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Meeting Students Where They Are: Addressing Social Emotional Learning Disruption

By Stephanie Filio, M.Ed., author of Responding to Student Trauma: A Toolkit for Schools in Times of Crisis It’s on social media feeds and in newspapers, and it’s reflected on the tired faces of educators everywhere: this school year is … Continue reading

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Healthy Habit Reboot: 7 Strategies to Help Your Students Regain and Sustain Positive Classroom Behaviors

By Shannon Anderson, author of  Mindset Power: A Kid’s Guide to Growing Better Every Day As teachers, at the beginning of the year we have the important mission of building a kind and compassionate classroom community. From getting-to-know-you icebreakers to … Continue reading

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Imagination Is a Superpower! Drawing Prompts to Boost Creativity and Visual Thinking Skills

By Susan Daniels, Ph.D., author of Visual Learning and Teaching: An Essential Guide for Educators K–8 Young children exude imagination and often make up imaginary characters that have imaginary conversations in imaginary worlds. Imagination comes naturally to children. While imagination … Continue reading

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Gratitude Is Good for the Heart: Teaching Kids the Value of Giving Thanks

This post was originally published November 21, 2016. By Barbara A. Lewis, author of The Kid’s Guide to Service Projects “Piglet noticed that even though he had a very small heart, it could hold a rather large amount of gratitude.” … Continue reading

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How to Motivate Students to Stand Up to Bullying

By William T. Mulcahy, LPC, NCC, CEAP, author of the Zach Rules series As I watched my four-year-old daughter march off to school, dressed in orange to bring attention to National Anti-Bullying Day, I couldn’t help but think of how … Continue reading

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