RESOURCES FOR TEACHERS
As a teacher, you naturally want to keep up with the latest news on child psychology and children’s health. But even for educational professionals trained in evaluating resources, it can be difficult to sort the wheat from the chaff in a world where hundreds of “expert sources” broadcast their free advice via the Internet. Here are some of the more reliable resources for teachers seeking facts and hacks.
A good place to go for information on evaluating health and safety concerns at your school (a website search for “school” resources returned thousands of results), or if you suspect one of your students has undiagnosed health issues or is being abused at home. The AAP is a membership organization of healthcare professionals, founded in 1930 to promote “optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents and young adults.”
As a teacher, you have the responsibility to watch for and report any evidence that a student is being mistreated at home. The “Nation’s Voice for Children” is devoted to stopping child abuse and neglect: their website and books offer advice on spotting trouble as well as on dealing with bullying and teaching healthy assertiveness. If you have foster or recently adopted youngsters in your class, visit the “Foster Care & Adoption” section to learn about the special challenges they (and their parents) face.
Sponsored by the George Lucas Educational Foundation, this website is a library of articles and videos “dedicated to transforming K-12 education so that all students can acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to thrive in their studies, careers, and adult lives.” Whatever age group(s) or subject(s) you teach, Edutopia is a great resource for the latest research on education and for helping your students thrive. It also includes a “Teacher Development” section for ideas on cultivating your own professional development.
The nation’s largest organization of professional educators, NEA collects news on education policies and classroom best practices. It’s also a major advocate for teachers, where you can turn if you’ve been treated unfairly or if you need a referral to training not provided by your school system.
Use the search engine of this vast article library to find topics and subtopics (from ADHD to violence in schools) related to children’s mental and emotional well-being. Example article: “Child Psychology for Teachers,” which explains how understanding the motivations behind student behavior can help you deal with their stress and yours. You can also find quizzes to evaluate everything from your personal mental–emotional concerns (there’s a whole menu page of quizzes related to specific mental-health issues) to your students’ personalities and learning styles.
A Department of Health and Human Services website dedicated to dealing with the bullying problem and what adults as well as children can do to stop it. Includes a Prevention at School page and a page dedicated to the cyberbullying trend.
This government website was created to connect “child welfare and related professionals to comprehensive resources to help protect children and strengthen families.” It includes an electronic resource library of academic research.
The Birth Injury Justice Center is an online resource for anyone who has been affected by birth injuries, brain injuries, cerebral palsy, Erb’s palsy or other disabilities. Our organization was created to provide answers and guidance to help families and children get all the assistance they need to help improve their overall quality of life.