Category Archives: Connection and love

Joy In Learning

August is a wonderful time for reflection. The new school year is on the horizon and the past school year is now fading a bit in the distance. As a teacher or administrator, you face tremendous pressure to support students … Continue reading

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Building Empathy Muscles in the Classroom

Teaching is easier when your students look out for each other, connect with each other, and can self-regulate when challenging situations arise. That calls for empathy. Building empathy requires opportunities to practice, learn, and make mistakes in a safe classroom … Continue reading

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Encouragement: The Practice of Connection

Encouragement is the most powerful tool to build connections that matter. Inside the word encouragement you find courage. The word courage comes from the Latin cor, which means ‘heart’. We look at courage as the movement we make in the … Continue reading

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Connections: The Language of Love

Connections are crucial. They are a powerful practice for raising healthy, capable, successful children. Connecting with adults who love them changes how a child’s brain is wired as he or she grows up. How we treat our children changes who … Continue reading

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Building Family Ties with Traditions

Family traditions are behaviors that we engage in again and again: regular rituals that are performed at the same time, in the same way. They are done with a specific purpose and are practiced with thought and intention. Traditions strengthen … Continue reading

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Gratitude and Appreciation for Teachers

Research tells us that the more adults feel and show gratitude, the happier and healthier they are. Children who express gratitude tend to be kinder and more empathetic. But what is gratitude? A definition from Psychology Today states “gratitude is … Continue reading

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Gratitude and Appreciation for Parents

With Thanksgiving almost upon us it is the season for gratitude. Gratitude is a difficult concept to teach, particularly with toddlers and preschoolers, who by the nature of their development are self-centered. However, as parents, we still need to start … Continue reading

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