I don't know about you, but I think if ever there was a time for a little extra kindness, this is IT! Kindness boosts our connection to one another, helps soothe our anxiety, and brings about a sense of psychological safety. Let's mobilize kindness and make a big impact, together, one small act at a time!
As we make preparations to move back into the classroom in British Columbia, tensions are high and people across sectors are scrambling to accommodate back-to-work orders in a physically-distanced, Covid-pandemic era. I've been scouring the internet for ideas that will enable me to continue supporting my students' online learning and Social Emotional Learning, while attempting … Continue reading 21-Days of (Physically-Distanced) Kindness
Allie Apels and The Kindness Ninjas: I recently had the amazing Allie Apels of @joysofkinder on my podcast to discuss the transformative power of her brainchild "Kindness Ninjas" Social Emotional Learning (SEL) program in her kindergarten class (#kindnessninjas). Essentially, a few years ago, when Allie was faced with one of the most challenging groups of … Continue reading #kindnessninjas The October Challenge
Good leadership can be easy to spot, but deconstructing it can be so challenging. Over the course of the past year or so, through the interviews I've done with truly remarkable world-class educators and leaders, I've learned that so much of great leadership comes from trust and the deep, intentional practice of gratitude. Nothing makes … Continue reading Leadership Pitfalls: The Recognition Gap
It was a scorching hot day as I pulled up to the front of the gorgeous brick building and emerged from my car, weighed down by bulky bags of art supplies and all of the equipment necessary for my impending presentation on kindness. Greeted by the warm and friendly staff, I was directed to the … Continue reading My Visit to St. Michaels University School
It was 9:16 am, Frank Sinatra’s Christmas album was playing in the background, and both of my children, smiling faces illuminated by the late November morning sun, were bundled and strapped in the back of our vehicle as we cruised down the highway on our way to beat the crowds and meet Santa. My husband … Continue reading A Visit with Santa and a Generous Invitation