social emotional learning

Help Me Bring EQ To Children In Need with CJ

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Will you help me bring emotional intelligence to children in need this year? We have all been busy with the holidays and in the last few days reflecting on 2018 and the changes we want to make. I too have been reflecting and felt that I have much to offer children who suffer from abuse, […]

The Road Less Traveled: Challenging Behavior and Becoming Mindful

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When we talk about children’s challenging behavior, there are several conversational roads we take. The first, more old-fashioned and “mindless”, instead of “mindful” (Ellen J. Langer)road we take is this: “He’s spoiled. His father does everything for him. They don’t’ discipline him at home.”This is a comment from a very young ECE student about a […]

Ash Wednesday School Shooting

Repentance: A radical change in mindset and heart, a promise to do better, surrender, a confession filled with remorse In every school or education organization there must be people you can trust. In spite of bureaucracy, complacency, high-stakes political frenzy, we must guarantee a safe space, a place where anyone can find the rhythm and […]

It’s Time

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A knock on my door (Yes, my door is closed — this is the real world — not the fairytale world that is often portrayed in social media). I get up, open the door and am greeted by a teacher who apologizes for being sick. She asks if I have someone that can cover her […]

Have a Little Girl Who’s “Flat-Out” in Your Class?

I’ve come to use “flat-out” to describe what others may call “bossy,” simply because it’s not as derogatory or stereotypical. True, there are little girls who live up to the stereotype and are not pleasant to be around. But, for the most part, the rest have a spunk that’s better off being channeled than stifled. […]

Storybook Reading: Creating a Better World

I was excited to read Peter Gray’s blog post about the importance of reading stories to young children. This practice has been singled out, with good reason, to be crucial to future literacy. There is more to story reading than cuddles and close relationships, he writes, though these are essential for human growth and development, […]

A Bowl Of Cereal

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Daddy how do you get bad thoughts out of your head? When my daughter first whispered these words I thought I had a suitable response. I told her just to think about something that makes her happy. Sometimes that strategy works for me. But not often. After about a minute she said Daddy, it’s not […]

The 7 Voices of CJ EQ Pilot Program

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Last winter and Spring, I had the privilege of piloting my EQ program in a North Jersey preschool. The pilot is a great success and we have begun our 2nd year. Teachers love it, the children love being Creators of Joy (CJs). They could recite CJs 7 voices and how they made them feel, for […]

Teaching Table Manners to Preschoolers: When Did It Go Out of Style?

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I had a couple encounters recently that really got me thinking about how we are teaching social skills to young children- or not. I was visiting a couple of my students at their child care programs, which I sometimes do, prior to their formal CDA observations. The first visit was in a 2’s room, with […]

Five Tips For Helping Angry Children Have Better Days

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Oftentimes the most difficult part of an educator’s day is not the curriculum they teach or the long hours they work. For many educators, what keeps us up at night is trying to figure out how to best meet the social and emotional needs of their students. While this is an area in which I […]

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