Bringing out the Best in Students

As an early student, I experienced a variety of educational settings. I learned firsthand what conditions create supportive, emotionally stable environments for students to learn in, and which environments stifle their creativity. It’s all about paying attention to the learner, helping them connect to their surroundings, and encouraging them to define themselves by what they ARE instead of what they’re …

Social Emotional Support of Students

It’s February.  I call it Love-with-a-Cherry-on-Top month.  We celebrate both Valentine’s Day and George Washington not lying about chopping down his father’s favorite cherry tree! For educators, it’s a good month to consider how we can help students “feel the love” even when they come to us with major trauma and dysfunction happening in their lives.  (Think hunger, abuse, financial …

Holiday brownies

Beyond Brownies — Showing Appreciation to School Staff

The holidays are a busy time for everyone.  But for educators, combining normal school responsibilities, family holiday activities, and school holiday activities, gives a whole new meaning to the word “busy.” During this time many school leaders have their own special traditions to show appreciation to staff. Those traditions are important, and valuable. And in addition to the unique activities …