Category: Breaking Ice

The Courage to Be Playful

As you’ve probably noticed, this month’s theme has been courage. One of the origins of the word courage is the Old French “cuer,” meaning “heart.” We have marked February by opening our hearts to love and history, and by asking our hearts to take small difficult steps…

Get Kids Involved in Interviewing an Elder

Download PDF version of Get Kids Involved. MORE RESOURCES FROM STORY CORPS StoryCorps Education World: lesson plans and resources to help young people: Discover the power of their own voice Learn about the importance of listening Gain empathy and understanding for people who are…

Build Community Faster With These 5 First Week Activities

Welcome back and welcome new readers! We all (kind of) know how important relationships and community building are to our classrooms, teams, and buildings. We know strong relationships help students and faculty feel safer and more included – and are a vital part of…

Six Ways to End the School Year on a Positive Note

IT’S NOT TOO LATE! Recently, a teacher invited me to observe his classroom to see if I had any suggestions for how to end the year in a better place. After a 90 minute observation, he and I talked for about 30 minutes and…