A teacher in New York was teaching her class about bullying and gave them the following exercise to perform. She had the children take a piece of paper and told them to crumple it up, stamp on it and really mess it up but do not rip it. Then she had them unfold the paper, smooth it out and look at how scarred and dirty is was. She then told them to tell it they’re sorry. Now even though they said they were sorry and tried to fix the paper, she pointed out all the scars they left behind. And…

Do you recognize the need to build up your children every day, too? This list of phrases will encourage the child who hears them from a sincere parent. There are so many “voices” in this world telling our kids they don’t measure up. Behind every young child who believes in him, is a parent who believed in him first. Let’s go on the offensive and help our girls and boys see how truly wonderful they are. ~ Club31Women

The Positive Classroom: challenging behavior-despite some of the happy-joy-joy ideas, it's still worth a read. I like the examples of how to address behaviors positively and calmly, and gives a closer view of some of the psychology behind it. Worth more than an entire semester of my Ed. Psych. class.

Snowball Fight...kids write 3 things about themselves on a sheet of white paper. They do not write their names on the paper. Wad it up and on your command, have a "snowball" (or baseball) fight. At the end of 1 minute, each student grabs the nearest snowball and tries to guess who wrote it. Would be great at the beginning of the year!

Developed in partnership with Fountas & Pinnell (creators of the Heinemann Leveled Literacy Intervention Program) this compact, folding Trolley is the perfect organizer for daily Literacy Intervention Programs and other traveling educator’s needs.

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