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  • How to Create an Emotionally Safe Classroom Using Psychological First Aid

    Trauma makes warriors of us all. One of the toughest warriors I ever met was Nathan, a 4th grader who could launch into a tirade with a flashpoint rage beyond any imaginable provocation for such behavior. One day it might have been a math problem …

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  • Dealing With Compassion Fatigue, NJEA Review

    As do other service professionals, teachers can experience secondary traumatic stress. When children hurt, we hurt too. This can wear us out—physically, emotionally and mentally. Use these coping strategies to build your resistance to secondary trauma and engage in a regular program of self-care. Many …

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  • ASCD Whole Child Blog Series

    Dial Down Reactive Behavior—Theirs and Ours! You might have heard the old joke about the guy who goes up to a doctor at a party. “Doc,” he says as he pokes his stomach, “Whenever I touch this spot it hurts. What should I do?” “Stop …

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  • Want Better Behavior in Your Classroom? NJEA Review

    Try these three antidotes for redirecting challenging behaviors Before my feet landed in a classroom, my teacher training supervisor grounded my practice with this guidance: build rapport, relationship and a positive culture in everything you do. Dr. Evangelisto was not breaking new ground nor was …

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  • Disabilities and Culture: A Tale of Two Schools

    When students with social and emotional difficulties exhibit significant behavioral problems, teachers often feel at a loss and believe the learner’s needs are beyond their capabilities. They worry about the effect of the student’s behavior on the other learners. Often, this combination of factors leads …

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  • How to Increase On-Task Performance for Students with ADHD?

    Whenever I present a workshop for teachers, I ask audience members to describe Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in their own, non-clinical words. It’s been compared to a remote that never stops switching channels, the Energizer® bunny, loose papers in a strong wind, being lost …

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