solutionary

We need a solutionary generation

Zoe Weil is a blogger for Psychology Today, and we share her blog posts here. This post is a short excerpt from the second edition of Zoe’s book, The World Becomes What We Teach, which will be coming out in March, 2021. In the United States the current purpose of schooling is expressed in the mission…

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Shannon

Pencil Miles: An Interview with Shannon Finch

Shannon Finch is a humane educator, writer, and wildlife photographer who lives with her husband and numerous animal companions on five acres in Stanwood, Washington. She received her M.Ed. through IHE’s graduate program in 2010. Shannon is the founder of AnimalKind Training and works as a certified animal behavior consultant with dogs, cats, equines, and…

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solstice

Bringing light to darkness

Zoe Weil wrote this post for Psychology Today, which we’re sharing with you today. We hope that you are safe and healthy and wish you happy holidays. I am writing from my home in the northeasternmost state in the U.S. as Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year, approaches. There sure is a lot…

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Meena

Bringing Humane Education to Classrooms: An interview with Meena Alagappan, Esq.

Meena Alagappan is the Executive Director of Humane Education Advocates Reaching Teachers (HEART), a nonprofit public charity that is a full-service humane education provider in the NYC, Chicago, and Indianapolis areas. In addition to HEART’s work in these cities, HEART’s free humane education resources are downloaded by thousands of teachers across the U.S. and beyond….

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thanksgiving

How and Why to Give Thanks Even When You’re Not Feeling Thankful

Zoe Weil wrote this Thanksgiving post for Psychology Today, which we’re sharing with you today. We hope that you are safe and healthy and wish you a very happy Thanksgiving. 2020 has been a beast, and instead of being celebratory, Thanksgiving 2020 may feel heavy with loneliness, worry, and loss. COVID-19 has touched all of us. If we haven’t…

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family

Feeling Anxious? Turn to Animals During Times of Stress

Zoe Weil is a blogger for Psychology Today, and we share her blog posts here. Enjoy! I’m writing this post during the U.S. election week, where uncertain results and unsubstantiated accusations, coupled with rapidly rising rates of and deaths from COVID-19, are unnerving an already anxious nation. While there are many ways to calm ourselves when…

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Donna Guerin

Middle School Teaching and Learning during COVID-19: An Interview with Donna Guerin

Donna Guerin teaches at the Renaissance Secondary School in Castle Rock, CO. A lifelong learner and teacher for 20 years, as well as a United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Global Ambassador, Donna believes in building strong relationships with students and involving them in design thinking and changemaking based on their individual passions and interests….

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solutionary

Humane Education Activities You Can Do at Home

As we practice physical distancing to reduce the spread of COVID-19, many are home with kids desperately seeking something to do that’s meaningful and empowering. Humane education activities can fit that need. Humane educators bring human rights, animal protection, and environmental issues to students in age appropriate ways. They nurture compassion and inspire solutionary action….

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dictionary

The Trouble With “It”

by Shannon Finch I’d like to discuss a small word with a big problem: “it.” First, a little grammar review for you. “It” is a pronoun, like he or she, that takes the place of a noun. An antecedent, such as “the butterfly,” “the child,” or “the tree,” comes first so that readers know what…

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Resources: Mouse vs. Zucchini

Mouse vs. Zucchini: A Lesson on Perspective

Using a brief video featuring a mouse and a zucchini on a kitchen counter, students will consider the issue of perspective and discover and think about the perspectives of other people and of nonhuman animals. Recommended for grades 2-7. Time: 30 minutes

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