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We Could All Use a Little Self-Compassion…

I’m sure we have all heard a flight attendant tell us at the beginning of a flight that if the oxygen masks fall from the compartment, put the mask on yourself before helping someone else put his/hers on.  The obvious lesson is you won’t be much help to others if you can’t breathe, so take care of you first and then worry about others.     Albeit trite, these important instructions extend in usefulness way beyond the flight scenario.  As educators, we have an enormous capacity to...

Create Healthy Habits with Pairing

We all have good intentions and most of us probably want to wake up each morning feeling like we have some illusion of control over our lives, like we have the power of choice about how we spend our time and energy.  If you’re reading this blog, you probably have an interest in lessening stress, creating a calmer classroom, and/or finding balance between school and home. If we wake up each morning and  find ourselves wishing for some relief from our day to day schedule, the...

Make an Intention to Hunt for the Good

After last week’s blog I started to think about the idea that our brains are hardwired towards a negativity bias.  But I also know that it’s possible to change the neural pathways of our brains through hunting the good or finding positive in situations.  So how does this cycle work in our classrooms?  Why if we KNOW these things, does it not suddenly show up as habit in our classrooms?  The short answer is that it takes time to rewire our brains.  But “neurons that...

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