I am not sure leaders are leaders without empathy and sympathy. This is essential to relate to those one leads i.e. students. Understanding what they might be experiencing, at least in part, is essential. How did I feel as a student? I think this relates to the currere method.
Shredding the belief that “I will never be happy” is the first step toward achieving happiness. It’s not always easy, but there are some things you can remember to help make this belief weaker, and eventually get rid of it entirely.
The past doesn’t dictate the future. Just because you’ve never been happy before doesn’t mean you can’t be happy ever.
You have more control over your life than you think. Everyone has the power to turn their life around and be happy – if they are willing to put in the work to make gradual change.
Your worldview can sometimes become a self-fulfilling prophecy. By believing “I will never be happy” you in fact think and act in ways that reinforce this and make it more true.
By expanding your worldview to include the possibility of happiness, you are more open to thoughts and actions that make you happy.
Our negative beliefs are often faulty and prone to error. Question yourself by asking, “Why do I believe this?” or “Are there situations or events that may make this NOT true?” You will often find ways in which your belief is false.
Replace these negative beliefs with ones that are more practical and optimistic. “I can be happy” is a completely attainable goal that can be achieved with faith, persistence, and dedication toward a new life.
According to a recent study, when children do chores they learn to be more empathetic, they better understand the importance of contributing to family and are well-adjusted. But it isn't just about telling kids to do chores — it's teaching them how.
Unpredictable circumstances, growing stresses in an ever-increasing global market, and ubiquitous ennui have left organizations and today’s leaders in government, industry, and academia without the necessary tools to transition to change in a principled manner.
The authors explain that the development and maintenance of genuine leadership skills — adaptive to the dictates of the modern world — must be borne from one’s inner self, a retreat to spirituality.
One available method of achieving this is through Equine Facilitated Experiential Learning (EFEL), a technique whereby leaders develop critical management skills by working with horses...
Leading from a values based place is essential. Too often though, we think of values as placing a value on something. In truth, values (in French valoir) is a place of strength and courage to act and speak properly.
It’s almost that time of year again… time to spread a little festive kindness. My Kindness Advent Calendar works just like a normal advent calendar but instead of the usual chocolate countdown, we …
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Although I think kindness is an everyday way, this might help some teachers who are unsure how to go about being kind.
I have been fortunate and have spent time with people from different cultures, including African. Ubuntu is seeing the other person as a person and taking time to acknowledge their presence. As one person from Africa told me, when they are in North America, they find it difficult not to get caught up in the rush of life.
Harvard Graduate School of Education’s “Making Caring Common” project suggests five ways to help kids demonstrate more empathy or kindness. They include using read alouds, exploring world geography, having a kindness competition, sit with someone new at lunch, and participating in community service.
Read alouds are one of my favorite ways to make issues relatable for my students. ReadBrightly is a great place to find ideas, including a list of picture books to help kids understand the refugee experience. But we must work to make empathy concrete beyond stories.
For starters, we must model empathy as we would any other skill. If you don’t listen to your students and use empathy as part of your classroom management, how likely are your students to show empathy to others?
Educational ideas from Ireland 'Learning by Wandering' by Marie Martin I have just been looking at a book ,'Learning b
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:
This is an interesting idea. If we tap into who we as a person and the wisdom that precedes us, it breaks away from the monotony of sameness. Perhaps we conform to a certain way of teaching because it is easier. What if we imagined a different way of teaching that reached down into our souls?
Can It Happen Here? Jan 31, 2017 | 30 videos Video by The Atlantic This is a clear moment of crisis for Americans, says Atlantic senior editor David Frum. “We are living through the most dangerous challenge to the free government of the United States in decades,” he explains in this video. What can people do when Congress refuses to check the president, civil unrest fuels his agenda, and he uses Twitter to stifle dissent? Read more in The Atlantic’s March 2017 cover story, “How to Build an Autocracy.” Authors: Daniel Lombroso, David Frum
What are the similarities and differences between mindfulness and social and emotional learning (SEL)? How do the two approaches converge or collide? How might integrating mindfulness amplify the effects of existing SEL programs?
This is a beautiful video from Dr. Brene Brown that explains the difference between empathy and sympathy and which one really leads to a genuine connection. Enjoy! Continue the conversation Our parent site, Ideapod, is a social network for idea sharing. It’s a place for you to explore ideas, share your own and come …
Mayors from scores of the world’s biggest cities gathered in Mexico Wednesday to plot their strategy for fighting climate change in the face of skepticism from US President-elect Donald Trump.
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:
An interesting silver lining is that maybe local leaders will understand their roles are essential.
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