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Every so often we all need to give it a rest. To regroup or recharge, taking a break is essential. What the experts say Dr Sandra Chapman at University of Texas at Dallas’ Center for BrainHealth tells us that the Power of None, time spent with the goal of completely quieting your mind, leads to increased creativity. That means disconnecting from all technology, removing oneself from any conversations, refraining from …

I see it all around me, and apparently I am not alone. I am constantly hearing about someone else who decided to cut themselves off from the social media that had become a part of their daily lives. The Negativity Bias These people who have removed themselves from their social media sites voice varying concerns: Negativity from friends or family–“Politics have become so divisive and family members are now yelling …

They say you teach what you most need to learn. For me, this could never be more true. I teach mindfulness to children, parents, and anyone else who comes to me. Sometimes I address groups of people, and other times I meet with small groups of family or friends. My most rewarding experiences typically involve incidents where I am working with one or more individuals who have finally “met their …

What do a retired teacher, former chemotherapy patient, and empty-nester mom have in common? More than you might think: they’ve all been removed, in some way, from their communities. The retired teacher, after spending years saying hello to the same families, same colleagues, same school support staff, and same administrators, is suddenly afloat. She had looked forward to the time when she would have more time to read, exercise, shop, …

What do Shawn Achor and Martin Seligman have in common? They’ve both realized that happiness is a choice; they’ve learn, and are busy teaching others, that there are scientifically proven strategies that can change your personal happiness set point. Shawn Achor, a former Harvard lecturer and author of Before Happiness and The Happiness Advantage, is now CEO of GoodThink, a happiness consulting firm. He has spoken all over the world …

Mindfulness. Such a huge buzzword these days. Benefits of Mindfulness Dr Dan Siegel says if there were a pill on the market that did everything mindfulness has been proven to do, that pill would be flying off the shelves. Scientifically proven to decrease blood pressure, heart and brain problems, inflammations, emotional reactivity, anxiety, stress, and rumination, it is also proven to improve immune systems, heart rate, longevity, focus and attention, …

You send your child to school and presume everything possible will be done on your child’s behalf. He will be taught by the best teachers in the world, be motivated to achieve to his full potential, and will become an engaged, responsible person who will become a contributing member of society. Right? Well, maybe. The truth is that schools can’t do it all. While many teachers and schools are extraordinary, …

A school leader once related the following story when talking about the changing attitudes regarding parents and their ties to their child’s educational experience: When I was little I’d bring home a note from the teacher, hand it to my parent, and my parent would smack me and say, “What did you do?!” Today, a child brings home a note from the teacher, hands it to a parent, the parent …

  Many years ago, a well-rounded education was one that fully attended to the subjects of reading, writing, and arithmetic. While I hate to use a cliché, We’ve come a long way, baby! A typical academic program Today’s education system includes much more than the components of a basic education. The more modern programs include problem solving, group dynamics, and projects with real-world objectives that not only include the basic …

What are your thoughts as you witness another school year coming to a close? Has the year been everything you’d hope it could be? What changes would you consider? Ideas to improve school culture To ensure that the school atmosphere is one that encourages not only academic success, but also stresses social-emotional growth, consider the positive results that such an emphasis would create. Having an attitude of perseverance and grit …