The Empathy Game

  Thirty-six questions that create empathy, intimacy, and even spark love. I hope we can all agree that the ability to feel empathy is critical to leading a successful and worthwhile life. That being said, I would love to share with you a wonderful exercise that you...

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...

American Indian Talking Sticks: A Kid’s Embassy Event Idea

American Indian Talking Sticks  A fun activity with a little learning on the side Yes, I know. If you work with kids then you probably have already done an art project on Native American Indian Talking Sticks. If you have then this is simply a reminder of how you can...

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...

“What is trust?” he asked softly.

What is trust in relationships? I had an interesting encounter with three of my students today. Their names have been changed to protect the innocent. I shall call them 6-year-old-boy, 7-year-old-boy, and 8-year-old-boy. So I am walking through our outer lobby when I...

Teachable Moments: The Day My Kids Took Me to Court

Teachable Moments The Day My Kids Took Me to Court My after school program has a Supreme Court. I have already blogged about the teachable moment that resulted in our court, and telling that story would make this already long story even longer. Just know, we have a...

The Four Agreements and Why I Take Them Personally

Recently, a friend introduced me to "The Four agreements." Like so many, she lives by then, and she was eager to share their wisdom with me. In case you are as unfamiliar with "The Four Agreements" as I was, they come from a book by Miguel Ruiz entitled, The Four...

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...

Invisible Friends Series: Dealing with Overwhelming Emotions

The Importance of Invisible Friends Episode One: Dealing with Overwhelming Emotions   I closed my eyes and thought to myself, “I need you,” I didn't even have to click my shoes together and call three times. They were there instantly. “Tell us,” I heard from deep...

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...
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