Social Emotional Support of Students

It’s February.  I call it Love-with-a-Cherry-on-Top month.  We celebrate both Valentine’s Day and George Washington not lying about chopping down his father’s favorite cherry tree! For educators, it’s a good month to consider how we can help students “feel the love” even when they come to us with major trauma and dysfunction happening in their lives.  (Think hunger, abuse, financial …

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Students Never Forget How You Make Them Feel

In our recently-published book entitled Releasing Leadership Brilliance: Breaking Sound Barriers in Education, my co-author, Simon T. Bailey, tells about his cousin, Maia Stephens, who is a second grade teacher in a school in Northwest Detroit.  It is a Title I school in a high poverty area and 95% black.    Maia has been successfully teaching there for 18 years. …

Conversations to Support Students — 3 Simple Skills

Playground fights are resolved and world order maintained using one simple, but underutilized tool … conversation. So, why does something so easy to do often elude us? My son, like many young boys, was always outgoing and chatty. Well, as he’s grown into teenage-dom, it seems conversations have gotten more difficult. This realization hit me hard one morning during a …