Bits of Brilliance

As we approach Thanksgiving, we are all preparing the food, some may be preparing for their Black Friday plans and all of us are knowing that the time from Thanksgiving to Christmas will pass very quickly.  Stop and pause.  What are you Thankful for?  What...

"Strong willed children are extra determined."   When things don't go as planned, they may be angry.  They may stomp their feet or shut down. Acknowledge they are frustrated.  Tell them that you understand they are mad.  They didn't get what they wanted and sometimes in...

I am fortunate that when I go into a classroom, I have the time to connect with each child in the room and not feel rushed.  I am not hurrying to perform a task or need to be somewhere else in a few minutes. I...

"I am smart."  "I can do it."  "I am special." When a child does something they should not have, such as they spill the milk all over the back of your car.  How many times did you tell them to be careful?  Your frustration mounts and you...

What is Empathy? Empathy is the ability to understand other's feelings.  The term "put your feet in my shoes" is completely applicable to Empathy. Children aren't born with Empathy, it is learned and one piece of Creating Brilliance is teaching them Empathy.  As early as Toddler...

Veteran's Day dates back to the end of World War I (November 11, 1918). Many people confuse Veteran's Day with Memorial Day.  Memorial day is for any service person that lost their life.  Veteran's Day is any service person who previously served. How can we teach...