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Shifting from Drama to Dialogue

We often express irritation and exasperation with other people’s “drama”.However, how careful are we in avoiding the pitfalls of drama in our own lives? WHAT IS THE DRAMA CYCLE? I am thinking of drama as being characterized by negative side-talk, vilification, righteousness, and increasing…

Beyond “I Like Your Shoes”: Aligning Feedback with Values

The restorative theme for March is Value-Driven Effective Feedback. Often, when we hear the word feedback, we imagine a formal evaluation meeting or slightly disguised criticism. However, feedback is actually neither of those things. Feedback is simply information from the environment about the IMPACT…

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…

If Fear Is the Opposite of Love

When I was younger I learned that hot was the opposite of cold, fast was the opposite of slow, and hate was the opposite of love. However, over time, I have come to believe the words of Julia Cameron of The Artist’s Way: that fear, and…

Join the 2019 RJ Connection Series

Elaine is honored to be invited as one of 12+ global RJ Guides for the 2019 Connection Series. A 12-Month Ongoing Opportunity to Connect, Share, Solution-Build and Participate with a Diverse  Faculty & Global Community via Web- and Telecast. The year-long series allows participants…

The Fishbowl: A Classroom Circle Story

This is a TRUE story told to me by Ms. Goforit – whose 7th graders had a small conflict (some name calling) the day before. Let’s call the involved students Angry, Bored, and Clever. Ms. Goforit knew she did not have time to prep all…

Two Steps to Better Parent Teacher Meetings

Whether you are a teacher, a parent, or both, parent-teacher conferences do not have to be stressful. Instead, they can be an opportunity for everyone to get on the same page on how to best support our children. This is because, underneath all the facts,…