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Are You Using This Number One Strategy to Get Your Children to Listen?

Are You Using This Number One Strategy to Get Your Children to Listen?

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When I went to graduate school to become a school psychologist I learned about a concept called positive phrasing, also referred to as positive language. I have noticed over the years in my career as both a school psychologist and behavior specialist, that people sometimes confuse positive phrasing with praise or positive reinforcement. While they areContinue Reading

How to Inspire More Girls to Take Interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)

How to Inspire More Girls to Take Interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)

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According to the study, “Women in STEM: A Gender Gap to Innovation,” women are vastly underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) jobs in the US. The report further states that women hold less than 25 % of STEM jobs. They also hold a disproportionately low share of STEM undergraduate degrees, particularly in Engineering.Continue Reading

Infographic Provides Insight to Help Teens Handle Cyberbullying

Infographic Provides Insight to Help Teens Handle Cyberbullying

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Do you remember a person who impacted you when you were a child? The other night I was with my family watching a major sporting event (the Super Bowl) on television from the comfort of my home. I might not have been tuned in to watch the big game, but more for the commercials, half-timeContinue Reading

How School Counselors and Teachers Can Work Together to Promote Social-Emotional Learning

How School Counselors and Teachers Can Work Together to Promote Social-Emotional Learning

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School is about more than learning academics. It is also a prime environment for promoting social and emotional learning (SEL). In recent years, the Every Student Succeeds Act has called attention to this need. This act requires that states measure school success with at least one non-academic indicator, such as communication, empathy, or conflict management. In orderContinue Reading

The Benefits of Including a Self Defense Program in Middle School Physical Education

The Benefits of Including a Self Defense Program in Middle School Physical Education

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Original Source: Teaching Self-Defense to Middle School Students in Physical Education; Journal of Teaching in Physical Education Bullying is an epidemic. It is widespread and cause for serious concern. Approximately out of ten middle school students in the United States are bullied weekly. To minimize school violence, some schools have taken steps to raise awareness aboutContinue Reading

When Should a Child Be Evaluated for an Emotional Disturbance in School?

When Should a Child Be Evaluated for an Emotional Disturbance in School?

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The information in this article applies to public schools in the United States. If your child attends school in a different type of setting, talk to your child’s school to see what they recommend for children with behavioral and/or social-emotional needs. What is Emotional Disturbance? Emotional Disturbance (ED) is considered one of the 14 disabilities under the IndividualsContinue Reading

What Will Classrooms of the Future Look Like & How Will They Engage Our Students?

What Will Classrooms of the Future Look Like & How Will They Engage Our Students?

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Do you wonder what classrooms will be like in the future? Technology is rapidly changing and it becomes challenging to keep up with it. It has invaded the field of education, as some classrooms now have interactive boards instead of blackboards. When we were kids we may have dreamed about having computers in our classroomsContinue Reading

What Is a Functional Behavior Assessment & Is It Effective?

What Is a Functional Behavior Assessment & Is It Effective?

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What is a Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA)? An FBA is a research-based method used to figure out why a child is behaving a certain way in the school setting (an FBA can also be done in a residential treatment center or at home if a child is receiving mental health services there; parents can also thinkContinue Reading

Effective Program Helps Young Children Learn to Read

Effective Program Helps Young Children Learn to Read

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Recently I came across a step-by-step program that helps parents easily teach their young children to read. The authors, Jim (a reading teacher) and his wife Elena, developed the Children Learning Reading program, and used it to teach their own children to read before turning 3 years old. Who Is the Program Designed For? The Children Learning ReadingContinue Reading

American Academy of Pediatrics Explains Why Recess is Crucial for Children and Shouldn’t be Withheld

American Academy of Pediatrics Explains Why Recess is Crucial for Children and Shouldn’t be Withheld

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Introduction Policy makers, educators, and parents often talk about the role of schools in promoting the development of the whole child (e.g., physical, social, and academic development). A growing trend toward putting more emphasis on academic subjects and less on recess time, has put this important part of a child’s school day at risk. WhenContinue Reading