What Is Really Weakening Our Schools?

What Is Really Weakening Our Schools?

This short e-book give a description of some of the factors and faulty philosophies that are weakening our schools worldwide. There is an opportunity to learn more at the end of the document.
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How To Avoid Confrontations With Problem Students - In Front Of Your Class

How To Avoid Confrontations With Problem Students - In Front Of Your Class

Power struggles happen and at times can't be avoided. We can't put ourselves on the battlefield without a plan on how to get off. This FREE manual will give teachers the tools necessary to defuse a confrontation in front of the class. This allows both the teacher and the students to make graceful exits and maintain dignity and respect. A must for new teachers.
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Helping Students Understand What Motivates Them

Helping Students Understand What Motivates Them

Once a students understands what motivates them they are more apt to tackle problems using their strengths rather than their weakness. This activity can be used by teachers or students to help them discover their motivational gift and is a great way to promote a positive school and classroom environment.
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FOX - CNN - MSNBC

FOX - CNN - MSNBC

All the news fair and balanced. Or is it? Our students come from homes where these news outlets become the moral compass of their parents. They then come into school with less tolerance for others only to discover that diversity is everywhere including their classroom. This audio will help you understand why teaching tolerance is so important.
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The Real 3R's: Respect, Responsibility, and Resilience

The Real 3R's: Respect, Responsibility, and Resilience

These are not your garden variety lesson plans. They were written to include one plan for each of the 3R’s with the inclusion of suggestions, links, and podcasts that the reader can click on to listen to. If you purchase a hard copy of the book I have included the link where applicable so it can be copied into your browser. I have gone very narrow and very deep and tried to really hit a home run with the activities. I also included character qualities associated with each one of the 3R’s and in the area of resiliency have included some activities and suggestions that are related to these qualities that can be used in a classroom, or in a home. There is also included a bonus course at the end of the book as well.
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13 Simple Anti-Bullying Activities

13 Simple Anti-Bullying Activities

Bullying has become an epidemic in our schools. However it is defined, bullying is not just child’s play, but a terrifying experience many American school children face every day. It can be as direct as teasing, hitting, or threatening, or indirect as exclusion, rumors, or manipulation. During the past decade, bullying has become more lethal and has occurred more frequently than it had in the previous two decades. Cyber bullying with the use of cell phones, the computer and the social media have created an environment for our children where they can be bullied at any time and in any place. The recent suicides by some of the victims of bullying have gained much media attention have proven further that, bullying can no longer be explained away, as some adults are inclined to do, as a normal part of growing up. Bullying has only harmful, not beneficial, effects for the target and the perpetrator- even the bystander. Many children in our nation’s schools are robbed of the opportunity to learn because they are bullied and victimized daily. Bullying exacts a terrible toll on children, and the scars can last a lifetime.
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Can You Handle The Truth?

Can You Handle The Truth?

Society seems to want to withhold the truth and make everyone believe that they are smarter than what they are and that their behavior is based upon circumstance, their environment, or lack of therapy or medication. Facing the truth about their abilities and work ethic can put a student back on track, and help them choose a good vocation, and understand and how they need to improve academically and behaviorally. This one hour presentation will give teachers the tools to confront students without condemning them and help them help students to evaluate their efforts and work to realistically look at their performance.
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Anti Bullying 101

Anti Bullying 101

Bullying has become epidemic in our schools, and no matter how you slice it, this behavior has gotten out of hand. Teachers, administrators, and parents are all looking to something that will just make the problem go away. There is not one program or intervention that will stop bullying. It takes a concerted effort of teachers, administrators, parents, and students to help create a climate of respect and responsibility. Successful schools that have really made a difference use data-driven programs and remain consistent in their efforts day after day and year after year. Anti-Bullying 101 is designed to support whatever program your school is using and to provide a resource for teachers to call upon when the going gets tough. Some of the tips might surprise you. They not only address bullying but also provide ways to build positive relationships, improve the attitude of your students, and provide some life lessons that we all can learn from. So read on: Anti-Bullying 101 will prove to be the supplement that you and your school need to help stop bullying. It is very basic and very easy—use them in school, use them with your own children, and apply them in life.
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The Anti-Bullying Teacher Toolbox

The Anti-Bullying Teacher Toolbox

The idea behind this toolbox is to provide as many resources as possible to help a teacher deal with the bullying epidemic. It is downloadable and has many links that can be accessed with a click. It provides material that can be added to and can be modified. It has podcasts and some very unique videocasts. Believe it or not it is a starting point for teachers and as they move forward they can create their own folder and add materials to the tool box making it their own very powerful resource that can be used to help students and other teachers deal with bullying issues in their school. Be sure to use the links, this toolbox is designed to be viewed on your computer. You don’t have to be on the web as some of the links were created offline.
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The Academy Package

The Academy Package

The Academy Package is 5 self study courses all rolled into one. You get 4 five hour courses and 1 one hour course for the price of $20. That's about $1 per hour. All courses include podcasts and video presentations.
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Strengthening The Victims of Bullying: A 5 Hour Self Study Course

Strengthening The Victims of Bullying: A 5 Hour Self Study Course

If the target of bullying can respond effectively, the ‘bully’ need not be confronted by the school. Various ways have been suggested on how the targeted child can stand up to the bully, from martial arts training to the use of so-called ‘fogging. This course covers a variety of strategies and techniques for a teacher, administrators, guidance counselor or caregiver to use in their efforts to help the victim of bullying develop greater resiliency and confidence.
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School Climate Control: A Five Hour Self Study Course

School Climate Control: A Five Hour Self Study Course

Many things that teachers are asked to do by local school boards or the state or federal government can be very abstract and at times confusing. Things like improving student character, or school climate are things that teachers are asked to do but don’t get the support or the resources to achieve the goals of local, state, or federal governments; goals that they may have had nothing to do with setting. My goal with this course is to put the feet to some of the responsibilities that teachers have been charged with and to bring the abstract to the concrete. This is the full course and includes the video on school climate sold separately in my store.
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Dealing With Angry and Irate Parents: A Five Hour Self Study Course

Dealing With Angry and Irate Parents: A Five Hour Self Study Course

Parents who are angry and irate can wreak havoc on a classroom or school where the teacher can feel harassed, intimidated, and bullied. This module will give the participants the strategies and the skills necessary to manage unruly parents and give them the skills to manage both planned and unplanned parent/teacher meetings. The participants will develop a clear understanding as to why the parents are angry and gain insight as to why these parents can make them feel so intimidated. This module will also to help alleviate the stress that can develop during parent meeting and help the teacher regain control and manage the parent/teacher relationship with confidence.
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Motivating Disaffected and Hard to Handle Students

Motivating Disaffected and Hard to Handle Students

There is a direct relationship between motivation and discipline. The hard to motivate are often hard to discipline. Teachers are becoming increasingly more frustrated and are asking what we do with students who are not prepared, don’t care, will not work, and are on track for failure as adults. Finding tools and strategies to increase motivation can solve many behavior problems. There are many things educators can do to reawaken motivation in students who have lost interest and perhaps hope. This seminar helps teachers develop techniques that build respect, increase responsibility, and develop greater compliance in students who are hard to handle. It helps teachers overcome the strong emotional frustration that saps their energy and ultimately leads to burnout. This course will help the participants: • Learn the symptoms of difficult students and treatment plans that work • Build respect and rapport with your most difficult students • Understand why students don’t care • Develop language that confronts without condemning • Break through the emotional wall of your students and increase motivation and responsibility • Strengthen relationships with your students
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How Did You Do It?

How Did You Do It?

How does childhood bullying affect a person’s self confidence, resiliency, and courage? How much fear still remains in the victim in social situations and during even the smallest of confrontations? There are those that have overcome the fear bullying and that is what this journal is about. It is an opportunity for those who were bullied to document their experience and let others know how they did it. They can tell their story and then through reflection and insight lay out their plan of how they regained their confidence and emotional strength. It is designed to help the journal writer realize how they really are a type of pioneer who has paved the way for others to follow. It is my hope that they share their success with others. Who should use this journal? Anyone who wants to make a difference in their life and the lives of others. It is great for high school teenagers, young adults, those who are still being bullied that need to make a plan to overcome issues that are standing in their way of a successful life. It can be used as a resource for those in the mental health industry, youth groups, guidance counselors and school social workers. This is a downloadable journal that can be used by anyone to write about how they overcame the fear of bullying. They should take the time to answer the questions and share their success with others and keep track of the progress that was made. It is great tool for groups or individuals. They can continue to journal and use the Life Notebook section to stay up to date on their ongoing success story.
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Captive Thoughts (Journal)

Captive Thoughts (Journal)

Captive Thoughts is a Reflective Journal that gives Christians and non-Christians alike an opportunity to explore God’s Word. It will help the reader and writer gain an understanding of how scripture can be used to help change our perspective on life, and how it can be used to help improve our thoughts, words, and actions. Ten topics are provided with scripture verses to help the reader begin to journal and they are encouraged to search the topics and scriptures at greater length. The hope is the reader will discover the Word of God as a magnificent tool to help improve their quality of life and to develop and strengthen their relationship with Jesus Christ. This digital journal provides links to five podcast that help explain the importance of responsible thoughts, words, actions, attitudes, and motives. They were part of a blog talk radio broadcast that aired in 2013. These podcasts were related to bullying but are relevant and related to the topics of respect and responsibility. This is a great resource for teachers who are working in schools with a religious affiliation.
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