By Julia Richter, Choose Love C.A.R.E.S. Implementation Coach I was privileged to onboard Choose Love programming at Curtis Strange Elementary School in Kenosha, WI in late August 2021 by facilitating 4 hours of Choose Love CARES Professional Developments to staff. ...
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More love is needed in our lives and in this world. It’s a word we don’t use often enough for ourselves and our children. It is a word that can truly transform a thought, a feeling and an action. I’ve been teaching the evidence-based practices of breath, movement and mindfulness to schools across the country. I created the Mindfulness Extension Program for the Choose Love Movement because I deeply believe in the mission of helping school communities learn to how to nurture, heal and love.
If educators can begin to see things in different ways, then the field becomes more aware, diverse, and gain insight (W. Edward Deming’s “profound knowledge”) to create more possibilities for today’s children and youth.
As an educator myself, I love engaging with my fellow teachers to help them learn about the Choose Love Movement. I had the incredible opportunity to be a curriculum co-writer for the Choose Love for Schools and Brave New World Pre K-5 curriculums. Naturally, I love to share the curriculum, best practices and ideas for schools and districts to optimize their Choose Love journey.
My favorite Choose Love lesson is “Courage and the Brain.” I’ve seen such transformations happen when kids realize their brains cause their actions and that they can change their brains by changing their thoughts.
As an educator of inner city public schools for nearly 20 years, I thought for many many years of how we need more LOVE in our broken public school systems, because love protects, trusts, hopes and perseveres! I’d like to share three of my favorite tips for educators to help you feel good and connect with your students.