Entries by Wendy Taylor

Parent Involvement: How Much is Too Much?

Involved parents are undoubtedly one of the main contributors to a student’s academic success. As much as students may not acknowledge it, you parents are very significant to your child’s education. We’ve seen the data–statistics, charts, and graphs about how absent or uninvolved parents result in academically low-achieving children. Of course, there are always exceptions […]

Self-Esteem: Building a Strong Foundation

February is National Boost Your Self-Esteem Month. Boosting one’s self-esteem is something that everyone has surely dealt with at some point. Even adults struggle with issues of self-esteem and self-worth from time to time. For teens, self-esteem, or the lack thereof, can greatly affect social and emotional development. Merriam-Webster defines self-esteem as, “a feeling of […]

Parents Play an Important Role in the Anti-Bullying Movement

No Name-Calling Week is a holiday that recognizes the importance of acceptance while taking anti-bullying measures in schools and having honest discussions about the severity of bullying. As an educator, I am all too aware of the impact that name-calling and other bullying can have on an adolescent. However, as we all know, teens are […]

Turning Conflicts into Teachable Moments

Any instance where 30 or more children or teens are working in one room can have the potential to ignite a conflict. An educator’s initial instinct may be to immediately extinguish the fire, which in some cases, is absolutely necessary. However, another approach to address conflict is to highlight and dissect the moment. Speaking through […]

Give Thanks by Giving Back

Give Thanks by Giving Back The old adage “to give is to receive” may seem a bit convoluted to young children—especially since children are more inclined to care about their own needs being met. With Thanksgiving upon us, it is the perfect time to teach children about the importance of giving. Whether you give your […]

Keep Your Cool When Things Are Not

Keeping Your Cool When Things Are Not The most rewarding aspect of educating young people can be the unpredictability of it all. Ironically, the most daunting aspect of teaching can be the unpredictability of it all. We plan, we practice, we arrange, we redirect, and yet every day in the classroom is a gauntlet of […]