Students all over the country are counting down the days until summer break arrives. Lazy mornings, vacations, and fun are in store for many, but often along with that comes summer slide, or the learning loss experienced by many students during the break from school. Summer slide disproportionately affects low-income students, and accounts for roughly two-thirds of the reading achievement gap between low- and middle-income students by ninth grade.
What is mindfulness?
When people think about “mindfulness” it is often associated with Buddhism and meditative practices; however, mindfulness can also be practiced in a secular way. Mindfulness is the ability to clear one’s mind to focus more clearly on one thing, one task, or one experience. While many of us who hear this word associate it with the unfamiliar or unusual, it is a practice that most of us do daily, in some form or another.
Here are some of the top new books for educators being released in June:
Differentiated Coaching: A Framework for Helping Educators Change, 2nd Edition
Jane A. G. Kise
Jane Kise takes you on a journey into differentiated coaching with a strength-based framework for understanding, appreciating, and working with people who may think differently from you. Through an online self-assessment tool, you will discover how your strengths and beliefs influence your coaching practice. Through examples, case studies, and reflection exercises, you will understand how to:
- Tailor your coaching practices to meet the needs of each educator
- Increase teacher willingness to implement new skills in their classrooms
- Anticipate patterns of resistance and adjust both the content and delivery of professional development
In today’s world, screen time is nearly unavoidable even for young children, leaving many administrators, teachers, and parents wondering how much screen time is too much. According to recently updated guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), there is no simple answer to that question.