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The Need for Careful Language Choice

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Over the years we have worried about being politically correct when talking about people who are different. These may be students who have differences in academic ability, mental health, sexual identity, addiction, disabilities, and more. The reality is that adults who work in schools need to select words carefully. The language which we use impacts students more than we realize.

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Helping Students to Manage Stress

stress management

Stress can be overwhelming for adults - imagine how it feels for a teen student trying to find their way in the world. Teens today face a wide variety of items in their lives which adds stress to the mix. This includes things directly related to school like standardized testing, coursework, sports and club responsibilities, and decisions to make before graduating high school. In addition to this, many teens must work, don’t know where their next meal will be, have experienced trauma in their life, and much more.

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Helping Autistic Students with Cognitive Flexibility

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Working with children can be a challenge. There may be times within the school day when students need to transition, whether physically or from one task to another. When it is time to transition to a writing lesson after recess, many kids may be upset with the disruption. Of course, most children will be able to make the move back into the classroom and get to their writing. Practicing this from week to week makes it easier for the majority of kids.

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Dangerous Social Media Fads and Teens

social media fads teens

Peer pressure has always been there for individuals when they head into middle school and beyond. Preteens and teens are now experiencing something very different than generations before them. The world of social media is a reality which can add more extreme peer pressure into the mix. Thanks to this, everyone who works with teens needs to be cognizant of what is happening in their social media landscape. Together we need to monitor trends, challenges, and more.

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Working on Behavior with Character Education

character education

A growing problem in schools across the country is misbehavior within classrooms. This used to be predominately a concern at the middle school and high school level. Now, elementary schools are searching for ways to work on problem behaviors. It is no longer acceptable to write up a student and give them detention. All of a child’s needs must be addressed, and it’s crucial to look at what may be causing the behaviors. This means being proactive. Schools need to implement programs which will assist students in identifying what is bothering them before they act out.

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