Jiggle Friday

As I was cycling around my neighborhood yesterday, I noticed two of the sakura trees had bloomed.  So of course I stopped, got off my bike, and snapped a picture.  And it was a great reminder of how even when the world feels like it is in chaos, we can still count on nature to reassure us

Go to the Mat!

There is a famous line in Francis Ford Coppolla's, 1972 Academy Award winning film "The Godfather", that says, "We go the mattresses".  This line was made famous again in Nora Ephron's 1998 romantic comedy, "You've Got Mail".  Essentially, "go to the mattresses" is an expression that means to prepare for battle.

Jiggle Friday!

Jiggle Friday is the practice of pausing in daily life to reflect on goodness and what invites gratitude. 

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Happy International Women's Day!

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Happy International Women's Day!
Cristina Varriale

How many of you exist in an echo chamber?  How many of you are able to listen to a different, even dissenting perspective, without becoming defensive or taking it as a personal attack? What can you do to become more open-minded?

I was scrolling through my Instagram account last night, reading all of the #internationalwomensday posts, when I came across a comment by a man saying, "When is International Men's Day?".  Of course, this devolved into an exchange of insults and name calling, much like we see on many social media platforms.  Reading through these comments, I began to feel the familiar sinking in my chest and stomach that I do whenever I read such hateful comments online.  So many people think of themselves as being open-minded, yet we see a tremendous amount of evidence that supports the contrary.

What does it really mean to be open-minded?  Your teachers and I had agreed that we would examine this IB learner profile attribute during the month of March, so I'm going to start the conversation here and hope it makes its way into some of your other classes.  What if the man who asked that question about International Men's Day was serious- and really didn't understand the importance of highlighting groups who have been marginalized and even invisible at different points throughout history?  Since he was met with a series of insults, I seriously doubt he will now be open to listening to another point of view.  

Please take a few minutes to watch this video on Filter Bubbles: 

How many of you exist in an echo chamber?  How many of you are able to listen to a different, even dissenting perspective, without becoming defensive or taking it as a personal attack? What can you do to become more open-minded?

My friend Cathy always says, "There are a million ways to be right".  After living as an expat for 6 years, and living in a variety of very different cultures, this statement rings absolutely true for me.  There is no culture or religious and  family tradition that is better than another.  There is a richness to our diversity- how will you embrace this?

In honor of International Women's Day, I would like to recommend two films.  Both are best suited for high school students, as the images and content may be a bit too mature for middle school aged students.  The first film is called "Pray the Devil Back to Hell".  It is about how the Christian women and Muslim women of Liberia came together, and through passive resistance, brought the civil war to an end.  It is incredibly moving- painful to watch in some parts and yet ultimately, uplifting and hopeful.  It is available to stream on Amazon prime.  Please see the trailer below:

The other film is about one of my personal heroes, "Entertaining Angels: The Dorothy Day Story".  Dorothy Day was an American woman, a suffragette, a convert to Catholicism, and founder of The Catholic Worker and The Catholic Worker House, one of the first houses of hospitality in New York City.  She was a woman of profound moral courage and commitment to individuals who were cast aside by society. It is also available for streaming on Amazon Prime.  Please watch the trailer below: 

Please enjoy, and think about how you can become a more open-minded person!

 

Jiggle Friday

As I was cycling around my neighborhood yesterday, I noticed two of the sakura trees had bloomed.  So of course I stopped, got off my bike, and snapped a picture.  And it was a great reminder of how even when the world feels like it is in chaos, we can still count on nature to reassure us

Go to the Mat!

There is a famous line in Francis Ford Coppolla's, 1972 Academy Award winning film "The Godfather", that says, "We go the mattresses".  This line was made famous again in Nora Ephron's 1998 romantic comedy, "You've Got Mail".  Essentially, "go to the mattresses" is an expression that means to prepare for battle.

Jiggle Friday!

Jiggle Friday is the practice of pausing in daily life to reflect on goodness and what invites gratitude. 

Happy International Women's Day!

How many of you exist in an echo chamber?  How many of you are able to listen to a different, even dissenting perspective, without becoming defensive or taking it as a personal attack? What can you do to become more open-minded?

Wellness Wednesday

Practicing wellness is an integral part of staying healthy, so I wanted to offer some tips for both students and adults during this time.

Gossip

In times of uncertainty, it is most important to be aware of gossip and how information is being communicated.  We have seen an incredible amount of disinformation regarding the Coronavirus outbreak being circulated around the internet. 

Positive Discipline Tool of the Month: Mistakes

Children are incredibly aware of the world around them, and the messages they receive about mistakes- intentional or unintentional- are internalized. If we want our children to be gritty, resilient, risk-takers, we need to be teaching that mistakes are wonderful opportunities to learn. If we want our children to succeed, we need to teach them how to fail.  

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