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Four Steps to Father-Friendly Community Institutions

Parrish is a 24-year-old father in Chicago. He wasn’t very engaged with the children he fathered as a teen, but a community-based fathering program taught him to be more attentive to his newborn daughter’s basic needs. “See if her diaper’s wet, if she’s hungry, if she wants to be played …

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Four Ways to Encourage Kindness in Students

When I was a teacher, at the start of each school year I couldn’t wait to try out all the classroom management tips I’d picked up over the summer, convinced that now I had in my pocket the latest techniques that would make my classroom a warm and safe place …

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Eight Tips for Fostering Flow in the Classroom

It’s every teacher’s dream to have students who engage deeply with their lessons, want to learn for learning’s sake, and perform at the top of their potential. In other words, teachers want their kids to find “flow,” that feeling of complete immersion in an activity, where we’re so engaged that …

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Three Ways Administrators Can Foster Teachers’ Growth

Educators know only too well that teaching is a never-ending learning process. It is less acknowledged that improvement in teaching can be enormously facilitated by quality relationships between teachers and administrators. My own experience bore this phenomenon out. The culture at my first school did not encourage seeking advice or …

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Four Ways Teachers Can Show They Care

If I asked you to tell me what you remembered most about your favorite teacher growing up, I bet you wouldn’t say much about the subject matter. Instead, I’d expect you to describe how he or she made you feel as you learned that subject matter—the sense of excitement or …

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How Self-Compassion Can Help Prevent Teacher Burnout

“You people, I hate your guts!” And so began the school year with Stephen, a student in my 3rd/4th grade classroom whose frequent outbursts usually included more colorful and sometimes more threatening language. It wasn’t until April that we finally managed to get Stephen the psychological help he had so …

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The Misunderstood Middle Schooler

Last week, I met a middle school teacher who broke out in tears as she told me how her students’ behavior was “out-of-control.” I know she’s not alone: Middle school students are notorious for their refusal to follow rules, driving teachers to tears and worse. I’ll admit that I harbored …

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Do We Care for Our Teachers?

I like to think of school as a system with care at its core. And by “care,” I don’t mean the kind of intensive test prep that treats every student like a walking test score and every teacher as a cog in the standards-testing machine. That’s not care. The GGSC’s …

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An Awesome Way to Make Kids Less Self-Absorbed

I’ve been inspired by recent news stories of children who are working to make a difference in the world, committed to projects much bigger than themselves. There’s Malala Yousufzai, the young advocate for girls’ education in Pakistan; Craig Kielburger, who advocates for the abolishment of child labor; and Ryan Hreljac, …

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How to Help Students Develop Hope

“I hope I get an ‘A’ on this test!” How many times have teachers heard these exact words from their students? Goodness knows, most teachers would certainly love for their students to get an A, too! Well, for teachers eager to help their students get more A’s, research suggests they …