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Working in Schools

Winter Holidays in the Classroom

by Howard Gerber on December 15, 2011

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As soon as Thanksgiving begins to peek around the corner at the beginning of November, students begin dreaming of their long awaited winter holiday. Two to three weeks away from school to play with toys, watch television and hang out with friends sounds like a dream after the months of slaving away in a classroom. Once December arrives, it can be almost impossible to keep students grounded in school work. One way to do this is to explore the winter holidays from an academic and cultural point of view. This is especially useful in helping to take the mystery out of holidays or holiday traditions of some of the ESOL (English Speakers of Other Languages) students in the school. [continue reading…]

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Gratitude in the Classroom

by Howard Gerber on December 8, 2011

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During our fast paced lives, it is easy to forget that we all have something to be grateful for. Not simply the material possessions we enjoy, but the little things we may not even consider on a daily basis such as being able to see the leaves changing colors, listening to the holiday music, smelling pumpkin pies baking, or enjoying a Thanksgiving meal with our friends and family. Students especially need to be reminded how privileged they are simply to be able to attend schools and have the ability to learn. [continue reading…]

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Apraxia of Speech

by Howard Gerber on November 10, 2011

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CAS, or childhood apraxia of speech, may also be known as verbal apraxia. This speech disorder is not fully understood, however, it causes the patient to be unable to fully perform the movements required to create speech. While it may be called by a variety of names, the important connection is the child has difficulty planning and following through with the actions required to speak. [continue reading…]

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Student Suicide

by Howard Gerber on November 3, 2011

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Suicide in children is rare, but it does happen. Suicide is possible in children who have yet to hit puberty, and even more likely after the onset of puberty. As infrequently as it does occur, and as tragic as it is, it is possible that one of your students will commit suicide. Depending on the age of your student population, the warning signs can be very difficult to detect. The effect a student suicide can have on the other students, as well as the faculty, can be tremendous – and the response of the school can play a tremendous role in the recovery of those left behind. [continue reading…]

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World Mental Health Day

by Howard Gerber on October 27, 2011

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World Mental Health Day is celebrated annually on October 10. The holiday is supported by the World Health Organization and the United Nations, and is designed to increase the public’s awareness and understanding of mental health issues around the world. [continue reading…]

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How Much Do You Know about Eating Disorders?

by Howard Gerber on September 20, 2011

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An eating disorder is a condition which causes irregularities in the daily diet of the patient. This could include severe limitations of caloric intake or an excessive increase in consumption followed by ritualized purging. These disorders can effect men as well as women and typically develop during the teens or early adulthood. However, any of these disorders could develop at any point. There are several types of eating disorders; however, the most prevalent are anorexia and bulimia. [continue reading…]

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Cyberbullying and School

by Howard Gerber on September 13, 2011

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There was a time when bullying in school was very clear cut. A child was teased on the playground, pushed in the locker room, or tripped in the lunchroom. With the myriad forms of new technology available to students, however, it is becoming increasingly easy for students to bully one another without speaking, touching, looking, or even being in the same room with each other. Smart phones, tablets, laptops, and school computers give students ample opportunity to bully each other through blogs, social networks, email, and text messages. What can schools do to stop students from participating in, or being a victim of, cyberbullying? [continue reading…]

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