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Alina

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Thanks Alina. I also note that you have an interest in neuroscience. My wife is a psychologist who is deeply interested in the latest developments in neuroscience and I've become increasingly intrigued by the breakthroughs taking place. Did you know that a study a few years ago showed a 20 year lag time between the latest research in psychology and its application to classroom teaching?

I think we often are boats against the current, but the strong rowing is well worth it.

Please keep in touch, either via this site or my Facebook page, which I primarily use for professional purposes and cultural recommendations.

Thanks.

Mark

Curriculum Design & Edufeedback Specialist

Once you connect emotionally

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Once you connect emotionally the connections to content will flow and multiply.

Curriculum Design & Edufeedback Specialist

All about proper connections

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Being perceptive to our students' emotions, addressing them respectfully within a safe and meaningful environment allows for solid connections to occur. These connections will aid significantly in the successful discovery and transfer of knowledge. These connections are for life! They will come in handy in the application of new knowledge, & the resolution of problems in this journey we call life. I know this well, I have taught in this manner since 1989. I can honestly say I am still enjoying the infinite fruits of that collaborative teaching-learning endeavor. Of my 23 HS graduating classes and my 23 8th Grade graduating classes no student has derailed. Most are compassionate successful professionals enhancing their communities and embarking in their tasks as proactive parents.

Teacher and Educational Journalist

For Paula plus a Question

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Thanks Paula. It's always nice to connect with other members of the choir!

Your website looks great to me.

One question, in addition to the books and onsite info, do you provide an avenue for teachers and students to communicate with you and perhaps with each other?

It may be there and I may have just not looked carefully enough.

Mark

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Thanks Rick

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I appreciate your comments Rick, particularly knowing how deeply your own work focuses on the feelings of kids.

What we need of course are policies and incentives and training that makes this easily available to and supportive of the many teachers who are ready, if only we shifted our priorities.

Author of SEL, self skills, PBL program for teens.

Mark, I love this article! I

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Mark, I love this article! I worked with teens for a few years to find out what THEY want to learn to help them feel successful and purposeful in school and life, and formulated a curriculum based on their input. This is what they want - help with identity development, to be creative, engaged, motivated. To journal, experience their learning, develop SEL skills, play and feel heard by their teachers - to establish connections. Thank you! For free material to further this kind of learning, please visit www.YourSelfSeries.com. I'd love to hear your thoughts. All the best, Paula

Director, Graduate program in behavior disorder, David Yellin College

What mark says is spot on.

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What mark says is spot on. These books changed my way of thinking and were instrumental in the development of my work in "Discipline with Dignity." Connecting emotionally matters more than other content. What is more dangerous to us, A poor reader or a man who solves his problems with a gun? I strongly recommend the ideas in this post.

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