Katie Goldman authored the book: "Bullied: What Every Parent, Teacher and Kid Needs to Know About Ending the Cycle of Fear," released this month. In it, she explores the subtle and not-so-subtle ways in which society fosters a fear of those perceived as different and what parents can do about it.
This article discusses how our gender norms influence children early on, causing a fear of anything that "looks different". Even department stores do it by sorting toys by color or having girl aisles and boy aisles.
I'm thinking back to kindergarten when I played with the guys in the tonka truck and block area, wondering what the heck the girls found so fascinating about those dollhouses with silly Barbies. I was teased....and, I suspect, bullied into being a posing Ken and Barbie lover (by day)....tree-climbing skateboarder by night. ; 0
Debate continues on holding students backAtlanta Journal ConstitutionA recent panel sponsored by the Center on Children and Families at Brookings Institution explored the retention vs. social promotion divide.
Fires in the Mind is a great resource I stumbled upon last year. The premise of the site is this: 'What does it take to get really good at something? I firmly believe kids should leave school on their way to becoming "expert" at something. Goals move them forward. Without goals and mastery- they can flounder. This article simply addresses the issue of mastery- but click around the rest of the site for some really cool resources!
"o help get your school year started off right, I’ve pulled together a list of the top eight iPad appsI have found useful for meeting the needs of ESL students in the classroom. Of course these iPad apps are also useful for other students, but I have tailored this list more specifically to the needs of the ESL students."
This article summarizes back to basic tips for from a book by Madeline Levine. We all know parents who helicopter around their kids, believing that the trophies and grades are measures of success. I love the practical tips given here re: attending to the things that REALLY matter while raising kids. This could be used in a parent newsletter.
We recently ran an experiment to see if we could test the impact of edmodo upon learning outcomes. We did this with a group of year 9 students studying Pythagoras and Trigonometry. The group of 25 ... I am aware of at least one district who uses Edmodo in the HS. Kids actually told me they could not live without it! I will be using it as a trial with adult learners this year.
Teachers are often baffled by behavior problems in the class. They just want to TEACH!!! Effective organization and management is a place psychologists need to go when asked to problem solve around behaviors in a student.
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The American Journal of Occupational Therapy published a retrospective study on sensory processing, problem behavior, adaptive behavior and cognition in 42 preschoolers with autism. The results indicated the following: ...
Best Practices from the National Association of School Psychologists around retention. Did you know that students who were retained at any time are MORE likely to drop out by 11th grade? It simply DOES NOT WORK. People make decisions based on temporary (or chronic) learning delays when the student is young without understanding the long-term implications. Retain and you pretty much locked in dropout by 11th grade.
As an initiative of the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences (IES), the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) was created in 2002 to be a central and trusted source of scientific evidence for what works in education.
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