8 Inspiring Posts for Developing Meaningful Habits (and a Bonus)
by Marsha Rakestraw I keep a journal. (Not very consistently.) It’s mainly to help me remember major life events. When…
Nurturing Love for the Natural World: One Mother’s/Teacher’s Experience
by Joanna MacDonald My son and I have the opportunity to spend more time together in the summer. Because I…
Helping Students Make Beautiful Music With Their Lives
by Mary Pat Champeau “Children learn to smile from their parents.” ~ Shinichi Suzuki I learned so much about parenting…
There Is No Unseeing the Seen: Learning to Make Choices That Reflect My Values
Editor’s note: Joanna recently completed our online course, Teaching for a Positive Future, and kindly agreed to share her reflection…
What We See Depends on What We Look For
by Marsha Rakestraw Recently I came across this quote: “What we see depends mainly on what we look for.” (John…
5 Minute Changemaker: Take Just Enough
by Marsha Rakestraw In the hurry-scurry of our daily lives, it’s easy to buzz through on auto-pilot and not think…
5 Minute Changemaker: Cultivating Gratitude
by Marsha Rakestraw Like many other skills, gratitude can be cultivated through attention, effort, and practice. Studies show that gratitude…
Deciding When Enough is Enough
In September I had the great honor of helping plan the student observance for the annual International Day of Peace…
7 Tips for Paying Attention to What We’re Paying Attention To
by Marsha Rakestraw Spanish philosopher Jose Ortega y Gasset said, “Tell me to what you pay attention, and I will…
8 Strategies for Helping Others Open Themselves to (New) Humane Ideas
by Marsha Rakestraw As humane educators, we’re passionate about creating a better world for people, animals, and the earth. And…
Enter the Winter YES! National Student Writing Competition
Image screenshot YES! Magazine. This winter our friends at YES! are sponsoring a writing competition for students in middle school…
The World Doesn’t Owe Us a Thing: On Not Complaining
Image courtesy of aturkus via Creative Commons. I admit it. I complain. A lot. It helps me cope. I complain,…