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Panic Anxiety Disorders in Middle School Students

Panic Anxiety Disorders in Middle School Students

Informed educators can have a positive impact on students who are struggling

In her 1994 book of poetry, Something Permanent, writer/poet Cynthia Rylant gets inspiration from the photographs of Walker Evans, a photojournalist who documented rural America during the Great Depression in the...
Author: Rick Wormeli
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Six Ways to Help Middle Schoolers Create a Kind, Trusting Culture

Six Ways to Help Middle Schoolers Create a Kind, Trusting Culture

Activities that bring perspective, invite empathy, and build social skills

"I can't believe what happened," Janine* said. Her daughter Greta's best friend overheard two girls calling her a stuck-up loser, so she secretly videotaped their conversation and texted Greta the evidence. Janine was...
Author: Phyllis Fagell
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Creating a Mindful Classroom

Creating a Mindful Classroom

Four mindful practices to promote optimal learning in the middle school classroom

With all the talk about mindfulness and learning, are there simple mindful practices teachers can use to make students available for optimal learning? The answer seems to be promising as growing enthusiasm for...
Author: David Hughes
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Eight Counseling Techniques Every Middle School Educator Can Use

Eight Counseling Techniques Every Middle School Educator Can Use

Taking the time to help your students navigate the highs and lows of adolescence

By the time Catie, 14, stormed out of her last class of the day, she felt disconnected from her emotions. She had no idea how deeply she'd been impacted by a minor fight with her mother on the way to school. In...
Author: Phyllis L. Fagell
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Tags: Guidance
Creating Safe Spaces—Four Lessons Learned

Creating Safe Spaces—Four Lessons Learned

Taking time to listen to and learn from students makes a difference

Emily, one of my former students, was in seventh-grade when a close friend leaned over to share a secret. "I'm bisexual," Alison* told her. "I like guys and girls" (from Emily's blog at...
Author: Phyllis L. Fagell
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Four Ways to Help Students Be Their Best Selves

Four Ways to Help Students Be Their Best Selves

How educators can help students repair damaged relationships and make behavioral changes

The eighth-grade girl approached Tom Adams in the cafeteria. "Dylan just asked out Samantha as a joke," she said. "Now he's laughing about it with his friends, and Samantha is sitting at our table crying." Adams, the...
Author: Phyllis L. Fagell
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Tags: Guidance
There's an Epidemic Spreading

There's an Epidemic Spreading

How schools can help students understand the risks of vaping

A current United States Food and Drug Administration public service announcement starts with "There's an epidemic spreading…" The ad goes on to provide a visual representation of how smoking e-cigarettes...
Author: Greg Taranto
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When a Student is Grieving

When a Student is Grieving

National organization offers ongoing support to educators

The Coalition to Support Grieving Students is a unique collaboration of the leading professional organizations representing classroom educators (e.g., AFT and NEA), principals, administrators, student support...
Author: Coalition to Support Grieving Students
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Tags: Grief
In Pursuit of the Balanced Life

In Pursuit of the Balanced Life

It's all about the choices you make

What do Bigfoot, the Loch Ness monster, and work-life balance have in common? All three are elusive. All three have been the subject of many articles. Finally, many authors don't believe any of the three...
Author: Frank Buck
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Taking Care of Ourselves

Taking Care of Ourselves

Eight ways for teachers to balance work, life, and wellness

Balancing work, life, and wellness are difficult for everyone in every profession; however, for educators, that balance can be even more challenging. As a teacher, you are often pulled in many directions and need to...
Author: James Davis
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