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...

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...

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 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...

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...

What you say about others, says everything about you.

The Power of Reflective Listening "Did you see the nasty look  that salesman just gave me?" "He didn't give it to you mommy. You had it when you came in." Reflection has always been my favorite of the rules. It's influence permiates all the rules, and incoprorating it...

Two questions to help you understand what motivates people

Why do we instantly bond with some people while others seem born to irritate? This two-question personality test may hold an answer. I would like to share a wonderful tool for understanding why you instantly bond with some people; while at the same time, some people...

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...

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...
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