Tips & Ideas

Guidance and inspiration to help you build skills and community in your classroom and school

April 13, 2018
    YouTube Name: Crawford Community Building Circle Focus: Restorative Mindset, Restorative Practices (RP) & Student Centered Learning Time: 11:30 min Who & Where: The Curley School,…
April 10, 2018
    Focus: Restorative Mindset & Practices throughout the School Day Time: 14:39 min Who & Where: Spokane Public Schools, WA Grade level: K-12   Description The educators in the clip…
January 4, 2018
Empathy isn’t just a quality – it’s a skill that can be learned. Here’s an activity to help students practice their empathy skills.   Empathy is a popular word these days. Politicians, talk show…
December 18, 2017
We all have self-talk. Fortunately, we, and our students, can learn to shape what that self-talk is.   As we go about our daily lives we are constantly interpreting the situations in which we find…
November 13, 2017
An “I Need Message” is a short and sweet way for students to be assertive and get their needs met, even with people they don’t know well.    The “I Message” is a staple of social and emotional…
October 12, 2017
Taking a deep breath isn’t just for difficult moments. This simple soothing strategy can help us and our students any time we need it.   Our 4Rs curriculum includes a popular activity called Stop-…
August 31, 2017
Begin by asking students, "What do you need to feel safe, comfortable, and excited to learn?" The beginning of the school year is the ideal time to start building a positive classroom climate. One…
June 28, 2017
Instead of jumping ahead to brainstorming solutions, first explore why a problem is occurring. An important part of social and emotional learning is encouraging students to solve their own problems…
May 12, 2017
Question:   Recently in a circle, we had a very “heavy” sharing.  I was struggling to balance respectfully listening and appreciating participants' sharing and reflections. Then it got even heavier…
May 9, 2017
Encouraging students to use put-ups can improve the climate in your classroom. But many put-ups are about surface qualities. (I like your shoes!) Help students craft deeper put-ups with these simple…