Category: Mindfulness

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

How Teaching Mindfulness to a Student Impacts Families

How Teaching Mindfulness to a Student Impacts Families

Kids go through so much. Many bring their distress to school with invisible wounds that manifest in resistant or dysregulated behaviors. The behaviors continue until someone reacts, and then many kids enter a cycle of discipline and alienation. And their unattended needs remain unattended. Often children cry out for help with actions not words. And […]

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 […]

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 […]

How to Use Improv to Teach Students Mindfulness

How to Use Improv to Teach Students Mindfulness

Want your students to be more mindful and present? Try some improv! The brain is very efficient. Our students learn to pay attention to what’s necessary. They notice the steps ahead, the moving cars in the parking lot, the people in their way. They learn the patterns and the important signals that the people around […]

How to Teach Students Empathy

How to Teach Students Empathy

Empathy can be taught. The opportunity to imagine what life is like for someone facing difficult challenges, activates the compassion response. By conjuring up the image of someone your students already care about and basking in the feeling of that glow, your students can then be encouraged to share that sentiment with people who are […]