Strategies to Increase Teen Self Esteem During Remote Learning

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Did you know that May is Mental Health Month? Mental Health America and its affiliates have spent this month raising awareness since 1949, but it’s a particularly important topic today. The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted our students’ lives. Everyday experiences that helped build their self-esteem suddenly shifted to school closures, social distancing, quarantines, and remote … read more »


Let’s Talk About Random Acts of Kindness

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Sustained social isolation during the pandemic has taken its toll on everyone, especially our students. As educators, we need to help our students with ways to meet social-emotional learning (SEL) needs while we collectively continue to work towards overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic threat. Science tells us that kindness increases your happiness, so now is the … read more »


Universal Human Rights Month

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“Empathy is intuitive, but is also something you can work on, intellectually.” Tim Minchin December is Universal Human Rights Month, a time where people worldwide are encouraged to stand up for fundamental rights and freedoms for all humans, and exercise empathy for others. This month also features Universal Human Rights Day on December 10, the … read more »


The Magnitude of Gratitude

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As the coronavirus continues to rattle our world, the current climate is challenging for both students and teachers. Teachers are working tirelessly to create a supportive and encouraging classroom culture – the bedrock for instilling confidence in our students to take risks in the classroom, share ideas, and experience more in-depth learning. Focusing on seeing … read more »


Celebrate International Dot Day

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International Dot Day began in 2009 when educator Terry Shay introduced Peter H. Reynold’s book, The Dot, to his classroom. The book shares the story of a teacher who builds confidence and courage in a frustrated art student by having her start with a single dot on a piece of paper. If you aren’t familiar with The … read more »