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Dr. Regina Lamourelle

Dr. Regina Lamourelle

Dr. Regina Lamourelle Regina notes that we are influencers of and influenced by our relationships and the environments in which we live. Her experience in early learning and care spans 30+ years and includes living abroad in two different countries, one marriage, four daughters, owning and operating child development centers, and establishing a children's theater and a family resource center. Currently, Regina is a professor of Human Development at Santiago Canyon College in Orange, CA, where she is also the department chair. She serves on the Board of Orange County Association for the Education of Young Children and is the Orange County representative for the California Association for the Education of Young Children. Regina speaks three languages and holds a doctorate in Early Childhood, Education and Social Sciences. Since 1996, her passion has been to teach educators how the brain learns so that they can care for children with kind hearts and knowledgeable brains. Regina hosts the Teens and Tweens Channel on BAM Radio.

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What If those gadgets that students bring to class, the phones and tablets, were considered as encyclopedias, paper, and pens? Crazy, you say? May be or maybe not! This idea came to me in the middle of the night and woke me up. The next morning, this idea would not go away. I realized that I had spent a few years focusing more on controlling use and access rather than learning how to use these tools appropriately.

I have tried several ways to “manage” phone use in my class over the years. My strategies went from no use to modified use with permission, all with the same results. Students resisted restricted access to these devices and would go to any length, including expulsion to hold onto them. I even wanted to block signals altogether until I realized that, besides the legal issues, there might be unintended consequences that I could not predict.

I reflected on a book I read about leadership that described how it may be necessary to reframe ideas and assumptions about an organization in order to understand what was happening and to know what changes might work. So I slowly began to refocus and to reframe my assumptions about controlling and managing these devices. To my surprise, I found several benefits that enhanced learning in ways I could not have done a few years ago. In reality, these devices are 21st century versions of a dictionary, encyclopedia, pen, and pencil. I do not care if students doodle and I do not look at what they are writing on their papers. So, why should I be so focused on what is on the phone? The good news is that using phones and tablets in the classroom has many benefits.

1. Research- Classroom research, was the most important one for me. I stumbled on this when as a homework assignment, I asked that everyone be prepared for a discussion. Only two hands went up to confirm that they were prepared for the discussion. I quickly reframed the assignment from discussing the topic to researching and finding information to present the findings so that students could have a discussion at a later date.

2. Enhanced Student-Teacher Interaction and Instruction-As each group worked using their phones, I went around and listened to the conversations and answered their questions. I heard students asking good questions, dividing up work, deciding what was relevant to narrow their focus. Some found case studies or other examples of their topic. I was amazed that they pulled this off in the time allotted.

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We want to encourage children to try something new or to meet a new friend. How often do adults hold back and do not get to know people who are different?  Our teens and tweens are reluctant to embrace new people and cultures because that is what we show them as adults. Mix-It –Up days at school where students have lunch or sit with students who are different than they are can be a good start to help teens and tweens develop skills and decrease the anxiety about relating to someone new. Adults could benefit from modeling this too! Adults could find ways to mix-it-up at work, school, or church.  Try sitting next to someone new or holding conversations with someone you have only exchanged greetings with? Find someone in a crowd that would not be your first choice to hold a conversation with and begin one. Join a club where there is no one you know already.  If we are to help teens and tweens learn to appreciate each other’s differences we must begin to model these behaviors!   When it comes to meeting new people, how do you embrace your fears but plod ahead anyway?

 Advice Making New Friends

Tips on Meeting New People and Conversations

The Happiness Project

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It may be a cliché, but we are not born to hate. The trouble is too many times we witness hateful acts and prejudice and we fail to act or react. Some listen to insensitive remarks or jokes and laugh along or do nothing.  I have to believe and hope that most people want to and will do the right thing if given the tools for action.  Schools provide the opportunity for children raised in hateful environments a chance to change and get more prosocial values. However, like individuals, schools often fail to act or react.  Schools teach children about history which highlights the costs of prejudice and discrimination. Therefore, it seems reasonable that schools should also take a more active role in giving students the tools to combat prejudice.  Dr. Daniel T. Willingham writes in his book, Why Students Don’t Like School, that White parents do not speak with their children about race and racial inequities which leaves children to fill in the blanks with whatever information they latch onto.  The suicide rate among gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered teens is higher than the general population as these teens are often bullied.  While hateful student behavior and acts may be rooted in home life, these actions infect the community. It is imperative that our schools and teachers take a more proactive role in addressing acts of hate and prejudice wherever they arise. Different does not mean inferior, it means just… different. Educators need tools which are why I have included below some Internet sources that will give educators ideas and support for combatting school site prejudice.

What are your resources for teaching students how to be prosocial and tolerant citizens of a global world?

Resources for Educators:

Teaching about the Holocaust - http://www.ushmm.org/education/foreducators/

Teaching Tolerance- http://www.splcenter.org/what-we-do/teaching-tolerance

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Posted by on in Teens and Tweens

No two brains are alike, not even  the brains of identical twins!

Brains change based on experience

Experience is a participatory sport for the brain.  It is what you do, see, touch and I interact with that is important brain building events.

Brain processes many different kinds of information at the same time which is why you can walk and chew gum at the same time.

Negative thoughts are just that thoughts. Our brains have the capacity to make thoughts reality so the more positive and up beat we keep our brains, the more likely we are to have those kinds of outcomes.

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