Many moons ago, I was a dolphin trainer. My first students were three Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin calves. Two were compliant and easily trained. The third dolphin, Sundance, was a challenge. He did not willingly come because I said so, and he did not care if I was the one holding the fish (literally). I thought he was a bad seed and was purposely trying to make my life difficult. If it had been possible to reassign his tank, I would have requested the transfer!
One day, while I was determined to “make” Sundance listen and he was hell-bent on defying me, we accidentally bumped heads. I instinctively reached out to soothe him. We made eye contact and something changed.
That brief moment of connection put us on a new path. The next day instead of commanding the group to get started, I greeted them with presence and playfulness, making sure to say hello to every dolphin. We shared a new dynamic, and the only thing that changed was my mindset.
CONNECTION NOT CONTROL WAS WHAT SUNDANCE NEEDED, AND THIS HAS BEEN MY PHILOSOPHY WITH EVERY STUDENT EVER SINCE.
PROGRAMS FOR EDUCATORS
Learn how to center yourself and deescalate intense situations.
Be in charge of your own feelings as an educator and find more joy in teaching.
Feel confident implementing these social-emotional concepts in your classroom.
Teach your students how to become aware of their feelings and how to handle them safely and appropriately.
Teach your students to communicate their wants and needs safely and appropriately.
Create action plans to shift unwanted behaviors to wanted behaviors in your students.
Learning and practicing core concepts of evidence-based, non-punitive, and non-adversarial behavior management and social-emotional learning models
Creating caring classrooms that reinforce these models
Finding and giving support within your school community
School Leadership Training focuses on:
Professional Development for Educators focuses on:
Understanding and coping with your school community’s challenges
Becoming a calm, capable, and confident educational leader
Solving your school community’s problems proactively and collaboratively