The Right Way to E-mail Teachers

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

Open communication between teachers, their students, and parents is one of the keys for students doing well in classes. Many parents rely on e-mail as a quick and efficient way of maintaining communication with teachers. However, the communication between home and school can quickly get sidetracked when parents send e-mails to teachers like the one below. “My child just told me you wouldn’t accept her…

Having Kids Appreciate More with Less at Christmas

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The floor is littered with wrapping paper and half-open boxes. The frenzied joy of opening presents has subsided. The children are now searching around for any presents that they may have missed. One of the children looks at his parents and asks, “Is that all of the presents?” There are children who are fortunate enough to have parents and relatives who can afford to give…

Students Transitioning to Summer Break

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

As soon as the weather starts to warm and the sun shines for longer portions of the day, students’ eyes start to glaze over in anticipation of the promised summer break after a long academic year. Typically students start anticipating the break well before the end of the school year as their behavior gets more and more unruly. By the time summer break finally arrives,…

Preventing Suicide in Teens

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

His son had become increasingly despondent over the past few weeks. Any time the father tried to talk with him, his son would pull away. In the few times he got his son to talk, his son would make comments about how he was worthless and nothing really mattered anymore. The father knew his son was depressed but was not sure what to do. He…

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