Positive Consequences

A very different approach Here’s a new spin on the notion of “consequences,” a term familiar to every educator. But rather than looking at the negative outcome of behavioral choices your students make, let’s

Building Your Classroom Community

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

Questions, Not Answers

Benefits of asking questions instead of giving answers These points are offered as an alternative to advice giving. While written especially with children in mind, I have found using questions (along with a bit of genuine empathy) as effective tools to support adults as well. • Questions help children explore dimensions of a problem. •…

Book: Creating Emotionally Safe Schools

A Guide for Parents & Educators by Dr. Jane Bluestein This thoroughly readable, research-based book covers all the bases—including, social, neurological, emotional, academic, cultural and physical factors that impact the emotional climate of a school, and how safe schools feel to the people who spend their time there.

Book: Becoming a Win-Win Teacher

A Guide for First-Year Teachers by Dr. Jane Bluestein This book is no longer in print. For an updated and revised version of this book, please see The Beginning Teacher’s Survival Guide, available in print and Kindle versions. This book was 8 1/2” x 11”, 288 pages. $42.95. The updated release is $13.99 for print on…

Book: The Win-Win Classroom

A Fresh and Positive Look at Classroom Management by Dr. Jane Bluestein Hundreds of practical ideas for success in any classroom or school. Great gift for a beginning teacher, or anyone wanting to up their game and grow their career. When it comes to behavior challenges in the classroom, conventional practices and punitive discipline codes…

Presentation: “My Brain Doesn’t Work Like That”

Creating success with non-traditional (and traditional) learners by accommodating learning needs Presentation for educators or parents by Dr. Jane Bluestein We all have individual preferences and needs when it comes to learning. Some of us like it quiet, while others need music or other noises in order to concentrate. Some need