Education, empathy, inspiration, Mindfulness, Parenting, social emotional learning

Empathy Starts at Home

Want your kids to be empathetic? Teach them how to be! As parents, we set high expectations for our children. We want them to succeed academically, take care of their bodies, enroll in sports and extracurricular activities, be successful readers, eat healthy, socialize, and be kind to others around them. The list goes on and… Continue reading Empathy Starts at Home

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Fostering a Love of Literacy in Your Classroom

I spent my first year teaching as a Special Education teacher in a resource room setting. My students qualified for special education because of learning disabilities, emotional impairments, moderate cognitive impairments, ADHD, and some displayed characteristics of autism. Although each student was incredibly unique in his/her needs academically, socially, and emotionally, all of my students… Continue reading Fostering a Love of Literacy in Your Classroom

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The Privilege of Choice

I believe in public schools. My mother's service to others as a public school teacher at a center-based special education school as well as Jonathan Kozol 's work in educational inequality and social justice made a huge impact on me from a young age. I vowed to myself that I would always teach in a… Continue reading The Privilege of Choice

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8 Books to Inspire Your Teaching

Hey Educators & Free Spirits! I haven't written a post about teaching in awhile because I've been totally immersed in full time parenting. It's been such a beautiful & ever-changing journey, with many challenges and many moments that I wish I could just freeze and bask in forever. With some of you having over a… Continue reading 8 Books to Inspire Your Teaching

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Children’s Books That Inspire & Empower

Today we are fortunate to have access to a surplus of amazing children's books. Authors aren't afraid to share real life injustices with children and hopefully, by having openhearted and frank conversations with our little ones, we will raise children who seek love, peace, and social justice for all. Children's books are becoming more accessible… Continue reading Children’s Books That Inspire & Empower

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The Many Roles of Trees *Free EfS Lesson*

“Children can achieve the full potential of their humanness only through direct, active, personal communication with natural phenomena”-Makiguchi This lesson was designed with educating for sustainability in mind. Although the content includes language connected with the country of Belize, where the lesson was designed to be taught, you can easily modify the lesson so it… Continue reading The Many Roles of Trees *Free EfS Lesson*

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Emotional Diversity (K-2)

Here is another FREE & FINISHED social & emotional lesson plan for teachers who hope to cultivate joy and empathy in their classrooms during the first weeks of school!! As educators, we know that developing a classroom community of trust and love is the most important predictor of a smooth school year. ENJOY!! Lesson 1:… Continue reading Emotional Diversity (K-2)

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Our Peaceful Community (K-2)

It's back to school time!!! Here is an engaging (ALREADY FINISHED) social & emotional learning lesson for you to use the first weeks of school with your young learners. Enjoy!! Enduring Understandings: Connection and understanding in a community can be fostered through mindfulness practices and time spent in nature. Learning Goals: The learners will cultivate… Continue reading Our Peaceful Community (K-2)