Safe, Smart, and Social Online!

As we continue to see the rise of technology in our culture, students are often bombarded with options to share information, in ways that can be both positive and negative to their futures. This is a GREAT site to invest some time researching how to help your child/student be SAFE, SMART, and SOCIAL online.


Grade 4/5 ESLR Skills and Social/Emotional Growth

Our Grade 4 and 5 students are currently compiling all of their learned ESLR skills to engage with each other (Collaboration) in social/emotional games. Students play Totika, the Ungame, and The Social and Emotional Competence Game to gain insight into each others’ internal experiences, as well as process and reflect on their feelings and thoughts (Communication, Global Citizenship, Complex Thinking and Independent Learning). As these games have no “finish” or winner/loser, the students also learn the value of process, not end-result. Additionally, they are beginning to recognize the value in self-reflection and sharing inner experiences with others. I’m really humbled to see how far our students have come in their growth this year.

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Grade 5 Lantau Island Trip

I recently accompanied our Grade 5 students to Lantau Island, a small landform off of Hong Kong, for a 2-day overnight service and action trip. The day trips included multiple service activities, including beach clean-up, planting trees, and composting. Additionally, they learned about the wide variety of ecosystems that are contained on Lantau, making it a very unique island. Finally, they engaged in organic farming, and participated in activities related to environmental conservation and Global Citizenship. It was a truly beautiful trip, and our students grew in both social and academic realms. IMG_3222


Hiking Mount Kinabalu

During our Spring Break, my husband and I traveled to Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia for the EARCOS (East Asian Regional Council of Schools) Spring Conference. Since I am always speaking to the value of holistic health (mind, body, spiritual, soul), I wanted to share a photo from our hike on Mount Kinabalu. Mount Kinabalu is the highest mountain between the Himalayas and New Guinea, and a truly a spectacular site (despite being a difficult hike). Being a believer in mental health, I can highly recommend Borneo for it’s natural beauty and quiet, soothing nature.


Bullying Acrostic Poems

Our Grade 2 and 3 students recently engaged in a lesson relating to the descriptions and deciphering what is/is not bullying behaviors. Then, they performed skits and wrote acrostic poems describing all the different feelings, words, and descriptions that accompany bullying.

Bullying includes:

1) Power/Status-related

2) Repeated

3) Unwanted

4) Purposeful



Positive Psychology: Be and Elephant Parent/Teacher

Positive Psychology has a unique perspective on teaching and parenting: “Be an Elephant Mother in the times of the Tiger Mom.”

What, Dr. K? Yes, it may sound funny, and not at all related to humans. However, we can take many lessons from our beautiful animal kingdom. In this case, we learn that Elephant Mothers hold deep, enduring, emotional bonds as priority over compliance (what Tigers value). The original article here, explains more about this

I find ten ways that you can become an elephant teacher consistent with the research and practice of positive psychology.

1. Lower your voice. Raised and harsh voices hinder learning.

2. Prevent or comfort crying and distress. Negative experience stresses the brain.

3. Participate in joyful experiences daily. Positive experience nourishes the brain.

4. Let children and adolescents play.

5. Emotionally protect to incubate the emotional strength that underlies future resilience.

6. Show infinite patience and Рabove all else Рalways be unconditionally kind.

7. Model “grit” or perserverance¬†so it is learned organically through observation.

8. Understand adult-like standards/expectations are not developmentally appropriate.

9. Be nurturing, vulnerable, empathetic.

10. Be the teacher you want to be and not the one others expect you to become.

Remember that children have the rest of their lives to “grow up”. Don’t rush them or you sap their emotional strength before it matures. Don’t burden them with responsibiities that are too big for them just as you would not buy shoes two sizes too large. Functional development evolves slowly.