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Adam Saenz, Ph.D.

Entries by Adam Saenz, Ph.D.

How Afraid Should I Be? Teachers, Guns and the Real Questions Around a Safer Classroom

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2013 | 11:35 AM

Their questions didn't surprise me, but they sure did break my heart. Did he shoot them because he was adopted? Can this happen at my school if a kid forgets to take his medication? Is it best not to give consequences to students who seem irritable?

I had just...

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A Letter to My Adopted Daughter: On Family

(22) Comments | Posted November 14, 2012 | 10:05 AM


The expression on your face when I found you in the principal's office yesterday immediately answered all my questions: Yes, another fight. Yes, you started it. Yes, you could have made better choices about how you expressed your emotions. I knew there was nothing to discuss, so I turned...

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Before You Ask Them to Take This Job and Shove It...

(1) Comments | Posted September 21, 2012 | 11:22 AM

This week I had the privilege of being interviewed on Great Day Houston, a local morning show that airs on the CBS affiliate here in town. I loved this interview for so many reasons. One, the host, Deborah Duncan, and her team were thorough, and they really cared...

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Buying Ponies: What Works and What Doesn't in the Tough and Tumble World of Teaching

(4) Comments | Posted August 14, 2012 | 12:52 PM

Something happened to me on August 25, 2008 that completely changed the course of my professional development. That day was my first day as a real, live substitute teacher. Since I am a licensed psychologist, I understand that the quickest way to heal from a traumatic event is to talk...

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From Jail to Harvard: Why Teachers Change the World

(57) Comments | Posted August 6, 2012 | 11:03 AM

August has arrived, and you're heading back to the classroom, and all the familiar challenges will meet you there on Day One: curriculum that may not quite fit, parents who engage only to blame, accountability testing, and students who have the potential to do something great, but are spending all...

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