How middle-school teachers can build students' courage

Middle-school students are often afraid to take risks and worry about how others see them, but teachers can help them gain courage and confidence in this difficult stage of life, writes Phyllis Fagell, a therapist and school counselor. Fagell suggests reducing the pressure by normalizing failure; helping students set incremental goals to tackle their fears; and giving them opportunities to rise above expectations.
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Edutopia (10/30) 

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