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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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Anti-Bullying in Action Workshop

Anti-Bullying in Action Workshop

As social creatures, when we contribute to our communities, and are focused on improving our relationships, we are happier. This ‘bullying’ behaviour is not a normal stage they’re going through – but an ineffective way of relating to others by establishing power in hurtful ways.

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Accountability or Self-Punishment?

Accountability or Self-Punishment?

Laying awake, sleepless, listening to the incessant mind chatter hanging onto one mistake I made – it’s maddening! At what point did I believe that I needed to be perfect?

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The Secret to Longevity? Community!

The Secret to Longevity? Community!

The Rosetans had created a social structure which insulated them from the pressures of the modern world. They were healthy because of where they were from and the world they had created for themselves.

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Openly discussing 9/11 in class

Openly discussing 9/11 in class

It’s the second day of school and I’ve guided my students in short meditations, discussed how it’s a communications class, and ya, got into some heavy discussions about the terrorist attacks on 9/11. These conversations are an effective way to insert social and emotional learning into your classes using current events.

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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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