<![CDATA[Gateways Blog]]> <![CDATA[Digging Deeper into Behavior Challenges]]> <![CDATA[The Challenge of “I Can’t”: Rethinking Our Assumptions ]]> “Whether you think you can, or you think you can't...you're right.” Henry Ford We’ve all heard the refrain, either personally as parents or in our work lives as formal and informal educators: “I don’t want to do that.” or “She won’t be able to do that.” or “He just can’t.” We may apply this to a participant, student or loved one who doesn’t seem willing to try or to whom we feel is not making a “real” effort to do what we have asked of them. Whether this perception is...]]> <![CDATA[Creating a Joyful and Respectful School Community]]> Pirkei Avot (1:15) Shammai says: Receive [greet] every person with a “sever panim yafot,” pleasant countenance, a smile. This advice is a mantra for me, and I think that my attitude has been key to breeding a positive learning culture throughout the school. I believe the way I welcome...]]> <![CDATA[Visual Schedules: A Vital Ingredient of the Learning Setting]]> “LIFE” emblazoned on her tombstone, complete with a large checkmark beside it!  My mom’s dark humor aside, there is something extremely satisfying about checking a responsibility or task off your to-do list. Likewise, it is also very comforting to know what is coming next. Helping our students to feel comfortable and satisfied while they learn is vital to the...]]> <![CDATA[How to Help Kids Cope with Anxiety]]> Dr. Donna Pincus is the director of research for the Child and Adolescent Fear and Anxiety Treatment Program at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University. She’s also the author of “Growing Up Brave: Expert Strategies for Helping Your Child Overcome Fear, Stress, and Anxiety.” She recently spokeat The Rashi School as part of the Gateways Community Mental Health and Wellness program, and she spoke to JewishBoston about strategies to help kids grapple with fear and anxiety,...]]>