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Humane Educator’s Toolbox: Greater Good in Action

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on June 18, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

Like any good habit, cultivating strengths such as empathy, forgiveness, compassion, and gratitude takes practice. And it often helps to have a little guidance. Our friends at the Greater Good Science Center (in partnership with… More

Greater Good in Action

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on June 1, 2015 | Filed under Citizenship & Community, Communication, Health, Humane Living, Resources, Websites

The Greater Good Science Center (and Hope Lab) has created a new resource, Greater Good in Action, which features “dozens of science-based exercises to boost personal well-being.” The site offers exercises in a dozen categories… More

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Under the Influence: Our New Social Psychology Global Issues Guide

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on April 9, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

As humane educators and changemakers it’s important that we understand what motivates and drives people and what inspires or prevents them from forming new habits and making certain choices. It’s also essential that we know… More

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Ordinary Mary’s Extraordinary Deed

by Emily Pearson

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on February 4, 2015 | Filed under Books, Children's Books, Citizenship & Community, Early Childhood, Elementary, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Resources

Mary is just an ordinary girl, but her simple act of kindness – picking a bowlful of blueberries and leaving them for a neighbor – sparks a pay-it-forward bonanza of kind acts, which leads to… More

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Creating the Season of Compassionate Alchemy

Written by Lynne Westmoreland | No Comments | Published on December 24, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

This is the time of year when we celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwaanza, the winter solstice, or any other number of spiritual observances that focus our attention on the return of light, of hope, of integrity,… More

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Why We Need Humane Education: Our Expectations of Students Matter

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on November 24, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

Numerous studies have shown that when educators expect more of their students, they get more; and the reverse is also true. Our expectations of our students come through in our language, our behavior, and in… More

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In Trying to Do Good, Have You Lost Sight of the Bigger Picture?

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on June 23, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

Browse bookshelves and blogs and you’ll find stories of people striving toward extraordinary goals: zero waste, plastic-free, gender-neutral, a level 5 vegan, no products made in China. Reducing the harm we cause is an important… More

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How Well Are You Spending the Jellybeans of Your Life?

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on April 14, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

One of the humane education activities we use to help students and changemakers think more deeply about their passions, goals and choices is to ask them to imagine that they’re very old, approaching the ends… More

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Miss Fox’s Class Goes Green

by Eileen Spinelli

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on March 18, 2014 | Filed under Books, Children's Books, Citizenship & Community, Consumerism, Early Childhood, Education, Elementary, Environmental Protection, Resources, Science

When Miss Fox arrives at school via her bicycle, her students learn that Miss Fox is “going green.” Soon everyone in class is working to make choices that can help the earth, and their message… More

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Are You Practicing the Hard Kind of Kindness?

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on January 13, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

When it comes to people we like, and even strangers, it can be pretty easy to be kind. But most of us know at least a couple of people we just don’t like. And then… More