Blog Question 4

Research shows that self-control is a better predictor of adult health, wealth and happiness than grades or IQ. Are you noticing a change in students' (and adults') ability to regulate their behavior? What strategies have been helpful to you in helping adults and...

Blog Question 3

Posing the right question at the right time can help students vicariously step into "another's shoes". What strategies could help students see the world from other perspectives?

Blog Question 2

Common Sense Media reports that the average teen spends 7 hours and 22 minutes in front of a screen (excluding homework time). What impact does this increase in screen time have on student empathy? In your opinion why does screen time reduce empathy?

Blog Question 1

What is your hope in cultivating empathy in your students? What behaviors do you think adults should model in an empathetic school culture?

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Remember the story of the Sorcerer’s Apprentice? The old sorcerer leaves the young apprentice in charge of the workshop. The young apprentice begins practicing his magic, mischief ensues and soon the apprentice is in over his head.  The old sorcerer returns, restores...

Stay In Your Upstairs Brain

The authors note that the one area of trauma that students can control is oneself. How could you help students focus on keeping themselves in their upstairs brain?

Holidays Change

In a 2018 article, the Columbus Dispatch reported that Ohio State football player Robert Flanders had his joy of Christmas muted by his Father’s murder. Flanders shares the following thoughts about navigating that trauma “Christmas is so close to the anniversary of my...

Responses to Trauma

The authors note that some students are more strongly affected by certain events than others. Not everyone has the same response to traumatic events. Why do you think students respond differently to a traumatic event? What does this suggest for us as professionals as...

Post Positive

We know about negativity. We see it when people expect the worst out of life when they notice what is wrong or talk about things that have not lived up to expectations. Negativity is as contagious as the flu. It can drag us down if we allow it to influence our...