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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

An Open Letter to the Student from Hell

Posted by Guest Author on Sep 13, 2016 2:01:30 PM

Dear Student From Hell:

I see you. I see your struggles every day. When other people call you “the student from hell” what they mean is that you create hell for them in their classroom. I know that you are, actually, living in hellish circumstances. I see that your mother works three jobs and that you are responsible for your younger brothers and sisters even though you are only nine. I see that you work at your family’s business for longer hours than are legally allowed and don’t have time to finish your homework.

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Topics: Student Expectations, Student Learning, Student Trauma

Student Trauma: An Educator Best Practice Drill

Posted by Becky Carlton on Mar 16, 2016 5:23:15 PM

Trauma is an emotional response to a horrific event and unfortunately, some children, more than we might like to admit, have experienced indescribable events in their short lifetime.  Students who have had a close relative die, a parent in prison, live with abuse or even experienced a tragic event can often display challenging behaviors in the classroom. There are endless best practices for classroom management, student engagement and even behavioral incentives. But why is it that sometimes their challenging behaviors are so difficult to work with?

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Topics: Teaching and Learning, Student Trauma

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