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How classroom wellness practices help teachers, students. 

School mental health professionals report being overwhelmed by the volume of students in need. “Worst they’ve ever seen it,” many say. “Not enough hands to go around.” But are there more hands than we realize?

How to Create Emotionally Safe Classroom Using Psychological First Aid.

Trauma makes warriors out 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 ...

Dealing With Compassion Fatigue. NJEA Review

As so 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 ...

Dial Down Reactive Behavior—Theirs and Ours!  ASCD Whole 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 ...

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...

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 other learners. Often, this combination leads ...

How to Increase On-Task Performance for Students with ADHD. NJEA Review

Whenever I present a workshop for teacher, 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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