Respect, Reflection, and Resources

October 23, 2014 Avoiding burnout

Tips to Improve Teacher Efficacy Guest blogger, Dr. Jared Scherz, offers some ideas for teachers to enhance their professional growth and their experience as a professional educator. Respect Teachers need to be treated like professionals, offered meaningful feedback but allowed and encouraged to provide input of their own. If adjustments are needed, they are informed […]

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Starting Off on a New School Year

August 8, 2014 Beginning Teachers

What to do on those first few days 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 […]

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Stress and the Brain

May 4, 2013 Body and Brain

Fact Sheet: The impact of stress on learning and behavior Here are a few things to remember about the impact of stress on the brain, and on an individual’s ability to function effectively— academically and behaviorally— in a learning environment. While originally developed for educators, this information is also relevant to parents, and applies to […]

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Leading Learning with Glenn Capelli

January 26, 2013 Body and Brain

The art, science, and craft of teaching Episode Summary: Did you ever have a teacher who changed your life? Dr. Jane Bluestein talks with author, speaker, and songwriter Glenn Capelli about how teachers can have a powerful impact on a child’s life— for good or bad. They discuss the importance of new and different experiences, including […]

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Improving Student Behavior through Positive School Climate

January 13, 2013 Behavior Management

It’s not about the rules! From the January 2013 newsletter: There is a strange myth around kids’ behavior that if we just have enough rules (and severe enough punishments), the misbehaviors will disappear. What I’ve observed, however, is an even stranger reality in which the opposite tends to be true. In schools, the longer the […]

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Stressful or Painful School Experiences

January 6, 2013 Counselors

Events and experiences that can compromise emotional safety The items on this list were compiled from a number of print resources as well as surveys and interviews conducted over a two-year period. (Many items suggested in the literature overlapped or were repeatedly expressed in interviews and surveys.) Feel free to add your own observations and experiences […]

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Ways to Model Respect with your Children

November 28, 2012 Behavior Management

Practical ways to teach respectful behavior This list was compiled for a book for parents. Many of these tips will also apply to educators and others who work with young people. • Listen. Make eye contact when your children are talking to you. Make an effort to really hear and appreciate what your children are […]

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Video: Connecting with Students, Connecting with Parents

September 19, 2012 Behavior Management

Two video presentation on one DVD featuring Dr. Jane Bluestein Dr. Bluestein joins Dr. William Glasser & Dr. Hanoch McCarty in an exploration of the importance of positive student-teacher relationships and how those relationships can impact achievement. The second video examines the important role parents can play in supporting teachers’ efforts to

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Book: Mentors, Masters and Mrs. MacGregor

September 19, 2012 Beginning Teachers

Stories of Teachers Making a Difference compiled by Dr. Jane Bluestein Remember that special teacher who touched your heart and mind, who inspired you, believed in you, or maybe just gave you a glimpse of what you might achieve and who you might become? This book honors teachers, as well as counselors, coaches, and other […]

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Book: The Book of Article Reprints

September 19, 2012 Avoiding power struggles

A collection of articles for educators, counselors, and parents by Dr. Jane Bluestein This collection is available in print and as a PDF eBook download. Here, finally, is a collection of nearly three decades worth of articles by Dr. Jane Bluestein, including several several made available through I.S.S. Publications for the first time.

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Raves for Creating Emotionally Safe Schools

September 10, 2012 ADD/ADHD

What People Are Saying about this Book by Dr. Jane Bluestein Finally a voice of reason arises from the din. School safety transcends debates on metal detectors and surveillance cameras. Within the walls of our schools exists

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Guidelines for Reinforcing Positive Student Behavior

August 21, 2012 Behavior Management

Practical Tips for Teachers • Use positive reinforcement—verbal or non-verbal (interactive, token, or activity)—to acknowledge and strengthen already-existing behaviors

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Guidelines for Offering Choices to Students

August 21, 2012 Avoiding power struggles

Practical Tips for Teachers • Choices build responsibility and commitment, and communicate the teacher’s respect for students’ needs and preferences.

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The Saber-Tooth Curriculum Revisited with Dr. Richard Biffle

August 16, 2012 Cultural Changes

Keeping up with the pace of change Episode Summary: How well does our educational system fit in with the cultural and economic context in which they exist—or not! Dr. Biffle  and Dr. Bluestein explores the challenges of

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Presentation: Secrets of Successful Mentorship

August 13, 2012 Counselors

Practical Ideas for Great Leaders Presentation by Dr. Jane Bluestein If you are fortunate enough to be a mentor, whether to a colleague, a trainee, a newcomer to your field, or a child in your life, there are certain

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Ways to be an Effective Mentor

August 12, 2012 Counselors

This list was originally developed to help parents mentor their children. The suggestions listed below are equally relevant to mentor relationships with students, employees, and other adults. • Accept your children unconditionally, just the way they are. Begin with them wherever they

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Report Card for My Teacher

August 12, 2012 Educators

Getting feedback from your students Want to know how you’re doing? Just ask! Most students love to give teachers feedback,

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Building Your Classroom Community

August 11, 2012 Counselors

Creating a positive social climate in your classroom Bullying, harassment, cyberbullying, and their horrific impact have been in the headlines again recently, with the usual hysteria, hand-wringing, and finger-pointing. Here’s an effective, common-sense, process-oriented approach to creating a positive, caring, and respectful classroom climate. This material

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