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This blog is meant more for school counselors than for classroom teachers, but educational policies affect everybody who works in the schools, so sometimes I’ll post things here that, while not directly related to school counseling, have a definite effect on the work we do. Common Core Standards are one of those things. Feelings run high about common core, both for and against. Here are Diane Ravitch’s thoughts on the subject.

I love coming across stories about amazing kids, and this is an especially good one about a basketball player who deliberately threw the ball to a disabled player on the opposing team, helping him score his first career basket.

Cyber-bullying, is one of the most difficult challenges school counselors face on a day to day basis. One tool that can be used to combat it is to report inappropriate posts to tech support teams in the hope that the offending content will be taken down. It seems a simple thing, but in truth, the process is often complicated and messy. One interesting and notable point for school counselors:  “If you complain to Facebook that you are being harassed or bullied, the site takes your word for it.”

The drumbeat of voices lauding the importance of eating a good breakfast has more evidence to back it up, this time in a report by consulting firm Deloitte, which found that “if 70 percent of elementary- and middle-school students already eating free or reduced-price lunch in school also had access to breakfast in the classroom, it could mean that 3.2 million more students would score higher on their standardized math tests.”

Teachers don’t get enough credit. They do life-changing work in difficult conditions with too little support. But every so often somebody speaks up to say hey, these people made a difference in my life. They deserve our gratitude and respect. This article was written by one of those people.

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