Communication

April 17, 2016
What to do when students make hurtful remarks - or worse?  The appropriate adult response depends on the behavior and its intent.  Here are some things to keep in mind: Don't let offensive behavior…
August 10, 2015
Students will: Engage in a story-telling and web-weaving activity Begin building the classroom community Discuss the butterfly effect and interconnectivity Explore issues in the news this summer…
December 4, 2014
Teachers often avoid "hot-button" topics because the issues are so complex, or because they don't feel prepared to handle the strong feelings and opinions discussion might stir.  Below we offer 10…
October 29, 2014
Oppressive behavior can take many forms, ranging from hurtful remarks made in ignorance to insults, threats, and physical violence. The appropriate adult response depends on the behavior and its…
November 19, 2012
 To the teacher   As the holidays approach, many people are looking forward to spending time with family and friends and sharing in the joys of the season. It is easy to take for granted that…
October 17, 2012
This piece originally appeared on Teach Hub.   When my 9-year-old daughter asked me "Who is Trayvon Martin?" I knew this would take us into new territory. Her question led us to conversations about…
February 12, 2012
During Respect for All (RfA) week, students in schools across New York City will participate in programs and activities that teach them to value diversity and respect one another. They will also…
November 7, 2011
In this activity, students interview and learn about one another. Introduction Discuss the word "interviews": What does it mean? Have the students seen interviews on TV or in person? Who does…
November 7, 2011
The "conflict escalator" is a useful idea for understanding conflict situations.This activity suggests a way to introduce the concept to very young children (kindergarten or first grade). Ask…
November 7, 2011
The beginning of the school year is an especially good time for community-building activities. Use them to help set a positive tone with students and to create routines that your class can use…