How to Create a Safe and Uplifting Environment This Fall

We don't know what the future holds but we know there are things we can do to help children cope with anxiety. We also know there are things we can do to be prepared for distance learning.  Joseph Hamer, a second-grade teacher from Wichita Kansas, and author of Brain Awakes joins Vicki to discuss how to help students and teachers cope with anxiety and stress and how to create a safe and uplifting classroom this fall.
How to Create a Safe and Uplifting Environment This Fall
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Listen to Joseph Hamer help us know how to create safer more uplifting classrooms this fall.


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Joseph Hamer – Bio as Submitted

Inspiring children to become aware of their greatest potential is why Joseph chose the path of an educator. Mr. Hamer is known by his colleagues for creating a safe and uplifting environment for his students to continuously learn and grow. To further expand his ability to positively impact children, Joseph is currently pursuing his master's degree in administration. After beginning his own journey of awareness in 2017, Joseph started teaching his students how to monitor and manage their emotions using mindfulness. The activities made such an incredible impact on his classroom community each year that he knew he needed to develop a tool for teachers and parents to replicate the results. Thus, Joseph began his writing career to empower parents, teachers, and their children.


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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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Holly Womack September 11, 2020 - 12:22 pm

Thank you for this podcast! You’re right – everyone is going through this and encountering many of the same challenges. It’s just as important to address the social-emotional pieces that have surfaced due to COVID and everything related, in addition to tackling the delivery of content. Whether students are attending face-to-face or online, teachers are faced with creating a safe learning environment. Kudos to all teachers!!

Charlotte Mitchell September 16, 2020 - 5:58 am

Thank you! This is interesting!
This fall, it feels like we’re starting all over again. Everyone copes with new circumstances in his own way but it is very important to continue the educational process despite all the new restrictions and limitations.


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