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Leading Learning – The Art, Science, & Craft of Teaching
Dr. Jane Bluestein talks with Glenn Capelli about how teachers can have a powerful impact on a child’s life— for good or bad. They discuss the importance of new and different experiences, including encounters with “the unfamiliar,” getting out of our comfort zone from time to time, in order to build cognitive fitness, growing new brain cells and keeping our work fresh and inspiring.
Compassionate Schools: The Importance of School Connectedness
Dr. Jane Bluestein talks with middle school counselor James Wright about the importance of connectedness and compassion in schools. They explore the impact of adverse childhood experiences on kids’ experiences in school, especially with regard to their ability to learn and their response to traditional, punitive discipline policies.
Creating an Environment of Resiliency in Schools
Dr. Jane Bluestein talks with principal David Friedli about resiliency from the standpoint of how a balanced approach of high expectations, caring and support, and opportunities to participate can enhance student achievement, reduce student discipline, and increase positive character attributes.
No Kidding about Bullying
Dr. Jane Bluestein talks with Naomi Drew about what bullying looks like and the impact it has on children. They focus on words and actions, which could include teasing, making fun of someone, name calling, giving someone dirty looks or rolling eyes, excluding someone, or any physical event meant to purposely humiliate, shun, or hurt someone.
Ending the Homework Wars: Making Homework Fun and Effective
Dr. Jane Bluestein talks with Susan Fitzell about the value of practicing developing skills at home to anchor new learning in working memory and how emphasizing quality over quantity can make a big difference in a child’s ability to retain work covered in class.
"Bully" is a Four-Letter Word
Dr. Jane Bluestein talks with Dr. Jo Ann Freiberg about what Freiberg calls “bully-mania,” referring to the hyper-reactivity and vigilance that has emerged in the shadow of the Columbine murders.