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As an educator, I’ve always loved being inspired by children. When they speak, it may sometimes be a challenge to work my way to the true heart of what they are really trying to communicate, but it’s always well worth the time it takes to do so. Addressing a concern from a student One particularly important experience for me, as a teacher, occurred when a fourth grade boy suggested that …

  While my background is K-8 schooling, I recently attended a conference aimed toward college-age faculty, students, and environments. Offering copies of The Empowered Teacher: Proven Tips for Classroom Success, attendees asked questions about the information included in the book, and questioned the applicability of the subject matter. The overwhelming response proved that, while one might presume that the issues facing these different demographics would be unalike, responses from participants …

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 …

As a principal, I had the honor, the privilege, and, sometimes, the burden of hearing details from others that I would really rather never have known. Whose family member had been told about a diagnosis that would be leading to emotional upheaval until they would eventually be dealing with the death of a young adult with even younger loved ones. Which couple was planning to obtain a divorce and wanted …

It happened again. I got so mad and was busy blaming others for my upset. It was the lady who messed up the appointment. It was the man who didn’t listen to my directions. It was the lady who hadn’t returned the call. Did these things occur? Yes, they did. And the results were definitely inconveniences. But, at the end of the day, none of these things were such a …

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, …

When was the last time you looked at someone else’s life and thought they had it all? As far as you’re concerned, they have a great job, take great vacations, and are always surrounded by a fun group of people. It looks perfect, but did you ever consider what they might not be revealing? Welcome to Johari’s Window. Created in 1955 by American psychologists Joseph Luft and Harrison Ingram, the …

Every so often life seems to beat us down. It feels like challenges are coming at a more rapid pace, disappointments appear more overwhelming, and it feels like we are encountering one setback after another. And that is a perfect time to simply stop…take a deep breath…and get a reality check on life. Are things that bad, or is negativity running away with us? The Brain and Negative Thinking Science …