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How to Keep Your Students Feeling Safe and Calm During Lockdown Drills

FacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterestPrintemailToday’s students are growing up in a time and place where active shooter lockdown drills are as commonplace as parent-teacher conferences and ice cream socials. While the need for such rehearsals is a reality of today’s society, we must be aware that such drills may be stressful on our students. No matter the age of… Continue Reading >

Giving Thanks to Our Teachers

FacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterestPrintemailAsk a friend to tell you what she ate for dinner the night before, and your question is likely to be received with a pause and a shrug. Ask the same friend to name a teacher who greatly impacted her life, and she will likely respond with exuberant appreciation and a meaningful story. This month,… Continue Reading >

Student Mental Health Awareness: The Importance of Early Intervention and Warning Signs for Teachers

FacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterestPrintemailThe most common disease affecting students today is not cancer — nor is it diabetes. The most significant disease, mental illness, affects 17.1 million students—more than the number of children and adolescents with cancer, diabetes, and HIV combined. The first week in October is Mental Health Awareness Week. It brings light onto the fact that… Continue Reading >

Recognizing the Warning Signs of a Student Struggling with a Mental Health Disorder

FacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterestPrintemailAs a teacher, you spend a lot of time with your students. And next to a student’s close family and friends you may be the best equipped to identify signs that something is wrong. Mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, and substance abuse don’t usually come out of nowhere. Yet sometimes it’s hard to… Continue Reading >

Cyberbullying: What it is, and What You Can Do as a Teacher to Help

FacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterestPrintemailAs an educator, you know that bullying is a continuing problem in our schools. You also know that some types of bullying are overt and easy to spot (such as physical bullying), while other forms of bullying can fly under the radar (such as emotional and cyber). According to, “When adults respond quickly and… Continue Reading >