Dr. Jane Bluestein

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Playing Well with Others: Not all it’s cracked up to be

Independent learning, playing well with others is overratedWhen I was in second grade, I got a minus next to “plays well with others.” In my family, this was a terrible thing, worse even than getting a bad grade in the content areas. (This also wasn’t allowed, but somehow getting a B— the equivalent to failure in my parents’ eyes— didn’t carry quite the same degree of shame and inadequacy of what they interpreted as social incompetence.)

More than five decades have passed and thinking about that stupid report card still haunts me from time to time. But here’s the thing I don’t think anyone realized. Not then. Not now. It’s not that I was incapable of playing with with others, well or otherwise. I just preferred doing things on my own. (Read more… )

New Arrival: Managing 21st Century Classrooms

Managing 21st Century Classrooms by Dr. Jane BluesteinA new venture with an old friend! One of my editors from Corwin (The Win-Win Classroom and Becoming a Win-Win Teacher) is now working with ASCD and ivited me to participate in their new Arias project— a series of small books that target a specific issue in teaching. She challenged me to create a comprehensive view of classroom management in a format that an educator could read in one sitting. Wow, right?

The result is a 50-page booklet that examines seven of the most common misconceptions about behavior management and discipline, along with the ways they can actually make things worse! Of course, I also offer some more positive and effective alternatives for each. Click here for more information about this book.

About this site:

I’ve had a continually growing Web site since 1997. This is the 4th version of the site, launched at the beginning of December 2012 with a new look and a lot of new features. I have since added a good bit of content as well— material that was on the old site as well as some brand new stuff. Although the appearance and structure of the site has changed over the years, my intentions have not. The point of my work has always been to inspire positive and practical ways to connect with one another in caring, emotionally safe environments. With an emphasis on adult-child relationships, nearly all of the material on culture and community, learning, teaching and parenting, motivation and behavior, and self-care can be applied to adult relationships as well. (Read more…)

Featured links:

• We now have 23 free podcasts on various topics relevant to educators and parents and have three more in the can, which I hope to post in the next few weeks. Click here for the full listing by topic of the podcasts on the site so far. Be sure to click on the  Program Notes above the photo. They’ve all been updated with new graphics and new links. (Note: We’ve had some reports of the podcasts not playing on Firefox on some Macs. You can still download the files to your hard drive and listen from there.)

Click here for information “The ‘Core’ of the Matter: Creating a Community for Making Common Core State Standards Work,” this month’s featured presentation.

Click here for free downloads of our “Pads” on the Back™ Templates with 8 different ways to acknowledge the people you value and appreciate in your life. We now have 43 templates available in 41 different languages!

• Oh, and if you don’t know who I am yet, click here for my bio, here to see where I have spoken, or here to see a short video.

Or just click on one of the links in the navigation bar and find an article, handout, blog, podcast, presentation, or product you can use. There is plenty more to come in the coming weeks, as I look forward to continuing to convert pages from the old site and add new content here as well.

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