Teaching Strategies

Social Emotional Learning Training for Creating Connection

“Social Emotional Learning Training” – eh? As the number of students per class continues to grow, teachers find it increasingly difficult to create meaningful connections with each of their students. Many of us find it difficult to pin down exactly what a meaningful connection is. That’s why, regardless of our age, wisdom, and experience, all of us can benefit from a…

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Why Schools Must Teach Social Emotional Learning

Years ago, we were acquainted with a wonderful young man who had gotten into some trouble and been suspended from the basketball team. The problem was, he hadn’t told his parents, and they’d invited his entire extended family to attend the first game of the year (1). He approached his school counselor with the problem.…

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Professional Development for Teachers

When I think back on my time in school, I have memories of things like the lunchroom, the gymnasium, the hallways and the general flow of students between periods. I remember my friends, and I remember the kids I didn’t get along with. Most of all, I remember moments. Points in time when teachers would…

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7 Keys to Relieving Student Stress

“I had church last night after soccer and then had homework in three classes. I got some of it done for my other classes, but not this one. My Mom made me go to bed at midnight before I was able to finish my essay.” It wasn’t the first time this particular 8th grade student…

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Student Engagement Strategies: 7 Ways To Enhance Learning

Being a bit of an introvert, one challenge for me has often been assertiveness. Not providing my input and worrying too much about rocking the boat has been a limiting force that has caused me to disengage from critical moments (not good). I believe disengagement is a problem for all of us to some extent.…

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Mindfulness in Education: 5 Exercises for the Classroom

It was 1999 when I really began my process of self-discovery. I was in the midst of a personal crisis, and that year, I began reading books related to self-improvement and personal transformation. It was also during that year that I became acutely aware of the power of meditation, which is one of many techniques…

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Mindset Training for Teachers and Students

One question we get more than just about any other is, “How do you change your mindsets?” We all want optimism, self-esteem, the ability to develop strong relationships, and the sense that we control our destiny. We all want to be gracious, loving and have the courage to take risks and be vulnerable in our…

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Innovation In Education

Guest post by Connie Stovall, Principal, Liberty Middle School In 1916, John Dewey said, “From the standpoint of the child, the great waste in school comes from his inability to utilize the experience he gets outside, while on the other hand he is unable to apply in daily life what he is learning in school.…

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