Close Reading Tasks

Visual task cards to help your high school students read with purpose. They make close reading accessible by giving each student a specific task to focus on.

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Back to School FaceBook Wall

This is a little Facebook themed first day of school activity. Students really love these, as I have used both a book report, and math report form with the facebook theme and they go nuts over them. It would be a great back to school bulletin board or hallway display.

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Assertive vs. Passive vs. Aggressive Chart

This chart, in conjunction with the Assertive vs. Passive vs. Aggressive Worksheet, helps students to identify their communication style and to teaches them about appropriate ways of handling conflict. Great tool for individual or group sessions.

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Five Ways to Help Teens Build a Sense of Self-Worth

“No one wants to hang out with me. I’m a failure at school. All my other friends seem happy. What’s wrong with me?”

These kinds of negative thoughts are becoming more common in our homes and schools. Teens are experiencing increased anxiety, and studies indicate that college students in Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States are becoming more perfectionistic over time, measuring themselves against unrealistic standards.

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Strategies to Ensure Introverted Students Feel Valued at School

It’s really not different for a child than for an adult. It’s a person who feels at their best and at their most alive when they’re in quieter, more mellow environments. And it stems from a neurobiological difference between introverts and extroverts. Literally, different nervous systems. Introverts have nervous systems that simply react more to everything that’s going on around them, and that means they feel more in their sweet spot when there’s less stuff happening. And extroverts have nervous systems that react less, which means that they don’t get to their sweet spot until there’s more stuff happening. And so this is why you see these different behavioral preferences. An introverted kid would rather draw quietly or would rather play their favorite sport with one or two other kids. A more extroverted child would rather be part of a big gang and a big noisy birthday party, and not only not be fazed by it but seem to really relish all that stimulation.

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Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) for Educators

If you’re involved in education, it’s likely that you’ve been hearing a lot about social and emotional learning (SEL) lately. It’s seemingly everywhere these days. And while the goal of educating the “whole child” is not new, we know more about the impact of social and emotional skills on learning than ever before. We now know, for example, that social and emotional skills develop in direct connection to student academic learning

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Feeling Grateful for the Small Things

Human beings have a knee-jerk tendency to scan for what’s not working, from a slow-moving line at the grocery store to a rut in a relationship, so it’s easy to notice when things haven’t gone our way in a while.

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Routines matter (why dropping my phone led to my life unravelling)

Sourced from:https://cinnamonsunrise.com/blog/routines-matter-why-dropping-my-phone-led-to-my-life-unravelling/ In January I dropped my smartphone. It cracked the screen and rendered it unusable. Super irritating, but I don’t need my phone right? I don’t have a phone contract, and had bought my smartphone outright a couple of years ago. I did a quick bit of research and discovered decent smartphones had become pretty expensive. […]

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Growth Mindset Videos: 10 TEDTalks to Share With Your Students and Children

Looking for a fabulous resource for igniting discussion about having a growth mindset with your kids? Look no further! These 10 TEDTalks are guaranteed to inspire children at school or home to reach their goals despite any difficulties or obstacles they may encounter. I admit it, TEDTalks might just be my all-time favourite, free learning resource! But […]

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