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A PINK SHIRT DAY with LASTING IMPACT

A PINK SHIRT DAY with LASTING IMPACT

The most effective way to combat bullying is from the inside – through student input and leadership. When adults tell kids what to do, or how to behave with one another, it doesn’t always work. For Pink Shirt Day to really reduce bullying then a focus on relationship building and student-led initiatives are the way to go. Yet, staff still need to lead the way. In this post – educators can understand the action plan and steps to empower youth to take ownership of their school community in a way that yields lasting results.

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Self-Care in a World Gone Mad!!

Self-Care in a World Gone Mad!!

This is a particularly tough time because of the pandemic and the anger and division out there. Keep your eye on the ball – your reason for teaching. Self-care is essential and this is me, post workshop – sharing the love.

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Uncertainty is the New Normal

Uncertainty is the New Normal

The truth is that we simply do not know what’s going to happen in life. We never have. Finding a way to be comfortable with this uncertainty is of great interest to me. It’s not just Covid19 causing this uncertainty – we’ve always been this way!

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A Self-Care HAPPY HOUR on June 25th

A Self-Care HAPPY HOUR on June 25th

The school year is almost over and teachers and parents and kids are TIRED!!!! I know because I've been with you throughout the year. I've connected with you at your school, at conferences, online, and in life and you've told me! You've cried to me. You've shared your...

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Mindfulness and Lessons during Covid19

Mindfulness and Lessons during Covid19

If you need help with mindfulness, home schooling, teaching, and self-care then read this post and visit the Imperative Education YouTube Channel for support! I’m here for you during this Covid19 crisis. Jodi Derkson, founder, Imperative Education

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Pink Shirt Day beyond just wearing pink

Pink Shirt Day beyond just wearing pink

A portion of the classroom lesson for you to use:
Your friends start calling you names, sending you nasty text messages and forcing you to give them things or do things that you aren’t comfortable with. You feel so torn. What should you do?
1. Nothing. You must have done something wrong to make your friends act like that.
2. Start calling them names in return and threaten them.
3. Speak to your parents or teacher and tell them what is happening.
4. Something else (Open corner).
On February 26,2020 try this lesson to broach the important topic of how we handle conflict and power imbalances both in school and in our communities.

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Teaching is so Lonely!

Teaching is so Lonely!

Last week I gave a workshop on Mindful Self-Care and started by asking the following question: Isn't teaching so lonely? Heads nodded! I sensed the relief flooding the room - this is going to get real! Nobody ever talks about how lonely teaching is. In fact, when I...

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Bullying? Why Me?

Bullying? Why Me?

Over the years I’ve wondered why I’m so hell bent on putting a stop to bullying. Like most normal people, I feel really sad imagining a child being bullied; it’s just so hard to feel alone and hurt. When I think about a kid deciding that life is not worth living...

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