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    How One School is Fighting Poverty

    How One School is Fighting Poverty
    Poverty has no pity. It strikes hardest at its most vulnerable victims—our children. Few other professionals are more keenly aware of this sad fact than teachers. Even those educators who do not teach in high-poverty areas will work with children whose home lives are marked by scarcity instead of comfort. In fact, according to the Children’s Defense Fund, one in ...
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    Caught in the Middle: Part III

    Caught in the Middle: Part III
    h4. *Social Factors* The following is a confabulated transcript based on a conversation with one of my 6th grade middle school students. He was referred to me for special education testing because he was suspected of having Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. He reported hating his English teacher and was constantly being kicked out of class for getting out of his seat ...
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    How To: Deal with Bullying

    How To: Deal with Bullying
    It would be difficult to find a school without any history of bullying, but statistics show that bullying in public schools is a serious epidemic. Studies report that 10% of students in the K-12 grades have been the victims of chronic bullying, and that 75% described being the victim of at least one incident per year. Many bullying victims experience physical ...
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    What You Can Do for Students Living in Poverty

    What You Can Do for Students Living in Poverty
    Millions of school-age students in America live in poverty. You don’t have to teach in a blighted urban area or a depressed rural region to teach students who are from a poor family. The lives of poor students are often very different from those of their more affluent peers. They cannot look forward to an abundance of presents on their birthday. ...
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    How To: Deal with an Oppositional and Defiant Student

    How To:  Deal with an Oppositional and Defiant Student
    We all know the type of kid; he or she may be your biggest headache. They are hostile to you and their peers, they don’t seem to listen, and don’t do what they are told. Its almost like they want to upset you. It seems like the more you try to manage them the more they resist…. Sound Familiar? Students with ...
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    Preventing Eating Disorders: It’s Never Too Young to Start

    Millions of Americans are seeking a quick fix for their weight struggles. Unfortunately, our collective anxieties surrounding food are being passed down to our children. While childhood obesity rates grow, the fear of fat is becoming an epidemic. While overweight children endure teasing and harassment, healthy-weight children are dieting at alarming rates and being complimented for their “healthy” eating habits. Many ...
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    Can I Get Another Helping?

    Can I Get Another Helping?
    In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I am going to tell a tale about over-helping. A few years ago at one of my middle schools, I fell into the over-helping trap, which is essentially solving a child’s problem for him or her. It’s easy to do. After all, I’m a therapist! I help people! They need me! That’s why they came to ...
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    The Ugliest Girl in School

    The Ugliest Girl in School
    When I was a junior in high school, I would pick up my friend along the way to school so we could ride together. She was not a morning person (still isn’t, btw). One morning, I got there a little early so instead of my usual honk, I came in for a minute. She looked the opposite of ready. She was ...
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    Stuck in the Middle

    Stuck in the Middle
    I have always chosen to work in middle schools. I request them on purpose. I love the “tween” age group of 11-14 (“tween”=between children and teens). I love the drama of it all. I love when the students blow my expectations out of the water. I love how they secretly still want to play. I love seeing the incredible cognitive and ...
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    Caught in the Middle: Part I

    Caught in the Middle: Part I
    h4. *Biological Factors* It’s super daunting to distill the gigantic field of biological psychology into a post. But here goes. There are two schools of thought on this: 1) there are anatomical differences in the “teen brain” that drives behavior. 2) The “teen brain” is a myth. Experiences create changes in the teen’s brain. Both camps do agree that there are ...
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    Caught in the Middle: Part II

    Caught in the Middle: Part II
    h4. *Psychological Factors* Let’s get back to our middle school friends. One of the psychological factors that helps to explain middle school students is Identity Development. Have any of you seen that scene in Zoolander in which Ben Stiller looks into a puddle, sees his reflection, and says “Who am I?” only to be splashed in the face by the puddle ...
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    How to: Help Your Students Deal with Grief and Loss

    How to: Help Your Students Deal with Grief and Loss
    Each year children from every school will be faced with the death of a loved one, and will be forced to cope with loss while continuing their studies. How a child expresses grief will vary according to their developmental level, their concept of death, and their ability to self-assess and express feelings through language. Children may not be well supported at ...
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    Tips for Teachers: Working with Children Who Are Shy

    Tips for Teachers:  Working with Children Who Are Shy
    • Figure out what your shy students are interested in. You can ask them, use interest inventories, notice what they wear (sports jerseys? T-shirts with dinosaurs on the front?), have them write a book about themselves, bring in pictures from home, and so on. Use the information you learn as starting points for conversation or educational activities. • Assign them to ...
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    My Words Taste Yucky

    My Words Taste Yucky
    Don't you hate it when you have to eat your words? Today was one of those days. I had to take my own advice and I hated it. As usually happens, an administrator plopped a kid in my office and wanted me to see why he was fighting so much lately. He is a 7th grade boy and had just gotten ...
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    9 End of Year Lessons for Students

    9 End of Year Lessons for Students
    Now is the perfect time to ensure that life’s lessons remain paramount. From the kindergarten classroom to the college campus, a young person's school environment and the people in it are their community. It is within this community, though academically focused, that they learn and practice many of life's most important lessons. Rather than allowing another school year to draw to ...
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    Don’t Overlook Mediocre Students

    Don’t Overlook Mediocre Students
    “A few days ago, I posted this on Facebook, ‘Teacher thought for the day..... If I grew up exactly like my student did, with the same advantages and disadvantages, the same parents, the same life, I would act the same way they do. Sure, as we get older, we can choose the person we want to be. But, until we are ...
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    Mean Girls and Relational Aggression

    Mean Girls and Relational Aggression
    In Hollywood, the phenomenon is called “Mean Girls.” In the land of School Psychology, we call it “Relational Aggression.” Anyone who has been to high school probably has first-hand experience with it, either as the victim, perpetrator (not my readers!), or more commonly, as a bystander. We just didn’t have a name for it back in high school. [gate] *About the ...
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    How To: Help Parents Encourage Social Development

    How To: Help Parents Encourage Social Development
    Many children have difficulty making friends for a variety of reasons. Children may be have poor social skills, be shy, be hyper, have atypical interests, or come from a different background than their classmates which may challenge them socially. Unfortunately, your ability to help students make friends at school may be limited by time and activity constraints. Parents have an opportunity ...
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    How to Show Your Students that You Care About Them

    How to Show Your Students that You Care About Them
    How important is it to connect with your students in a positive way? Crucial. A productive teacher-student relationship can make a class run smoothly. Without it, nothing will. Students of all ages need to feel that their teachers like them and approve of what they do. Fortunately for teachers everywhere, there are many, many ways to show that you care about ...
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    Five Questions You Should Ask Every Student

    Five Questions You Should Ask Every Student
    One of the easiest and most powerful ways to build relationships with your students is to ask questions. The mere act of asking tells your students you care, and what you do with the information you gather will largely determine how effective you can be with those particular kids. Many times knowing what to ask just involves taking their lead, such ...
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