Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Monday, September 12, 2011
We must see past what it seems by Brave Girls Club
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Saturday, September 3, 2011
My colleague is stressed and wanting to exert control, she deserves compassion. This small child is crying and unable to follow simple directions, he deserves compassion. This parent is allowing his anger to become personal because he feels for his son's experiences, he too, deserves compassion.
4:51 Joan Halifax defines compassion:
"compassion is comprised of the capacity to see clearly into the nature of suffering, the ability to stand strong, and recognize that I am not separate from this suffering . . .; aspire to transform suffering, engage in activities that transforms suffering; cannot be attached to outcome . . ."
6:20 It is a quality inherent within all of us
7:00 The enemies of compassion: pity, moral-outrage, fear
8:00 "Benefits" of compassion: enhanced resilience, neuro-integration, boast in immune system
9:50 takes a strong back and a soft front
Joan Halifax: Compassion and the true meaning of empathy | Video on TED.com
Thursday, September 1, 2011
"I agree with [name] because . . ."
"I disagree with [name] because . . ."
"In addition to what [name] said, . . .
Being able to talk through disagreements without anger preserves our sense of safety in relationships. Perhaps we can all give these a try.
Monday, August 29, 2011
Saturday, August 20, 2011
How about a little help here By James H. Burnett III, Globe Staff
Thursday, August 11, 2011
When we shield our kids from scary stories, who are we really trying to protect? - The Boston Globe
Monday, July 11, 2011
Monday, June 13, 2011
Self-control in childhood predicts future success - Boston.com
Sunday, May 8, 2011
Saturday, April 16, 2011
With children in their preteen and teen years, I am shocked at how time is truly speeding by. A few questions for us to reflect upon:
-Do I really need to take on this new project/assignment that will cause me to work over the weekend?
-Can I put down this chore and play this game right now because he is asking me to?
-Can I shut my laptop because she is trying to talk to me about her week?
-Is there anyway we can work out our schedules, cut back our expenses, so the children don't have to be at school from 7:15 AM to 6:00 PM?
This is a sobering song; I believe especially poignant to us who live in greater Boston. On that note, I am powering down this laptop and going to check on my girl. She wants to learn how to tie a tie for her outfit~
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Sunday, April 3, 2011
1. Children should understand at an early age the importance of eye contact, a firm handshake, and gracious greetings.
2. Children should practice deference and respect for all grown-ups.
3. Children who practice kindness and gratitude at home will find social situations at school and elsewhere instinctively easier.
4. Giving and receiving compliments sincerely builds self-esteem.
5. “Please’’ and “thank you’’ are more than magic words. The former acknowledges not everything in the world belongs to you; the latter affirms that what you have is a consequence of a connection to others.
Saturday, April 2, 2011
8:00 Great analogy about mastery and Swiss cheese proficiency
11:15 How to use the valuable teacher-to-student instructional time
This is an amazing example of using real time data
14:00 It's about giving children the right kind of learning or re-learning opportunities in specific skill areas rather than tracking and labeling students as struggling or gifted.