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Jane Bluestein Discusses Emotionally Safe Schools

Interview by Kate Bedford ©2001 Kate Bedford, Six Seconds Jane Bluestein is an award winning author and speaker. Her newest book, Creating Emotionally Safe Schools, is a comprehensive look at how we can make any educational institution safer— from an emotional, academic, behavioral, social, and physical standpoint. Formerly an inner-city classroom teacher, crisis-intervention counselor, and […]

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Test Time

Bringing balance and sanity to our schools How often do you hear yourself urging a student, “Come on, you have to learn this. It’s going to be on the test!”? I hear this appeal in classrooms all the time, and am certainly guilty of having uttered it myself. Still, I have to laugh, because after […]

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“Testing, Testing…”

And the impact on school climate High scores—not high standards—have become the holy grail. — Barbara Kantrowitz and Daniel McGinn [43] Excessive emphasis on testing can lead to low teacher morale, a narrowed curricular focus, a diminished sense of professionalism among teachers and unethical placement practices. — Larry Lashway [44] (more…)

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Book: Being a Successful Teacher

The Original Survival Manual for New and Veteran Teachers by Dr. Jane Bluestein A classic book that has launched— and saved— thousands of teaching careers, with everything you need for managing the basic realities of teaching! 39 chapters to help establish (more…)

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Getting Away with Success

Ideas for Teachers When we look back over the traditions from which our current school practices arose, we can see a system that practically guarantees failure for at least a portion of our students. (more…)

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Book: Becoming a Win-Win Teacher

A Guide for First-Year Teachers by Dr. Jane Bluestein Becoming a Win-Win Teacher presents some of the challenges of becoming an educator in today’s fast-changing world. With practical ideas and honest cautions, this book encompasses a wide range of helpful topics (more…)

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