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How to Foster Growth Mindset in Trauma-Informed Classrooms

By Amanda C. Symmes, LICSW I can clearly recall being in elementary school and having intense jealousy over my art teacher’s scissor skills. Project after project, I would marvel at how she wielded the pair of large “teacher-sized” shears and … Continue reading

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Understanding Peer Pressure

By Stephanie Filio Peer pressure plagues every generation. Why do kids try to influence each other to do things that might negatively impact them? Why do kids listen to their peers instead of their own moral compass? The problem is … Continue reading

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How Children Learn Bias

By Stephanie Filio Bias does not stem from fact, so the concept can be abstract and difficult to grasp. Bias is the manifestation of deeply rooted connections our brains have made between our experiences, things we are told, and grouped … Continue reading

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The Upside to Conflicts in Middle School

By Stephanie Filio I’m sitting at a busy lunch table full of sixth graders. There is energy you can’t put your finger on and a deafening hum that continues from the first lunch all the way to the last. All … Continue reading

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What Are Students Really Learning from Suspension?

By Stephanie Filio I work in a school that has a little over 1,500 sixth, seventh, and eighth graders. With so many youngsters in one building, there are bound to be some poor choices and mistakes made as these students … Continue reading

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