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Social Emotional Intelligence ♢ Bullying ♢ Mindfulness
Life lessons belong in the classroom as well as the home.
It’s true: helping a young person feel connected can save their life. Let’s face it, young people today are inundated with information, technological tools and a near-constant connectivity through social media that they find incredibly difficult to unplug from.
Their own bedrooms may not be the safe havens they used to be. What was once a private space is now a public forum, where a young person can be all alone and yet utterly exposed, reacting to provocation spontaneously in ways that can have serious long-term repercussions on their real-world relationships and reputations. And it’s happening constantly! This is their experience. … more
From Our Blog
This blog post might be met with pushback. Readers might feel that this is victim blaming, and you might be right. But, let’s be clear – I don’t blame kids for being a bit eccentric but I know that when they are they can be more easily targeted by...read more
This past summer, while teaching summer school, I decided to truly teach mindfulness to a group of fifteen-year-olds. Writing a book for high school teachers on how to develop a practice in any class means that I had to walk the walk, or at least, silence the room....read more
When I’m mindful it feels good walking outside and I love listening to the birds and to the silence. I look around at everything that I was missing out on in the world like the flowers, the sky and everything else. – Tim, a grade ten student Every year I teach summer...read more
Jodi gave me a voice. I was 15 and she was the first high school teacher to make me feel like my point of view really mattered and she made me see the creative possibilities within myself.Philip Lyall
Ms. Derkson always created a safe, fun and comfortable classroom environment for all students. From day 1, it was clear she was someone that could be trusted and confided in. She’s a caring, funny and good-hearted person.Jeff Jacobson
Thanks to you and your classes, I carry some skills and techniques that I still use to this very day.TD