Student School Walkouts and Teaching and Learning
Recent student school walkouts have major implications for the teaching and learning process. The post and comments below provide a context for this discussion. Most important is that teachers drive the discussion and get ahead of bureaucrats and politicians.
DESPITE THE SKEPTICS, A CHAMPION OF DIRECT INSTRUCTION
Guest Post: Andrew Watson
In the debates between “progressive” and “traditional” educational theories, few arguments rage hotter than the battle between project-based learning and direct instruction. Continue reading.
Troubled Teens Blossom in Strength-based Program With Caring Adults By Jennifer Gauthier
Oprah Winfrey’s book, “What I Know For Sure,” comes to my mind often when I look at what life has presented me with and what I face each day. I often ask myself what do I know for sure about girls involved in our juvenile justice system.
What I know is that our girls today are scared and often lack the guidance of a caring adult. It is my experience that many girls who come into contact with the juvenile justice system have experienced some form of trauma, mental health diagnosis, substance abuse and the absence of a caring adult in their lives.
Today’s generation has a culture of allowing social media to guide our youth’s footsteps. They lack the opportunity to interact with a caring neighbor, teacher, church youth group or simply a nonjudgmental person. We have forgotten how to love our young ladies, and they are left to turn to social media such as Instagram, Facebook and SnapChat for approval. Continue reading.
Nurturing Strengths in Our Children’s Learning - Guest Author Allison Meyers
“Whatever we put our attention to will grow stronger in our life.” ~ Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Where does your lens look? - When you look at your child, what do you see? Do you see the innocent sweetness he exuded as a little one? Do you see a grumbling, grumpy adolescent? Does your attention go to your child’s latest success or her recent mistakes? What we attend to with our kids becomes the reality that we see, cultivate, and nurture.
Of course the way we see our children stems from countless factors: the kind of day we’re having, the kind of day they’re having, hormones (theirs and ours), life stage, stressors operating on and around us; one day we look at life in a kind of happy vacuum, and the next day we may feel desperate, dragged down, and demoralized. Continue reading.
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Positive Parenting Strengths.......By Sarah Gillen
Chuck and Priscilla were at their wits' end. They are the parents of two teen-aged girls, and two younger boys. The eldest, Charlotte, is out-of-control. As each child approaches adolescence, they seem to become impossible. "We don't know what to do anymore!" Priscilla wails. "I do everything for them. Charlotte and Chuck fight constantly. He expects her to respect him, but she swears at him when he makes the slightest demand. Then he gets mad and starts yelling, and it's all over! She's a top student and athlete. Why won't she be more compliant at home? And now Gertie, my 13-year-old, is starting to act out. She talks back something fierce! The boys never do anything around the house. Their grandparents think they are all out of control. I don't know how much more of this I can take!” Continue reading.