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Two Mental Shifts that have Helped Me Deal with Teaching During Covid

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By Christine Quigley, Teacher-Mentor I sometimes have a difficult time remembering what life was like before March.  How did we get here and when will it end? Everything I’ve learned in my life has taught me that acceptance is the only way to avoid suffering.  So I have accepted the changes that come with teaching …

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You Time: 14 Teacher-Friendly Self Care Practices

self care isn't selfish

By Cindy Schwartz, Co-founder and executive director of secondary education What is self care? When is there even time for a teacher to focus on themselves either during the school day or once they go home? We are constantly lesson planning, marking homework and assessments, meeting or calling parents, attending faculty and department meetings, completing …

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How to Get Students with Oppositional Defiant Disorder on Your Side

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By Cindy Schwartz, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Secondary Education How many of you have had a student in your classroom who defies class rules, annoys other students intentionally, blames others for their mistakes, loses their temper often and is usually angry and irritable? I have certainly had students like that in my classroom and …

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Teaching SEL with Rock n’ Roll

hand, rock, hands

By Roxee Lore, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Elementary Education American educator and philosopher Nel Noddings wrote, “My contention is first that we should want more from our educational efforts than adequate academic achievement and, second, that we will not achieve even that meager success unless our children believe that they themselves are cared for …

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Why Teachers Can Benefit, Personally and Professionally, from Joining a Group

together, earth, human

By Lori Bellan, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Social-Emotional Learning Last week, we hosted our first Attentive Talks, a weekly virtual meeting for teachers to come together and vent their frustrations, share their experiences, and learn a few self-soothing skills along the way. As I watched this incredible group of teachers connect, I felt enthused …

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Teaching History Empathetically

By Cindy Schwartz, co-founder and executive director of secondary education at Attentive Teaching Can history teach us how to empathize? It’s all in the way you approach it.     We can teach empathy in our classrooms if we utilize specific activities that will  enable students to understand how it feels to  ‘walk in someone else’s shoes.’ …

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