Self-Care

Fear and anxiety can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Learning how to cope with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger. Research tells us that children and adults benefit greatly from consistent and deliberate self-care activities. Learning how to take care of ourselves regularly…

INSPIRE

The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great at whatever they want to do. Kobe Bryant As educators, we understand the difference that positive inspiration can make in a person’s life. After all, that is what we do. We strive to inspire others to change their lives in such…

Why Coaching?

Coaching, coaching, coaching—everywhere you look in educational literature, there is generally a conversation that includes “coaching” as a buzz word!   Have you ever wondered what is meant by these references to coaching, and why coaching has become such a phenomena—Yes, why coaching and why now?  Researchers such as Elenar Aguilar (The Art Of Coaching, 2013) cite coaching…

Flexible Learning Environments

Innovative classroom transformations are on the rise! Many teachers are investing their own resources, including time, money and materials, towards creating thoughtful, efficient, and sometimes even magical academic settings for students. Dramatic HGTV-style classroom makeovers tantalize us on social media, whisking away the industrial era of public school interior design and seating us comfortably–finally–in the…

Finding Your Mrs. Thorpe

Looking back, as a principal, highlights in my day were visiting classrooms, interacting with students, and witnessing teaching and learning. By far, my students across grade levels were fortunate to have some great teachers, and if I ever had to select the most effective teacher I worked with, indisputably, I could not. Although different in…