For Teachers

January 10, 2017

Parents have been spanking children for millennia. 50 years of scientific evidence says they were wrong.

For 20 years, developmental psychologist Elizabeth Gershoff has been chasing a question: Does spanking actually do a child any good? “As far [back] as we have […]
March 20, 2017

The Limitations of Teaching ‘Grit’ in the Classroom

“We are asking students to change a belief system without changing the situation around them.” The first time I heard a preschooler explaining a classmate’s disruptive […]
March 29, 2017

Three Questions To Ask Instead Of Saying “Nice Job”

We’re much more specific in our criticism than in our praise. Time to correct the imbalance.
April 28, 2017

Hugging a Porcupine

He is ours. He was ours when he arrived in kindergarten thirteen years ago – precocious, curious, and bursting with spirit. His blue plaid shirt brought […]
July 5, 2017

11 Ways to Raise Kinder, Less Entitled Kids

Bonus: They’ll be happier adults too. A friend recently confided in me that her son, age 7, is “such a softie.” She cherishes his tenderness but […]