Rethinking Student Motivation

In our Child Psychology course in the fall, we began to study one of the most important topics in education: motivation. All too often, teachers describe students as “unmotivated” when they don’t do as they are told. However, it’s important to keep in mind that everyone is always motivated to do something, it’s just that…

Trauma Informed Teaching

According to Numerous studies (such as the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study by Vincent Felitti M.D. and Robert Anda M.D.), “at least 75% of the population has experienced at least one traumatic event in their life”. Living in our increasingly globalized world, we may also have refugee students who have experienced the trauma of war first-hand. Kids are particularly…

Teaching Emotional Resilience with FRIENDS

According to their website, the FRIENDS Programs are “evidence-based, social and emotional skills programs aimed at building resilience of individuals and families across the lifespan”. The friends acronym outlines key strategies and skills used in the programs that teach students emotional awareness and anxiety management. While there are several programs aimed at different age groups,…

Nonviolent Communication in the Classroom

Marshall Rosenberg’s Nonviolent Communication program “begins by assuming that we are all compassionate by nature and that violent strategies—whether verbal or physical—are learned behaviors taught and supported by the prevailing culture. NVC also assumes that we all share the same, basic human needs, and that each of our actions are a strategy to meet one or…

Language Arts Activities

In our program we were able to take two courses dedicated to language arts. The first course focused on literacy in general and the second focused specifically on reading. Recently I decided to sit down and gather some of the best ideas I could remember from those courses. Since I have an incredible cohort, I…