The Stuff that Gets in the Way of Learning

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As teachers and students gather each day, they experience a wide range of issues and challenges. By this time of the school year, everyone has gotten to know each other. Procedures have been laid out, assessments have been given, and classes are on their way. We all want to settle into predictability and the truth is that along with our routines comes a fair amount of uncertainty. The stuff we didn’t ask and don’t bargain for.

I call it the stuff that gets in the way. 

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Leading by asking, “Who is important?”

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School has begun and everyone is well into their routines. If you are and your students are cruising along, I offer you a “virtual” pat on the back and two thumbs up! Stop reading this and get back to whatever you are doing that’s working.

If you or your learners are struggling then I also want to congratulate you. You are noticing humans being humans. There is nothing wrong. 

This last statement may have you thinking I am suffering from post-concussion syndrome but I assure you everyone is doing exactly what they are supposed to be doing. Read on and I will explain and offer a way forward for having a successful school year.

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Promoting Psychological Flexibility and Social Emotional Learning with the Matrix

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When we apply the matrix and the psychological flexibility point of view in working with young people and adults, we are also promoting social and emotional learning. The matrix sets a powerful context for noticing what works and what doesn’t work for learning about yourself and others.

This is a webinar Dr. Polk hosted and I presented that addresses how to boost self-monitoring, self-regulation and prosocial skills with learners of all ages,


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How to Get Unstuck and Get Moving Toward Your Important Stuff

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I was playing around with a spinner the other day and came up with the idea of this video.  As we learn to pay less attention to our minds and more to who and what is important to us the spinning can just go along for the ride!


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