Quick Fire Neural Pathways – Helping Our Brains Wire for Compassion

A fourteen-year-old girl, “Wendy” has been shunned by her social circle for having slandered another high profile fifteen-year-old girl. “Samantha”.  Samantha has rallied all of her friends and has now started a social media campaign that essentially humiliates Wendy.  She has posted false information about Wendy and numerous other girls have picked up the slander. […]

What Makes You a Gaming Addict?

We are on our devices too much.  We rely on all of these distractions and pings of dopamine to get us through the day.  And everytime we do that, we are loosing an opportunity to learn how to manage our big feelings, take care of our bodies, and practice relationship building. It is too much, […]

Combatting Addiction With Curiosity and Community

The opposite of addiction is not sobriety. It is human connection. Joahan Hari     There is a classic study done on rats. They were in a sterile environment, and they were given the choice of either water or water mixed with cocaine. By the end of the study all of the mice became addicted […]

Helping Children Learn in the Age of Distractions Cheat Sheet

Your Brain on Twitter – Helping Children Learn in the Age of Distractions Electronic Culture: n  Favours quick responses, quick results and efficient outcomes. n  Does not utilize our bodies and movement, which is where social, emotional learning takes place. n  Does not provide the repetitive practice required to help children learn social cues, emotional […]

What Does Social Emotional Learning Have In Common With Video Games?

Easy to learn, hard to master. This is the goal of every video game developer.  It is the hallmark of the gaming industry.  It allows a user to gain enough proficiency in a game so as to encourage further use, and gradual challenges to provide more and more complexity and effort.  It is a simple […]

What Elementary Schools can Teach High School Communities Part 1

What Elementary Schools can Teach High School Communities Part 1 It has been two and a half solid months since I have made the switch from High School Vice Principal to Elementary School Counselor and the culture shock has finally started to wane.  I know that I have made the right decision – as painful […]

How Do We Put Back in Curriculum What Technology Takes Away?

Technology is moving into the educational sphere in an ever-increasing way.  The BC Ed Learning Plan has “Learning empowered by technology” as one of its five key elements that will inform future educational policy. (p.5 http://www.bcedplan.ca/assets/pdf/bc_edu_plan.pdf) The Vancouver School Board, like many other districts, is looking at introducing a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) culture […]