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Teaching Students to Control Their Emotions

My recent post about Modelling Emotional Behavior seems like a great time to think about teaching this skill in your classroom. As a professional teacher you will have to make this activity age relevant and scaffold the learning for your room. However, if you are willing to work with your students on emotional literacy you […]

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Storyboard Template

For many years now I have been using Storyboards in my training sessions. Lots of people have asked for the template to use in your classroom, so here is it These are the instructions on how to use them Storyboard Uses This is the template that is good for Middle and High School students to […]

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Education is more than about the tools

Many education departments around the globe are rolling out or considering the roll out of some form of one-to-one computer program.  Some programs even have the students taking the laptop computer home. So with these programs in mind I read with interest this article on the NY Times website – Computers at Home: Educational Hope […]

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Confidence: The Multi-Layered Definition

For a very long time I have advocated the need to teach emotional and social literacy to students.  I have talked about having t0 fragment all human traits into small steps so they are understandable by students in our classrooms and are therefore teachable. In a recent corporate leadership seminar this specific topic of scaffolding […]

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The iPad – Changing the Learning Game

Steven Jobs has changed the landscape one more time (and I’m not talking about the iPhone – that’s one more to his never-ending list)! Could I be more pleased with the iPad? While it’s still missing a few things such as a camera and the ability to see flash video, all in all, it’s hot! […]

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Treading on Dreams

This is the second TED talk I have seen by Sir Ken Robinson.  I won’t destroy this brilliant speaker by trying to summarise his points, I will let him speak for himself. Whilst watching Sir Ken I was reminded about one of my early years in the classroom.  I was teaching the 5th Grade at […]

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What is the Impact of our Curriculum?

In all my years working in organizational development I have been results-oriented. I believe in results and outcomes. I understand results come from action and focus. I think in terms of focus, then action and finally the results. So if I turn my attention onto the education of students, I see that schools focus primarily […]

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National tests – Yes, No or Maybe?

I have been toiling away as a blogger for 18 months now, I hope you feel I am starting to understand this new medium.  My decision to begin a blog was to continue a conversation. For 30+ years I have worked across classrooms, schools, districts, education department central offices, chains of stores, multinational conglomerates and […]

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Classroom Lesson for Teaching Respect

Now that I have defined Respect and provided the introduction to a classroom discussion let’s put some rubber to the road and build a lesson plan. When teaching values or character skills to young people you need to remind yourself about the comfort zone.  Every individual has a zone of habits where they are comfortable, […]

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Teaching Emotional Literacy

Here’s 5 things you can do to teach emotional literacy to your students: Read this quote by Aldous Huxley to your students “There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving – and that is your own self.” Ask them to write 2 or 3 sentences on what the quote […]

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