Category: Cognitive Awareness

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 […]

Cultivating Resilience Through Disappointment

Cultivating Resilience Through Disappointment

Marc from Maui, an applied improv colleague, texted me the other day and asked me if I had any activities that help to productively work with disappointment. He specifically wanted exercises to help his clients turn disappointment into motivation and new behaviors.  It got me thinking… These days disappointment comes at a regular pace. It […]

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 […]

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 […]