First She Was Such a Nice Student and Now? How to Deal With Difficult Learners


During the period of culture shock, many teachers utter this above statement when the wonderful and quiet student becomes rebellious or negative.  Not knowing the natural emotional progression, such behavior is often misinterpreted.  How should we deal with this culture shock development or with other “difficult” kids?  Read some ideas here at


Reading, Writing, and Refugees


Find an interesting  about Refugee perspectives:

Practical “Back-to-School Communication With Parents” Ideas for ESL Classrooms



Find some great idea here in Back-to-School with EL Parents at



A Traumatized Brain Does Not Learn Easily: What Can Teachers Do?


Read more in7 Ways to Calm a Young Brain in Trauma


about the effects of trauma and what to do about it in classrooms

How Does Trauma Affect Learners?


It is important to recognize how the stress of trauma impacts your classroom learners. Read more in Brains in Pain Cannot Learn! at

What Impact Does the State of US Politics Have on Refugees?


Remembering that refugees already are traumatized by the events that brought them here after undergoing extreme vetting, what does the current state of politics do to refugees?  Read more at

When Elmo And Big Bird Talk To Refugees


About the difficulties of getting the true “story” about other perspectives.  Read more at


Another topic of discussion was how to help children understand the stress their caregivers are under.

“It’s very important to explain to children how parents feel about displacement, about losing their homes, about moving to a new country,” said Rabih El Chammay, a psychiatrist and head of the National Mental Health Program of Lebanon (where there are more than 1 million Syrian refugees). “Children notice what their parents go through but they don’t understand it. They get puzzled: ‘Why is Daddy shouting at me now? I didn’t do anything wrong.’ ”


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