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Social Emotional Development

Habits of Mind

Posted by on Dec 28, 2012 in Social Emotional Development | 1 comment

A couple of years ago I had the privilege of participating in a workshop on the Habits of Mind.   I was introduced to ideas at this workshop that have really stuck with me because they represent a new way of thinking about learning: a sort of meta-cognition of the dispositions required to be a successful learner. Somehow, most of us have managed to muddle our way through our education, never really stopping to think about how it is that we learn or what makes some of better learners than...

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Teacher’s Response

Posted by on Feb 20, 2012 in Social Emotional Development | 0 comments

Teacher’s Response

Dear mom, (and dad too) I consider it a privilege to be entrusted with the honor of teaching your daughter this year.  I understand that she will always be your most valued treasure and that no one can ever love her more than you.  Thank you for allowing me to play a role in her life. I promise to do everything within my power to treat her with respect, keep her safe and to intentionally guide her forward to learning, growing and developing new things this school year.  I will listen and...

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Starting School: A letter to the teacher

Posted by on Feb 20, 2012 in Social Emotional Development | 0 comments

Starting School:  A letter to the teacher

Dear kindergarten teacher, Do you have a dream?  Is there something in your life that you have hoped and prayed for long before it became a reality?  Do you have something that you value above all else, that you would rather die or have bodily harm inflicted upon you before you would allow any damage to occur to?  Would you leave this  treasure with a stranger? My child is such a treasure to me, and today I leave her with you.  I do not know you, and yet, I walk away, having to trust that you...

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Failing Kindergarten?

Posted by on Jan 25, 2012 in Language Development, Play, Social Emotional Development | 0 comments

Failing Kindergarten?

Dear David and Chloe, I heard from Principal Jackson that you called today, and I understand that you are angry about our assessment and recommendation for your children.  It seems that you have done some research on retention and have reached the conclusion that your children will bear ill effects from being kept back, for the rest of their lives.  I think I can imagine how you are feeling as this may have come as a complete surprise to you despite the conversations we’ve had leading up...

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Still Friends?

Posted by on Jul 7, 2011 in Social Emotional Development | 0 comments

Your child might come home one day and announce,  “Kaitlyn was mean to me today.  She’s not my friend anymore.” Your heart may sink as you think about how sad it is to lose a friend.  You may wonder, how can someone be mean to my child?  You may feel angry and want to fix the problem. Stop.  Listen.  Clarify. Ask specific questions. “How was Kaitlyn mean to you?” “What happened next?” “What did you say?” “How do you know she’s...

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