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Fear in School

Audio by Quote by John Holt | Narration by Louise Gomedella

Louise Gomedella, a retired North Carolina elementary school teacher, narrates a powerful quote about fear from John Holt's book, How Children Fail. "Interestingly, it appears that of all the emotions, the brain devotes the most space and energy to fear." (Schaffhausen, 2005) Neuroimaging scans demonstrate that under stressful conditions information is blocked from entering the brain's areas of higher cognitive memory consolidation and storage. (Willis, 2007)

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Myelin Miracle Grow: Your Brain is a Muscle That Can Be Made Stronger

Web Savor by Donna Sawyer

Your brain is a muscle that can be made stronger. It continues developing into your mid-twenties, and it has enormous plasticity, or the ability to change. It is too bad so many people believe they are "stuck" with being only so smart. Your intelligence is NOT set in stone. You can do several things to boost brain power and improve your learning potential. Let's start with a few simple changes you can make today.

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The EZ Button: Take the DIS Out of Discipline

Printable by Donna Sawyer

This simple three-step framework takes the stress out of discipline while providing a consistent response which gives the adult time to cool down, gather information from a professional database, and then assemble an effective plan to address the misbehavior. Step #3 links you to a free online database with step-by-step directions for handling over 120 misbehaviors. Kiss classroom management worries goodbye!

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The Stew Pot

Printable by Donna Sawyer

Based on Dr. Marzano's explanation of "bracketing," this simple idea helps kids set aside distracting or troubling thoughts in order to focus on learning.

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The Trouble Terminator

Printable by Donna Sawyer

This digital robot chomps up troubles to help kids deal with issues that are typically too sensitive or too embarrassing to discuss with a trusted adult.

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The Write Moods Pencils

Printable by Donna Sawyer; Artwork: Judy Monroe

Help students to become aware of and manage volatile emotions with The Write Moods Pencils. Since learning potential is diminished when emotions are running hot, consider a variety of uses for this PODL: word processing activities, journaling, in-school suspension, conflict resolution, and more!