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First, Discover Their Strengths Thomas Armstrong A neurodiversity perspective explains why educators must focus on students’ assets.
Cracking the Behavior Code Nancy Rappaport and Jessica MinahanSteps to decipher the reasons for students’ behaviors—and preventative ways to intervene.
Joining Hands Against BullyingRichard Weissbourd and Stephanie JonesBullying is far less likely to take root in schools where caring is the norm.
Chaos in Kindergarten? Jenna BilmesTeaching social and emotional skills can do much to quell the clamor.
Ferrari Engines, Bicycle Brakes Edward Hallowell Treating ADHD is all about strengthening the brakes.
Call Me Different, Not DifficultJohn Elder Robison How autism looks from the inside.
Tourette Syndrome in the Classroom Amanda CoffmanWhich accommodations make the difference for students with Tourette syndrome?
Ending School AvoidanceMichele Casoli-Reardon, Nancy Rappaport, Deborah Kulick, and Sarah ReinfeldInsights about students who don’t want to attend school and strategies to curtail excessive absenteeism.
How Other Countries “Do Discipline” Richard Arum and Karly FordA look at how countries around the world establish authority, enforce behavior codes, and ensure fairness.
Five Myths About Student Discipline Laurie BoydAn administrator’s rationale for establishing a schoolwide behavior plan.
Empowering Young Black MalesBaruti K. KafeleStatistics show that the U.S. education system is failing far too many black students.
From Discipline to Relationships William L. SterrettNothing is more important than paying attention to school climate, this former principal says.
100 Repetitions Jeffrey Benson “Again and again and again and again.”
Columns and Departments
PerspectivesA Tale of Two TeachersMarge Scherer
8 Double TakeReviews, research, and relevant reads.
80 Art and Science of TeachingThe Many Uses of Exit SlipsRobert J. MarzanoExit slips provide quick perspectives on students’ understanding.
82 Research SaysFor Positive Behavior, Involve PeersBryan Goodwin and Kirsten Miller“It takes a village” is more than a cliché.
84 Power Up!On Board with BYODDoug Johnson Make “Bring Your Own Device” an effective policy.
86 Principal Connection“Your Candidate Sucks!”Has election year rancor invaded your school?
88 One to Grow OnRising to the Challenge of Challenging BehaviorCarol Ann TomlinsonSometimes you have to be half pit bull and half Mother Teresa.
90 Tell Me About . . . What You Learned from a Challenging StudentFind readers’ stories here and online, and contribute your own response to an upcoming question.
92 Index to Advertisers
94 ASCD Community in ActionNews and resources from ASCD.
96 EL TakeawaysSeven Things to Remember About Teaching Students Who Challenge Us.
“Another One of Those Days” Mike Anderson Thinking ahead about how to handle disruptions and distractions.
Eight Things Skilled Teachers Think, Say, and DoLarry Ferlazzo When students test you—and they will—do what the master teachers do. Includes a miniposter for sharing.
Lessons from Roger and BenAnne K. BergenThey are in every school—students whose strengths remain invisible to others.
Practices to Engage All Learners James Reigert and Donna RechtTeachers of at-risk students recommend five student-centered strategies.
EL Study GuideNaomi ThiersAlso available on iTunes University
Inservice Guest Blogger: Larry Ferlazzo
Watch This Spot!This month’s video from the PD Online course Classroom Management: Building Effective Relationships (2nd ed.) shows how an educator might help a child who has trouble controlling his behavior.
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Educational LeadershipSeptember 2016 / Volume 74, Number 1Relationships First
What to Do in Week One? Rick Wormeli The first days of school set the learning dynamic for the year ahead.
Correcting Our Connecting Eric Toshalis Are you demanding trust too soon? How do you respond to anger? Questions to ask to make your student outreach more effective.
Unlocking Boys’ Potential Michael C. ReichertHow to help boys want to learn from you.
The Trauma-Sensitive Teacher Susan E. Craig Insights on how trauma influences the brain—and how to reach children suffering from its aftermath.
More Than a Safe Space Michael Sadowski What LGBTQ students seek is what every student deserves: safety and belonging.
Helping Black and Latino Males SucceedRobert Jackson Lessons about pride, insecurity, and the need to be respected.
Building Bridges with Students Who Have ADHDLisa Medoff Tips on how to reach kids whose behavior might puzzle you.
Let Care Shine Through Elizabeth Bondy and Elyse HambacherCaring for students is a moral imperative, a way to take steps toward social justice.
The Principal Factor Tim WesterbergFrom being visible to modeling respect, these six principles for principals are central.
Choosing to Be Positive Stephanie M. Jones, Rebecca Bailey, Gretchen Brion-Meisels, and Ann ParteeHow to handle those moments when you must decide: How should I address this behavior?
Classrooms that Put People First John HaywardIdeas to abide by as you continue to get to know your students.
What My Refugee Students Taught Me Sidney Brown Justice was the theme that year; building bridges, the challenge.
COLUMNS / DEPARTMENTS
Perspectives/How Does Trust Happen?Marge Scherer
Research Matters/“High Touch” Is Crucial for “High Tech” Students Bryan GoodwinThe cyber generation needs more than online-only connections.
Show & Tell: A Video Column/2 x 10 Conversations Doug Fisher and Nancy FreyIn two minutes a day, you can begin a problem-solving process for improving behavior.
The Techy Teacher/Don’t Waste the First WeekCatlin TuckerSome low- and medium-tech ways to break the ice.
Principal Connection/New School Year Resolutions Thomas R. HoerrIf you want to achieve your new initiatives, share your new ideas.
One to Grow On/Fox Taming and TeachingCarol Ann TomlinsonWhat the fox taught the child and vice versa.
Index to Advertisers
ASCD Community in Action
EL Takeaways/The 4th R: Relationships
Tokens of ConnectionTheresa Crowley Tools to use one-on-one with students, especially those who may lack trust.
Take a Tip from the CubsJames Fornaciari Help your kids develop a mission, work as a team, and recapture the joy of learning.
Cs for Effective TeachingChristopher EmdinHow building positive relationships and creating an academically challenging classroom go hand in hand.
One Chapter at a TimeCherish R. Skinker Her passion for To Kill a Mockingbird left a lasting impression on her students.
Tell Me About. . .How you connected with a hard-to-reach student.
EL Study GuideKim Greene
EL Interview Baruti Kafele talks about the benefits of the Young Men’s Empowerment Program and how teachers can build relationships with students whose backgrounds differ from their own.
Inservice Guest BloggersMichael Sadowski and Lisa Medoff