The Importance of Interpersonal Skills in the workplace…

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So many schools talk about social emotional learning as a co-curricular activity. We are seeing more and more that these skills are a means to acquiring curriculum. They create the conditions for learning.

Why People Skills are becoming more valuable than technical skills

 

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Busy People NEED quiet time… Harvard Business Review

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The case for slowing down and cultivating a mindfulness practice has never been stronger. In our busy modern lives, we need to find quiet time, for thinking and reflecting and expressing gratitude. I am confident that our students, who are learning social emotional skills much earlier than most of their teachers and parents did, will be better positioned to manage their busy lives and build quiet time into their lives.

The need for quiet… HBR

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The Secret to a Meaningful Life…Study of Introverts vs. Extraverts

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I am intrigued by Little’s notion that a personality trait does not have to dictate what personal projects one takes on. I even think the notion of a personal project is foreign to many of us. This concept of what we do when we are not working, not bring in relationship to others, but just pursuing a personal project. I think many of us have seen personal projects as luxury items, not core to our existence… I know I have often seen my personal projects as self indulgent, not ultimately as the opportunity to exercise another part of my personality.

The Secret to a Meaningful Life…BBC

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Early Math Education and the role of spatial reasoning

Understanding space and our place in the world is a key ingredient in childhood development. As our Imagination Playground blocks arrive for our students to design, build, deconstruct and recreate, our children will start to work, informally, through the design process. This article is a great reminder of what we know about the relationship between young children, their brain development, spatial reasoning and math!

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The role of spatial reasoning in early math education: KQED

 

 

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Rudeness at home… parenting blog

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Some great tips in here for parents at all ages and stages…

Why is my otherwise polite child so rude at home? Washington Post On Parenting Blog

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Raising Caring Kids… Harvard’s “Making Caring Common Initiative

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As we try and model empathy and compassion for our students and children, we are faced with the task of working against a lot of what they are seeing and hearing in the popular culture, and even in the news media. In an increasingly polarized adult world, we need to keep children at the heart of what we are modeling and promoting. Again, I return to Harvard’s initiative Making Caring Common. There is a lot of great information here for parents. Two terrific links:

Harvard: Making Caring Common Infographic

Harvard: Parenting Resources for Raising Ethical Children

 

 

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We are living in strange times

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These are strange times. No matter your political beliefs or your ability to absorb the twenty-four hour news cycle, these are strange times. I find myself at loose ends much more since the start of the New Year, searching for purpose and making sure I can lay my head on my pillow at night feeling that I am still doing more good than harm. I find that I am actively working on maintaining my belief that life is not a zero sum game. I do not have to win at someone else’s expense. I am able to do well and promote good without needing to put someone else down. Right? I’m checking in with myself more about this lately. And so I get drawn back to empathy. I am convinced that practicing and teaching empathy is our way forward. This has some great pointers for that purpose:

How to Raise Empathetic Kids… Real Simple Magazine

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