Category: Cognitive Awareness

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 […]

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. […]

Social Emotional Learning: A Path to Love

Social Emotional Learning: A Path to Love

I had the opportunity to be on the Community Forum on Channel 23 Danbury and speak with Pamela Miles about social emotional learning and how it can be impactful for students. You can check out Channel 23 Danbury’s Facebook page here. I would love to hear what you thought of this conversation. Feel free to […]

Social and Emotional Learning

Social and Emotional Learning

I was recently invited to be a guest on the Teaching Autism podcast, hosted by Nikki Robertson. We had a great conversation and I encourage you to check it out. Here is the episode description: I am so excited for today’s social and emotional learning podcast episode with Robin Fox from Social Eyes. Robin has […]

Using Improv to Teach Social Skills

Using Improv to Teach Social Skills

I want to share with you a conversation I had with Sasha Long on The Autism Helper Podcast. Here is the episode description: Through her experience as a classroom teacher, Robin Fox developed a curriculum based around improv activities. Robin shares how these improv games can teach mindfulness, cognitive awareness, and social skills in an […]

Helping Students Turn Negative Thinking into Positive Thinking

Helping Students Turn Negative Thinking into Positive Thinking

During a SocialEyes Together®SEL group recently, our third and fourth graders responded in a way that was not surprising. We asked them to think about this situation:⁣ “You’re late for recess because you had to finish some work. Some kids in your class are playing your favorite game. You ask if you can join them. […]

Teaching Students How to Embrace Their Uniqueness

Teaching Students How to Embrace Their Uniqueness

When our students were little, they had a fairly easy time being themselves. By late elementary school, groups started to form such as the popular kids, the athletic kids, the kids who sat alone, the rich kids, the bullies, the smart kids, etc, and they wondered, where did they fit in? Some of them started […]

4 Techniques to Make the Pandemic an Exercise in Personal Growth

4 Techniques to Make the Pandemic an Exercise in Personal Growth

Almost everything stopped and we all fell off the roller coaster that was our lives this year. We didn’t ask for this, but now we get to peek behind the curtain and see ourselves more clearly (perhaps too clearly at times) without the rushing around and the usual distractions. As I’m sure you know, our […]

The Key to Combating Hate in Today’s Divided World

The Key to Combating Hate in Today’s Divided World

When I was a little girl, I had a recurring daydream: The earth was inhabited by joyous, peaceful people. We sang and danced and lifted each other up as we celebrated life. Love was ALWAYS in the air. I wanted my daydream to be real so badly. But instead of finding this imagined utopia, I […]

3 Ways to Foster Family Emotional Health During This Pandemic

3 Ways to Foster Family Emotional Health During This Pandemic

My thoughts raced as I made my to-do list. Stock up on medications, check food supplies, cancel almost everything. When I have a task or project to do, I’m on it. In normal times, I go about my life in a basically balanced way. These are not normal times. I slowly but surely lost my […]