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November 28, 2018

Feelings are just visitors, let them come and go ~ Mooji

It's been an active month around SSE!  This month's counseling lessons focused on self-regulation.  What better way to teach the children about self-awareness then to utilize The Zones of Regulation by Leah K...

September 2, 2018

Sycamore Springs Elementary is proud to be designated as a No Place for Hate® campus by the Anti-Defamation League.  Standing up to bullies and against bigotry is never easy – particularly for young people. This is why ADL’s No Place for Hate® initiative empowers the w...

April 28, 2018

He who knows others is wise.  He who knows himself is enlightened  ~ Lao Tzu

Fifth grade is a very enthusiastic and insightful grade level to teach.  I always enjoy their light bulb moments and so much laughter as we all learn and play together.  My most recent les...

April 16, 2018

The first and best victory is to conquer self ~ Plato

The first "Marshmallow Test" was a study conducted by Walter Mischel and Ebbe B. Ebbesen at Stanford University in 1960.  Since that time, longitudinal studies have been done to measure how well these particular subj...

April 15, 2018

Many lessons have been taught to my young Sycamore students, but none as broad as building age appropriate awareness of how we have access to things in our part of the world that we sometimes take for granted.  In this lesson, we read Malala's Magic Pencil by Malala Yo...

April 15, 2018

Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world ~ Nelson Mandela

I thought I might blog a bit about our amazing 4 year old pre-K students at SSES!!  It's that time of year when everything is starting to "click" and the ability to problem solve and c...

February 26, 2018

For every minute you are angry, you lose 60 seconds of happiness

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is a common theme each year as our older students (3rd-5th) report higher levels of stress as we get closer to the end of the last term.  This month, I began focused lessons on ho...