Showing posts from October 30, 2016

How to Stop the Culture of Complaining in Schools

ByOwen Griffith

Fourth-grade teacher Owen Griffith offers practical ways to turn schools and classrooms into no-complaint zones.

Wherever we look in our schools, we can find complaining: in classrooms, hallways, offices, and teachers’ lounges. Participating in such talk is easy because there is a lot “wrong” in our schools, but this kind of dialogue is destructive and often spreads quickly. Why do people complain so much in the first place? An honest answer is that it feels good to complain and blame someone or something else when things are not going our way. Complaining takes the responsibility off of us and, according toresearchers, often engenders the comforting response we crave when we fail or are disappointed. This is not to say that there isn’t a time for complaining. Quite often we might be dealing with injustice or unfairness in our schools that give us good reason to complain. But complaining should not be the end goal; rather, it should serve as an impetus to rally others to h…

Inspirational Quote for November 4, 2016

“Be the reason someone smiles today.”

How wonderful to know that you are personally responsible for somebody smiling or laughing today. I know how much I appreciate it when my family or friends say or do something that makes me smile or laugh. I can totally relate to the saying that “laughter is the best medicine.” The ability to instigate a smile or laughter is a very precious gift indeed, and one that we are all capable of giving at anytime, anywhere to anybody. So go, give……..


What Science Taught Me About Gratitude, Compassion & Awe

Dacher Keltner, world renowned psychologist and researcher credited with expanding the field of science to include emotions, offers thought leadership that can shift our cultural narrative towards kindness and care. He shows us that the levels of the basic human nervous system include compassion (through experiments in which images of human suffering lit up the subjects' mammalian nervous system), and demonstrates how "touch is the language of gratitude."

How to Talk to Boys about Trump’s Attitude Toward Women

ByJeremy Adam Smith

The GOP candidate's "locker-room talk" points to a problem that is bigger than one election. How can parents and teachers build a culture of consent and healthy communication? 

GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump has bragged about laying his hands on women without their permission, and numerous women have come forward to claim that he assaulted them. In the past and throughout the campaign, he has usedraw and disrespectful language to describe women, including his opponent, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. When confronted about this language in the second presidential debate, Trump trivialized it as “locker-room talk.”  My 12-year-old son overheard the “locker-room” statement as I watched the debate. “What are they talking about?” he asked. My heart sank and my mind went blank. I mumbled something, I don’t remember what. Then I rallied and said: “Donald Trump bragged about grabbing women without permission. He is not a good man.” To which my son…

Inspirational Quote for November 3, 2016

“The answers you seek never come when the mind is busy, they come when the mind is still.”

Busy, overactive, buzzing mind, with thoughts going round and round in a constant whirlpool of worry! How often has this happened to you? Many times? Yes, me too. However, I have found that, by sitting somewhere quiet and comfortable, has enabled me to just concentrate on stilling and quieting my mind. Occasionally, it can take more time than others but, eventually, my mind does become more still and peaceful and it’s then, and only then, that the answers I need take the opportunity to come forward. Try this the next time you find your head in a whirl with worry.


Symptoms That May Signal Vitamin Deficiency

Are You Getting What You Need?

Tired, dry skin, or fighting a cold again? If you feel like something is a little off, you may lack some key vitamins or minerals. They help your cells and organs work the way they should and boost your immune system, among other things. Usually, the best way to get them is through foods that have a lot of them.

Fight Fatigue

If you’re tired after a full night’s rest, it could be from a lack of iron (found in lean meat, beans, and fortified cereals) or vitamin B12 (in beef liver and clams). They’re both important for healthy red blood cells, which get oxygen to your body’s tissues.


If you have these a lot, talk to your doctor about magnesium, found in beans, nuts, and green leafy veggies. This mineral helps your nerves work the way they should and keeps your blood sugar levels in check. The Association of Migraine Disorders says 400 milligrams a day can help some people who get migraines.

Dry Eyes

It might be allergies or wearing contact lenses for …

The Truth About Halloween Candy Calories

How Many Is Too Many?

Your kid’s gone to bed. His Halloween candy sits there unguarded. He won’t notice if you eat one or two. Or two or three. But before you dive in, remember that you shouldn’t get more than 10% of your daily calories from added sugar -- that’s around 200 if you typically aim for 2,000 a day -- and candy is loaded with it. So how many can you have? You’ll have to decide that for yourself, but knowing the numbers may help.

Candy Corn

Real corn naturally has sugar, but it’s added to every kernel of candy corn. Soft, chewy, and syrupy sweet, these little things are a Halloween staple -- and dangerously easy to eat. What’s your limit?


1 kernel: 7

1 handful (25 pieces): 175

The exact number might be different, depending on the size of your hand, so count them one at a time if you want to be sure.


Caramel, nougat, and roasted peanuts -- all wrapped in milk chocolate. It’s a winning combination when it comes to taste. But what’s it worth to you?


Fun size: …