Teaching Writing

Long past are the days when a teacher would stand in front of a class, deliver a writing lesson, and simply assign a project.

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Children and Television

Children learn not only through real life experience, but vicariously through media exposure which defines our culture and shapes our norms.

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Children Who Steal

Stealing is taking things that belong to others without their permission. The act is common in young children because they tend to be self-centered and feel that it is all right to take what they want from others.

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Educating Homeless Children

In 1987, the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act became law. Its purpose was to protect the educational rights of homeless children by mandating that states remove barriers that prevent these students from receiving a quality education.

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Educating Children of Prisoners

It is estimated that 1.5 million children in the United States have a parent in jail or prison and this number increases each year. These children are less likely to succeed in school and more likely to be involved in substance abuse and delinquent behaviors.

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Educator's Guide to Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder characterized by self-starvation and acute anxiety regarding gaining weight. It occurs most often in teenage girls, but has also been diagnosed in teenage boys and adults.

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Effective Communication

Being able to communicate is vital to being an effective educator. Communication not only conveys information, but it encourages effort, modifies attitudes, and stimulates thinking.

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Effective Praise

A goal of educators is to help children to become intrinsically motivated. Children's self-worth develops as an aside from working hard, surmounting frustrations, and overcoming obstacles.

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Emotional Abuse of Children

Emotional abuse is commonly defined as systematic attacks on a child's emotional well-being and sense of self-worth. It is based on power and control and often accompanies other forms of abuse.

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Encouraging Thoughts

Encouragement means to stimulate initiative and positive actions. Teachers, counselors, and parents are asked to encourage children to do their best by acknowledging their efforts and strengths.

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Enhancing Children's Emotional Development

Most educators agree that children's emotional well-being contributes greatly to their social and intellectual development. However, adults have traditionally denied Children's feelings by saying things such as, "You shouldn't feel that way!" or "You'll be fine.

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Gifted Children

Gifted children represent both a challenge and a resource for schools. Educators have a responsibility to provide programs to meet the educational needs of gifted students who are capable of learning at advanced levels.

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Helping Children Cope after a Natural Disaster

Helping children overcome emotional problems in the wake of a disaster is a considerable task for parents, teachers, and mental health professionals. Most children have similar fears after a tragic occurrence: that the event will happen again, that someone they love will be hurt or die, and that they may be left alone.

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Helping Children Cope with Anger

All human beings experience anger. But children, in particular, have difficulty channeling their strong emotions into acceptable outlets. Anger is a response to a real or perceived loss or stress.

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Helping Children Cope with Loss

The death of a parent, family member, friend or even a pet can be devastating to a child. Parental separation, divorce, relocation, illness or accident may be traumatic as well.

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Helping Children Cope with War

School personnel need to provide a safe, supportive environment where children feel free to discuss their thoughts and feelings about war. By listening carefully and answering questions on a level students can comprehend, children will learn that they are not alone in their concerns.

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Helping Children Cope with Worries

Since children's worries often interfere with their learning, it is helpful to understand their concerns. I asked 320 third graders to list one or two things they think about when they can not sleep.

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