Perfectly Perfect

After I finished writing this post last week, I came across Perfectly Imperfect by Beth Houf. Although our blog titles seem to contradict one another, I wholeheartedly believe that our imperfections actually make us perfect and that striving for perfection is one dangerous slope (that I […]

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Conscious Kindness Day #ConsciousKindness

This past Wednesday was United Way’s Conscious Kindness Day. As their website states, this day encourages everyone to “Help create a kind, caring community by planning intentional acts of kindness on May 15. Be (extra!) kind to friends, neighbours, co-workers—and strangers too—and share it with […]

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Calm Down Breathing Strategies

Over two years ago, I wrote about the importance of social emotional learning and empathy, and also shared a follow up lesson where my students had created calm down strategies in order to help themselves self-regulate. Unfortunately, as I transferred my blog over and bought […]

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Your Words Matter

Your words matter. To others. And to yourself. But being mindful of this isn’t necessarily an innate skill, it’s one that’s learned from a very young age, and habits are hard to break. I’ve recently watched the documentary “Heal” on Netflix which was completely eye […]

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Your Kid is my Kid: A Note to Parents

On a average weekday, I spend about 5.5 hours with my students, whereas I only get about 2 hours with my own boys, while feeding them dinner, cleaning up, bathing them, and doing homework, before they go to bed. These numbers aren’t surprising, but unless […]

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Challenges. Soft Skills. Growth.

Spring is finally upon us and with that, new activities begin. My three youngest boys start soccer this week, but my oldest decided against soccer this spring. Caden played hockey this winter (Go White Jets Go), and once the season was over, he was asked […]

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Mental Health Matters #BellLetsTalk

“Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and […]

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Zen & Year End

This is it. It’s a very busy and stressful time of year as I prepare to say goodbye to my 17 students, with whom I’ve spent an incredible year. It’s extra difficult as I’m also saying goodbye to my current school, École Marie-Anne-Gaboury, where I’ve […]

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Calm Down Strategies

In my last post Social Emotional Learning & Empathy, I talked about the power of the Big Brain and Little Brain lesson. I also mentioned that Sheila Vick and her daughter Elsie, have helped all of my students learn more about the brain and their emotions. My students […]

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Social Emotional Learning & Empathy #IMMOOC

In chapter 1 of The Innovator’s Mindset, innovation is defined as a way of thinking that creates something new and better. As educators, we are constantly having to reflect upon our practices to make sure that we are always doing what’s best for our learners. […]

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