Presentation: Great Beginnings

Special workshop for beginning teachers, returning teachers, and preservice teachers Presentation for educators by Dr. Jane Bluestein A special presentation for new teachers that focuses on management and discipline issues, which can often overwhelm a newcomer to the profession (or someone who has been away for a long time).

Presentation: Dealing with Difficult Students

Practical Strategies for Success with Defiant, Defeated and other At-Risk Kids Presentation by Dr. Jane Bluestein We all know who they are: The unmotivated student who performs below his capabilities. The student with weak social skills who has a hard time getting along with her peers. The nontraditional learner who

Presentation: Creating Emotionally Safe Schools

Is Your School an Emotionally Safe Place? Presentation by Dr. Jane Bluestein Emotional safety is critical to learning and achievement, and a key component of an atmosphere that discourages passivity, aggression, or acting out for revenge or self-protection.

Ways to be an Effective Mentor

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

Ways to Build IRRESPONSIBILITY in Children

Things you can do to reinforce children’s irresponsible behavior • Lie for them. • Make excuses for their behavior. Correct (or pay for) their mistakes for them. • Model a lack of responsibility, commitment, and follow-through yourself. • Refuse to believe that they are capable of doing what they’ve been accused of doing.

Great Expectations!

Good News for Beginning Teachers No one knows better than a first year teacher that the beginning of the school year bristles with anticipation—and not just for the kids.

The Discipline Trap

Catching up to the 21st Century Note: The earliest version of this piece was written for a now-out-of-print book, 21st Century Discipline, back in the mid-1980s when the 21st century still felt a way off. The material was reworked slightly for The Win-Win Classroom, 

Understanding Schools in Context

How Well do Schools Reflect the Culture they Serve? Excerpt from The Beginning Teacher’s Survival Guide: Win-‘Win Strategies for Success (by Dr. Jane Bluestein, 2022). Chapter title and some content have been adapted for this site. All links were working at the time of publication. We are living in exponential times. —Karl Fisch, Scott McLeod, and…