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May 14, 2019

How to Spark Empathy During Test-Prep Season: Lessons From a 5th Grade Math Teacher in Brooklyn

Empatico is a great way to spark empathy and energy in your students during testing season.

April 23, 2019

Sparking Empathy: I Used to Think ... But Now I Know ...

Empatico affords my students the opportunity to connect in a powerful way with students from a different part of the county. Not only did they shatter some of their misconceptions but they also created an opportunity to use their new skills to engage with community leaders and impact social change.

April 19, 2019

Why We Must Teach Perspective-Taking When Developing Empathy

All people face challenges, adversity, and have personal experiences that may be driving their behavior. Our willingness to take different perspectives or look at the world from a different point of view is what will ensure empathy is part of our minds and hearts. And empathy makes our society a more caring, kind, and accepting place for all of us to live.

February 26, 2019

The Humanity of Homeroom

I learned a long time ago that students don't want to learn from someone they don't like or from someone who has no interest in their lives or their stories. As educators, we must be purposeful in establishing these relationships and having day-to-day interactions with students. Homeroom provides the perfect opportunity to lay the foundations of this important work.

August 14, 2018

How to Stay Organized: Start the New School Year with this Equation

Increase productivity with this simple step (and help your students do the same!)

May 31, 2018

A Classroom Strategy for Improving Student Mental Health

What's one step that teachers can take improve student mental health? Find out from an award-winning teacher.

May 03, 2018

Why Students Check Out (and How We Can Check Them Back In)

Our students hold the answers: We must take time to listen.

March 12, 2018

It's Time to Make It Clear Where You Stand on Race and Equity in Schools

"If I had had teachers of color as a student . . . I would have been more unequivocal in explaining why "All Lives Matter" is a perfunctory, misguided rebuttal to "Black Lives Matter."

September 14, 2017

Let's Be Honest: Professional Bullying in Schools Is a Thing

When a teacher lives in fear of confrontation, ridicule or being talked about, this is professional bullying.

September 06, 2017

Social-Emotional Skills Should Be an Integral Part of Every Lesson We Teach

As I have come to understand and teach social and emotional skills, I've learned they can't be—indeed, should not be—viewed as something separate from our lessons, or something to be taught one hour a week. These skills are part of everything we do.

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