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

How to Incorporate more Cultural Sensitivity in the Classroom

The world and our classrooms are filled with a rich mix of cultural identities. We want our students to feel welcomed and accepted for who they are, and not made to feel less than because of their differences. Even if we don’t have a diverse student population in our classrooms or programs, we want to… Continue reading How to Incorporate more Cultural Sensitivity in the Classroom

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

How To Work from Home and be Productive

For many, a home is usually a place for comfort and relaxation; a time to unwind when the day is over. However currently, many jobs are switching from working in the office to working from home. This also applies to students, who are now taking online classes.    Here are some tips on how you… Continue reading How To Work from Home and be Productive

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How to Talk to Teens About: Relationships and Safety

Being a teen is a really confusing time. You are struggling to be independent and find out how to fit in this world. Now throw in dating into the mix and whew…  Many teens struggle to know how to act, or what to say, and some are just glad that someone is showing an interest… Continue reading How to Talk to Teens About: Relationships and Safety

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

Fun & Easy Kindness Lessons & Activities that will Engage Teens

  Sometimes we get caught up in everyday life stresses that we forget how we act towards others. Not only does this happen to us, but it is most likely happening to our students as well.  Even though as educators we have seen some crazy things, it still hits us a little bit when we… Continue reading Fun & Easy Kindness Lessons & Activities that will Engage Teens

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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

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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

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

Expectations, Ground Rules, and Group Agreements: A Hands On Activity

Aren’t you tired of lecturing about what you expect from your students and the ground rules for your class or program? I know I am. Year after year you review how you expect your students how to behave, and you may sometimes feel like the information goes in one ear and out the other. Rescue yourself and your… Continue reading Expectations, Ground Rules, and Group Agreements: A Hands On Activity

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12 Ways To Avoid Misbehavior In A Classroom Or Group Setting

“I would have never talked back to a teacher.”  “I am a glorified babysitter.”  “All I do is manage behavior.” For years, I have overheard the rantings and frustrations over our youths’ misbehavior in the teachers’ lounge and the staff break room. I have also seen new teachers sit in their classrooms and cry because they are… Continue reading 12 Ways To Avoid Misbehavior In A Classroom Or Group Setting

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Smart Strategies For Establishing Class And Group Routines and Procedures Part II

I know you’ve been anxiously awaiting to learn about part II of Smart Strategies for Establishing Group and Class Routines And Procedures. You have already learned about the when, why, and how to establish routines and policies – with the added bonus of concrete examples for procedures and routines for entering the class or group. You’re… Continue reading Smart Strategies For Establishing Class And Group Routines and Procedures Part II

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

11 Easy Tips For Incorporating Journal Writing Into Your Class Or Group

Throughout the years, I have used participant journaling to increase communication, build relationships, improve writing skills and gain a perspective on what my youth had learned from our activities and lesson plans. Journal writing increases students’ communication skills, allowing them to exchange ideas and information with you informally; in turn, students will learn to form a more… Continue reading 11 Easy Tips For Incorporating Journal Writing Into Your Class Or Group