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The Emotions of Learning: Q&A with Marc Brackett, PhD

By Jennifer Gunn February 6, 2019

Social-emotional and trauma-informed learning and teaching are at the forefront of education research and study today. The National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH) reports that nearly 50 percent of the children in the U.S. have experienced “at least one or more types of serious childhood trauma.” Therefore, ignoring emotions in the classroom can absolutely pose… Read More

15 Tips for Leading Productive Parent-Teacher Conferences

By Jennifer Gunn October 2, 2018

As teachers, we have to work hard to prepare for parent-teacher conferences. In a matter of minutes, we have to find a way to genuinely connect with parents, discuss their student’s academic progress, and how they can improve. It’s also important to explain current curriculum goals and our teaching strategies in hopes that they support… Read More

Trauma-Informed Strategies to Use in Your Classroom

By The SHARE Team September 4, 2018

All children face disappointment and fears, but some students deal with more serious, often traumatic, hardships at home. The term “trauma” can encompass many situations, explains Lori Sanchez, Ed.D. “In the past, when you talked about a child experiencing trauma, you assumed abuse or neglect,” she says. “Now we understand that trauma can mean a… Read More

Picture it: Hoards of parents line the hallway, waiting for their five precious minutes with you, their child’s teacher. Inside the classrooms, you go over grades and discuss how their child is doing as quickly as you can, and are disappointed by the no-shows. On Back-to-School Night, you try to make connections but time flies… Read More

Hunger Pains: Teaching Hungry Students

By Jennifer Gunn May 29, 2018

Cranky. Tired. Lethargic. Moody. Sick. Failing. These are just a few things that happen when students are hungry. Schools — and especially classroom teachers — can play a vital role in helping kids stay healthy and learn. Here’s a look at how. The problem of hunger In our nation’s suburbs, urban areas, and rural towns,… Read More

School shootings. Tornadoes. Floods. Neighborhood violence. Abuse. It’s estimated that 26% of our nation’s children will witness or experience a traumatic event before they turn four (1). When students face trauma and tragedy, educators need practical resources to facilitate difficult discussions and support their learning communities. Here are some powerful resources for teaching and counseling… Read More

Celebrating Teachers Making a Difference

By The SHARE Team May 7, 2018

Almost every teacher will tell you that they didn’t choose their profession for the spotlight. For many teachers, their greatest successes are seemingly small gestures, words of encouragement, and moments of connection that happen with their students in the classroom every day. Still, these teachers are making an impact by developing innovative curricula, thoughtfully engaging… Read More

Inclusive Education: What It Means, Proven Strategies, and a Case Study

By Lilla Dale McManis, PhD November 20, 2017

Considering the potential of inclusive education at your school? Perhaps you are currently working in an inclusive classroom and looking for effective strategies. Lean into this deep-dive article on inclusive education to gather a solid understanding of what it means, what the research shows, and proven strategies that bring out the benefits for everyone. What… Read More

A parent catches you at drop-off one morning and wants to know why her son got in trouble the day before, since he never misbehaves at home. A colleague presents a proposal at a staff meeting that you are certain will not work. At the end of a long day of parent-teacher conferences, you are… Read More

Most parents encourage their children to read during the summer and point to examples of language and word usage all around them. But that’s not how they usually approach math, says Kathy Zolla, a Colorado middle school math teacher. Zolla notes that students often like the idea of having a math-free summer, which often results… Read More

Imagine that your school district has recently adopted a new math curriculum that will significantly change how students learn new math concepts, approach homework and get evaluated. The explanations of how to do math problems and the expectations of students will be different from previous years — and probably different from what parents remember from… Read More

For the second year in a row, my daughter launched a full-fledged campaign against standardized testing. About a week before the tests began, she argued they were ineffective and unfair. She echoed the concerns of a variety of students, parents and teachers: It’s a bad measure, it’s stressful, it doesn’t influence grades, it takes too… Read More

A parent complains about a student’s test grade. A colleague is unhappy about a comment you made at the last staff meeting. An administrator questions the way you handled a recent email exchange with a parent. In addition to facing a classroom full of students each day, teachers have to contend with relationships — and… Read More

Some people go into teaching because it seems like a family-friendly job: almost no travel, vacations at the same time as your kids, hours that match your kids’ school hours. The reality, though, can be very different. Students may be emailing homework questions while your own children need attention. Teachers can spend hours on weekends… Read More

Tablets, smartphones and personal computers give elementary school children access to information in ways that were unimaginable to their parents and teachers. Deadly and dangerous challenges can’t be ignored. Bullying. Sexting. Adults posing as kids to abduct children. Brandi Davis, a certified child and family coach, drives this point home repeatedly in conversations with moms, dads… Read More