Some thoughts on patience.

Uncategorized, Virtue Reflections

Today my thoughts are about patience. Haha. My first thought is that patience is one of those words that instantly makes people feel guilty. Well, not today. Today, we are going to love it. Hopefully. You’ve encountered the beauty of patience if you’ve ever gotten up before dawn with a baby, stayed up late to listen […]

November 28, 2017

Teaching Small Acts of Kindness

How-To Guides, Virtue Reflections

“Thank you!”  “Can I help you with that?”  “I love your art project!” It is pretty amazing that these are the words of first graders. What is even more amazing is that they are choosing to use these words without prompting. As a mother of two grown children, a public school teacher for 22 years, […]

February 18, 2017

Start Their Day with Kindness

How-To Guides, Virtue Reflections

Kindness in the classroom is so important to me. Here are some tips that have helped me lead my students there every day. It all starts with with a morning meeting (The Morning Meeting Book by Roxann Kriete and Carol Davis). Our morning meeting encourages unity, and when students feel united they treat each other […]

February 12, 2017

Kindness Leads

Virtue Reflections

  The minute I saw her I was wary. I was just a girl walking into the hallway of my kindergarten class, getting my daily folder out of my cubbie. She was new. A petite girl with lots of curly blond hair, smiling and chatting with my best friend. I suddenly saw my plan of spending recess […]

February 6, 2017

Perseverance is My Super-Power

Virtue Reflections

It’s a new year! If you are like me, you have dreams you want to live. Things you want to accomplish. But very often annoying hindrances get in the way. My personal biggie is my health. I have a kidney transplant that is plugging away at 22% function, I’m a cancer survivor and recently, I […]

January 7, 2017

Confessions of Joey’s Bully

Virtue Reflections

I am just sitting here wondering…would there be bullies if we taught character? Bullying is a systemic problem. It ranges from the trifling to the atrocious, but I challenge you to poll children of any age, race, gender, socio-economic status, or family structure. I believe you will find children who are bullied and children who […]

December 10, 2015