Invisible Friends Series: How to Give Constructive Criticism

THE IMPORTANCE OF INVISIBLE FRIENDS  Episode Two: How to Give Constructive Criticism  Or what the heck is collaborative problem solving? “Hey,” I called out to my inner-self, “You said that you would help me to explain the difference between constructive criticism,...

A Game that Teaches Kids the Value of Trust in Relationships

A Fun Game that Helps Teach Kids the Value of Trust If you read my last post then you know that I have started using the word trust a lot in my classes. We have a lot of trust issues with the kids where I work. They lie, cheat, fight, and steal on a regular basis. For...

Oceania Fun for Passport Kids

Welcome to Oceania After my month of "Everything Africa" went so well, I decided to head to the other side of the world and spend a month on "Everything Oceania." My journey began at the library where I raided the kids section on everything I could find on Oceania's...

A Spoonfull of Empathy Helps the Medicine Go Down

A Spoonfull of Empathy Helps the Medicine Go Down I came home from work today and walked into a bit of a quagmire. My Dad caught me before I could even drop my bags and said with a face full of concern, "Your Mother and Tani had a huge fight. They aren't talking, and...

Facing Prejudice in the Classroom

"I don't want to be a Global Citizen. I  just want to be a Good Citizen," she told me for the umpteenth time as she trailed me through the classroom. I was too distracted helping other kids, who where filling out their passports and taking their friendship oaths, to...

Cultivating the Curious Mind: I don’t mean to go out on a limb here, but…

What's happening here? Learning opportunites are made whenever we encourage kids to ask questions and to look for answers. Sometimes all it takes is a funny photo, followed by some questions. Questions like: What do you think is happening here? Where do you thinks...

Stop Driving Me Crazy: Reflections from the River

Is Someone Driving You Crazy? A new student, who is just starting down the river, sent me an e-mail that ended, "I hope you have a section on how to not let (my co-worker) drive my crazy." I know that she meant it as a joke. But strangely enough the rules of the river...

How to recognize and avoid a Phishing Attack

I was Phished two times this month, but I didn't fall for it because I have learned to recognize Phishing Attacks and avoid them. I normally don't post on subjects like internet security, but having received two  phishing attacks myself, I find myself wanting to...

A Daily Mantra For a Divided World

"There is Always Something I Can Learn" A Daily Mantra for a Divided World "There is always something I can learn," will be my Daily Mantra for the foreseeable future. Mantras are simple phrases, or words, or sounds, that people use to help themselves stay focused on...

What is the difference between Empathy and Sympathy?

Do you feel sympathy or empathy? Is there a difference? I have to admit that one of my pet peeves is people using the words sympathy and empathy interchangeably, as if there were no difference. However, when you teach classes about empathetic listening, the difference...
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