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Healthy Goodbyes for Your Students

Posted by Becky Carlton on May 25, 2017 2:27:30 PM

 

It is hard to say goodbye. Saying goodbye is also healthy and necessary to provide the opportunity for closure for students at the end of the school year. Although it can be painful for both adults and students, healthy goodbyes help transition into the summer and next school year. If you avoid the opportunity to say goodbye with your class, it can have a negative impact on separation in the future among students.

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Topics: Student Relationships, Classroom Management

Classroom Peace Corner

Posted by Guest Author on Mar 21, 2017 7:30:00 AM

Behavior is the language of the child, and we see many behaviors through out our school day.

As adults, we may think we are the stressed-out ones and wonder what can a child possibly have to be stressed-out about? I can answer that question. Most days a child’s experience follows an ebb and flow, and within that ebb and flow they are trying to find their way. Their way within their family environment, their way within their classroom environment, their way within the before and after school care environments. And, some have to find their way within a sports team or extracurricular environment...those are a lot of lines to be crossing and a lot of different environments to acclimate to. Today's children have stress and anxiety, even the young ones.

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Topics: Student Learning, Student Trauma, Classroom Management

How to Handle Divisive Classroom Conversations

Posted by Guest Author on Feb 7, 2017 12:05:00 PM

Whew! I’d say, if there is anything certain in these uncertain times, it is that everyone has an opinion. But as a teacher or school leader, you have to walk a fine line when it comes to talking about current events and politics. Certainly these things are on your students’ mind and may come up in the classroom. How many Facebook posts showing teachers sharing personal political views (along with calls for their resignation) have you seen lately? As educators we need to be careful about showing our own hand, knowing that the diverse experiences of your students and parents means opinions are plentiful.

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Topics: Classroom Management, Critical Thinking

Collaborative Desks Meet the Needs of the Today's Classrooms

Posted by Guest Author on Jan 31, 2017 5:05:00 PM

Adding collaborative desks to your classroom is a smart way to go.  Flexible furniture allows for project based learning and group activities in today's classrooms.

With the increasing popularity of project-based learning and group work, collaborative desks are becoming an integral ingredient in modern classrooms. While classic school desks can be used for working in small groups, they are definitely not ideal. Any educator who is looking to maximize time and productivity in a collaborative learning environment can benefit from flexible classroom furniture.

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Topics: Classroom Management, Classroom Furniture

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