We are pleased to annouce that Oakland Schools in Michigan is coming on board to work with FuelEd! Oakland learned about FuelEd through the Education Week article co-written by FuelEd and Anthony Cody entitled, "How Can Teachers Overcome Depression and Strife." So, thanks, Anthony!
The FuelEd program at Oakland schools will consist of a group of 24 special education teachers who will gather for three professional development days, which include FuelEd's workshops and small groups, throughout the 2013-2014 school year. Supplementing FuelEd’s professional development days, Oakland teachers will receive one-on-ones with FuelEd staff. Steve Whitmore, Social Work Consultant to Oakland Schools who discovered FuelEd through the Education Week article, says: "Oakland Schools is looking forward to the collaboration with Fuel Ed to increase positive relationships by building supportive school cultures." To learn more about Oakland Schools, please click here.
Being present; being with......vital relationship builders.
"Being present, whether with children, with friends, or even with oneself, is always hard work. But isn’t this attentiveness — the feeling that someone is trying to think about us — something we want more than praise?"
You have to teach from the heart. This goes for people teaching adults as well as those teaching children.
One of my own children (academic engagement varied greatly until he "owned" his learning at 19) said: "I know when a teacher isn't interested in their work. I know when they aren't interested in my learning. I mostly put my headphones on in those classes because I am not going to get much out of the class."
Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years, once heard a colleague say, "They don't pay me to like the kids." Her response: "Kids don't learn from people they don’t like.’” A rousing call to educators to believe in their students and actually connect...
Mary Perfitt-Nelson's insight:
We rarely discuss the VALUE and importance of RELATIONSHIPS. NO Significant learning can happen without a relationship!
If you say it LONG enough, people start to believe it!
Making sure children grow up in a safe and stable environment is the goal of Iowa State University researchers working on a statewide evaluation through the Iowa Department of Public Health and the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting...
Parents trying to soothe a fussy infant might want to invest in a sling to carry their kid.
In human infants and mouse pups, bumping along in their mothers’ arms (or mouths) acts as the ultimate pacifier: crying stops, fidgety bodies go still and racing hearts thump more slowly, researchers report April 18 in Current Biology.
The calm may do more than save parents’ sanity. Carrying lulls mammalian babies into a trance that may improve their chances of survival, the study’s authors suggest. Lugging around wriggling banshees is tough work; mouse mothers on the move fare better with babies that relaxed when carried.
The Center for Creative Leadership did a study with data from 6,731 managers from 38 countries. Their study found that the ability to understand what others are feeling is a skill that clearly contributes to effective leadership. In some cultures, the connection between empathy and performance is particularly striking, placing an even greater value on empathy as a leadership skill.
The findings were consistent across the sample: empathy is positively related to job performance. Managers who show more empathy toward direct reports are viewed as better performers in their job by their bosses.
As I was going through some old paperwork a couple of weeks ago, I came across the binder that I used with my band three years ago. I remember that was a difficult year because the classes were terribly large.
Mary Perfitt-Nelson's insight:
Will my present attitude promote a positive learning atmosphere?Are all my thoughts focused on creating an educational experience throughout the class?Do I exemplify the standards of excellence I expect from my students?Am I properly prepared to make the best use of time by highlighting the growth of every student?Have I dismissed my own agenda of personal considerations so that this class will be directed toward serving students in a disciplined format of meaningful learning?
Empathy matters. And it needs to be taught in schools. I've seen, read and written this before, but I wasn't quite convinced until earlier this week when I plugged into an episode of "This American Life" on a bus to New York City.
My friend Nicholas Day, who wrote the wonderful book Baby Meets World (the smartest and funniest book on infants I’ve ever read) has a really interesting new column on Slate about how babies learn—specifically, how they figure out that other people...
Mary Perfitt-Nelson's insight:
This is a fundamental question: do you believe EVERYONE can learn?
"Emotional intelligence is defined as the capacity to see, understand and manage the emotions of one's self, of others, and of groups. (...)
Salovey and Mayer's built on this definition by describing EI as, 'The ability to perceive emotion, integrate emotion to facilitate thought, understand emotions, and to regulate emotions to promote personal growth.' Their model defined four types of skills."
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