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Sad Girl
Jan 31

Students with Low Self-Esteem? Try a Different Approach

By Laura Driscoll

Research has repeatedly shown that programs claiming to increase a child’s or teen’s self-esteem have failed to do so. These programs have opted for activities full of superficial affirmations, rather than activities that discover the underlying causes of self-esteem and target interventions there. Think of it like this. Say you run over a nail with […]

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Girl Proud Blackboard
Jan 08

Set Goals with Students in the New Year

By Laura Driscoll

You have students on your caseload and you want to make sure they are making progress and you are being effective. Social and emotional skills aren’t always the easiest skills to measure though. I found at least one solution to my problem though. I explicitly set goals with students. This allowed me to have data […]

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Students and Teacher
Dec 16

Helping Students Understand Their Support System

By Laura Driscoll

Understanding who you can count on is a key social and emotional skill we can teach early and reinforce through high school. Students benefit from knowing who is in their support system, when to access them, and how to access them. It is so powerful for a child to know that when they are upset […]

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Students in Circle Smiling
Dec 04

Student-Centered Discipline Promotes Social Emotional Learning

By Laura Driscoll

Student-centered discipline is the classroom management strategies that a teacher uses that are developmentally appropriate for their students and motivate their students to want to behave in the classroom. It is one of the 10 key teaching practices identified by The Center on Great Teachers and Leaders (GTL) that support social and emotional learning as […]

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Child Left Out
Oct 03

Teaching Conflict Resolution Skills in 6 Easy Steps

By Laura Driscoll

Resolving conflicts is a necessary skill for students to learn and we can begin expecting independence in elementary. Sometimes, when you feel like you are lining up 20 kittens rather than 20 students, there isn’t a lot of time to resolve every student conflict. When we do get involved past the demand for an apology, […]

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