Programming ARCHIVE

  • What is Bullying? I believe that the word Bully evokes different emotions and attitudes in each person because of the extensive variations of its effects on children.  After reading several varying definitions of “Bullying”, I have chosen the stopbullying.gov definition of Bullying because of its inclusive description of Bullying. “Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among […]

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  • A Cautionary Tale for Parents: Sometimes the Ends Do Not Justify the Means I walked into my apartment after a long day at work. Again, I caught my daughter lounging on the couch in my living room. “Ugh,” I thought, “She still hasn’t found the firestick for the television in her room.” I thought it […]

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  • Mediating Summer Camp Disagreements I remember standing between two school-age boys and blocking them from brutalizing each over a kickball game. The disagreement stemmed from a bad call on a play. I ran over once I saw one of the boys screaming and charging over to the other camper. At that moment, I realized that […]

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  • Interview with Edward Franklin at the Boost Conference I peered out into a large crowd of people sitting at tables eating lunch. I walk around for a few minutes trying to find a place to sit. Randomly, I pulled out a chair at a table with a few people chatting and eating. Hungry and eager […]

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  • 18 Diffusers That “Out Wit” the Witty Think about your students who love to chronically interrupt classroom activities.   Do find yourself thinking “can you please let me finish my sentence.” Better yet, you gasp then, drop your head and say, “here we go again.” How do you deal with students who create disturbance and […]

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  • Why Creating Impactful Staff Orientation is the Best Way to Program Success The most essential professional orientation I have experienced in my career was at the Cardinal Sheehan Center in Bridgeport, CT. The orientation was focused on camp counselor training and consisted of intensive week-long training sessions that aimed to acquaint staff to the program […]

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  • The Secret to  PD- Finding the Golden Nugget during Professional Development Workshop I’ve come to realize that every professional development workshop I attend will not always end in fireworks, rather, many workshops have developed a standard practice when approaching personal development.  As I listen to a presenter, I say to myself “find the golden nugget.” […]

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  • Five Awesome Social Emotional Games to Play at Summer Camp My favorite time of the year is approaching. SUMMER! With kids out of school, I reminisce back to the days when the world became my playground and I could play outside until the streetlights came on. I remember playing kickball or a game of chase, […]

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  • How to Conduct a BioBlitz Awesome activity for summer learning!   BioBlitz At-A-Glance What is a BioBlitz?   BioBlitz is an opportunity to take a snapshot of the biodiversity of a place! They are typically led by educators, scientists, or park rangers. Where can a BioBlitz be held?   A BioBlitz can be held just […]

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  • A great way to integrate SEL into your program can begin with a daily CHECK IN. Taking the time to connect with every student and to gauge their emotional state helps to set a positive tone for each student’s after school experience. A check in can be a brief group discussion in which you give […]

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