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  • Eliminating Anxiety - and Fostering Something Better Gina Picha wants to help teachers recognize and alleviate math anxiety. Anxiety, she says, can manifest to look like misbehaving, off-task behavior, or avoidance of work. Here are the signs she says to look for:lack of response: freezing when a math problem is encounteredtears or anger: more so in younger grades, but look for overly emotional responsesnegative self-talk: you've heard them (you may have said them!) - "I'm bad at math." "I'll never be able to do this."low achievement: anxiety can keep students from performing, resulting in poor grades, reinforcing their already-held beliefs about mathSo, what can you do to help alleviate math anxiety in your class? Picha's suggestions ...
    Posted May 20, 2018, 12:21 AM by HSD Principal
  • Take Care of Yourself; Take Care of your Students In the best of circumstances, being a teacher can be an emotionally draining occupation at times. Add in support raising, distance from family, and cultural stress, and teaching here can require even more emotional energy. In this Cult of Pedagogy article, Jennifer Gonzalez summarizes lessons from Elena Aguilar's book Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators.Here are her 12 insights, corresponding to the annual cycle of the school year and beginning in May:Celebrate and Appreciate (as we wrap up the year in May)Know YourselfUnderstand EmotionsTell Empowering Stories (as everyone returns in August)Build CommunityBe Here NowTake Care of YourselfFocus on the Bright Spots (as you finish the semester in December)Cultivate Compassion ...
    Posted May 13, 2018, 12:14 AM by HSD Principal
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