Dr. Jane Bluestein
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A New School Year: Putting good intentions into action
As is common for this time of year, I’ve been working with groups of educators getting ready for the beginning of a new school year. As is also common, I found that in addition to the usual questions I get about authority relationships, challenging students, and creating a win-win climate in the classroom, there was also some slightly panicky chatter about how to apply the strategies I was sharing to getting off on the right foot during those first days.
Thinking back over successes I’ve seen (or had), I came up with a few ideas I thought I’d share here. Note: Since school seems to start earlier each year, I know that some of you are already back in your classroom with your kids, so even if you’ve already gotten through those first few days, know that these strategies can work to refine, reset, or redirect your approach, even late in the year. (Read more… )
Featured: Managing 21st Century Classrooms
A 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…)
• 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!
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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