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Teaching Culturally Responsive Literature: Part 1, LGBTQ+

Teaching Culturally Responsive Literature: Part 1, LGBTQ+

June 26, 2020 | Health Mental Health Stress Students Teachers

Listen It is not appropriate as educators to tell students what to believe, but it is our duty to foster an environment that welcomes every individual and provides a safe space where they can learn.  Schools are to be a microcosm of society at large in which students can practice...

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Preventing PTSD Among Educators

Preventing PTSD Among Educators

June 24, 2020 | Mental Health Stress Teachers

Listen As the stories of teachers pour in from around the country of their return to their classrooms to clean them out, end the year, and get ready for summer, one thing is resoundingly clear: teachers have suffered some deep emotional trauma this year. Although trauma is widely accepted as...

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Battling Anxiety

Battling Anxiety

June 23, 2020 | Mental Health Stress Teachers

Listen Anxiety in and of itself is common, but when that anxiety starts to interfere with your daily life, cause you to avoid certain activities, and keep you from doing the things that are important to you, it’s time to seek help. Among the symptoms or signs of anxiety are...

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Depression and Teaching

Depression and Teaching

June 22, 2020 | Mental Health Stress Teachers

Listen Depression is one of the most common mental illnesses people face. It can be a once-in-a-lifetime experience or a lifelong struggle. For teachers, this time in our history is particularly ripe for depression because of the instability of our jobs, the necessity of social distancing (which makes connecting to...

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Panic Attacks 101

Panic Attacks 101

June 19, 2020 | Mental Health Stress Teachers

Listen We, teachers, have always been a fairly over-stressed, anxiety-ridden bunch. We’ve got a lot at stake, after all. Our jobs are more than jobs. We’re caring for and educating our own future leaders and fellow adults. With the pandemic, social isolation, insecurities about when and how we will return...

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The Next Pandemic - Mental Illness

The Next Pandemic - Mental Illness

June 18, 2020 | Mental Health Parents Performance Stress Students Teachers

Listen The pandemic of COVID-19 leaves behind more than physical health changes for the general population in its wake. Many doctors, psychiatrists, and health advisers (including the CDC and WHO) are telling the medical community and the public to brace themselves for the next big pandemic - mental illness. Many...

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What Do Schools Need to Do to Prepare for the Fall? Part 2

What Do Schools Need to Do to Prepare for the Fall? Part 2

June 01, 2020 | Administrators Curriculum Health Mental Health Parents Planning Stress Students Teachers

Listen In our previous article in this series, we addressed the fact that schools need to prepare plans A, B, & C as well as a hybrid of the three and the fact that teachers will need continued support. Consider Accessibility for Both Students and Teachers The last three months...

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What Do Schools Need to Do to Prepare for the Fall? Part 1

What Do Schools Need to Do to Prepare for the Fall? Part 1

May 28, 2020 | Administrators Curriculum Mental Health Parents Planning Stress Students Teachers

Listen We only have three months to get ready for whatever school is going to look like in the fall. With so many unknowns, we are all having to plan for several different scenarios. One of the big lessons learned from the experiences this spring is that we have to...

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Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students - In the General Education Classroom

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students - In the General Education Classroom

May 21, 2020 | Administrators Curriculum Mental Health Student Achievement Students Teachers

Listen Most students who are born with serious hearing impairments are identified as infants or when they are very young. By the time they enter the general education classroom, they’ve got an I.E.P with accommodations., assistance as needed, and a support system in place. However, if you’re teaching a student...

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Being OK with Being Cautious

Being OK with Being Cautious

May 13, 2020 | Administrators Food Health Mental Health Stress Students Teachers

Listen It goes without saying that everyone is ready for things to go back to normal, but many scientists are predicting that normal may be as much as a few years away. Some cultural norms are likely to be changing or disappearing for good. The economic repercussions will stretch out...

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Preparing Students to Re-Enter Society

Preparing Students to Re-Enter Society

May 12, 2020 | Administrators Health Mental Health Parents School Safety Stress Students Teachers

Listen Recently, one of our writers was sharing a personal experience they’d had right after college. The writer spent the summer in a third-world country teaching reading, and upon returning to the United States, had a severely overwhelming few weeks getting used to being back. For example, grocery shopping was...

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Teachers’ Concerns About Returning to School

Teachers’ Concerns About Returning to School

May 11, 2020 | Health Mental Health Parents Stress Student Achievement Students Teachers

Listen In a previous post we explored how other countries are coping with reopening schools, but teachers around the globe have so many practical questions and concerns regarding the implications of reopening when there are still so many unknowns about this virus. Many teachers feel left out as the decisions...

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