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Recommended Resources - "Kelly Bear" - Leah Davies, M.Ed.

WORDS CAN INSPIRE
Leah Davies' "Kelly Bear" website contains teacher articles, parenting handouts and classroom activities.
"Words Can Inspire" is one example of a short, thoughtful article which keeps our focus right where it should be: on 'making possible' the very best for each learner.

KellyBear_WordsCanInspire
Note in particular the effect of one single encouraging comment in the life of Jerry Moe...
http://www.kellybear.com/TeacherArticles/TeacherTip29.html

Helping Children Develop 'Grit'?

Kenneth Barish discusses Angela Lee Duckworth's TEDTalk on 'Grit'.
Both his response (Huff Post) and the original TEDTalk may be inspiring.

Grittier Children
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kenneth-barish-phd/child-motivation_B_4277714.html


LEARNING FROM OTHERS - THE ELC

The English Language Centre - ELC

If you've seen my CV, you'll know I've been highly mobile over my career.  However, 14 of my 30+ years were spent in two very nurturing situations - seven years at the Grades 3 & 4 levels in BC, Canada with Hank Petersen (as mentioned in an earlier 'Learning From Others') and seven years at the ELC - the English Language Centre at Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Develop Empathy - Read!

Developing empathy ... another great reason for developing a love of reading.

Reading - the original "empathy test"

LEARNING FROM OTHERS - ALAN DICK

Alan Dick

A Smile That Says 'You're Great! - Alan Dick

My wife, Renee, and I met Alan Dick in 1990, when he was my Vice-Principal. It was the first year in Hong Kong for both of us. He had just arrived from over a decade in Canada's arctic.

It wasn't particularly his strengths as an administrator: the 'mechanics' of his administration were 'invisible'. School ran smoothly, classrooms were positive, productive places. Most of all, from the start to the finish, he was a friend. He loved the school. He loved the people. You could hear and feel his passion 

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