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Im Somebody and So Are You!: The Human Connection in Education

Im Somebody and So Are You!: The Human Connection in Education by Vera Ripp Hirschhorn 0971819742 9780971819740
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A College of Education-Tested Toolkit for Teaching People Skills

Imagine a classroom of students who are more relaxed, more empathetic upon listening to their classmates stories of fears, sadness, and angst, and more eager to communicate and share their stories. Imagine a classroom of team members who help one another resolve problems with more confidence and enthusiasm. Imagine a classroom with more positivity and a willingness to volunteer and, thus, find meaning in their lives.

As a teacher of over 30 years, Vera Hirschhhorn, M.S., is excited to share and offer her new educational resource, Im Somebody & So Are You! The Human Connection in Education: A Toolkit for Teaching People Skills. In this tech age of alienation, isolation, and cyber-bullying, Veras five interdisciplinary teaching tools will help teachers and students experience more inner peace and more success in interpersonal relationships, academics and leadership.

"I truly believe in your philosophy and know that your curriculum has value for students and teachers. The future of education depends upon teaching and learning that focuses on caring and trusting relationships. The key to learning is to value others and yourself."
-Dr. Susannah Brown, Professor of Art Education, Florida Atlantic University

"I really loved your approach to integrating arts activities and learnings with strategies for learning about oneself, diversity, differences, sameness and challenges of growing up in the cyber-age."
-Susan W. Mills, Ed.D., Director of Music Education, Appalachian State University

"I plan to share the book with my colleagues who teach the middle grades and high school, because we are all talking about the concerns we have about increased anxieties, depression, bullying and suicides in our student populations. Recognizing genocide, such as the Holocaust, as the most extreme form of bullying is an important note as children and teens who are unable to express their identities, their passions and their fears become afflicted with diagnosed or undiagnosed conditions of anxiety and depression at alarmingly increasing rates in the U.S.

Expressive arts, mindfulness, deep breathing and positive self-talk become an essential part of a curriculum that contains the human element and this book provides teachers with the tools and the incentive to integrate the tools in their subject area curricula and address the age of alienation that young students find normal.

The link between the suggested activities and the "soft skills" that Forbes Magazine described as missing from the skill set of this generations graduates is especially useful in encouraging teachers and teacher education students to study and implement story-telling. The arts connection is equally well linked through the authors presentation of her own personal story, modeling vulnerability as a valid state of expression and sharing her pathway to teaching the whole child/person. Music, drama, puppetry, visual art, writing and volunteering may be just right for getting at soft skills for students given their multiple intelligences profile, their diverse backgrounds, their learning style preferences and their prior educational experiences.

An important learning from my first attempt at utilizing some of the books story-telling exercises in my university classes for music education students is to consider the mindfulness and breathing as preparatory components. College students who have not experienced the safe spaces, encouragement and benefits of personal artistic expression alone or in groups need the time and the assistance to set their biases and hurried schedules aside for best results.

-Susan W. Mills, Ed.D., Professor and Director of Music Education, Hayes School of Music, Appalachian State University

Author: Vera Ripp Hirschhorn

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 138

Publisher: Americas Young Heroes Publications

Publication Date: 2018-06-18

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