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Making Good Decisions Online

Posted: April 11, 2018 | Category:

It can be difficult for students to understand the permanency of their online behavior.  A poorly thought out “post” or “tweet” could potentially follow them throughout life and prevent them from achieving their goals or dreams in the future. Students need to be taught how to weigh the potential consequences of their actions online so they will be able to make good decisions.

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Having a Positive Attitude

Posted: March 8, 2018 | Category:

The following activity helps students build self-confidence. It can be found in the “Having a Positive Attitude” lesson of our K-2 and 3-5 elementary level curricula.

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Cultivating a Culture of Respect & Unity

Posted: February 14, 2018 | Category:

Too often students are not actively involved in fostering or enforcing the rules and values that keep a school’s culture positive. For the most part, they are given the same set of rules to follow since kindergarten and take a passive role in following them.

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Bridging the Gap Between Intellectual Development and Life Skills in the Art Room

Posted: February 6, 2018 | Category:

I found myself again in unfamiliar territory after my two and half years as a visual arts teacher. This year, I have been assigned to a different school fully packed with new students and over 500 names I must learn and memorize. Out of all the grade levels that I teach (K-8), I must admit that the eighth-grade crowd is a tough one. The thought of meeting my new eighth-graders kept me up till the late hours brainstorming on the best ways to kick-off the new school year on a positive note. I browsed through my best art assignments and comprehensive pre-tests, but something else was still missing. I needed to connect with my students and reach them on a more personal but lighthearted note. Then I realized, I am fully equipped with the Overcoming Obstacles Life Skills curricula – my foundation as a student, and now my lifeline as an art teacher.

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The Spark

Posted: February 5, 2018 | Category:

Twenty-six years ago, when I first approached schools about implementing Overcoming Obstacles the pushback against teaching life skills was strong.  I was told there was no way these lessons could be as impactful as I thought they would be; they said there were too many ineffective programs that made the same claim.  Eventually, two school principals chose 10 educators to teach the lessons to 250 students.  That was the spark that lit the fire!

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