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The 3 Rs of Supporting Grieving Teens

By Marilyn E. Gootman, Ed.D., author of When a Friend Dies: A Book for Teens About Grieving & Healing (Updated 3rd Edition) Helping teens grieving the death of a friend is one of the most difficult tasks one must face. … Continue reading

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3 Visual Teaching Strategies for Students with ADHD

By Ezra Werb, M.Ed., author of Teach for Attention! A Tool Belt of Strategies for Engaging Students with Attention Challenges Classrooms are busy little ecosystems: 20 to 35 students buzzing around, whiteboards covered with notes and reminders, each individual desk … Continue reading

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Movement Activities for Young Children to Break the Ice

By Connie Bergstein Dow, author of From A to Z with Energy! 26 Ways to Move and Play Here are two playful movement activities that work well for the beginning of the school year, or anytime! Each includes a guide … Continue reading

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Overcoming the Need to Be the Perfect Teacher

By Shannon Anderson, author of Penelope Perfect: A Tale of Perfectionism Gone Wild It’s easy to fall into the trap of feeling “less than” when we see posts of awesome classroom projects on social media and genius hacks teachers come … Continue reading

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The ABCs of Self-Care for Teachers

By Beth Baker, M.S.Ed., coauthor of The PBIS Team Handbook: Setting Expectations and Building Positive Behavior As a special education teacher, I have worked with students who had some pretty deep emotional and behavioral concerns. I would show up to … Continue reading

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