Educators everywhere are gearing up for another school year. With this comes what feels like another complete transformation. New standards, new programs, new rules—all while the building-level leaders want to focus on their mission/vision, goals and values, and the possibilities of a school energized by joy and focused on academic rigor. Our hope is that this year it all comes together, and school becomes everything that we imagined—and promised—it to be.
Being sent to the principal’s office has historically been associated with stressful, negative feelings for students. But today, a growing number of schools are implementing a new best practice called "Positive Office Referrals."
Here's a proven mindset training process for teachers and students. The goal is to change their mindsets, which means changing how they view themselves, their environment and the world.
Another issue with anti-bullying rhetoric is that it focuses on reactions to the problem, instead of addressing the underlying behaviors that cause it. Common advice includes walking away from bullies, ignoring their insults, not responding with anger or physical force, and of course, telling an adult. While some of these strategies may work in the moment, there’s a more effective approach to dealing with middle school bullying.