Teaching Emotional Resilience with FRIENDS

According to their website, the FRIENDS Programs are “evidence-based, social and emotional skills programs aimed at building resilience of individuals and families across the lifespan”. The friends acronym outlines key strategies and skills used in the programs that teach students emotional awareness and anxiety management. While there are several programs aimed at different age groups,…

Nonviolent Communication in the Classroom

Marshall Rosenberg’s Nonviolent Communication program “begins by assuming that we are all compassionate by nature and that violent strategies—whether verbal or physical—are learned behaviors taught and supported by the prevailing culture. NVC also assumes that we all share the same, basic human needs, and that each of our actions are a strategy to meet one or…

Language Arts Activities

In our program we were able to take two courses dedicated to language arts. The first course focused on literacy in general and the second focused specifically on reading. Recently I decided to sit down and gather some of the best ideas I could remember from those courses. Since I have an incredible cohort, I…

Possible Social Studies Activities

In our Social Studies class last semester, our teacher often led us through activities that we could apply in our own practice. I’ve included a few of those ideas below. “I am from” poetry: This activity is a great way to get students thinking about the environment, people, and culture that contributes to their identity. …

Helpful Social Studies Resources

Some of the best advice I’ve received so far is the old adage, beg, borrow and steal. It’s become increasingly apparent that I can not, and should not, try to develop all of my own resources. There are so many amazing teachers and professionals out there who have already developed their own creative curriculum material….