Knowing if your child's teacher is engaging the classroom

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Knowing if your child's teacher is engaging the classroom

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Some of the ways to tell if a teacher can engage a class is obviously if you get to be in that classroom and if you're a volunteer in that classroom and you're observing and you see that the students in that class seem to know what they're supposed to be doing. They're engaged. Their behavior is purposeful. If you don't have the luxury of being in that classroom, then at home you hear a certain kind of excitement about what happened that day without having to ask and probe. You get the, oh, we learned about whales today. And did you know this? So you look for purposeful behavior as well as some level of excitement.

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Fay Van Der Kar-Levinson, PhD

Psychologist

For more than 30 years, Dr. Van Der Kar-Levinson has helped parents to navigate the maze known as parenting. She acts as both a guide and a resource for parents as they deal with the joys and challenges of raising children.

Dr. Van Der Kar-Levinson’s passion is to help parents to help their children thrive at each stage of development. She works to identify each child’s unique temperament and learning style in order to create and implement effective behavior strategies. Dr. Van Der Kar-Levinson is an expert at helping families deal with life changes such as birth of siblings, changing schools, divorce, and death.

Dr. Van Der Kar-Levinson also guides parents through the process of determining the best school for their children, and has co-authored two books on that topic, Choosing the Right School for Your Child and Secrets to School Success.   

For the past three decades Dr. Van Der Kar-Levinson has lectured and consulted at private as well as public schools. She has served as an adjunct professor at both the University of California at Los Angeles and Pepperdine University.

Dr. Van Der Kar-Levinson earned her PhD and MA at the University of California at Los Angeles where she studied and trained with some of the nation’s top researchers and clinicians in the fields of child development and clinical psychology. She is a lifetime member of the American Psychological Association.

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