The Quick, Easy Way I Show Kids Thankfulness

Thanksgiving activity

Thankfulness is a way of life all year long. As a student, however, I think I caught what teachers taught by how they lived their lives. I want to be that person who models everlasting love and joy for every human being I get to know! So, today is such a day! On this day, […]

5 Ways to Be Kind Right Now with Houston Kraft

We can be kind now in the classroom and online

5 Ways to Be Kind Right Now with Houston Kraft

How to Be Kind Right Now and Where to Start with Houston Kraft With 2020 and everything going on, there are countless reasons why being kind is important right now, both in and out of the classroom. In this episode, I sit down with fellow kindness advocate Houston Kraft, public speaker, curriculum developer, and co-founder […]

Current Research and 4 Trauma-Informed Principles to Help Students Now

Dr. Eric Rossen from NASP shares

Current Research and 4 Trauma-Informed Principles to Help Students Now

Current Research and 4 Trauma-Informed Principles to Help Students Now with Dr Eric Rossen Students experiencing the coronavirus crisis are experiencing trauma. So are teachers and parents. In today’s show, learn the ten principles to help us encourage and help others as we work through this crisis together with Dr. Eric Rossen, the Director of […]

Smiling Behind the Mask: Face to Face School and SEL

Fourth Grade Teacher Erica Boomsma Talks about Face to Face School

Smiling Behind the Mask: Face to Face School and SEL with Erica Boomsma

Smiling Behind the Mask: Face to Face School and SEL with Erica Boomsma Erica Boomsma is in South Dakota where they have been teaching in face-to-face school for the last four weeks. She talks about the fears she had in going back, the protocols they are using, and the positive experiences they are having amidst […]

How to Create a Safe and Uplifting Environment This Fall

We don’t know what the future holds but we know there are things we can do to help children cope with anxiety. We also know there are things we can do to be prepared for distance learning.  Joseph Hamer, a second-grade teacher from Wichita Kansas, and author of Brain Awakes joins Vicki to discuss how […]

7 Things to Consider As We Return to Learn This Fall

7 Things to Consider as We Return to Learn This Fall

As we prepare to learn this fall, we need to consider some teaching best practices. In this episode we cover quite a few topics: What the fall will look like (we think) How to plan for instruction How to differentiate online instruction Blended learning best practices How to support parents Using community resources to support […]

Back to School Twitter Chat Tuesday, July 28th – 8 pm EDT #Back2SchoolChat

#Back2SchoolChat

As we prepare to go back to school, we need to share best practices and ideas for learning. The exchange of ideas and building of our Personal Learning Network (PLN) is part of our growth and learning. On Tuesday, July 28th at 8 pm EDT, I’ll be co-hosting a #Back2SchoolChat with Advancement Courses. Conversation topics […]

20 Ways to Personalize Your Learning This Summer

Personalize learning this summer

We educators need to rest and recover this summer. So many of us are exhausted. But the reality is also that we’re going to have to prepare for a fall that – whatever it looks like – will include an online learning component. Even if we go back to face-to-face learning, we will all have […]

Absolutely Essential SEL Skills We Need During the Pandemic

Critical SEL Skills for Students, Parents and Teachers During the Pandemic

Students, parents, and teachers have social emotional learning skills that are needed in today’s climate. Dr. Amy Cranston helps us understand how we can help our children (and families and schools) make it through this difficult time. Sponsor: In today’s challenging times, we know how critical it is to make sure kids are equipped with […]

5 Ways to Build Effective Social Emotional Learning Environments Online

5 Ways to Build Effective Social Emotional Learning Environments with Amy Cranston

The current education climate has created unique social emotional challenges for students, parents, and teachers alike. Today, Dr. Amy Cranston helps us understand how to create effective social emotional learning (SEL) environments online. As we move forward and plan, we need to make sure that the environments we create for learning help children thrive educationally […]