General Interest ARCHIVE

  • “It’s not what you said, it’s how you said it”, I remarked to my father after he said “never mind, it’s fine I’ve got it”. I could hear the frustration and impatience in his voice. His words said, “everything was okay”, but I knew he needed help and was spent from a long day. I […]

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  • Using Seating Arrangements in the Classroom I was speaking with a friend one day and we got into a discussion about her productivity levels. She is currently a graduate student and also teaches. She explained to me that classroom and study environments are tremendously impactful on student’s ability to focus and stay engaged in the […]

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  • Be- the Thanksgiving you Want to SeeWays to teach gratitude during the Thanksgiving Holiday The Thanksgiving holiday is a great way to teach and model gratitude to children. Thanksgiving should inspire us to stop and think about how we are all connected, and through connection, we all help each other to improve each other’s lives. […]

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  • Thanksgiving Day is not just a dinner Historically Thanksgiving Day is a National holiday in the United States that occurs in November.  In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is recognized today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. In 1863, amid the Civil War, […]

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  • Connecticut Cities Celebrate “Light’s On Afterschool” Thursday, October 24th marked the 20th year that the Afterschool Alliance has kept the “lights on” for afterschool programming across the nation. The intent of the event is to celebrate the role afterschool programs play in the lives of children and families. This year, over 10,000 events across the […]

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  • Many of my students love the show “Avatar: The Last Airbender” as much as I do! There’s a particular episode that truly stands out as a favorite of mine and it’s the episode where the main character and protagonist, Aang, is learning to Earth-bend: a technique that will allow him to have control over earthly […]

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  • Practical Advice on Encouraging Student Engagement “Miss T, I know we won’t put coconut milk in the soup?” One of my students slyly remarked as I read the recipe for the Chicken Tai soup, we were preparing to create in our Teen Chef Class. By now, I was very used to the students’ resistance to […]

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  •  Let them Share: Helping Children Express their Feelings During a boys’ mentoring session, one of the quieter students shared his thoughts regarding attempting suicide. When the education coordinator shared this information with my colleague and I, we both were shocked. I would never have thought that this student might be experiencing suicidal thoughts or consider actions […]

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  • Using the Socratic Method to Teach Social-Emotional Learning Developing critical thought and questioning abilities in children is an excellent way for students to understand more about their habits, feelings, and behaviors. Often, educators tend to focus on the outwardly expressed actions of the learners rather than helping children to effectively understand the root of their […]

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  • October 24th is the 20th Anniversary of Lights On Afterschool, a nationwide event to call attention to the importance of afterschool programs for America’s children, families and communities. Have you registered your event? It’s not too late! After this week, the printer can’t guarantee that your posters will arrive before October 24. Register your celebration […]

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