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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 unwelcome, alone, and hurt. Thinking about a kid deciding that life is not worth...

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SEL begins with the SELF

SEL begins with the SELF

If you’d like to teach social and emotional learning more in your class, then begin by immersing yourself in your own life – witnessing your own emotions as they come and go; noticing your state of mind upon awakening, or when in a classroom full of students. Role model your own growth and they will follow suit.

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What is Technology really Doing to us?

What is Technology really Doing to us?

So many of us go on and on about how the internet and addiction to our devices is negatively impacting us. Although, the truth is that we don't know what we don't know! I sound old when I tell young people, "when I was young...there was no Internet! And no cell...

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A little good delivers BIG!

A little good delivers BIG!

Walking to the pool today, an elderly man in a wheelchair wildly gestures to me. He's pointing at the pavement, where a summer hat lies, and then points to a woman and her daughter walking away. I was shouldering my chair and a large bag, and quickly jumped to action....

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Spoiled Rotten!

Spoiled Rotten!

An honest account of how spoiled I was and why I was that way. With my mother now gone, I’ve come to realize why I behaved the way I did. This post is a warning to parents so that their children do not experience Bread of Shame (Kabbalah).

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Break Free from Phone Addiction!

Break Free from Phone Addiction!

Are we addicted to our phones? This addiction is affecting kids mentally, socially, and emotionally. Imagine a device detox for your household. Lift your head up for a bit and just think about it.

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Being your own BEST FRIEND

Being your own BEST FRIEND

That voice is my head harps on every flaw, takes me down rabbit holes of shame and regret, tells me that I’m not good enough.
I have asked every single person I’ve taught the same question: If you were to take that voice and magically turn it into a person, would you want to be friends with it? The answer is almost always ‘no’.

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Jodi Derkson

Hello! It’s Jodi, founder of Imperative Education. You know, ever since I can remember I’ve been interested in how people communicate… how relationships are formed. At McGill University, I studied Communications so that I could take this focus from intuition to fact, and from serious interest to passion. I decided to become a teacher, like so many, to make a difference and that initial goal hasn’t paled at all throughout the years

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