Robin Fox

How to Playfully Cultivate Self-Acceptance with Students

How to Playfully Cultivate Self-Acceptance with Students

Recently on the blog, we talked about how we (people of all ages) deal with disappointment and how to go from “dis(appointed)” to “renewed”. Click here to read that post. How can we help our students be playful with their self-acceptance and their future? By experiencing it, of course! This is a great opportunity to […]

Teaching Your Students That There’s No Courage Without Fear

Teaching Your Students That There’s No Courage Without Fear

Fear of social failure is real. It’s especially devastating for our socially challenged students. If you’ve been continually rejected, ostracized, left out, marginalized, chosen last, avoided, and not invited to your classmates’ parties, why put yourself in a situation where you’re pretty sure that will happen again? Learning the improvisation activities and cognitive awareness exercises […]

The Effects of Engaging Our Students in Problem-Solving

The Effects of Engaging Our Students in Problem-Solving

One of our students (who is non-binary and uses the pronouns they, them, theirs) liked to draw and color during the online group time to calm them down and help them focus. They were definitely paying attention to what was transpiring in the class as they offered input at all the right times. At first […]

Three Simple Ways to Become More Mindful

Three Simple Ways to Become More Mindful

Now that mindfulness has become a ubiquitous buzz word, let’s break it down. Mindfulness is intentionally directing your awareness.  Where your awareness goes, your energy goes.  Your awareness is how you vote in this life; it’s how you spend your precious, limited energy.  Yes to this. No to that.  You become more of whatever it […]

The Harmful Power of Labels

The Harmful Power of Labels

Labels help us categorize, arrange, identify, and find things.  Applying labels to objects is quite useful. It’s less so when we use them to describe people.  Words like “dumb” or “lazy” or “fat” are labels that hurt feelings and have no positive purpose. Labels become your idea about that whole person (or yourself). If someone […]

This is How Our Students Build Self-Esteem

This is How Our Students Build Self-Esteem

Self-esteem and resilience go hand-in-hand. Why? Because when you have self-esteem, you judge yourself on your own set of standards and aren’t easily thrown from your seat when others behave badly. You bounce back from external adversity more easily when you know you can rely on yourself.  We can teach our students that one of […]

Two Subtle Benefits to Online Learning

Two Subtle Benefits to Online Learning

This new social landscape the pandemic ushered in really changed our interactions. In-person events have transferred onto a two dimensional screen. Many people aren’t enjoying the transition and I was hesitant at first, but now I’m seeing some interesting advantages in showing up online. We can become aware of the benefits and appreciate how these […]

How to Stop Hiding From Yourself and Start Living Your Truth

How to Stop Hiding From Yourself and Start Living Your Truth

How wonderful it is to alter our future course based on our past experiences! Like an archer aiming for the target’s center, the little adjustments made after missing it over and over become the very pathway to the bullseye. I’m a student who teaches as she learns. I keep learning from my imperfections and mistakes. […]