Posts tagged positive psychology
The importance of putting teachers first

We put students first by putting teachers first. It took several years of teaching before I fully appreciated the logic and legitimacy of that line. In a world where a teacher’s job description looks like a balancing act between educator, social worker, nurse, and administrator, taking time to prioritize self-care is extremely important.

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Inside the Mind of an Anxious Student

When I was eight years old, I started experiencing severe anxiety in the classroom. This usually occurred during any activity where I was asked to write.

My teacher would ask the class to write about what we did during the previous weekend—a pretty straightforward writing assignment. But for me, I was so worried that I couldn’t write the “correct” sentence, so I would go blank - unable to remember a single thing I did during the weekend. That’s when the panic would begin.

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Three Steps to Prevent Burnout

I grew up an hour outside of New York City, and was raised in a community where rest is something one earns.

Does that narrative sound familiar to anyone else?

Here are three steps I find helpful in preventing burnout

1. Giving myself permission to rest and scheduling that time into my calendar.  Whenever I can, I am not scheduling more time to work after my evening workouts or dinner. I want to savor the time spent with friends, the post-workout bliss, or yummy meal to really reap the benefits of relaxation.

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Three Tips to Make Sure Your Homeroom is Successful

While I haven’t mastered the use of homeroom / advisory time, the following three steps helped me by lightening my load (I let other people plan homeroom for me!) and turning homeroom into a time of positive relationship building.

  1. Remember you’re not on an island

    Leverage community partners and let others work for you. From social & emotional learning programs to ice breakers there are amazing resources out there built by teachers. I utilized CNN Student News (now called CNN 10) and a corresponding worksheet a friend of mine created to foster a climate of civic engagement and ASSET’s social & emotional learning tools, which come with all the materials necessary for implementation, to help my students develop strategies for how to regulate their stress.

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How Social & Emotional Learning Programs Improve Classroom Management

One day after a particularly problematic period, I walked into a co-worker’s room where the quote was on the wall: “Students don't care how much you know, until they know how much you care.” I realized this quote was in need of an update. I’m now convinced the 2019 version of this quote should read: “Students don't care how much you know, until they see you explicitly teach them how you care.” After all we are teachers; students expect us to go beyond showing and concretely teach them something.

Leveraging social & emotional learning (SEL) programs radically improved my classroom management by:

  1. Investing students in co-creating a positive culture

  2. Teaching students how to respond to stress and other triggers

  3. Giving me a chance to calm myself before responding to any misbehavior

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Tips for Teaching Common Core Standards

The issue is if you’re a teacher in a state implementing Common Core standards, you’re stuck with them regardless of your opinion. Teachers don’t set public policy, but they certainly have to deal with the repercussions of it. We must teach in the world that is, not necessarily the world that ought to be.

So how do you teach in the era of Common Core?

  1. Bring Positive Psychology into the classroom

  2. Provide opportunities to fail...safely

  3. Teach stress management skills

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