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Classroom Collaboration

Check this article on Classroom Collaboration out … http://occupational-therapy.advanceweb.com/Features/Articles/Classroom-Collaboration.aspx  

I’m back from my self induced sabbatical…

Ok, I feel a bit guilty for taking the summer off and then a bit of a procrastinater for not restarting this blog when school started. But alas, I forgive myself as I’ve spent lots of time thinking, daydreaming and creating.  One thing I’ve thought about was saving time.  By saving time I can create time…

Daydreaming…mindfulness or just plain lazy???

I’ve had some wonderful, well deserved time off. It was wonderful to not have an agenda everyday, to follow my nose that led me to a variety of experiences including time to daydream.  To my amazement, I read an article yesterday via Scientific Daily that said daydreaming can actually be beneficial. The article was published in the…

Feng Shui at school??? The power of color, not necessarily coloring!

I picked up a pocket-size book at a used bookstore called Feng Shui For the Classroom by Debra Kellar. I leafed through it and thought that her ideas were interesting. I always like to offer an eclectic approach when I lecture to school based therapists and teachers. My favorite part of the book (so far) has been about the power…

Have you looked in a student’s lunch box lately?

Talk about colorful!  But not the colors of lush fresh vegetables and fruits, but rather the advertising  colors, the unreal reds, blues and greens of dyes and other enhancers. The food dyes including Yellow 5, Red 40, and six others, are made from petroleum.  Research is showing that many can cause allergies  hyperactivity and some animal studies are…

In the summertime…where the stress should be less

“Summer is the time when one sheds one’s tensions with one’s clothes, and the right kind of day is jeweled balm for the battered spirit. A few of those days and you can become drunk with the belief that all’s right with the world.” — Ada Louise Huxtable Ok, I’m going to take you back…

Chores…or being more responsiball!

With all the focus on the academic curriculum today, I salute the teachers that continue to assign and expect students to do simple classroom chores. Dr. Robert Brooks did research on school memories and found that most of our school memories are not about whether we got an A or a B on a test, but…

Strapping kids in!

Eric Jensen’s book Teaching with the Brain in Mind says that the average 2 year old has spent over 500 hours strapped in a car seat! In 1960 the average 2 year old spent just about 200 hours in a car… When I read this, I immediately went back to 1960 (I was just 5 years old). …

Opening Limbic Systems or Catch that Kid and Reel Them In!

—”Attention comes last, your brain will look at relevance and then attend….”  Martha Burns It struck me yesterday how tired I was at the end of the day and as I reviewed how many students I connected with, I realized that I was opening limbic systems all day long. As the quote states… this is the…

Being in the Moment

Yesterday was one of those days when I truly felt like a therapist. I was working with 3 and 4 year olds in their preschool. We were spontaneously playing with blocks. A structure was put up 2ft by 3ft with an opening in the middle. When I asked them to tell me about it I was told…

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