher Appreciation Ideas

Dear Ms. Robertson: It’s very easy to sit back and tell people to do something. In fact, it can even be fun at times. I’ve found that in life that there will always be people telling you to do something, whether that person is a teacher, a parent, a boss, or a sibling. But very…

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5 Relaxation Techniques for Stress at School

Space!!!  We could all use more of it in our lives.  Not the physical kind, but the mental and emotional kind. A few years ago, I met a woman who ran a foundation focused on preventing teen suicide.  Her brother had taken his own life when she was young, and that had compelled her to…

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5 Keys to Avoiding Teacher Burnout

Teaching is one of the most rewarding professions a person can choose… except when it’s not.  Sometimes, after a long day of giving it your all, your fuel tank is on empty.  You possibly ran out of energy even before lunch.  And, if you’ve been teaching for quite some time, you may start to dread…

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