Can bullying ever be defeated in schools? I’ve attended several workshops on the topic of bullying over the years, and presenters at these workshops always say it is impossible to eliminate bullying. These counselors and psychologists who lead these workshops say that bullying can only be lessened or minimized. Often their presentations conclude with a… Continue reading The Organic Way to Stop Bullying in Schools
A long time ago, teachers saw the business of teaching as centered on the delivery of information and knowledge in a manner that was mostly strict, largely drills-based, and often coercive. Then came along folks like John Dewey, Rudolf Steiner, and Jean Piaget, whose educational philosophies moved schools more toward a child-centered and whole child… Continue reading Teachers’ Positive Attitude Linked to Greater Intrinsic Motivation in Students
For quite some time in the educational world, teachers and school leaders have witnessed a gradual diminution of the work ethic among students. This is not surprising to any parents who take a moment to step back and survey what is happening—with their own children and their children’s peers. There is so much operating at… Continue reading Seven Steps To Strengthen Work Ethic in Students
It’s nothing new that kids will go home crying about what somebody did to them at school. The more problematic trend is the way that their parents respond. I’m experiencing a lot more episodes where parents are lambasting schools when their kids come home crying, claiming that the school has been negligent for not controlling… Continue reading Is Your Crying Child Manipulating You?
Find yourself frustrated that your first, second, or third grade kid won’t open up about school? Starting to think that your middle school kid’s school experience is actually boring every minute of the day, all week long? You really think “nothing” happens, ever? Well, if you’re stuck in a rut trying to extract something… Continue reading How Was School Today? Buzzzz: Wrong Question!
Here’s a true and bizarre story: At one of the schools I headed, I had a mother who was very concerned when, after picking her first grade daughter up from school, her daughter told her in the car that she was bored. The mother made an appointment with me—even though I encouraged her to visit with the… Continue reading My Kid Is Bored: I’m Suing the School!