May 11, 2018

When a student is particularly tough to crack, it’s important to understand that they may be putting up an emotional barrier purposely in order to protect themselves inside, and these students that may appear 'hard' could actually be using a self-defense mechanism in o...

December 11, 2017

A positive adult role model can make a world of difference to today’s youth, and building healthy and meaningful relationships with students can help to provide them with just that. Like in any relationship, trust is paramount in building a healthy student to mentor re...

June 18, 2017

One defense mechanism that people of all ages use is building up walls and in young people and children, these walls can seem impenetrable. The hardest children to communicate with are often those who have built the thickest walls to protect themselves, but realizing t...

June 12, 2017

One of the more disheartening comments a parent, teacher or childcare professional is apt to hear from a child is "I can’t’ or it’s too hard." These comments often hint at insecurities or low self-esteem. There may be a myriad of reasons why a child lacks confidence;...

May 31, 2017

A student can become disengaged for many reasons, and no matter the initial cause, helping them to become reengaged can be tricky. I believe the most effective method to turn this around is to take a more personal approach to reengaged a disengaged student, I also feel...

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