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3 Small Discipline Habits You Can Train : zen habits

While I’m not a fan of trying to be disciplined every moment of the day, there’s no doubt most of us could use a little more discipline in our lives.
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How to Trust Your Students

How to Trust Your Students | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

When teachers trust their students, their pedagogy changes.

Progressive Instruction: Teachers are more willing to engage in constructivist practices, according to the dissertation research of Virginia Louise Durnford, because progressive practices require instructors to trust that "children are capable of creating their own knowledge" (Rainer, Guyton, & Bowen, 2000, p.10).Increased Differentiation: Classroom professionals are more likely to reshape old methods of instruction and try alternative strategies. They empower students who want to follow individual paths to content mastery.Democratization: They share more control of the class with students (Goddard, Tschannen-Moran, & Hoy, 2001).Improved Practice: Teachers seek out professional development (Tschannen-Moran, 2004) and grow their abilities.
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5 Ways to Use Humor as Incentive for Homework

5 Ways to Use Humor as Incentive for Homework | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

We may forget that humor may be used as an incentive for homework. Although this post is geared to homework (and therefore parents) much of it is applicable to the teacher in the classroom. With suggestions of different ways to use humor as well as links to a variety of resources available online there is much fun to be had as you explore this post!


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Upright Citizens Brigade Writes Its Book on Improv

Upright Citizens Brigade Writes Its Book on Improv | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
The comedy troupe Upright Citizens Brigade has a new manual for improvisation that adds further discipline to the Second City lessons on the form.
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Improvisation and creativity (small-c)

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Yelling At Kids Could Be Just As Harmful As Physical Discipline, Study Suggests - Huffington Post

Yelling At Kids Could Be Just As Harmful As Physical Discipline, Study Suggests - Huffington Post | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Yelling At Kids Could Be Just As Harmful As Physical Discipline, Study Suggests
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Sticks and stones indeed break bones -- but words can cause real harm to kids, too, a new study says.
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Lynnette Van Dyke's curator insight, September 8, 2013 8:00 PM

"Harsh verbal discipline" on the part of a parent increases a child’s risk for depression and aggressive behavior, and is "not uncommon," according to the research, which was published online earlier this week in Child Development. The disciplinary techniques in question include yelling, cursing and humiliation -- defined as "calling the child dumb, lazy, or something similar."

The study even suggests that verbal reprimands can have the same impact on children as physical punishment: "the negative effects of verbal discipline within the two-year period of [the] study were comparable to the effects shown over the same period of time in other studies that focused on physical discipline," a press release from the University of Pittsburgh, where the study's lead author is an assistant professor, explains.