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A Cry For Help: Are You Listening?

“Globally, Every 40 seconds one person dies by suicide. That translates to 800,000 deaths annually.”

“In the U.S., suicide is the second leading cause of death for people age 10 thru 34.”

“In 2019, there were an estimated 1.38 million suicide attempts in the U.S. resulting in 47,511 deaths.”

“One death occurs for every twenty attempted suicides worldwide”

These statistics indicate that people are crying out for help. So how can educators help?

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Put Your Own Oxygen Mask On First

Most people go into teaching to help others. Unfortunately, many teachers give and give without first making sure they have their personal resources in place. The results can be disastrous for teachers, their students, and the other people in their lives. However, by observing some basic principles of self-care, teachers can avoid many of the pitfalls that lure them into overextending themselves and burning out.

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Ukraine Teacher Encourages Her Peers

Irina has always loved children. Her heart for them began when, as a single woman, she adopted four children. After becoming a mother, she switched from teaching English a university to teaching English in an elementary school. 

 ”After the kids appeared in my life, I started thinking about working closer to home,” Irina said. “When my mother and father passed away, this necessity became urgent.”

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Moldovan Educators Encourage Their Peers

Throughout the pandemic, Lena and teachers in the Moldova Teachers’ Community have looked for ways to encourage their peers and resource them with helpful tools.

Last December, community members gave teachers across the city a gift to thank them for working tirelessly through the pandemic. The gift included a facemask and a bookmark with contact information so teachers could join their online Facebook group.

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Ending Your School Year Well

I’ve had some wonderful end-of-the-year experiences with my students, but I had one really, really bad one that prompted me to think deeply about how to end the school year well.

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Celebrating 30 Years!

Celebrating 30 Years Thirty years ago, in 1991, ISP launched its first teacher conference where volunteers and ISP staff presented an ethics curriculum requested by educational leaders in Russia.

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Valentine’s Blog Post 2021

Do you remember your first crush? Why were you attracted to them? At the time perhaps it was based on something superficial, or perhaps it related to a character quality that impressed you.

As Valentine’s Day approaches, we think about the quality of our romantic relationships. Everyone wants to be loved and to love others as well. 

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Teaching Online? Try Using Storyboards

When I teach face-to-face, I arrive at the classroom early to prepare. This helps me to use time better because everything is ready when I need it in class. But when our university suddenly switched to online learning, I felt like a beginning teacher again.

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Help, My First-Graders Are Out of Control!

Someone once said, “It takes a big heart to shape little minds.” If you teach a classroom full of young children, you are a hero! But do you sometimes feel overwhelmed?

Do you ever wonder how to effectively manage small people with even smaller attention spans?

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Is gratitude the answer when you are feeling depressed?

People in the United States celebrate their Thanksgiving holiday at the end of every November. But it will probably look vastly different this year. The pandemic squashed tradition. Even if families meet this year, some will be missing due to death and illness. Food may be less bountiful because of lost income.

But even in the midst of a pandemic, gratitude might be the best way to cope.

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DreamMakers-DreamBreakers Curriculum

The Boy who skipped school How one teacher, using ISP materials, helped a student turn his life around Luckson, a tech teacher in Harare, Zimbabwe, taught DreamMaker-DreamBreaker lessons on Friday afternoons to students. Luckson smiled as he described what happened after attending a DreamMaker Conference last year in Zimbabwe, his home country. In Harare, Luckson,

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Portrait of Merced who teaches English in Ecuador.

Locked Down but not Shut Down

Going Deeper Merced, a high school English teacher in Manta, Ecuador, has met weekly with Sherry, an ISP team member who works in Quito. Merced wanted to grow personally as well as learn more English. She began participating in mentoring conversations with Sherry. Now during their weekly Zoom meetings, Sherry coaches Merced in personal growth

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Back to school? What are schools doing around the world?

Schools look different wherever you Go With the COVID-19 crisis far from over, you might be curious to know what “back to school” looks like. What are schools doing around the world? In the Netherlands, some schools have installed plexiglass shields around students’ desks and had hand sanitizer dispensers readily available. In Australia, COVID-19 measures

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Back to school? 6 tips to help teachers and their students

Around the world in many countries, teachers are heading back to their classrooms this month. Here are several tips to help you navigate the “COVID-19 classroom.” Be flexible. What works for one school or one city may not work for you. You may still teach online for the first part of the school year, or

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How a mother learned to listen to her daughter

Masha, a teacher, established an indulgent parenting style with her daughter, Nadya, so they  could maintain a good relationship. She thought that by giving Nadya everything she wanted, she was being a good parent. But this parenting style produced the opposite effect.  When Masha tried to help her daughter with her homework, they clashed and

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Being a teacher can be lonely

“The first year, I cried a lot. I had big problems. For me, the first year was terrible.” Such was Lumturi’s experience at her new position at an Albanian school. Though a seasoned English teacher of 25 years, she faced challenges both at home and in the classroom. Lumturi is not alone. Bumps happen along

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