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Nurturing Hearts & Noggins

Promoting academic, social, and emotional learning for lifelong success
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All in a Good Night's Sleep

Do you struggle with getting your school-age child in bed each night?  Is it difficult to send them to bed when they're begging to stay up for "just a little while longer?"  If you are concerned about the amount of sleep that your child is getting at night, you have a number of reasons to be.  Children aged 5-12 need approximately 10-11 hours of sleep each night, however, research shows that many...

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Valentine's Day = Perfect Day for Social & Emotional Learning

Valentine's Day is a perfect day to engage students in social and emotional learning activities.  As young people are participating in the exchange of valentine cards, kind gestures, and sweet treats, the moment is ripe for teaching about the importance of developing healthy relationships, fostering an attitude of gratitude, and expressing empathy.  For lessons, activities, and additio...

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Do You Have Teaching Presence?

If you have ever attended one of my SEL trainings for teachers, you have undoubtedly heard me talk about the importance of "teaching presence." Teaching presence is bringing all of the wonderful experiences, characteristics, and qualities that make you a successful teacher directly into your learning community. It is making special and unique connections to your students and helping them to con...

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