The Arts and Trauma

Tweet Trauma and the Classroom The adjustment counselor at my school introduced me to the work of Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, today’s leading expert on trauma treatment.  It seems that we are discussing things like trauma and social-emotional learning a lot in education and so she forwarded our staff a link to watch an […]

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Puppets in an Inspired Classroom

Tweet Judith O’Hare is a world renowned puppeteer and the focus workshop presenter at the Teacher Art Retreat.  Today, she shares some insights to how puppets can play a part in our classrooms and in the lives of our students.  This is a preview of the wonderful things we will be learning from her at the retreat! […]

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How to Make your Students Feel Valued as Individuals

Tweet For many teachers, although we see students every single day, it can be very hard to remember what it was actually like to be a kid. Our hardy, grown-up personalities have weathered through decades of disappointments (with some delights thrown in for good measure), and although everyone has a lot more ‘growing’ to do […]

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It’s About Saying It

Tweet We always want to highlight the inspiring things that teachers do.  Today, I’m excited to bring you the story of Elaine’s process as she prepared to give a TEDx talk entitled, “Three Lies We Tell Children.”  Be sure you watch it.  There’s a great message in her talk and a great message in the […]

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How to Encourage your Pupils to ask more Questions

Tweet When children get to a certain age (around two or three years old) they start wanting to know ‘why?’ about what seems like every little thing. “Why is the sky blue, Mommy?”, “Why do I have to eat my vegetables, Mommy?”, “Mommy, why are you and daddy still asleep? I want to go to […]

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The Rule Of Five

Tweet If you are working with a child who struggles to read, or has dyslexia, you will know that there are periods of time you both can feel like you’re in a losing battle. It can be hard to know how to encourage the child through that struggle while also teaching them and correcting their […]

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Versatility for the Real World

Tweet “I’m never going to use this in the real world anyway.” It’s a constant refrain of students as they struggle with studies and get bored with certain subjects. As students mature, they begin to view “real world” vocationally, misunderstanding that even if they pursue a career as a lawyer then the basics of geometry […]

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Giving Kids Choice in HS Reading Class

Tweet Today, as part of Literacy Month, we have one of our favorite guest posters, Kristina Peterson to share the evolution of what she is doing in her HS English classes in terms of reading.  ~EMP When I first became a teacher I distinctly remember being taught that what my kids read doesn’t really matter […]

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How to Work with Kids Who Do Not Care

Tweet In light of all that has occurred this past week, it’s more important than ever to watch for students who appear not to care.  Behavior is something we all struggle with year round, but often, bad behavior is a sign of other things.  It is also true that this time of year, the last […]

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