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Helping Children Affected by Parental Drug Abuse

By Leah Davies, M.Ed. • Dec 1st, 2017
A conservative estimate is that one in six children in school today has a parent who is dependent on or addicted to alcohol or other drugs. This family situation places these students at high risk for social and emotional problems, as well as for school failure, drug use and delinquency. Most of these children are not identified as being “at-risk” and therefore do not receive assistance. Schools, however, are a logical place to reach them.


20 Movement Activities for the Classroom – Part 1

By Leah Davies, M.Ed. • Jul 1st, 2016
Physical activity throughout the school day is necessary for children to reenergize themselves and to be able to maintain focus on their school work. Being involved in movement positively affects children both cognitively and physically. Movement activities can be initiated by teachers throughout the day and especially during classroom transitions. Using songs and rhymes that reinforce lessons improve children’s listening and memory skills. Activities, games, seat-changes, role plays, and dance actively contribute to children developing basic timing, balance, coordination and concentration. Educators have noted fewer behavior problems when children are provided with many opportunities to move.


Movement Activities and Games for Elementary Classrooms (Part 2)

By Leah Davies, M.Ed. • Jul 1st, 2016
20 more movement activities that will invigorate your classroom - and your students!


Educator’s Guide to Active Listening

By Leah Davies, M.Ed. • Mar 1st, 2016
Active listening focuses attention on the speaker and includes listening and restating what was heard. This form of listening helps students feel valued and connected to the adults in their school and enhances mutual understanding. Studies demonstrate that when children sense that they are an accepted part of a school community, they are more motivated to learn. read on to learn about active listening and to learn how to apply it in the classroom.


Teaching the Value of Diversity

By Leah Davies, M.Ed. • Jan 22nd, 2016
Children's identity and self-respect are related to how others treat them, and ultimately to their future success. Therefore, school personnel need to promote a safe, humane environment where inclusiveness, justice and an appreciation of individual differences are evident. When staff are respectful toward students no matter what their gender, social class, race, nationality, religion, disability or cultural background, children will follow their example. How can administrators and staff help children value diversity?


Oppositional Defiant Disorder in Children

By Leah Davies, M.Ed. • Nov 1st, 2015
Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) in children is a psychiatric disorder that can persist into adulthood. Students with ODD have an underdeveloped conscience and poor relationship skills. They display a great deal of aggression and purposefully annoy others. The actions of these children seriously interfere with their functioning at home and at school. Being defiant and argumentative are typical ways children ages two to three and young adolescents behave; however, students with ODD exhibit a pattern of these behaviors beyond age three and throughout their school years. Childhood actions associated with ODD are


Guidelines for Conferences Concerning Angry Children

By Leah Davies, M.Ed. • May 1st, 2015
An angry child is a hurting child who needs help. A parent conference is a first step in understanding what is best for the child.


Perfectionism in Children

By Leah Davies, M.Ed. • Apr 1st, 2015
Children who have perfectionist tendencies exhibit a continuum of behaviors. On one end of the spectrum are children who take pleasure from doing difficult tasks, setting high standards for themselves, and putting forth the necessary energy for great achievement. On the other end of the continuum are those children who are unable to glean satisfaction from their efforts due to their preset, unrealistic goals. Since mistakes are unacceptable, perfectionism provides these students with little pleasure and much self-reproach.


Educator`s Guide to Children Affected by Parental Drug Abuse

By Leah Davies, M.Ed. • Mar 1st, 2015
A conservative estimate is that one in six children in school today has a parent who is dependent on or addicted to alcohol or other drugs. This family situation places these students at high risk for social and emotional problems, as well as for school failure, drug use and delinquency. Most of these children are not identified as being “at-risk” and therefore do not receive assistance. Schools, however, are a logical place to reach them.


Improve Your Interpersonal Communication Skills

By Leah Davies, M.Ed. • Feb 1st, 2015
We communicate with others, not only verbally, but by how we act. Since we are constantly sending messages, we need to be aware of our appearance, gestures, posture, eye contact, use of space, body movement, what we carry with us, how close we stand or sit to others, and our facial expressions. When what we say contradicts our nonverbal behavior, mistrust and confusion results because listeners believe what they see. Examples of incongruence between our nonverbal communication and what we say are: A teacher frowns and says to a student: "I am pleased you are in my class." An administrator says as he/she looks at a clock: "My door is always open." A teacher scowls and says to a parent: "Johnny is such a delight!"


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