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.

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: 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…