Category Archives: Daniel Kerr

Digging Deep

So just last week as I was greeting the kids off of the buses, a student who was new to the school at the beginning of this year said to me, “Mr. Kerr, it always looks like you are smiling under your mask but I’ve never actually seen your face”. So I stepped back several feet, far away from anyone around me, and pulled my mask off to the side for a quick second to give him a huge smile that stretched from ear to ear. He said, “yup, just like I imagined”, and then off he went with his friends to the playground. You would think that a moment like that would bring me loads of joy, and it did make me smile inside a little bit but honestly, as I was walking into the school after the final bus had arrived I was hit with a pretty deep sense of sadness, and then it really hit me…I am so done with this pandemic. 

It’s been over a year now since the world first locked down and it’s getting old and tiring. I know that everyone is feeling it too, and even though the vaccines are starting to roll out at a greater rate, and we have our sights set on possible summer travel, the next stretch coming up is going to require us to dig a little deeper, and to rely on each other even more as we struggle through the third wave. 

We have done so incredibly well as a school to keep our students on campus for the majority of the year, and we are all very good now at staying vigilant with our protocols and restrictions. We have all learned some valuable lessons about resiliency in the face of adversity over the past 15 months, and we have managed to find ways to stay upbeat, energetic and hopeful as the virus hangs on by it’s fangs. The saving grace, for me anyway, is the fact that spring has sprung and the sunny, warmer weather and the gift of these longer, lighter days have given me the boost that I needed to take on this next stretch. 

Over the next few weeks, as we speed toward the upcoming holiday, use the warmth of the sun, and the warmth of each other to find that extra gear, and dig deep for our kids and community. Here is a beautiful poem that celebrates the gift of spring, and over the next three weeks find joy and energy and love in the natural world around us. Have a wonderful week in the sun everyone, and remember to be great for our kids and good to each other…we got this!

“Flower God, God of the Spring…”

Flower god, god of the spring, beautiful, bountiful,

Cold-dyed shield in the sky, lover of versicles,

Here I wander in April

Cold, grey-headed; and still to my

Heart, Spring comes with a bound, Spring the deliverer,

Spring, song-leader in woods, chorally resonant;

Spring, flower-planter in meadows,

Child-conductor in willowy

Fields deep dotted with bloom, daisies and crocuses:

Here that child from his heart drinks of eternity:

O child, happy are children!

She still smiles on their innocence,

She, dear mother in God, fostering violets,

Fills earth full of her scents, voices and violins:

Thus one cunning in music

Wakes old chords in the memory:

Thus fair earth in the Spring leads her performances.

One more touch of the bow, smell of the virginal

Green – one more, and my bosom

Feels new life with an ecstasy.

Quote of the Week…

Some of life’s best lessons are learned at the hardest times 

Inspiring videos – 

Fairytale Ending

Mom’s Final Trip

Sadness into Smiles (A good one to reshare)

The inspirational Dick Hoyt

Surfing in Ice Cold Water – Related TED Talk

Related Articles – 

Pandemic Tips

When Times Get Tough

7 Strategies

Keeping Your Stability

Mentally Strong

The Voice Inside Your Head

So I just recently finished reading a fascinating new book by Ethan Kross titled, Chatter. It’s all about that little voice that we have inside our heads, and the power that it has, when not harnessed properly, to lead us down a rabbit hole of negative self talk and endless rumination. This little voice can easily affect our moods, and if we don’t get control over it, this inner chatter can even negatively affect our physical health, as well the relationships that we have with others. 

Reading it was timely for me, as I’ve noticed lately that probably due to the circumstances that we’re all in, and the year that we’ve all just had, I’ve been finding it harder and harder to keep my inner chatter harnessed and happy. This book was a perfect reconnect for me on how to focus on the positive, keep my perspective in check, and to watch how my words and actions affect the moods and daly experiences of the people that I regularly interact with.

Kross shares stories, research, anecdotes and tools around how to keep your inner voice positively framed, and your negative inner chatter at bay. What struck me the most however, was the incredible impact that the voice inside your head can have on your physical health, and how easily it can take over every aspect of your life. 

Kross sums it up nicely by sharing that, “managing our inner voice has the potential to not only help us become more clear headed, but to strengthen the relationships that we share with our friends and loved ones. It can help us offer better support to the people that we care about and it will insulate us against burnout at work. In short, changing the conversations that we have with ourselves has the potential to change our lives”.

I’m not sure about you but my inner chatter is constant throughout the day, and by paying more attention to it over the past couple of weeks I’ve been able to purposely frame my thoughts and experiences in a more positive light. Take this week to notice the inner conversations and monologue that you are having with yourself, and watch how these conversations are affecting your mood and relationships. 

I highly recommend this book, and if nothing else, use this post to think about how your inner chatter is impacting not only your own daily experiences, but the experiences of the people around you. It’s very easy for negative thoughts and self talk to spill into your conversations with others, so be mindful of this, and find ways to keep focused on the positive, as hard as that can be at times. Have a wonderful week everyone and remember to be great for our students and good to each other. 

Quote of the Week…

The key to beating chatter isn’t to stop talking to yourself. The challenge is to figure out how to do so more effectively – Ethan Kross

Related Articles – 

Your Mind’s Inner Chatter

Your Inner voice relationship

The Power of Positive Thinking

How To Stop Negative Chatter

Self Talk

TED Talk – Improve Positive Thinking

TED Talk – Live for Your Eulogy

Inspiring Videos – 

Ice Rink Memories

Returning the Favor

Love in the Time of Coronavirus

What to Read in 2021

So it’s that time of the year again when I get to order books for my birthday, which is my favorite gift ever because it keeps on giving for months and months and months. The deal is that I have to finish reading all of last year’s books before I get to order new ones, and this year I actually finished a while ago due to the lockdowns and quarantines that we all went through. 

As usual, I’m encouraging you all to take a few minutes this week to look through these titles, and to order one (or five) that resonate with you…or, do your own research and share those titles with me so I can add them to this list. The suggestions below revolve around the themes of education, leadership, creativity, innovation and culture building, with an overarching focus on becoming a better person and educator for our world. 

Anyway, happy reading in 2021…a good book can be transformative in so many ways, so please make the time, I promise you it will be time well spent. Have a wonderful week everyone and remember to be great for our students and good to each other.

Quote of the Week…

There is no friend as loyal as a book

-Ernest Hemingway

Think Again – Adam Grant

Change – Damon Centola

Professional Troublemaker – Luvvie Ajayi Jones

Chatter – Ethan Kross

Bravey – Alexi Pappas

The Lonely Century – Noreena Hertz

The Sum of Us – Heather McGhee

Work – James Suzman

The Data Detective – Tim Harford

Beginners – Tom Vanderbilt

How Innovation Works – Matt Ridley

The EQ Deficiency – Brittney Savarda

Post Corona – Scott Galloway

Unleashed – Frances Frei

A Lingering Hug

So if you know me really well, or even if you know me just a little bit, you know that I’m a hugger, and the most difficult thing about this pandemic for me is that I can’t hug anyone! Yes, it’s difficult wearing a mask, and I’m not loving the lockdown or the many Covid restrictions that have been in place for almost a year either, but the thing that’s really getting old is not being able to greet, or thank, or congratulate, or console anyone with a lingering hug. Thank goodness I have my wife and my kids to hug, although it’s at the point now that when my kids see me coming they run the other way because they know that the dozen or so stored up hugs from my day at work are heading straight for them. 

I guess I never thought about how important hugs are in my life, and how much they positively affect my mood, well being and happiness. It shouldn’t be that surprising however, as there is loads of research around how hugging can help to reduce stress and improve a person’s physical and mental health. So without hugs, I’ve been looking for other ways to connect and communicate, and to show someone that I love or care for them, and for the most part it’s going okay, although the elbow bump isn’t giving me what I need. 

As a matter of fact, I received a great book the other day as a birthday gift from my amazing wife, called While We Can’t Hug, and I ended up reading it to almost every kid and teacher in the Lower School. Reading it to kids was therapeutic for me, as I quickly found out that most of the kids and adults are suffering just like I am, and in desperate need of a little bit more human contact. Part of me thinks that the whole world is suffering due to the lack of hugs being shared, and even though I don’t have any scientific data to support this, I also believe that this has contributed to the troubling state of the world that we live in these days. 

Human contact and human connection is a basic need, and without it we are starting to see the negative effects. Like the rest of you, I’m absolutely ready for this pandemic to end, and to get back to a world where I don’t have to “air-hug” the people that mean so much to me…or simple acquaintances for that matter. In the meantime, find ways to show people that you love them in other ways, and get your hugs where you can. Speaking of that, it’s time to go chase my kids around the house to get my quota for the day…they can’t get away from me! Have a wonderful week everyone, and remember to be great for our kids and good to each other. 

Quote of the Week…

I have learned that there is more power in a good strong hug than in a thousand meaningful words – Ann Hood

Inspiring Videos –

Pizza Delivery Man 

The Healing Power of Hugs

Fun Science

Goodbye Hug

Why Do We Hug

Related Articles –

The Power of Hugs

The Benefits of Hugging

A Simple Hug

National Hug Day

Heartfelt Hugs

Book Recommendations – 

The Hug

While We Can’t Hug

A Thread of Silver

So I was walking home from the store the other day through some back alley sidestreets when I stumbled upon a dried up and sad looking Christmas tree lying right in the middle of the lane. It had been blown there by the wind I guess, or maybe just carelessly dumped there by someone who wanted to get rid of it. It had lost most of its needles and a few of the branches were snapped and barely hanging on, and I felt kind of depressed honestly when I bent down to pick it up. Just as I was dragging it to the side of the curb though, I spotted a single piece of tinsel clinging to one of the branches…a little thread of silver that flashed and sparkled and danced in the air, and you know what, it made me smile.

As I continued on my way back home I couldn’t help but think about that withered up tree, and how it relates to the year that we all just went through. 2020 was so incredibly difficult in so many ways, and all that the world wanted to do when January 1st rolled around was to throw the year out in the trash and to move on, and so did I. But what that little tree got me thinking about over the last week or so was that as difficult as last year was, there was a little thread of silver that came out of 2020, and that thread of silver is the promise of change. 

As much as 2020 brought disillusion and disruption to our world and to our lives, I believe that 2021 will bring action and accountability, which will ultimately change so much of our world for the better. I believe that 2020 will serve as a wake up call, which will bring about, at the very least, social and environmental change that will end up strengthening the fabric of the global community. 

On a smaller scale, I also believe that the events of last year will mobilize us as a school community to become stronger, and better, and in many ways it already has. We’ve committed to some transformative initiatives that were bolstered by last year’s events, and which have given us a renewed sense of purpose. Like our JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) work, our peer on peer safeguarding work, our focus on assessment, and so much more. I know it’s easy to simply throw away 2020 and to not look back, and to be thankful that it’s finally over. People want to set their sights firmly on the hope for a brighter 2021, and I get it. 

For so many people in the world, 2020 was a disastrous year, and now it’s a collective loud scream of good riddance. That said, I do believe that just like the sad little tree that I found when I was walking home, if you look carefully enough at that terrible year that has just passed, you might just find a small thread of silver that you can take with you into 2021. A little thread of silver that will give you some hope, and hopefully call you to action, because action is what 2021 desperately needs. Have a wonderful week everyone and remember to be great for our kids and good to each other. 

Quote of the Week…

If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change

– Wayne Dyer

Inspiring Videos – 

Gloria’s Gladiators

Man With Dementia 

Fairy Garden

TED Talk – Overcoming Challenges

TED Talk – 3 Secrets of Resilient People

Related Websites and Articles – 

Center for Optimism 

Finding the Silver Linings

Challenging Times

Staying Positive 

Positive Thinking

Hope springs eternal

So I was having a conversation with a friend of mine the other day about how difficult this past year has been, and he spoke to me about how nervous he is for the upcoming winter months that lie ahead. Just as we were finishing our chat I mentioned to him that deep down I was tremendously hopeful for the changes that 2021 will bring to our world, and he kind of smirked and said that he loved my sense of optimism. It is true that I am an eternal optimist, probably to a fault, but his comment got me thinking about the idea of hope, and how in my opinion being hopeful is actually very different than simply being optimistic.

The conversation reminded me of a wonderful book that I read a long time ago by Jerome Groopman called the, The Anatomy of Hope, where in one of the chapters he beautifully defines and separates out the meaning of these two words. He writes that, “Hope is one of our central emotions, but we are often at a loss when asked to define it. Many of us confuse hope with optimism, a prevailing attitude that things will turn out for the best. But hope differs from optimism. Hope does not arise from being told to think positively, or from hearing an overly rosy forecast. Hope, unlike optimism, is rooted in unalloyed reality. Although there is no uniform definition of hope, I found one that seemed to capture what my patients had taught me. Hope is the elevating feeling we experience when we see—in the mind’s eye—a path to a better future. Hope acknowledges the significant obstacles and deep pitfalls along that path. True hope has no room for delusion.” 

So when I said that I am tremendously hopeful for the changes that 2021 will bring for our world, I said it with the acute awareness that there are some very difficult months that lie ahead, and with the understanding that there are significant challenges and obstacles that we will still have to overcome…yet I remain hopeful, and in my mind’s eye I do see a path to a better future. A little boy said to me on Friday that he can’t wait for things to return to normal, and I know what he meant, but in many ways I don’t want things to return to normal at all. Of course I can’t wait for many of the normal things to return, like hugging for example (I do miss hugging people), but my hope lies in a new normal, a normal that includes a world that is more inclusive and just and kind, a world that is more environmentally friendly, a world that uses the lessons that we’ve learned over the past several months to create a better future for our children, and of course, as an educator, world that finally moves on from it’s outdated and traditional approach to education. I hope for a world that stops taking our earth for granted, and a world that embraces our collective humanity, and a world that is united and connected and a little bit more enlightened…here’s hoping. 

Anyway, it is true that I see the world through rose colored glasses, and ultimately that helps me get through some difficult times, but at the heart of it all, it’s deeper than that…it really is about hope, and seeing that path to a better future. Just imagine the beautiful world that will emerge from this crazy 2020..I can’t wait to see what 2021 will bring. Hang in there everyone, only a week and a half left until the holiday, so remember to be great for our students and good to each other. Enjoy this little poem by John Keats and remain hopeful, because hope springs eternal indeed. 

John Keats, ‘To Hope’.

When by my solitary hearth I sit,

When no fair dreams before my ‘mind’s eye’ flit,

And the bare heath of life presents no bloom;

Sweet Hope, ethereal balm upon me shed,

And wave thy silver pinions o’er my head …

Quote of the Week…

Hope springs eternal in the human breast – Alexander Pope

Inspiring Videos-

Female Toy Soldiers

Give With All Your Heart

Inner Child

Classic and Beautiful 

The Greatest Gift

Holiday Commercial – Sweet

Related Articles – 

The Power of Hope

Live It Forward

Why Hope Matters

TED – How to be More Hopeful

Whatever Brings You Joy

So last week I overheard two friends of mine having a spirited debate over when the correct time was to get out the holiday decorations and to put up their tree. One friend firmly believes that as soon as Halloween is over it’s time to start singing the carols, and the other one absolutely believes that you have to wait until December before the lights can go up. Well, in normal years I tend to agree with my December friend but this year, with all that’s going on, and with all of the craziness that 2020 has sent our way, I say put up that tree today! As far as I’m concerned, the winning argument is, “whatever brings you a little bit of joy in your life”, and if hanging the decorations up and playing Jingle Bells full blast puts a smile on your face then what are you waiting for?

With a month left before the holiday break, and with the lockdown still in effect, it is absolutely essential that we all find joy and happiness everywhere and anywhere that we can, and we need to prioritize taking care of ourselves and each other as we speed toward 2021. It’s also important to find ways to be thankful for the things that we have in our lives that do bring us joy, and with American Thanksgiving coming up this week it is the perfect time to reflect on all that we have to be grateful for. Even though I’m not American, I’m absolutely going to use that day to celebrate my friends and my family, and to be grateful for all of the gifts that life brings to me every day when I open my eyes. I’ll keep this post a little shorter than usual this week, as I have the sudden urge to go wake up my kids to Frosty the Snowman playing loudly on Spotify, and I might even dig out the decorations from the garage if I can convince my wife. 

Anyway, I want to leave you with this beautiful quote from Marelisa Fabrega, who reminds us all to be grateful for the little joys in our lives, and to try and bring a sense of gratitude to our everyday experiences. She says, “Gratitude should not just be a reaction to getting what you want, but an all the time gratitude, the kind where you notice the little things and where you constantly look for the good, even in unpleasant situations. Start bringing gratitude to your experiences, instead of waiting for a positive experience in order to feel grateful.”

Have a wonderful week everyone and remember to be great for our students and good to each other…and whatever brings you a little bit of joy in your life, particularly in the world these days…then go and do it! 

Quote of the Week…

Rules for happiness: Something to do, someone to love, something to hope for

-Immanuel Kant

Inspiring Videos – 

An Attitude of Gratitude

Inner Child

The Show Must Go On

Interesting TED Talk – 

Helping Others Makes Us Happier

Related Articles – 

What it Means to Seize the Day

Giving Thanks Can Make You Happier

Use the Good Stuff

A Clear Focus

So I’ve been taking advantage of the absolute gift of being on campus with students so far this year, by spending a considerable amount of time in classrooms, and it has been a truly joyful experience for me. There are so many things that have impressed me about our teachers lately that I’ve been able to see first hand, not the least of which is their ability to engage and inspire our kids in the face of all the restrictions that we have in place, and of course, the incredible effort that they are giving each and every day to try and make school as “normal” as possible for our young learners. If that wasn’t already enough, what I’ve seen lately throughout many of my classroom visits has inspired me to no end. 

You see, over the past several weeks, I’ve sat in on many lessons where the clear objective and focus from teachers has been on preparing our kids to be better people for our world…change makers for our community, and delivering the academic concepts and content in a way that uplifts and unites, and gets the students to think and act beyond themselves. I’ve seen many lessons lately where students have learned to be independent, and how to resolve conflict, and how to work as a team, and the importance of seeking to understand another person’s perspective instead of judging or dismissing…all the skills that the world truly and desperately needs these days. I’ve seen lessons where the focus has been on tolerance and inclusion, and empathy and diversity, and where teachers for example have chosen an interactive read-aloud that celebrates the strength that all of our differences bring to the building of a community…so good. 

In line with this, I just happened to watch the Netflix documentary, The Social Dilemma, the other day, which I highly recommend. It reminded me that there are forces at work in our society that are very good at isolating, and dividing, and polarizing us through our experiences with social media, and how easy it is these days to be splintered away from each other…pitted against each other by using our differences to divide us instead of to unite us. We live in such a tricky world these days, with so much that can be disconnecting, which makes it even more important that we teach our students how to be the people that we need for our future…and to model this for them as educators. 

I’ve been inspired these days by what I’ve seen in my classroom visits, and I want to encourage even more of it. We have an opportunity, no, we have a responsibility as educators to find ways to use our time with our students to unite, and to uplift…to create the change makers that our world needs and that our future deserves. We need to keep a clear focus on teaching our kids not just to be good students, but to be good people for each other and for our world. People who are kind, and compassionate, and empathetic, and independent, and who seek to understand and unite as opposed to being close minded and dismissive. I want to thank all of you who have really taken this to heart, and I want to encourage you to double down in your efforts to keep this clear focus at the heart of your lesson planning. I see the effort that you are all putting in to create little change makers for our community and for our world, and it’s a beautiful thing. Have a wonderful week everyone, and remember to be great for our students and good to each other. 

Quote of the Week…

Be the reason someone smiles. Be the reason someone feels loved and believes in the goodness in people. – Roy T. Bennett

Inspiring Videos – 

Halloween Gesture – Beautiful

Ballerina Dances Again

Saving a Pig

Alex Trebec tribute

Surfing in Cold Water (oldie but goodie)

Inspiring TED Talk –

The Language of Being Human

Related Articles – 

Teaching Kids Kindness

Teaching Kids About the World

Creating Kindness

Social Skills and Academics

Supporting the Whole Child

An Autumn State of Mind

So we’ve reached November and Autumn in France is in full swing. There is so much beauty that goes hand in hand with this time of the school year, and last week was a great example of that as we finished off spirit week in the lower school with the Trunk or Treat event, which sent our students home smiling and full of joy…and candy. Just as we were dismissing the kids to the buses on Friday afternoon a student asked me very seriously, “Now that Halloween is over Mr. Kerr, can you put up the tree and start playing the holiday music every morning?” Of course, I told her that it was just a little bit too early for that, but honestly, I am tempted because I know that the next 4 weeks are going to be tough in many ways for all of us.

Being back on lockdown is hard for sure, and the timing is rough as well with the weather getting colder and the days getting shorter and the flu season just beginning. Plus, the emotional US election is coming up this week and we are struggling with the recent terror attacks that have put us all on edge. There is a lot of uncertainty as we stare down the next few weeks, and if we are not careful the literal darkness of the days can start to seep into our mindsets and our attitudes and it can start to sap our energy and joy. What we can’t forget is that we have the incredible gift of each other, and we need to commit to reaching out for whatever it is that we need. We have to be purposeful in our attempt to lift each other up as often as we can, and to be the light and warmth for each other as the days get colder and darker. There is so much to look forward to as November begins, and I am hopeful that this month will bring some positive changes to our current situation. 

I often talk about finding inspiration and joy in the little things in life, and in the beauty that surrounds us in every moment of every day. We have our students and we have each other and that’s a lot! Find ways to take care of yourselves both physically and mentallly over the next several weeks and lean on each other for any support that you need. Lean on me specifically for whatever it is that will make your days easier and brighter. Let’s go out of our way to spread joy and light and happiness all around, and let’s begin tomorrow…I don’t want to have to dig out that tree just yet, but I did put together an awesome new holiday playlist which is all ready to go when it’s time. Here is a favorite poem of mine that can help send you into November in a positive Autumn state of mind. Have a wonderful week everyone as we finish off a successful school accreditation experience, and remember to be great for our students and good to each other. 

Hope Is A Thing With Feathers

  • Emily Dickinson

Hope is the thing with feathers

That perches in the soul,

And sings the tune without the words,

And never stops at all,

And sweetest in the gale is heard;

And sore must be the storm

That could abash the little bird

That kept so many warm.

I’ve heard it in the chillest land,

And on the strangest sea;

Yet, never, in extremity,

It asked a crumb of me.

Quote of the Week…

Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that. – Martin Luther King, Jr

Inspiring Videos – 

Proud Parent

Rise Up

A Skeleton Best Friend

Chipmunk Restaurant

6 Year Old ABC’s

Related Articles – 

The Beauty of Autumn

Winter Wellness

Autumn in the Best Season

It’s Important to Reach Out

TED Talk – Seek Your Truth

Choosing the Right Words

So I had an experience this past week that made me reflect on how much power there is in the language that we use with others, and how important it is to choose our words wisely. You see, our language, both body and verbal, can instantly affect another person’s mood, or the mindset of a classroom full of students, or a relationship with a friend, or a kid, or a colleague, and it has the ability to shape the overall culture of a school. Using positive, well thought out and well intended language is an essential key to developing strong and lasting relationships, and the lens through how we are seen as individuals and as leaders. 

The language that we use each and every day shapes who we are, and has a tremendous impact on those around us. The difficulty is that it takes skill, practice, and courage to think before we speak, and to get the right tone, and to ensure that what comes out of our mouths is actually going to be received in the way that we intended it. Words have the power to crush a person’s spirit or to inspire them to be the best that they can be. Words can change a person’s day instantly for the better, or for the worse, and in many cases we don’t even give our language a second thought. We often say things that have a profound impact on another person’s mood, or their day, or their self-esteem, or how they perceive us, and unfortunately we can all be a little careless with our language once in a while. 

Think about the last time that someone gave you a compliment, or used their language to uplift or inspire or validate you as a person or professional. I often joke that I can live on a single compliment for a month, but there’s some truth to that. We all need a boost once in a while, and I wonder how much conscious thought we give to recognizing verbally the positive contributions that others have in our lives. When was the last time that you thanked a colleague, or a student, or a friend for changing your day for the better? How often do you purposefully go out of your way to give a compliment, or to use positive language to inspire one of your students or colleagues? Do you ever think about the body language that you’re using when you have your dozens and dozens of interactions with people each and every day at school? Our language is one of the most powerful tools that we have, but I don’t think we take advantage of the power that it has as much as we should.

I’m asking you all this week to be intentional about the language and tone that you use with others, and to really think about what it is that you’re trying to communicate with your words before you speak. I know that I’m going to be more intentional and less careless moving forward. Take some time to reflect on how you are using your language, and think about how it is being received by others. Does your language inspire? Are you saying what you need to say in a positive way? Are you giving the compliments to the people who positively impact you as a person? Are you using your language to develop strong and lasting relationships? Language has power, there is no denying it, so let’s use our language to unite, and to strengthen, and to uplift…we will all be better for it. Have a wonderful week everyone and remember to be great for our students and good to each other.

Quote of the Week…

Language exerts hidden power, like the moon and the tides

-Rita Mae Brown

Inspiring Videos- 

A Bucket of Baseballs (So Good)

Telling People They Are Beautiful

The Power of Words

TED Talk – Beautiful New Words

Related Articles – 

The Neuroscience Behind Our Words

Your Words Have Power

Words Can Define our Reality

The Scary Power of Negative Words