Communication

April 17, 2016

Eight tips on what to do when students make hurtful remarks.

August 10, 2015

This classroom activity helps build community in your classroom at the start of the school year, and encourages students to reflect on some of the big issues in the news over the summer. It can be a stand-alone circle, or it can be used to jumpstart a longer term project in advisory, social studies,...

December 4, 2014

These guidelines provide helpful suggestions for discussing upsetting issues in the news.

October 29, 2014

Eleven suggestions to help adults address oppressive behavior by students.

November 19, 2012

The holidays are not always a joyful occasion, especially for those facing hardship or stress. In this activity, students share their feelings about the upcoming holidays and consider how they might provide some encouragement for those who are struggling.       

October 17, 2012

Talking with children about current events can be rough terrain but it's important because it provides a way to build compassion and critical thinking and, at the same time, address their most important questions.  

February 12, 2012

Classroom lessons to foster respect for diversity, a concrete way for schools to mark Respect for All Week.

November 7, 2011

Students interview and learn about one another.

November 7, 2011

Uses puppets to introduce young children to the concept of escalating and deescalating conflict.

November 7, 2011

An experienced classroom teacher offers two 10-minute activities she has found useful in building community in her classroom, particularly at the start of the school year.