A Case Study that Defines Pet Peeves and Turns Them Into Positives

What's My Pet Peeve and Why Do I Have One? A Case Study from Fourteen Rules for Navigating Life The Urban Dictionary defines Pet Peeve as "Something that maybe a bit annoying to most people but is very annoying or upsetting to a particular person. Related to the...

A Goldmine of Resources from The Southern Poverty Law Center

A goldmine of Anti-bullying Resources The Southern Poverty Law Center has a new program called Teaching Tolerance. They have  some wonderful resources that I can't resist sharing with you. Here are just a few of their more exciting ideas. Celebrate Mix it up Day! Mix...

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,...

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...

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...

How to Impeached a President: Kids and the Constitution

A True Story It all began when I took out the Presidential Cards that I made a few years ago in order to provide a "Knowledge Challenge" in honor of Presidents Day for my Passport Kids. I love the spontaneous learning that occurs during the conversations that these...

How to Handle Conflict Using Healthy Skepticism

What if I were to tell you, "The sun won't come up tomorrow."? You would probably dismiss me as either insane or ridiculous, at least that is what several people did when I said, "the sun won't come up," to them today. When I added, "The sun didn't come up today,"...

Video Lesson for Standing up to Bullies from the Hawaii Youth Services Network

How to Stand Up to Bullies Hawaii Youth Services Network has put together a nice video and lesson plan for teaching kids how to stand up to bullies. Four PDF downloads accompany the lesson from Hawaii Youth Services Network: Take a Stand, Lend a Hand Video Questions...

Personality Types Versus Behavioral Masks

A Word About Behavioral Masks versus Personality Types? If you have not yet read my post on a two question test that can help you determine anyone's personality type, click here to read it and take the test. In class, I used to begin my lectures on Behavioral Masks by...

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...
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