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Teaching Empathy: Cultivating Communities of Kindness in the Digital Age. The next sessions I’m attending is “Teaching Empathy: Culivating Communities of Kindness in the Digital Age” with Andrea Hernandez of the Martin J.

Teaching Empathy: Cultivating Communities of Kindness in the Digital Age

Gottleib Day School in Jacksonville, Florida, Vinnie Vrotny, the Director of Academic Technology at Quest Academy in Palatine, Illinois, Devorah Heitner an educational consult, and Mike Kirchberg, a parent at the Sacred Heart Schools of Chicago. Courtesy of WIkimedia Commons One of the key elements with the digital world is taking advantage of teaching opportunities – students will make mistakes and it’s important to use them as a chance to redirect and guide them appropriately. For example, commenting on other student blogs requires thought and productivity. Students write their own commenting policy for their blog, e.g.

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Peace Talks - Teaching for Triumph: Reflections of a 21st-Century ELL Teacher. When my wife and I began teaching 4th grade at P.S. 192 in West Harlem, we realized that something was missing from our behavior management systems.

Peace Talks - Teaching for Triumph: Reflections of a 21st-Century ELL Teacher

We had the table points, the color chart, the letters home and the positive incentives. We had the class meetings, the goal-setting, the teambuilding, even a student-developed charter of class rights and responsibilities. Despite these elaborate systems, the kids still had conflicts all day long. Research: How SEL Classroom Management Techniques Build Academic Achievement. Respect, responsibility, and a community-based learning atmosphere promote success at Mount Desert Elementary School, a K-8 public school in Northeast Harbor, Maine.

Research: How SEL Classroom Management Techniques Build Academic Achievement

An important aspect of the culture at Mount Desert is allowing students and teachers autonomy to determine what works best in their classrooms for promoting students' learning. Social and Emotional Techniques That Help Students Focus on Academic Progress. Teaching Your Students How to Have a Conversation. I was recently in a third grade classroom and was struck by the presence of rules that were posted for how to have a conversation.

Teaching Your Students How to Have a Conversation

The poster said, "Each person must contribute to the discussion but take turns talking. Ask each other, 'Would you like to add to my idea? ' or 'Can you tell us what you are thinking? ' Mindful Moments: Teaching Students Self-Awareness. Published Online: November 5, 2013 By Brett Bohstedt Teachers know stress.

Mindful Moments: Teaching Students Self-Awareness

And if we don't know how to manage that stress in a systematic way, we can become ineffective at what we do best (not to mention feel miserable). Many of our students live with stress as well, and not just at school. Aggression and the Brain. Although previous studies implicated the brain chemical serotonin in all types of aggression, research suggests that it may only be involved in escalated aggression and violence.

Aggression and the Brain

Studies also question whether changes in the serotonin system are the cause or effect of escalated aggression. Research now suggests that unchecked aggressive behavior can eventually change the brain in ways that alter serotonin levels and, perhaps, increase violent behavior. Ralph Fletcher on boy writers and his new book. August 7th, 2012 As the father of four sons and the author of countless nonfiction and fiction books, Ralph Fletcher has a natural interest in boys and writing.

Ralph Fletcher on boy writers and his new book

He has spent the last several years working with boy writers and their teachers, as well as interviewing other male authors about writing for boys. Ralph shared his insights on the subject in Boy Writers: Reclaiming Their Voices and in his video, Dude, Listen to This. Now he has written a book for students (fourth grade and up) called Guy-Write: What Every Guy Writer Needs to Know, published by Henry Holt and Co. Ralph talked about the new book and about engaging boy writers in a recent conversation with Stenhouse General Manager Dan Tobin. MythBuster Adam Savage's Colossal Failures. Bio Adam Savage Adam Savage has spent his life gathering skills that allow him to take what's in his brain and make it real.

MythBuster Adam Savage's Colossal Failures

He's built everything from ancient Buddhas to futuristic weapons, from spaceships to dancing vegetables, from fine art sculptures to animated chocolate and just about anything else you can think of. The son of a filmmaker/painter and psychotherapist, Savage has been making his own toys since he was allowed to hold scissors. Having held positions as a projectionist, animator, graphic designer, carpenter, interior and stage designer, toy designer, welder, and scenic painter, he's worked with every material and process he could get his hands on - metal, paper, glass, plastic, rubber, foam, plaster, pneumatics, hydraulics, animatronics, neon, glassblowing, mold making and injection molding, to name just a few.

What life lesson do older people feel young people most need to know? Checklist: 8 things to do every day that will make you much happier. 8 things to do every day that will make you happier. Teachers As "Givers, Takers & Matchers": An Interview With Adam Grant - Classroom Q&A With Larry Ferlazzo. How Habits Work - Charles Duhigg. From the appendix to The Power of Habit: The difficult thing about studying the science of habits is that most people, when they hear about this field of research, want to know the secret formula for quickly changing any habit.

How Habits Work - Charles Duhigg

If scientists have discovered how these patterns work, then it stands to reason that they must have also found a recipe for rapid change, right? If only it were that easy. The upside of teens playing video games for hours. If your teenagers are too immersed in video games to take out the garbage or finish homework, it might not be all bad.

The upside of teens playing video games for hours

They may be learning how to be better future citizens. Kathy Sanford, an education professor at the University of Victoria, has heard all the downsides of kids hooked on video game play. But through a five-year research project, following a group of kids who were aged 13-17 at the start, she’s now convinced there is an upside – youth can, and do, adapt their screen-life strategies to useful skills in the outside world. Dr. Sanford sat down with The Globe and Mail on Tuesday, shortly before presenting her findings at a UVic conference of humanities and social sciences with some 7,000 delegates from across the country. There is a disturbing trend with voters under the age of 35, who are the least likely to participate in elections. Is our education system adapting to teach this generation of “digital learners” we’re seeing? The ultimate goal in gaming is to win.

Developing Character, Courage & College Readiness - Vander Ark on Innovation. UserID: iCustID: IsLogged: false IsSiteLicense: false UserType: anonymous DisplayName: Five-Minute Film Festival: Nine Videos on Kindness, Empathy, and Connection. I'd like to offer up a video playlist to remind all of us about the power of empathy, kindness, and human connections. It's always a good time to practice gratitude for the relationships that sustain us all -- for the people who have taught us in a school setting and beyond, and for the young ones we are able to nurture and inspire. Building Hope in Our Children. By Susana C. Marques & Shane J. Lopez I usually had bad grades in English, and I didn´t feel interest for this subject.

Sometimes I didn't do the homework. Teaching with Poverty in Mind, by: Eric Jensen. Click picture of the book below to go to the ASCD executive summary of this book. My thoughts, bright spots, key ideas are listed below. Some of these excerpts are copied from the ASCD summary but most are quotes from the book I found illuminating. Chapter 1 – Understanding the Nature of Poverty Types of Poverty (pg. 6) Social Emotional Needs, Part II. Choice Literacy - Articles & Videos - Full Article. Ahna came running up from her sand castle to where I was soaking up the sun. Inscribed upon my wrist: Emphasizing effort to empower learning SmartBlogs. I wear an identification tag on my wrist whenever I run. Should I meet physical misfortune while pounding the pavement, whoever finds me will have at least a few critical details at hand.

What Kind of Success Does 'Character' Predict? Published Online: November 27, 2012. Jfta_feb_2010. Celebrating National Character Counts Week. October 21-27 is National Character Counts Week. Chess: The Best Move for Students. 5 Minutes to a Calmer Classroom... Edition : UK US AU. How to teach … behaviour management. The ability to manage the behaviour of your class effectively is one of the top skills that every teacher needs.

Even the most meticulously planned lessons can go to pot if students misbehave. Many practitioners, including newly-qualified teachers, are always on the lookout useful class management techniques especially before the new school year begins, so we've collected a range of useful resources to help you get the best out of your pupils. 11 Facts About Homeless Youth. The Problem With Punishing Emotions.