Archives for February 8, 2022

When Poor Behavior is a Sign of Skill – Not Defiance

I have been following the work of Dr. Ross Greene for several years. The quote above has always stood out to me because it has been my guiding belief over the past three decades of working with youth – especially when I am with children whose behavior can be challenging. Oftentimes, the guiding belief is, […]

Healing Heart: A Practice of Self-Compassion

We don’t often talk about “the heart” in classrooms; the mind has traditionally been the focus. Exciting research on the power of the heart has been revealing its role in learning, decision-making, higher thinking, and communication. Perhaps guiding our attention toward this often neglected organ can bring a new layer of intelligence to our human […]

The Two Most Powerful Words: I Am

The two most powerful words you can say to yourself (or think about yourself) are, “I AM.” Science suggests that when those two words are followed by positive adjectives such as happy, proud, grateful, encouraged, etc. the body immediately responds by secreting chemicals like dopamine and serotonin to further support those words in becoming true.  […]