“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...

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...

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...

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...

Earth Day Clean Up Lesson

Every Day is Earth Day is Our House We have a big litter problem in the neighborhood where I work, I have decided to have my Consulate Kids do a clean up around our campus to earn an event stamp. After all, Earth Day is coming on April 22, 2018, and I think it will be...

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 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...

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...

NASA Image of Water on Mars

Water Discovered on Mars! On Aril 1, 2005, NASA announced that Water was discovered on Mars. When people click on a link to view the image, this is what they found. I have always loved April Fools Day. When I was about ten years old, I remember my elder sister...

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,...
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