End-of-the-Year Kindness!

Sometimes near the end of the school year, teachers, parents, and students begin to get tired of each other. I know this isn’t new information. Maybe you’ve developed an eye twitch, or you’ve been drinking more wine than usual, or you want to repeatedly smack your head against your whiteboard. Whatever your symptoms, they might…

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Endurance

I’ve been on a streak reading books about adventurers, particularly adventurers who tried to reach the poles. I’m currently working my way through Endurance by Alfred Lansing, the story of Ernest Shackleton’s attempt to cross the Antarctic continent. What a frozen land full of trials and pain! And I get frustrated chipping ice out of my…

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Learn to Empathize

I’m going to make a broad and sweeping statement that I wholeheartedly believe to be true but can’t back up with fact: empathy is the most important “skill” children can learn. The current world climate, and particularly the political climate in the US, reinforces this in my mind. But next comes the question, how do…

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Be Polite!

September is National Courtesy Month. I’ve noticed, and I’m sure you have too, that people on social media can be less courteous than we normally might be. The knowledge that no one is staring at us when we post a snippy comment or share a nasty meme makes it easy to be impolite. Fortunately, I…

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