Denise Fawcett Facey

At its best, education broadens the way students view the world and their place in it.

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Autumn 2017

Hello Readers,
Autumn! It’s that great time of year when anything wonderful seems academically possible for students and teachers alike. It’s a time of hope and great expectations. So, with all of this in mind, this issue of the newsletter offers educators and parents ways to bring the promise of the school year to fruition.

The Bookshelf
Reaching the Whole Child
Parents and Education
Teacher Tips
Education Blog
Odds and Ends



The Bookshelf
The Balanced Teacher by Justin Ashley is first on our bookshelf this time. A Teacher of the Year, Ashley later experienced professional burnout and, subsequently, reprioritized his life. It’s a timely missive as we begin this school year, reminding teachers to strike a healthy balance between their professional and personal lives.

In Empower, John Spencer and A.J. Juliani encourage the nurturance of students’ natural curiosity, empowering students to take ownership of their own learning with wonder, exploration and creativity. It’s pretty good at empowering teachers’ sense of wonder and innovation as well.

Then Richard Guare PhD, Peg Dawson EdD and Colin Guare put together techniques for building students' “executive skills” in Smart But Scattered Teens. Intended to assist parents whose teens seemingly have every excuse for not completing their responsibilities in life, the book’s goal is also to strengthen the relationship between parent and teen.

Great books one and all, they’re worth checking out by both teachers and parents.

Reaching the Whole Child
Since education is so much more than mere content knowledge, reaching the whole child matters. This encompasses their physical and emotional needs just as much as any academic needs. That’s why I created the Reaching the Whole Child page. Replete with links and apps that make learning more engaging while also touching students’ lives in positive, life-altering ways, this page may well contain information you’ve been hoping to find. Check it out!

Parents and Education
Educators and parents must be partners in education if students are to be their most successful. This includes info specifically targeting ways to include parents in academics as well as resources to enhance parenting skills. All of these are available on my Facebook page. Be sure to come by from time to time.

Teacher Tips
Education is not only more dynamic when educators work together, it’s also more enjoyable. From techniques for classroom management or differentiation to ideas for student engagement, tips for teachers are available in my book, Can I Be in Your Class? as well as on my Facebook page.

Education Blog
Student activism, trauma-informed care, visiting artists’ programs, leaving an educational legacy—the topics covered in the education blog each week are wide and varied. That’s the pleasure of it. So please stop by, offer your opinions and join the discussion.

Odds and Ends
The summer workshop I conduct each summer in conjunction with the College Board’s Advanced Placement Summer Institute on Psychology continues to be a fun and vibrant experience for me and, I hope, for the teachers who participate as well. Once again, it took place at Kennesaw State University in July. If AP Psychology interests you, I hope to see you next summer.

Here’s hoping this school year will be your best yet!

Denise