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Why Literature is a Great Tool for Social Emotional Learning

We continue to be asked which social emotional learning (SEL) program is best for children and the answer is there isn’t one. We need to be begin with mindfulness and modeling. SEL has to be integrated into ours and our children’s lives. In a time where few of us can think of one more thing […]

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Make it Personal. Sun Salute for Students.

Developing a Personal Statement or Mantra. Adding mindfulness to movement can be difficult for anyone.  We are asked to focus on our breath while remembering the basics of a yoga pose. Thoughts will pop into our heads and we are told to acknowledge them and breathe them out. Thoughts like, “I am not that flexible!”, […]

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LEAD by Example

With more and more states implementing Social and Emotional Learning standards (SEL), we as educators should be excited. However, many teachers I have talked to are concerned about the when and how of adding these standards to their curriculum. The report from a Nation of Risk to a Nation of Hope states, “The promotion of […]

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The Benefits of Having a Vision Board

My students have been working on their own vision board. It has been an amazing experience for them and me! I have learned so many things about them I did not know. In all our discussions and planning, one of my students challenged me with the best question, “Are you going to make one too […]