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Teachers.Net Gazette Vol.6 No.7 July 2009

Cover Story by Lawrence Meyers
Is There Such a Thing as "The Great Teacher"?
You can make up all the checklists you want. You can take advice from your mentors. At the end of the day, what lies behind one's teaching style is what matters. A "Great Teacher" is the right teacher at the right time, at the right place.

Harry & Rosemary Wong: Effective Teaching
Teachers Are the Difference
Now in her sixth year of teaching, Melissa Dunbar has helped her students achieve a pass rate of between 92% - 99% over the years, with her ESL and Economically Disadvantaged students achieving a 100% pass rate this past school year!

Writing for Educational Publishers – Inside Secrets Sue Gruber
Self-Injury In Children Leah Davies
The School of No Knocks? Todd R. Nelson
Using Imaging to Move or Change Behavior Marvin Marshall
The Busy Educator's Monthly Five Marjan Glavac
Substitute issues: What to Wear & Too Much Love Barbara Pressman
Student Travel Topics: “Staycations” Expose Students to Other Cultures & Packing for Safety Josette Bonafino
Making The Case to Parents for Broadening, Not Narrowing, The Curriculum Dorothy Rich
Red Basket & Problem Solving Forms Rick Morris

The No.1 Ladies Detective Series Writer - Interview with Alexander McCall Smith Tim Newlin
Teachers and Technology: A Field of Dreams? Matt Levinson
Resources for Teaching Students with Autism Alan Haskvitz
Applying Bloom’s Taxonomy to Questioning Techniques in the Classroom Panamalai R. Guruprasad
Tips on Maximizing High School Physics Teaching Stewart E Brekke
The Most Cost Effective Approach to Improve Teacher Education Edward Strauser
Merit Pay Problematic, Money Is Not the Ultimate Motivator for Teachers Marion Brady
Launches an Online Degree in Special Education Drexel University

Apple Seeds: Inspiring Quotes Barb Stutesman
Today Is... Daily Commemoration Ron Victoria
The Lighter Side of Teaching
Video Bytes; Assume The Position, Lost Generation, Bathtub IV, Walk On - ESPN Video, Funeral, Heal, and At Home with Mrs. Hen
Teacher Blogs Showcase
Printable - Sweet Rules for the Classroom
Featured Lessons, Wisdom from the Chat Achives, and Timely Printables Especially for July!
Getting and Keeping the Attention of 3 & 4 Year Olds
Newsdesk: Events & Opportunities for Teachers


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Leah Davies

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Self-Injury In Children

Self-injurers come from a broad spectrum of social, economic and racial groups. They can range from being perfectionists to school dropouts. However, they usually have experienced as young children, abuse, neglect, violence, or trauma such as the death of a loved one or involvement in a car accident. They can be males or females, although most are females in their teens or older. Learn to recognize, understand and help children who inflict injury upon themselves.
by Leah Davies, M.Ed.
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July 1, 2009

The most common methods of self-injury are cutting with a razor blade or broken glass, scratching, picking a wound, burning skin, and pulling hair. Self-hitting and head-banging are usually associated with mentally delayed or autistic children. Excessive piercing or tattooing is not self-injury if the primary purpose is body decoration or to fit in with peers.

Some adults dismiss self-injurers as manipulators and attention seekers, but self-abuse is most often a hidden, secret problem. A myth is that self-abusers want to commit suicide. In fact, the opposite is true. The cutting helps them relieve emotions that might lead to suicide. However, a serious concern is that cutters risk danger each time they injure themselves. They may misjudge the depth of a cut or the wound may become infected.

If individuals who self-harm do not receive professional help, they may develop an addiction. Cutting or other self-injuries can be stopped, but the process usually takes a long time. A referral to a therapist who has expertise in this area typically needs to be made. Through therapy the self-injurers learn that is it okay to feel a variety of emotions and how to express them openly. A therapist teaches them alternative behaviors so that they can release their tension in harmless ways. Methods a therapist might share include relaxation and breathing techniques, meditation, exercise, art, writing, or singing. Support groups may also be beneficial. The self-injurer needs to understand the underlying motives for their behavior and take responsibility for, and control over, their actions.

What can parents and teachers do?
  • Respond to the child without judgment.
  • Get him or her professional help.
  • Model appropriate coping skills when stressed.
  • Be a positive role model, avoiding violent and unhealthy behaviors.

Editor's Note For additional information on self-mutilation, check out the following articles on the Guidance Channel:
In Brief: Self-Mutilation&Self-Mutilation: Information and Guidance for School Personnel

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About Leah Davies...

Leah Davies received her Master's Degree from the Department of Counseling and Counseling Psychology, Auburn University. She has been dedicated to the well-being of children for 44 years as a certified teacher, counselor, prevention specialist, parent, and grandparent. Her professional experience includes teaching, counseling, consulting, instructing at Auburn University, and directing educational and prevention services at a mental health agency.

Besides the Kelly Bear materials, Leah has written articles that have appeared in The American School Counseling Association Counselor, The School Counselor, Elementary School Guidance and Counseling Journal, Early Childhood News, and National Head Start Association Journal. She has presented workshops at the following national professional meetings: American School Counselor Association; Association for Childhood Education International; National Association for the Education of Young Children; National Child Care Association; National Head Start Association; National School-Age Child Care Alliance Conference.
Dedicated to Helping Children Thrive

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