Ask Dr. Blank: What can be done to prioritize social emotional learning?

This question led to a host of associations. In many ways, the social climate of the classroom is so much better than it was years ago. If you look at old  photographs in the Victorian era, classrooms were dreary, crowded, punitive places with not a smidgen of joy to be found. Although it varies greatly from school to school and…

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“Each lesson takes Little Bug about 15 minutes or so to complete.  She really does enjoy the lessons but sometimes she does still get a little frustrated.  She is very strong-willed and doesn’t like when the lady “helps” her or instructs her what she needs to do.  We are currently using this every day so she completes 4-5 lessons per…

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For the principal with the most homeless students in L.A., the reality of poverty is personal

By Steve Lopez for The LA Times I didn’t know anything about Jose Razo’s back story when I first reached out to him. I was simply checking in with the principal who leads the L.A. Unified campus that has more students classified as homeless than any other. “For me, it’s personal,” the 43-year-old Razo told me one morning in a…

Ask Dr. Blank: Do you think restorative practices are effective in the classroom?

Restorative practices (RP) are aimed at helping school personnel understand what leads students to be destructive to themselves and others and to use this understanding to help achieve productive outcomes. It is a welcome move from the typical punishment and condemnation with which acting out behavior has been met. In 2014, the U.S. Federal Government issued new guidelines recommending that…