Classroom and Group Management · Life, Social, and Emotional Skills

Cyberbullying: How to Identify It and Its Negative Effects

Can you remember your first student incident with cyberbullying?  My first encounter with my students and cyberbullying was on Sconex many years ago. (This may give away my age, but for those of you who don’t know, it was one of the first online sites where high school students could read, share, and message each… Continue reading Cyberbullying: How to Identify It and Its Negative Effects

Cultural Competency

Popular Myths You Need to Know About Hispanic Heritage

Every day, we encounter microaggressions and myths about Hispanic heritage. Microaggressions can be subconscious and subtle bias towards a marginalized group of people. Although some people may feel they are making a statement to connect to someone from a Hispanic or Latino(a) background, the statements can be really insensitive, inappropriate, or even offensive. In our… Continue reading Popular Myths You Need to Know About Hispanic Heritage

Classroom and Group Management

10 Strategies To Remember Student Names

  At the start of each new year, whether it’s for school, a program, or a workshop, it’s inevitable that we have to learn the names of the incoming students and/or participants. Some people have an amazing knack for remembering names. I am definitely not one of those people. I am actually HORRIBLE at it!… Continue reading 10 Strategies To Remember Student Names

Cultural Competency

Embracing A Multicultural Holiday Season In The Classroom

I am so excited to be a part of the 12 Days of December Blog Hop and Giveaway! I am working with some amazing secondary educator-authors to write about how we can bring “comfort and joy” into the classroom during the holiday season. As educators, it’s really exciting to add some sparkle and bling to… Continue reading Embracing A Multicultural Holiday Season In The Classroom

Work Readiness

Dear Young People: Here Are The Top 10 Ways Social Media Can Hurt You

Over the years, I have worked with many amazing young people. They are inspiring, energetic, and hard-working. After they complete their program, they reach out to me on social media as a way to keep in touch. These are former participants and students who I think are absolutely amazing! However, when I scroll past their… Continue reading Dear Young People: Here Are The Top 10 Ways Social Media Can Hurt You

Cultural Competency

These Lives Matter: Nathan Louis Jackson Writer for Luke Cage

I am really excited to be able to share the first post in a new series, These Lives Matter. This blog series highlights men and women of color who have been successful in their fields. They’ve each made a positive impact in our communities and are positive examples of what we can achieve. They’re willing… Continue reading These Lives Matter: Nathan Louis Jackson Writer for Luke Cage

Life Skills · Life, Social, and Emotional Skills

60 Free Ways to Show Random Acts of Kindness for Teens

Too often in our society we get caught up in our everyday activities. Random Acts of Kindness Week is the perfect opportunity for our youth to demonstrate acts of kindness to others. Here are a few FREE random acts of kindness that teens  can use to show acts of kindness… Hold the door open for… Continue reading 60 Free Ways to Show Random Acts of Kindness for Teens