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Hello, Anger

Hello, Anger By: Jessica Sinarski   Anger is everywhere. From a brain perspective, it makes sense. Stress has been high these past couple of years. Our brains and bodies don’t automatically recognize the difference between physical danger and feeling overwhelmed, frustrated, or anxious. Maybe that’s why signs like this have been popping up, a gentle reminder not to let our…

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The Unseen Work of a Teacher

The Unseen Work of a Teacher   A few years ago I heard a call-in radio show honoring teachers. A Michigan man with a slight Arab accent told a story I can’t forget. In the 1970s, when he was in elementary, his family moved from Iraq to Michigan. Can. You. Imagine? One day at school his teacher had pulled down…

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Spring into Action with these 7 Acts of Kindness

Spring into Action with these 7 Acts of Kindness   It’s the end of March, which means it’s springtime and what better time to spring into action with acts of kindness. Savvy Aunties can help our nieces and nephews give back with these simple and fun activities. 1. Plant It! Offer to plant a flower or vegetable garden for an…

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Ways to Show School Counselors Appreciation

Ways to Show School Counselors Appreciation During National School Counseling Week, take the time to let your school counselor know how much they are appreciated.   School counselors play important roles in school districts, allowing students to resolve issues they face at home or in the classroom. Given the challenges students may encounter in a remote or hybrid learning environment,…

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A De-escalation Exercise for Upset Students

A De-escalation Exercise for Upset Students A simple technique that takes just a few minutes can help an agitated student regain the state of mind needed for learning.   So often we find students in a stressed or anxious state of mind. The most telltale signs are inappropriate behaviors or outbursts, negative comments, and anxiety-ridden movements such as fidgeting, leg…

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Six Ways to Find Your Courage During Challenging Times

Six Ways to Find Your Courage During Challenging Times   “We teach who we are,” says educational philosopher Parker Palmer. Early in my teaching career, I participated in a series of retreats led by the Center for Courage and Renewal, inspired by Palmer’s book The Courage to Teach. Palmer reminds us that our sense of self plays out in our…

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Holiday Blues Can Hit Kids, Too

Holiday Blues Can Hit Kids, Too Here’s how to help them cope   The weeks leading up to New Year’s can be magical for a child, with all the holiday celebrations and family memories. But it’s a time that can also bring feelings of disappointment, sadness and loss — the holiday blues — just like for some adults each year….

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December Global Holidays: A Month of Multicultural Holiday Celebrations

December Global Holidays: A Month of Multicultural Holiday Celebrations   Do your students celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or Three Kings Day? Maybe they celebrate St. Lucia Day. Chances are your class includes students who observe more than one of those events. Whether that is the case or not, December offers great opportunities for teaching about our multicultural world. Included: Handfuls…

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7 Ways to Teach Your Kids About Gratitude

7 Ways to Teach Your Kids About Gratitude By Kristin G.   With Thanksgiving now just weeks away, you probably want to use the season to teach your kids about gratitude. I know I’m thinking about it. Teaching it to our kids now will only help to reinforce it for when they are older. According to UNC Chapel Hill’s Raising…

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Breaking Bad

Breaking Bad Behavior Interventions: Strategies for Educators, Counselors, and Parents by Amie Dean   How many times in your childhood were you told to stop being “bad?” Were you ever forbidden to hang around, date, or associate with certain kids because they were “bad?” Furthermore, what characteristics make children so “bad” that others are forbidden to have a relationship with…

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Empathy Is The Most Important Leadership Skill According To Research

Empathy Is The Most Important Leadership Skill According To Research   Empathy has always been a critical skill for leaders, but it is taking on a new level of meaning and priority. Far from a soft approach it can drive significant business results. You always knew demonstrating empathy is positive for people, but new research demonstrates its importance for everything…

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The Most Important Life Skill to Teach Children: Self-Regulation

The Most Important Life Skill to Teach Children: Self-Regulation 7 science-backed ways to teach your child the all-important life skill of self-regulation.   There is one life skill that is the most important one to teach our children. To call it one skill, however, is a little misleading. It’s really a set of skills– a whole host of skills. At…

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