by Tara Hornich-Lisciandro
Standardized tests, course exams, homework, after-school sports and activities, part-time jobs—many of our students live very busy and pressure-packed lives. As educators, we teach them how to better organize all of the “stuff” in their lives, but we rarely teach our students how to organize their thoughts and soothe their anxieties. Often, the stress of their daily lives accumulates until a “worry ball” forms...
Editor’s Note from Eden Kozlowski: This article is written specifically to educators. But, aren't we all. Give it a read...
by Corydon Ireland
Tell me a story.
That tender and urgent imperative appears to date to early humankind...
Editor's Note from Michael Williams: Last month saw a standing room only crowd come out to “Tell Me A Story” event sponsored by the Harvard College Students for Scholars at Risk. The event featured literary scholar Stephen Greenblatt and a number of other scholars and writers talking about the necessity of storytelling our world today.
Bakasana, or Crow (sometimes called Crane pose) is a challenging posture for many beginning yoga students. While it can take some time and quite a few falls to master, there are some yoga tricks that will help you accomplish this pose sooner rather than later. Here are five of them...
Editor´s Note from Lexi Yoga: Crow pose, known as Bakasana is quite a challenging yoga posture, especially for beginners. You need a lot of upper body and core strength. Here are some helpful tips to help you master Bakasana. It takes a lot of practice, but eventually you'll get it.
by Lisa McCourt
I’m seeing a lot of suffering lately around marriages that are falling apart. And it makes me feel downright rebellious. Not only because of the tremendous obstacles I had to stare down when creating my own original paradigm for divorce, but now on behalf of my smart, kind, competent students getting totally unraveled by what I consider absolutely unnecessary, erroneous, and archaic notions about marriage and nature of human partnership...
Editor's Note from Lisa McCourt: To follow up on my recent post about my freakishly-customized divorce, I want to share a misperception I see frequently with my Joy-Training clients . . . one that has me raising a new flag for divorce-reform! Endings can be as beautiful and natural as beginnings if we train ourselves to see them that way.
Editor's Note from Susan de Wardt: Too many people lose their interest in poetry during high school. Not so for the students of Austin Glanville. Enjoy this video composite of his sophomore high school students who are turned on to poetry for self-expression. Very exciting to see young people connect with poetic language. They really get it - thanks to a passionate teacher.
Writing & Poetry Therapy
by Donna Jacobs Sife
Personal stories – when teachers tell stories about themselves as children, or as fallible adults, apart from building an intimacy between themselves and their students, their students can also often feel safe to admit to their own fallibilities and internal struggles, particularly if the anecdotes and memories are those of a struggle, a misunderstanding or a reaction to living in a diverse society...
Editor's Note from Michael Williams: The value of storytelling for diversity and cross-cultural education cannot be overestimated. Storytelling can build relationships, develop empathy and understanding of cultures, develop language, connect with traditions, heal grievances, impart values and ethics, and speak of difficult things in a safe and accessible way.
Editor's Note from Karen Adler: I love to see art therapy make a difference in people's lives, particularly school students who are empowered to take back control of their lives via art. 'Gangs, murder and fear are common vocabulary words for some Chicago Public School students. They see tragedies so often that it harmfully affects their behavior and academics. But Art Therapy Connection tries to change that. This non-profit helps children and teens conquer anger and other emotional issues through artwork.
Arts & Art Therapy
by Tracy Wasem
"No coffee?" I whined while staring at the obviously empty pot and shelf. "The Circle K is finished, Tracy" Brian stated while giving me a kiss while heading out to work at the hospital...
Editor's Note from Eileen Gonzalez: Tracy is genuine, caring and has a gift which she openly shares with others. She has reached a level of awareness and peace which she emits to all she come in contact with. Earlier this month, Tracy published another book meant to help kids fall in love with reading, "101 Sensational Story Starters for 5th and 6th Grade Students".
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