California Educator

September 2013

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Learning Best Practices I know you're really self-conscious about your new hair, but you're rocking it, Hiten! Wear it with confidence because it's almost as amazing as you are. Himani Madnawat is an amazing person. She's crazy smart and she cares about her friends a lot. I feel like she's underappreciated. This needs to change. She's been through so much this year. Keep your head up, pretty girl! You look best when you smile! Leanne Aban, I noticed today your skin looked flawless and you're so pretty. You're also extremely focused and determined. Keep it up. Yo this guy, his name is William Yap. This dude is crazy, bro. He is athletic, wise, cool, and awesome. Plus he's actually very understanding and is willing to listen and to help you with any problemos you may have. 48 Educator 09 Sep 2013 v3.6 int.indd 48 Students Like Facebook compliments page at Milpitas High BY SHERRY POSNICK-GOODWIN E N C O U R A G I N G W O R D S F R O M one student to another on Facebook are common among Milpitas High School students these days. Cyberbullying is out and cyber compliments are in at the school near San Jose, thanks to a few student leaders using social media to create a positive environment. Posts on the Milpitas High Compliments Page,, are prompting smiles and feelings of acceptance across campus, say students and staff. The friendly Facebook page happened after heartfelt discussions in Joanna Butcher's leadership class about ways that students could brighten the days of classmates — and also counteract cyberbullying, says the Milpitas Teachers Association member. Her students joined a nationwide trend that, according to NBC News, began in Canada in 2012 as a way to spread happiness across campus. Since then, many schools, including Burlingame High School, have created "compliments" pages on Facebook. Milpitas leadership students tried other means of improving the school climate, but nothing captured S E P T E M B E R 2013 9/3/13 2:26 PM

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