One Word for 2020

You may have come across people sharing what their ‘word of the year’ is. This is a really powerful exercise you can do to totally change the outlook on the next 12 months ahead. I have had a word of the year for the past three years and it really does...

Play-Life Balance: Reflection

This particular post in my Play-Life Balance series is mainly aimed at educators, however the same theory applies to everyone – the more you stop to think about why you do the things you do, the more likely you are to not only become more confident and calm in...

First Post!

Karen Walker and her team from AETN/PBS came to film me for a video blurb that will be shown at the PBS Kids Early Learner Champion Awards dinner. Here are a few photos my coworker took behind the scenes. She stayed with me most of the day to support me. THANKS KIM!...

Meet Kristen

“Because relationships are so important, I am thrilled about the exciting opportunities to create a sense of community and belonging that helps both families and students thrive inside and outside of the classroom.” Kristen Valley is currently the Parent Engagement...

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood…

Today is World Kindness Day and this year it is being celebrated alongside the amazing Mr Rogers by encouraging people to wear a cardigan and spread the message that it’s cool to be kind. What practices and routines do you have in your setting that promote...

Play-Life Balance: Joy

Do you remember the non-stress moments of pure, unadulterated joy you once felt as a child? No cares in the world, no tiring job to go to, no pressures from anyone and time to just be free? Sigh, me too. Luckily, joy is something we can cultivate in our communities –...

Play-Life Balance: Resilience

The World Health Organization has officially declared burn-out as an ‘occupational phenomenon’ in the International Classification of Diseases (2019). Burn-out is defined in ICD-11 as follows:“Burn-out is a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic...

Play-Life Balance: Gratitude

Last month I wrote about how we should strive to have a play-life balance – interweaving play into our work day so that we can reap the benefits while still doing our jobs. One of these playful activities you can do either on your own or with the...

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