He always did his best to get the group to participate in relevant discussion, and shared stories that made the these sessions relevant for us. I liked how he could pick a specific topic and be able to elaborate on the philosophy behind it using themes that were relevant to middle school children in our school. I appreciated learning about child development because I thought it was helpful to put my students' behaviors into context.
Instructors teaching and materials encouraged me to develop analytical skills, engage in critical thinking and question assumptions. I opened my mind to different methods based on neuroscience.
I learned about adolescence and the different situations that can potentially have a positive or negative affect on development in school and at home. I learned about the different levels of attachment and how closely parenting and teaching are related. I also learned how to use my own experiences as an adolescent to have a better understanding of why adolescents indeed act the way they do, along with coming up with effective solutions in helping them channel their emotions.
For School Leaders
MAKE SCHOOL BETTER
James Bensdorf, M.Ed.
Educational Therapist, School Consultant
200 E Pearson, Apt. 5W
Chicago, Illinois 60611