Helping the Disconnected Student

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By Cindy Schwartz, Co-founder and executive director of secondary education Let’s take a look at what educators refer to as the ‘disaffected student’ – the student, regardless of age, who has, in many ways, ‘disconnected’ from their teachers and the administrators in their school. This ’disaffected student’ has essentially checked out. You know this student …

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How to Embrace an Attitude of Gratitude, and Why You Should

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By Lauren Navarra, director of psycho-education and webinar production Gratitude: The quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness. Oxford Languages What does it mean to you to embrace an attitude of gratitude? You may have read the various benefits of practicing gratitude, which we’ll discuss further, but you might …

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Giving Thanks: The Importance of Practicing Gratitude

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By Cindy Schwartz, co-founder and executive director of secondary education Gratitude is often defined as the ability to recognize and acknowledge the good things, people, and places in our lives. The question is – how often are we actually practicing gratitude? How often do we actually take the time, even if it’s a moment, to …

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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

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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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