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Teaching Kids to Thrive
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Teaching Kids to Thrive
Essential Skills for Success
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There's more to student success than standards and test scores...Integrating Social and Emotional Learning into a curriculum has been shown to increase personal and school-wide growth. With lifelong...
There's more to student success than standards and test scores...Integrating Social and Emotional Learning into a curriculum has been shown to increase personal and school-wide growth. With lifelong...
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  • There's more to student success than standards and test scores...

    Integrating Social and Emotional Learning into a curriculum has been shown to increase personal and school-wide growth. With lifelong success the goal over simply meeting academic thresholds, Teaching Kids to Thrive presents strategies, activities, and stories in an approachable way to develop responsible, self-motivated learners. Uniting social, academic, and self-skills this instrumental resource offers benefits to students such as:

    • Using mindfulness strategies to help students tap their inner strengths

    • Learning to self-regulate and control other executive brain functions

    • Developing growth mindsets along with perseverance and resilience

    • Cultivating a sense of responsibility, honesty, and integrity

    • Encouraging a capacity for empathy and gratitude

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  • Learn more about Debbie Silver's PD offerings

    Debbie Silver is truly a "teacher's teacher!" She is a former science teacher and an award-winning educator with 30 years experience as a classroom teacher, staff development instructor, and university professor. Her numerous recognitions include being named the 1990 Louisiana State Teacher of the Year and the 2007 Distinguished Alumnus from the College of Education at Louisiana Tech University. Along the way she has taught almost every grade level and most every kind of student.

    Debbie is one of the most popular keynoters and professional development presenters in the United States. Audiences everywhere respond to her use of humor and sensitivity to remind them of how important teachers are in the lives of children. Her insights into student and teacher behavior are extraordinary. Through research-based theory, poignant stories, and hilarious characterizations she connects with the souls of all who are involved in education.

    Dr. Silver has been an invited author for several educational journals and has given keynotes at state, national, and international conferences in 49 states, throughout Canada, Europe, Mexico, the Middle East, and Asia.

    Debbie is the author of the bestselling book, Drumming to the Beat of Different Marchers: Finding the Rhythm for Differentiated Learning. She is a co-author of Because You Teach and Middle School Matters. Songs she co-wrote with Monte Selby are featured on his latest cds. She and her husband, Dr. Lawrence Silver, have five grown sons, three daughters-in-law, and five grandchildren (so far). They live with two dogs in Melissa, Texas.

    Debbie can be reached through her website: www.debbiesilver.com

Table of Contents-

  • Foreword
    About the Authors
    Acknowledgments
    INTRODUCTION
    Why Teach Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) in the Classroom?
    What Are the Thrive Skills?
    Taking This Book to the Next Level (Thrive Website)
    Thriving Together
    CHAPTER 1. MINDFULNESS IN THE CLASSROOM: SLOWING DOWN TO SPEED UP SUCCESS
    Why Don't They Just Pay Attention?
    Mindfulness: What It Is and What It Is Not
    Using Mindfulness in the Classroom
    Beginning a Mindfulness Practice
    Research on Mindfulness in the Classroom
    Implementation in the Classroom
    What Supporting Mindfulness Looks Like in the Classroom
    Frequently Asked Questions
    Discussion Questions and Exercises
    Thrive Skills in Action
    CHAPTER 2. HELPING STUDENTS WITH THEIR COMMAND AND CONTROL FUNCTIONS
    Executive Function: What Is It?
    The Six Skills of Executive Functioning
    EF Skill 1: Self-Regulation and Self-Control
    EF Skill 2: Working Memory
    EF Skill 3: Task Initiation, Organization, and Time Management
    EF Skill 4: Flexibility
    EF Skill 5: Emotional Regulation
    EF Skill 6: Focus
    What Supporting Executive Function Looks Like in the Classroom
    Frequently Asked Questions
    Discussion Questions and Exercises
    Thrive Skills in Action
    CHAPTER 3. CREATING STUDENT AGENCY THROUGH SELF-EFFICACY AND GROWTH MINDSET
    Self-Efficacy: What Is It?
    Self-Efficacy: What Is It Not? (Learned Helplessness)
    Aim for the Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD)
    Students' Beliefs About Success (Attribution Theory)
    Growth vs. Fixed Mindsets
    How Do We Help Students Develop Growth Mindsets?
    What Supporting Self-Efficacy and Growth Mindset Looks Like in the Classroom
    Frequently Asked Questions
    Discussion Questions and Exercises
    Thrive Skills in Action
    CHAPTER 4. PERSEVERANCE: PUSHING THROUGH DESPITE THE SETBACKS
    Quit Now or Finish? What Makes the Difference?
    Perseverance: What It Is and What It Is Not
    What Educators Need to Know About Perseverance
    What Does Perseverance Look Like in the Classroom?
    What Supporting Perseverance Looks Like in the Classroom
    Frequently Asked Questions
    Discussion Questions and Exercises
    Thrive Skills in Action
    CHAPTER 5. BOUNCING BACK: TEACHING KIDS ABOUT RESILIENCE
    Resilience: What Is It?
    Acknowledge the Struggle
    Normalize the Struggle
    The Classroom as the Tribe
    Resiliency in Boys
    Developing Resiliency Through Competency
    Building Hope
    What Supporting Resilience Looks Like in the Classroom
    Frequently Asked Questions
    Discussion Questions and Exercises
    Thrive Skills in Action
    CHAPTER 6. BUILDING A CULTURE OF RESPONSIBILITY IN THE CLASSROOM
    Give Kids a Chance to Act Responsibly
    Teaching Responsibility in an Entitled Society
    Using Accountability to Promote Responsibility
    Building a Culture of Responsibility
    Teachers as Models of Responsibility
    How Do We Reinforce Responsibility?
    What Supporting Responsibility Looks Like in the Classroom
    Frequently Asked Questions
    Discussion Questions and Exercises
    Thrive Skills in Action
    CHAPTER 7. CULTIVATING HONESTY AND INTEGRITY IN STUDENT CHOICES
    How Do We Teach Personal Integrity?
    How Do We Teach Academic Integrity?
    What Do We Do When Children Cheat?
    The Restorative Justice Approach
    The Courage to Take a Stand
    What Supporting Honesty and Integrity Looks Like in the Classroom
    Frequently Asked Questions
    Discussion Questions and Exercises
    Thrive Skills in Action

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  • John Lounsbury, Dean Emeritus

    "Hoorah! Here is help with the overlooked aspects of teaching that matter most. Don't just read it, study it, live with it, and you too will thrive."

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