Too Tired to Succeed – Who Takes Care of the Caregivers?

I am in the classroom, teaching Kindergarten and grade one students.  I am talking about feelings. Our moments of “unkind” and “mean” happen most when we are depleted. If you are hungry, angry, lonely or tired; if you are frustrated, hurt or worried, chances are good, you will be unkind to someone. I am in 12 […]

Middle Aged Brain on Twitter

In an ever-growing attempt to acquaint myself in the digital land, I have decided to use part of my winter break navigating twitter.  Still flush with my one on one tutorial with a fellow colleague, Wendy Beamish, I felt I could tackle what felt like a massive stream of information, words, provocative phrases, rabbit holes, […]

The Attention Economy Cheat Sheet

Emi Garzitto  Creative Edge Consulting  https://creativeedgeconsulting.com  http://livinginpublicschoolspaces.blogspot.ca    The Attention Economy Cheat Notes  Take small steps    Repeat them daily    Reinforce success    Create consistent routines    Do less    Have less    Eat meals together with no electronic devices including the TV    Have 30 minute family time where all electronic devices are […]

Fear Can’t Win

I am sitting across from a client. We have worked together over the last few years so I have been able to witness some significant and courageous transformations. He has been sober for over two years. Employed,  engaged in healthy habits and routines. As with all transformations, many deaths occur. He is divorced. He is […]

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 Is Anxiety Cheat Sheet

What is Anxiety? anx·i·e·ty noun: anxiety; plural noun: anxieties a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome. PSYCHIATRY a nervous disorder characterized by a state of excessive uneasiness and apprehension, typically with compulsive behavior or panic attacks. Stress Chemicals Increases production of cortisol and adrenaline […]

Active Listening Cheat Sheet

Active Listening Cheat Sheet   Listening Is ›  The cornerstone of all conflict and communication practices. ›  90% of the conflict process is about being a good listener. The Opposite of Multitasking Is ›  Active Listening. ›  The ability to focus and attend to an outside speaker, while putting aside your ‘inside dialogue’ takes practice. […]