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How I Created A Positive Classroom Environment - Edudemic

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Having a positive classroom environment is key to quality learning. This is my story of how I became a chalkboard champion with some unexpected results.
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We reap what we sow!

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The 5 Core Principals for Social-Emotional Learning

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The 5 Core Principals for Social-Emotional Learning ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning http://t.co/cdOFJhO9bg via @medkh9

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Beyond Goals: Creating An Inspiring Classroom | Funderstanding

Beyond Goals: Creating An Inspiring Classroom | Funderstanding | Building Effective Relationships With Students | Scoop.it

As teachers head back to school for another year, most have developed goals for the coming school year. Virtually every expert champions the importance of

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Building a Shared Vision of an Inspiring Classroom: The Process
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FuelEd is Coming to Michigan!

FuelEd is Coming to Michigan! | Building Effective Relationships With Students | Scoop.it
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We are pleased to annouce that Oakland Schools in Michigan is coming on board to work with FuelEd! Oakland learned about FuelEd through the Education Week article co-written by FuelEd and Anthony Cody entitled, "How Can Teachers Overcome Depression and Strife." So, thanks, Anthony! 

    

The FuelEd program at Oakland schools will consist of a group of 24 special education teachers who will gather for three professional development days, which include FuelEd's workshops and small groups, throughout the 2013-2014 school year. Supplementing FuelEd’s professional development days, Oakland teachers will receive  one-on-ones with FuelEd staff. Steve Whitmore, Social Work Consultant to Oakland Schools who discovered FuelEd through the Education Week article, says: "Oakland Schools is looking forward to the collaboration with Fuel Ed to increase positive relationships by building supportive school cultures." To learn more about Oakland Schools, please click here.

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What is FuelEd? | FuelEd Schools

What is FuelEd? | FuelEd Schools | Building Effective Relationships With Students | Scoop.it
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FuelEd is a unique training program that equips teachers with the social and emotional competencies necessary to establish high-quality relationships in schools.

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Presence, Not Praise: How To Cultivate a Healthy Relationship with Achievement

Presence, Not Praise: How To Cultivate a Healthy Relationship with Achievement | Building Effective Relationships With Students | Scoop.it
Why instilling admiration for hard work rather than raw talent is the key to fostering a well-adjusted mind.

Despite ample evidence and c

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Being present; being with......vital relationship builders.  

 

"Being present, whether with children, with friends, or even with oneself, is always hard work. But isn’t this attentiveness — the feeling that someone is trying to think about us — something we want more than praise?"

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Pushing the Conversation | The Principal of Change

Pushing the Conversation | The Principal of Change | Building Effective Relationships With Students | Scoop.it
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Woa.  (Warning:  strong language).  

 

You have to teach from the heart.  This goes for people teaching adults as well as those teaching children.  

 

One of my own children (academic engagement varied greatly until he "owned" his learning at 19) said:  "I know when a teacher isn't interested in their work.  I know when they aren't interested in my learning.  I mostly put my headphones on in those classes because I am not going to get much out of the class."

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 9, 2013 8:36 PM

We have to know the full context. It is easy to say not to teach from the packet, but what does that even mean?

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Rita Pierson: Every kid needs a champion | Video on TED.com

Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years, once heard a colleague say, "They don't pay me to like the kids." Her response: "Kids don't learn from people they don’t like.’” A rousing call to educators to believe in their students and actually connect...

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We rarely discuss the VALUE and importance of RELATIONSHIPS.  NO Significant learning can happen without a relationship!

 

If you say it LONG enough, people start to believe it!  

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Andrea Cruz's curator insight, May 5, 2013 11:19 PM

Be a champion to someone!

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Be a champion to someone!

Dr. Laura Sheneman's curator insight, August 25, 2013 9:28 AM

Be the students' champion by making your school library a safe zone!

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Improving mental health starts with early childhood relationships

Improving mental health starts with early childhood relationships | Building Effective Relationships With Students | Scoop.it
Making sure children grow up in a safe and stable environment is the goal of Iowa State University researchers working on a statewide evaluation through the Iowa Department of Public Health and the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting...

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Deborah McNelis, M.Ed's curator insight, April 30, 2013 3:23 PM
Kere Hughes-Belding, an associate professor of human development and family studies at Iowa State, says the work is critical to the mental and emotional development of children. It's an aspect that is often overlooked, but is just as important as early childhood education, she said. "This is such a critical age and period of development in a child's life. There really is no better age to intervene and get the most benefit," Hughes-Belding said. "The more we can do to promote nurturing and caring relationships between parent and child, the better outcomes for the child."

Read more at: http://medicalxpress.com/news/2013-04-mental-health-early-childhood-relationships.html#jCp
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How are schools addressing cyberbullying?

How are schools addressing cyberbullying? | Building Effective Relationships With Students | Scoop.it
Bullying comes in many forms, from the schoolyard variety to a more modern version delivered through text messages, social media and online communication.
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 27, 2013 5:01 PM

A policy does not address cyberbullying. The implemenation of the policy is what does. We have nice numbers, but what do they mean?

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The Compassionate Brain: How Empathy Creates Intelligence

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The Compassionate Brain: How Empathy Creates Intelligence.
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Infants, whether mice or human, love to be carried | Life | Science News

 

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Parents trying to soothe a fussy infant might want to invest in a sling to carry their kid.

In human infants and mouse pups, bumping along in their mothers’ arms (or mouths) acts as the ultimate pacifier: crying stops, fidgety bodies go still and racing hearts thump more slowly, researchers report April 18 in Current Biology.

The calm may do more than save parents’ sanity. Carrying lulls mammalian babies into a trance that may improve their chances of survival, the study’s authors suggest. Lugging around wriggling banshees is tough work; mouse mothers on the move fare better with babies that relaxed when carried.

 


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Emotional Intelligence - 3 Great Traits of Insanely Loving People

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Emotional intelligence begins and ends with kindness. Let's examine three characteristics we need to love and how doing conscious acts of kindness can help. (Love the Post!
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 18, 2013 7:23 PM

People who are high on emotional intelligence would be people who serve, are present, and are mindful.

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Five Keys to Successful Social and Emotional Learning

Five Keys to Successful Social and Emotional Learning | Building Effective Relationships With Students | Scoop.it
Studies show that sustained and well-integrated social and emotional learning (SEL) engages students and improves achievement. Explore classroom practices that make up the most effective SEL programs.

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Liz Keen's curator insight, May 16, 2013 5:45 PM

Its interesting that so many people think social networks are just for playing but information clearly shows that these are important areas for students to learn about things that 1. arent taught in school 2. enable students to gain additional knowledge to confirm or repute what they are studying

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Video from Edutopia and bibliography of other resources

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What Students Want From Their Teachers

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A compilation of other people's work around student engagement and "what kids want from their teachers".    Enjoy!

 

http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2011/09/20-things-students-want-the-nation-to-know-about-education/  

 

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http://www.edudemic.com/2013/02/characteristics-favorite-teachers/ http://the21stcenturyprincipal.blogspot.com/2013/02/4-immediate-steps-teachers-can-take-to.html  

 

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http://www.edutopia.org/blog/student-engagement-stories-heather-wolpert-gawron http://www.angelamaiers.com/2012/02/12-things-kids-want-from-their-teachers.html  

 

 

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http://www.qisa.org/publications/docs/2012_NationalReport_FINAL.pdf

 

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http://www.angelamaiers.com/2012/02/12-things-kids-want-from-their-teachers.html

 

 

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Good teaching follows and leads the student

Good teaching follows and leads the student | Building Effective Relationships With Students | Scoop.it
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MaryT found a wonderful quote that summarizes what excellent teachers do in their practice. A great way to start the summer reflection process.

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Great teachers build relationships and act as a shepherd for their tribe.

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ratzelster's curator insight, May 31, 2013 8:19 AM

MaryT found a wonderful quote that summarizes what excellent teachers do in their practice.  A great way to start the summer reflection process.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 1, 2013 12:07 AM

Help students direct their learning and be responsible for it.

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EMPATHY: What is it, anyway?

EMPATHY: What is it, anyway? | Building Effective Relationships With Students | Scoop.it

The Center for Creative Leadership did a study with data from 6,731 managers from 38 countries. Their study found that the ability to understand what others are feeling is a skill that clearly contributes to effective leadership. In some cultures, the connection between empathy and performance is particularly striking, placing an even greater value on empathy as a leadership skill.

 

The findings were consistent across the sample: empathy is positively related to job performance. Managers who show more empathy toward direct reports are viewed as better performers in their job by their bosses.

 

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Empathy is a must for  solid relationships. 

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Ariana Amorim's curator insight, May 30, 2013 7:36 AM

What I found most endearing in this post were the definitions of empathy written by second graders. They explained it beautifully.

The author concludes then that "if you can practice empathy at least at the level these second graders describe it, you'll be a great leader".

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 30, 2013 10:27 AM

In the article there is a reference to teaching and explaining empathy. It is something we need to model and demonstrate. It cannot be reduced to a simple cognitive exercise.

Florentine van Thiel's curator insight, May 31, 2013 3:30 AM

La capacité à comprendre les sentiments des autres est une compétence qui contribue clairement à un leadership efficace.

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5 Questions To Ask Before You Teach Each Class

5 Questions To Ask Before You Teach Each Class | Building Effective Relationships With Students | Scoop.it
As I was going through some old paperwork a couple of weeks ago, I came across the binder that I used with my band three years ago. I remember that was a difficult year because the classes were terribly large.
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Will my present attitude promote a positive learning atmosphere?Are all my thoughts focused on creating an educational experience throughout the class?Do I exemplify the standards of excellence I expect from my students?Am I properly prepared to make the best use of time by highlighting the growth of every student?Have I dismissed my own agenda of personal considerations so that this class will be directed toward serving students in a disciplined format of meaningful learning?
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 27, 2013 6:26 PM

These are five excellent questions that can put a teacher into a mindful frame of mind and centre them in the present.

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The Benefits And Downsides Of Looping Teachers

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There's a trend slowly spreading across school systems called looping teachers. Basically, students stick with the same teacher for more than a year. Here's the pros and cons to know about!
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There are pros and cons to everything.  This gives important things to consider.  Overall, looping is probably a good thing.  Know the downside and do what you can to prevent related problems!

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Why We Should Teach Empathy To Improve Education (And Test Scores)

Why We Should Teach Empathy To Improve Education (And Test Scores) | Building Effective Relationships With Students | Scoop.it
Empathy matters. And it needs to be taught in schools. I've seen, read and written this before, but I wasn't quite convinced until earlier this week when I plugged into an episode of "This American Life" on a bus to New York City.
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5 Basic Tips To Reduce Student Test Anxiety

5 Basic Tips To Reduce Student Test Anxiety | Building Effective Relationships With Students | Scoop.it
Tests aren’t going away anytime soon, and as the stakes increase, when the time for tests rolls around everybody in the classroom can get a little edgy. Teachers need all the help they can find...
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Love this!  TEACH to reduce stress.  

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The Innate Ability To Learn

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My friend Nicholas Day, who wrote the wonderful book Baby Meets World (the smartest and funniest book on infants I’ve ever read) has a really interesting new column on Slate about how babies learn—specifically, how they figure out that other people...
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This is a fundamental question:  do you believe EVERYONE can learn?  

 

 

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Humans feel empathy for robots

How do we really feel about non-sentient objects on a human level?
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The Psycho-Educational Teacher: Helping Students with Recurrent Behavior Problems: Expressing Thoughts & Feelings/Utah Education Network

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Expressing Thoughts & Feelings/Utah Education Network http://t.co/fsJbtSk6SX

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What is Emotional Intelligence?

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"Emotional intelligence is defined as the capacity to see, understand and manage the emotions of one's self, of others, and of groups. (...)

Salovey and Mayer's built on this definition by describing EI as, 'The ability to perceive emotion, integrate emotion to facilitate thought, understand emotions, and to regulate emotions to promote personal growth.' Their model defined four types of skills."


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Ariana Amorim's curator insight, April 19, 2013 8:37 AM

The Mayer and Salovey model defines four types of skills:

Perceiving emotions 

Using emotions 

Understanding emotions 

Managing emotions 

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 19, 2013 7:38 PM

We need to know if it we want to use it and help others gain it. It is about modeling and not just telling.