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[quote]Starr,Beautifully said

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[quote]Starr,Beautifully said :)[/quote]

Without any doubt!!! Every time I'm looking into the line "Remember the Ocean, Not Just the Waves" I feel something ! I know someone else who also writes this fine and also teaches better. Reach him here: Management skills

Dear Bart, I love that said

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Dear Bart,
I love that said "You provided us not with answers but springboards." How insightful - the answers are within each of the students - our job is to help them access them. Thanks so much for your comment!

M&M, If students take away

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M&M, If students take away one thing, I hope it will be what you had mentioned - that though they cannot control what is said or done to them, they can learn to control how they react. The fact that they have a choice can be very empowering in and of itself. Thanks for your comment!

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I'm finding this whole series

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I'm finding this whole series is an "uplift" for me and for my students. The language is somehow clearer and more specific than one usually finds around each of these issues. . . And the practical guides are simple and effective. You've provided us not with answers but springboards, and a refreshing plunge into new waters. Fabulous work! Thanks

This blog post has been

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This blog post has been helpful to me, especially after the day I have had in my classroom! I teach in an elementary self-contained special ed classroom where the purpose of my student's placement is academics. However, I encounter several behavioral and emotional issues on a daily basis due to social management skills and academic frustration. I like your term of a 'ninja master' being one who can learn to manage their emotions - the keyword here being 'learn'. It is easy to tell the students to control themselves or calm down, but it is difficult to actually teach them to 'learn' to calm down. I appreciate the 6 ninja strategies you proposed in your blog, especially number 6. I constantly remind my students that they cannot control what is said or done to them, but they can control how they react. We talk about ways to cool down when situations arise, but in the true moment, it is difficult to put those strategies into play. I enjoyed your blog and I look forward to subsequent posts about this topic!

Dear G Lowenheim, thanks so

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Dear G Lowenheim, thanks so much for your comment. I loved what you said, " In psychology, and certainly in schools, emotions (even strong positive one -- like hilarity for instance) are usually related to as problems." It doesn't have to be that way. Vygotsky"s work sounds fascinating. Thanks for such an excellent reference!

Bruce, thanks for your

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Bruce, thanks for your thoughtful post. The ninja strategies are not meant to be sequential. They are 6 options to be used as the situation demands. I agree 100% that we should not disregard or paint over emotions - they are important indicators to pay attention to and acknowledge. That said, after awareness, and depending on the situation and the individual, it can be helpful to have some strategies. I appreciate your comment.

Starr, Beautifully said :)

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Starr,
Beautifully said :)

Thank you for your comment!

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Thank you for your comment! Knowing how to deal with emotions is so intertwined with a student's ability to integrate new knowledge. So happy that you are sharing this with your faculty :)

One of the things I struggle

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One of the things I struggle with in my elementary students is teaching them how to handle emotions. Teaching them this ninja mastery is a great way to look at it! And--what kid doesn't want to be a ninja? I just came upon this. I will have to look back into the rest of your series. We have discussed a lot at my school about deescalating situations and this is something that I will need to share with the faculty. Thank you so much!

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