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Roosevelt Middle School teachers use alternative methods to help students manage, express their emotions and behaviors

Roosevelt Middle School teachers use alternative methods to help students manage, express their emotions and behaviors

Students in Pam Zamanis’ class at Roosevelt Middle School know Wednesday mornings are dedicated to community-building circles, where sharing is a key part of the activity.

Zamanis listed questions on a whiteboard and her seventh- and eighth-grade students were given a few minutes to write down their answers. Then they all pushed their desks to the sides of the room and stood in a circle, waiting for their teacher to begin the exercise.

“If I could change anything in the world, it’d be to get rid of racism because I believe racism is the cause of many of our problems in the world,” Zamaris said as she tossed a Koosh ball to a student in her Pathways to College class. The...

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