Education has been a hugely important part of my life for as long as I can remember. Even from the time I was a little girl—up through middle school and high school—education was all around me. I saw my mom working hard as she attended college, laboring tirelessly to get her Associate's Degree. I also have a great aunt and a great uncle who were teachers. And when I used to play as a child, I would play "school.” I honestly don't remember a time when education wasn’t a significant part of my life.
Posted in Classroom Management Solution, Technology, Learning, Digital Citizenship, classroom management
A Technology Specialist's insights on teaching the "whole child" with technology.
At our school, we believe in one thing above all else: You must teach the whole child. All day, every day, no exceptions. It’s like Maslow's hierarchy of needs: If children don’t have their financial, emotional, or basic human needs met, they won’t be able to learn. At least not in any meaningful way.
This is the way we approach learning at Seatack ES, An Achievable Dream Academy. We have what some might call a unique approach to education. Kids in our program are given opportunities and access to certain extracurricular activities that, along with remediation, they simply wouldn’t receive within a regular public school program.
Posted in Internet Safety, Internet Safety For Kids, Chromebooks in the Classroom, Google Suite for Education, Classroom Management Solution, edtech, SEL, Differentiated instruction, Learning, Social-Emotional Learning
Reflections and insights gleaned from meeting with the American Association of Suicidology’s Youth Advisory Board.
Across American schools and campuses, there’s a rise of youth involvement with campus activism, philanthropy, and social causes — and mental health awareness is no exception. Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with members of the American Association of Suicidology’s (AAS) Youth Advisory Board and to hear more about the impactful initiatives they’re working on to advance suicide prevention.
Posted in Suicide Prevention, Technology, Safety, Learning, American Association of Suicidology
How Promoting Social-Emotional Learning Can Help Support Suicide Prevention
There is an old parable about a fishing village, where each day, the fishermen had to rescue residents from nearly drowning in the river downstream. Knowing this was not sustainable, the fishermen decided that instead of rescuing victims, they would discover how villagers were falling into the river in the first place. They ventured upstream to discover a dangerous overlook on a cliff where people were losing their footing and falling into the river. After building a protective barrier and safeguarding the edge, the fishermen no longer had to rescue drowning victims.
For the past 27 years, I have worked as an educator and later as a Coordinator of Health Education Programs for Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), the second largest school district in the nation. In that time, I’ve seen how educators and communities can form “protective barriers” to curb the devastating consequences of youth suicide. The idea of “upstreaming,” or identifying and mitigating the source of a crisis, has been the focus of my career as a teacher, advocate and school district administrator. All too often, after a crisis occurs, the common question arises: “Why didn’t someone do something?”
Posted in Technology, Learning, Safety, Suicide Prevention, Social-Emotional Learning, SEL, Upstreaming
America is heading back-to-school, and students and teachers alike are preparing for an exciting, new year of learning ahead. While students are tackling their back-to-school supplies lists, teachers have their own preparation to do: locking in lessons, going over their curriculums and accessing the resources they need to best manage their classrooms.
Classroom management refers to the range of skills and techniques teachers use to keep students organized, focused, engaged, on task, and academically productive. Put simply, effective classroom-management strategies minimize student behaviors that impede learning and maximize behaviors that enhance it.
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