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5 Mindful Lessons to Keep You Inspired

You’ve made it through the first couple of months or so of teaching. Maybe by now, you are feeling overwhelmed, tired and for some, ready for another vacation week. No worries, maybe an attitude adjustment is in order, and as a veteran teacher with 39 years in public school pedagogy, I am here to recommend five easy lessons in mindfulness, to keep you inspired.

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Beyond Sugar Skulls: The History and Culture of Dia de los Muertos

Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a tradition first practiced thousands of years ago by indigenous peoples such as the Aztecs and the Toltecs. They didn’t consider death the end of one’s existence but simply another chapter of life. Rather than grieve their dead, ancient Mexicans celebrated the lives of the deceased and honored their memories. During Día de los Muertos, observed Oct. 31- Nov. 2, they believed the dead had a brief window to leave the spirit realm and visit their loved ones in the mortal world. 

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Inspiring Students to Invent Tomorrow

Laura Nix’s film Inventing Tomorrow shares the stories of teenage innovators from across the globe finding groundbreaking solutions to some of the world’s most vexing environmental threats to water, air, and soil.

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Let Poetry Flow: Inspiring Student Expression

Poetry is an experience, not a genre. It is a form of exploration, with as many intuitive and natural aspects as skilled and studied ones. Poems are emotional, yet they are also as real and solid as any bridge. Words connect people. By reading, we enter each other’s minds. We learn to listen, empathize, and develop compassion, which is the seed of peace.

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From Chaos to Calm - "In the Moment" Strategies to Stop Bullying in its Tracks

Pre-K behavior needs to be handled in the classroom as it is happening. It starts with simple classroom rules that include keeping ourselves safe, keeping friends safe and keeping our things safe. 

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5 Ways to Prevent Bullying in Your Classroom

Students affected by bullying are at greater risk for both mental health and behavioral problems. They often experience loss of self-esteem, increased anxiety, poor school adjustment, and depression. This is a time for us to show students who experience bullying that there is hope. 

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Cultural Appropriation: What’s an Educator’s Role?

With the bombardment of media imagery to which students are subjected, how do we teach the ability to discern right from wrong?  How can we encourage students to understand that this ‘borrowing’ can in fact be harmful to already oppressed and underrepresented groups?

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Launch Your Class to the Moon and Back

Everyone can get in on this celebration. Use the excitement to unite around the lunar theme, and then use the momentum and the resources below to engage your students and school with the narratives of the Moon this Oct 5 (and the school year ahead)!

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Five Tips to Creating Meaningful Parents Teacher Conferences

STOP! And think a minute… this conference meeting might be the first time you interact with the family or maybe the only time you get a face-to-face with the parent(s) or guardians. How are you going to approach this important 15 minutes?

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