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Saying Goodbye... For Now

Posted by Valentine Burr on Thursday, Jun 13, 2013

It's time to say goodbye. We heard from many of you with wonderful ideas about ways you mark the end of the year in your classrooms and we've added some ideas from our own. These include: Having students write or draw about important memories of the year. Hosting special class ...

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Stepping Off the Conflict Escalator

Posted by Valentine Burr on Tuesday, Apr 23, 2013

Maia, "I was using that marker."Ruby, "No, I was. I need it."Maia, "You can't use it. It's mine."Ruby, "It's not yours, I'm using it. You're always taking stuff. This is for sharing."Maia, "I was using it! You saw me! Look! You can't just grab. Give it!!"Ruby, "Stop! Ugh!!"And picture now: ...

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The Test Are Coming…Helping Children Manage Stress

Posted by Valentine Burr on Tuesday, Apr 2, 2013

One of the most pernicious outcomes of the current testing climate is the degree of stress shouldered by students. Anxiety becomes a fog that creeps into every nook of some school buildings. Principles are anxious about their school's performance, which may impact funding or even school closure; and teachers increasingly ...

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More Ways to Use Sign in the Classroom

Posted by Valentine Burr on Monday, Mar 11, 2013

Pam's recent post on using Americal Sign Language (ASL) has had me on the look out for examples in action. It didn't take long. Last week I was visiting a 3rd grade inclusion classroom in a public school and saw this poster at the front of the room. It reads: ...

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I Won’t Talk & You Can’t Make Me!

Posted by Pamela Jones on Sunday, Mar 3, 2013

How Sign Language Can Support Your Students' Behavior and Communication The ASL sign for the letter "B" Fists are pounding on the table. Screams and unintelligible sounds are all that you can hear. Unifix cubes are being lobbed across the room. Sound familiar, even slightly? This scene could describe myriad ...

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POW! Addressing Violence in Children’s Writing

Posted by Valentine Burr on Friday, Feb 8, 2013

He saw a wood nymph. The wood nymph said, "Hah, your ears are floppy." "Hey, that's mean. I will punch you." Ba Boom. Well, that's the end of that. This page is the last in a 4-page book written recently by my 7-year old son. He's proud of his first ...

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Can You Say, "Namaste?"

Posted by Pamela Jones on Thursday, Jan 31, 2013

The low hum that denotes productive noise has crescendoed into a boisterous roar. Now, you're wondering how to get back on track so that you don't veer too far off of your day's plan. Believe us when we say we've been there.We know your agendas are packed with delivering lesson ...

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Easing Holiday Stress

Posted by Valentine Burr on Tuesday, Dec 11, 2012

The last two mornings in my home have been chaotic. I have two boys, 7 and 9, and while the morning rush to get off to school is never simple, this week has started full of tears and drama. The holiday season is upon us... We're all slightly under the ...

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Guest Post: Getting the Message

Posted by Valentine Burr on Tuesday, Dec 4, 2012

This post comes to you from Bank Street graduate student and guest blogger, Kenzie Chin. In my class of 27 third grade girls, it sometimes seems as though the feeling of the day depends on what social fever is currently striking the class. On days when social conflict peaks, students ...

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A Case for Chewing Gum

Posted by Valentine Burr on Thursday, Oct 25, 2012

An opinion piece in the New York Times that came out a few days ago advocated for allowing children to chew sugar-free gum in school as a way to improve dental hygiene and reduce cavities in children. The research looks pretty good on the positive impact. Before you wonder if ...

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Building a Relationship with "Nia"

Posted by Pamela Jones on Monday, Oct 22, 2012

Part Two of an Interview with Jillian Crowther, 9th Grade Teacher In Part Two of our interview series with Jillian Crowther, we hear her talk about how she approached relationship building with another student, Nia*. Click here for Part One. Pam: Could you provide me with some similar background information ...

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Part II: What's Your Trigger?

Posted by Valentine Burr on Tuesday, Oct 16, 2012

Putting Out the Fuse In part one of this post I shared a visual strategy for helping kids identify their triggers. Part II of this strategy is to help kids learn to "put out the fuse." Once kids can identify and talk about the kinds of things that make them ...

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Building Relationships with Students

Posted by Pamela Jones on Sunday, Oct 14, 2012

An Interview with Jillian Crowther, 9th Grade Teacher Recently, I sat down for a virtual chat with Jillian Crowther, a 9th grade teacher and Bank Street College graduate. What follows is the first in a 3-part interview series where Jillian shares her approach to building relationships with her students. Pam: ...

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Part I: What's Your Trigger?

Posted by Valentine Burr on Tuesday, Oct 9, 2012

A Tool for Helping Kids With Their Anger When I was in the classroom I worked with many kids who struggled with anger. Some of these kids were "slow burns" for whom perceived slights and perceptions of mistreatment built up slowly over time to reach a boiling point whose origin ...

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Emotional Literacy for Older Students

Posted by Valentine Burr on Monday, Oct 1, 2012

In our post "Teaching Emotional Literacy" we show an example of how one pre-K teacher supports the development of emotional literacy with her students. The work does not end in the early elementary years, however. Early adolescence is a time during which children are actively negotiating their own changing emotional ...

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Teaching Emotional Literacy

Posted by Valentine Burr on Wednesday, Jul 25, 2012

Emotions charts from a pre-K classroom These images are part of a broader social/emotional curriculum with 4/5's aimed at expanding children's emotional vocabulary and helping them to label and discuss their emotional states. After the teachers introduce the charts, they are posted throughout the classroom at child-eye level. Children are ...

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