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My Own Best Friend

Of course we are teaching our kids about how to be good friends. But are we teaching them to be good friends to themselves?

Apr 03, 2019

Dear White Teachers

Dear White Teachers, Are you like me, a white teacher in a classroom with mostly students of color? Do you feel secretly uncomfortable at the idea of talking about race in the classroom? Keep reading...

Apr 02, 2019

A Calm Down Space

Each classroom in our school has a space that is solely dedicated to helping children manage their own behavior. Learn more! 

Jan 26, 2019

It Just Takes 30 Seconds

"One of the most successful research-based strategies I used in my classroom was free and only took 30 seconds." Curious? Keep reading.

Jan 14, 2019

Mindfulness in the Classroom

Students at Momentous School engage in mindful breathing at least three times a day. How? Why? Watch this brief video to learn more. 

Jan 06, 2019

Gratitude Garden

Here’s one resolution you can make that will affect your emotional and physical health. It's easy, free, and makes you feel better instantly.

Dec 31, 2018

A-B-C Glee

A gratitude notebook full of happy things! What could be better?

Dec 23, 2018

Daily Recap

A daily recap is a simple way to add gratitude in at the end of each day.

Dec 17, 2018

Are You Grateful?

Gratitude is a learned trait. Are you modeling gratitude?

Dec 09, 2018

The Emotional Keyboard

We recently read Eric Jensen's book, "Teaching with Poverty in Mind". Find out more about why we love the concept of the emotional keyboard. 

Nov 12, 2018

Poverty and the Brain

Statistics show that poverty has negative outcomes on children. We explore why this is by looking at how poverty impacts brain development. 

Oct 08, 2018

Let's Talk About Poverty

This next series on our Momentous Institute blog will focus on poverty. Specifically, what impact does growing up in poverty have on children?

Sep 24, 2018

When Home is Not a Safe Place

Each year five million children witness domestic violence in the US. Our Associate Director of Development, Tania Loenneker, discusses how domestic violence affects children. 

Sep 17, 2018

Queen Bees and Wannabes: A Book Club Discussion

In preparation for our upcoming Changing the Odds conference, a group of us read Queen Bees and Wannabes by guest speaker Rosalind Wiseman. Here are some of our thoughts and a bit about why we love this book. 

Sep 10, 2018

Jacob's New Dress

Jacob's New Dress is a children's book that explore what happens when a young boy wants to wear a dress to school. Read our review to find out what we love about this book.

Aug 27, 2018

Disarming the Nuclear Family

The family unit is an important part of the gender discussion. This week we're sharing an article from Willow McCormick about the importance of recognizing that not all students come from a traditional nuclear family.

Aug 20, 2018

My Princess Boy

Discussing gender equity with children is an important part of Social Emotional Health. My Princess Boy is a children's book that discusses the challenges a gender non-conforming child faces. Read our review to learn more. 

Aug 13, 2018

Siblings of Gender Fluid Children

When we have conversations about a gender fluid child, we have to remember that the child is a member of a family. In this post we are looking at how a gender fluid child's experience can impact their siblings.

Aug 06, 2018

Movie Review: Gender Revolution

Our content specialist, Michelle, recently watched a documentary called “Gender Revolution”. Read her thoughts about how the documentary shines a light on how gender (and conversations about gender) affects everyone from young children to adults.

Jul 30, 2018

A Parenting Journey Through Gender Questioning

Parents of children who are transgender, gender fluid or gender questioning are on their own journey of acceptance. In this post we discuss that journey and the impact it can have. 

Jul 09, 2018

Let's Talk Terms

When we talk about sex, sexuality, and gender, there are a lot of terms to keep track of. Even those of us who work in this space are constantly learning new titles and terms. It can feel overwhelming to make sure we’re using the right language. Read more...

Jun 25, 2018

Movie Review: The Mask You Live In

Our office manager, Ashley, recently watched a documentary  called “The Mask You Live In.” Read her thoughts about how the documentary affected her as a parent to a six-year-old boy. 

Jun 18, 2018

How Girls Learn and Lead

For today’s blog post, I spoke with Jennifer Bartkowski, the CEO of Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas. Keep reading to learn more about how the Girls Scouts are working to empower young women.

Jun 04, 2018

How Boys and Girls are Doing in School

As we continue with our blog series on gender, we take a moment to assess how both boys and girls are currently doing in school. We've talked about the STEM gender gap, but what other gaps need attention?

May 28, 2018

Solar Prep: An All-Girls School Review

I recently toured Solar Preparatory School for Girls, an elementary school in the Dallas Independent School District. Read my thoughts about this amazing all-girls campus!

Apr 30, 2018

Are Girls More Empathetic Than Boys?

Research shows that females tend to have higher levels of empathy than males. Our research team was interested in whether the same was true for elementary school students and whether there was anything we could do to change this trajectory by intervening at a young age. Read more...

Apr 23, 2018

Seven Ways to Get Girls Interested in STEM

It is widely accepted that careers in STEM fields are dominated by men, and that women and girls do not pursue these fields at the same level as their male peers. Through my research and practices, I want to share seven ways to help girls gain interest in STEM. Read more...

Apr 16, 2018

How Men and Women Respond to Stress

We often talk about the stress response "fight, flight or freeze". But there's a twist: it might not apply for women. Read more...

Apr 02, 2018

Gender Microaggressions - We're All Guilty of Them

Gender microaggressions are small, seemingly innocuous comments that can pile up over time and affect a person’s sense of self and identity. These microaggressions can become so commonplace that we don’t even notice them. Here are a few examples of common gender-related microaggressions... Read more.

Mar 26, 2018

Good Morning, Boys and Girls!

It’s common to walk into an elementary school classroom and hear a teacher say, “Good morning, boys and girls!”  Is there any harm in this approach? Let's take a look at the research. 

Mar 19, 2018

Let's Talk about Gender

In this next series on our blog, we will be exploring the topic of gender. We want to know what makes boys and girls different. How do they learn? How are they treated by adults? Join us as we explore a new series.

Mar 12, 2018

Teaching Young People How to Dream

"When I work with young Latinos from at-risk backgrounds, one of the themes that eventually arises are long-term goals. They are often asked to dream big – to consider options outside of their current environment or circumstances. This can be very challenging." Keep reading...

Mar 05, 2018

Prioritizing Students' Cultural Identity

I have taught in settings where most students are Spanish speaking, but they come from a variety of different cultures. As a Mexican-American, I know that each of these cultures is unique and has a big impact on a child’s identity. Keep reading...

Feb 26, 2018

Working with Undocumented Families

As adults, one of our first instincts is to protect and comfort children who are afraid. But that instinct can be challenging when a child’s fear is real, and there’s nothing we can do to protect them from it. One big area where we see this fear is around the topic of immigration. Keep reading...

Feb 19, 2018

Why Mindfulness is Essential for Racial Healing

"With great external work in society comes great work within ourselves, too. As we are confronted with emotions that seem too large to hold, it is easy to feel overwhelmed and to let rage drive us." Read more...

Feb 12, 2018

Make Space for Race

"Many educators, including myself, have failed to make the children we work with feel seen—because for many years, we have not acknowledged race as a fundamental element of identity.  We need to make space for race.  But how?" Read more...

Jan 15, 2018

Talking to Teens about Race

Parents have the opportunity to help teens explore these racial differences. It may sound intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. Keep reading...

Jan 08, 2018

On Raising Bi-Racial Children

Minerva Holmes asked her mixed-race family members to weigh in on what it's like growing up bi-racial. Here's what they had to say...

Dec 18, 2017

Authentic Diversity

Read our four considerations for creating meaningful diversity opportunities for children.

Dec 11, 2017

Language Matters

We make many assumptions about the race and ethnicity of others. Let's talk about some commonly misused and misunderstood identifiers. Keep reading...

Dec 04, 2017

When Kids Make Racist Comments

There’s nothing quite as upsetting or challenging as a child making a racist comment. How do we respond? Read more. 

Nov 27, 2017

Talking about Race and Ethnicity in the Classroom

Misconceptions and misinformation can quickly become the norm if educators do not address differences within a classroom. Here are some tips for how teachers can be proactive in the process of talking about race and ethnicity in the classroom. 

Nov 20, 2017

How (and Why) to Talk to Kids About Race

Race is a topic that many parents shy away from. However, parents must realize that when nothing is said about race, a lot is actually being communicated.  Read more...

Nov 13, 2017

#Me Too: In Our Classrooms

"We were on a seventh grade class field trip. I don’t remember where. I do however, remember being in the elevator. He stood behind me and touched my body, without my consent." Read on...

Nov 06, 2017

If Not Colorblindness... Then What?

We’ve talked about how the “colorblindness” approach is not the most helpful way to interact with people of different races and cultures. Now you may be wondering… but what is the best approach? 

Oct 16, 2017

I Don't Think of You as Black

A published letter from Naomi Tutu, daughter of South African president Desmond Tutu, further explains why her friend's comment, “I don’t think of you as black” was offensive to her. Read the excerpt and reflect.

Oct 09, 2017

"I Don't See Color"

One pervasive approach to working in communities of color is the so-called “colorblind” approach. We’ve all heard the line, “I don’t see color.” 

But there’s a fatal flaw in this approach. 

Oct 02, 2017

What is White Privilege?

The term “white privilege” has entered the common vocabulary when discussing issues related to race. We hear it all the time, but today we want to take a minute to really explore the topic. What is “white privilege” and what can we do about it? 

Sep 25, 2017

Think about the Kids

In the coming weeks, we will share strategies about how to have these difficult conversations with kids. But before any conversations take place, let’s do some reflecting about race and the children in our lives.

Sep 18, 2017

It Starts Here

Before we go any further on discussions about race, we have to talk about the starting line. 

Sep 11, 2017

Let's Talk About Race

Like with all things, silence speaks loudly. When we don’t talk about subjects that matter, we’re explicitly making a choice to be silent.

So, let’s talk about race.

Sep 04, 2017

Tour Momentous School

Make yourself comfortable and enjoy this full tour of our elementary lab school, where we focus on social emotional health in concert with rigorous academics.

Aug 21, 2017

Building Excitement for the School Year

It’s back to school season, which means teachers everywhere are setting up classrooms and getting ready for the new year. At Momentous School, August means home visits: a week-long excursion visiting every student in his/her home. Keep reading...

Aug 14, 2017

Summer Reading Goes Digital

The students at Momentous School are hard at work on their summer reading. And we know they're enjoying it, because we can see their progress! Read more about how we went digital with summer reading...

Jul 31, 2017

Flip the Cafeteria

We made an intentional shift in the way our cafeteria works and it’s made a world of difference. Keep reading...

Jul 17, 2017

Closing Circle

Here's how we end every day at Momentous School. 

Jul 10, 2017

Morning Meeting

Want to know how we start every day at Momentous School?

Jun 26, 2017

What Kind of Teacher do you Want?

Teachers often set expectations for students. But another step is sometimes left out: expectations for the teacher. Read more!

Jun 19, 2017

The Happiest Classroom

We don't like to play favorites, but... we do love this classroom! Join us for the next stop on our tour of Momentous School. 

May 29, 2017

A Peek Inside Momentous School

Want to know more about what happens in our elementary school? Join us as we showcase our work and strategies in action. 

Apr 24, 2017

The Breathing Stick

Our P.E. teacher shares an amazingly simple breathing tool. You'll love it!

Apr 10, 2017

Language

Our Huddle Up team members weigh in on how they use language in their program with teenagers.

Mar 27, 2017

Make a Choice

This may be the oldest trick in the book, but...

Mar 20, 2017

Have Fun

Let’s be honest – kids don’t need another boring adult telling them what to do.

Mar 13, 2017

What is Attunement?

There's one very important concept we want everyone to know: attunement. What is attunement, and what do you need to know about it?

Feb 27, 2017

Beware the Four Horsemen

We've adapted Dr. Gottman's Four Horsemen metaphor for working with teenagers. Take a look!

Feb 13, 2017

The YES Challenge

Take the YES challenge with your teenager. Let us know your results!

Feb 06, 2017

Love Lens

There are really two ways to navigate the world. We can move away from things we fear, or we can move towards things we love.

Jan 30, 2017

Flash Forward

It's so easy to get caught up in the daily work of raising teenagers that we forget to look forward. Keep reading...

Jan 23, 2017

Flashback

Inside your teenager is the sweet little girl she once was. Take a moment to remember that. 

Jan 16, 2017

Avoid Catastrophizing

"If your teenager fails a test, that doesn’t mean she will never go to college. If your teenager gets in a fight, that doesn’t mean he’ll end up in prison." Keep reading...

Jan 09, 2017

It's Not Personal

If teenagers have a superpower, it’s the ability to shoot a dagger right where it hurts. Say it with us now. It's not personal. 

Jan 02, 2017

Posture of Curiosity

This one tiny step can completely change an interaction with a teenager. 

Dec 26, 2016

Three Holiday Strategies for Stressed-Out Parents

Thanks to Norman Rockwell and other idealistic portrayals of the holiday season, expectations for blissed-out perfection run high at this time of year. Reality, however, rarely measures up. Schedules are off, sugar intake is high, and Aunt Thelma is in town… Yikes!

Here are three strategies to help navigate holiday stressors. 

Dec 05, 2016

The Consultant

So you're trying to connect with a teenager and getting nowhere. Try putting her in the role of consultant! 

Nov 21, 2016

I Wonder

Got a teenager who won't talk? Try this simple strategy!

Nov 14, 2016

Brain Under Construction

When you ask a teenager, "Why did you DO that?" and you get the blank stare -- remember, their brain is still under construction. 

Oct 31, 2016

Besties with the Bumps

The teenager years are a time to reframe our thinking on failure and struggle...

Oct 24, 2016

Working with Teens

We'd like to share six strategies for maximizing the positive aspects of adolescence... 

Oct 17, 2016

Making Sense of the Terrible Teens

The idea of dealing with adolescents can often be daunting for parents and educators. We'd like to reframe how we think about teenagers. Read on...

Oct 10, 2016

Toxic Stress and Sensory Processing Disorder

Most of us experience stress on a daily basis, and our bodies are designed to handle small amounts of stress. But what happens when our bodies and brains experience stress on a frequent, ongoing basis, or when stress is severe? Read this guest post from Dr. Jamie Chaves to learn more. 

Sep 26, 2016

When Parents and Kids are Separated

Some children need extra support when they're facing a separation from their parents, even if it's just a brief time away. Read on for strategies on how to ease the separation. 

Aug 01, 2016

What is Attachment?

Learn more about the single greatest predictor of success for children in this deep dive into attachment. 

Jun 27, 2016

Meditation for the Rest of Us

"I used to have a picture in my mind of what a meditator looked like. I am not that woman. Not by a long shot. But I do meditate every day and here’s why."

May 09, 2016

Self Care... Why Care?

Extending care to others usually comes easily to most people. But we can run ourselves ragged if ALL we do is care for others.

May 02, 2016

Know Your Triggers

If self-care was as simple as getting a manicure when you’re stressed out, we’d all be in good shape. But it’s not. Keep reading...

Apr 25, 2016

Self-Care

If you’re operating out of stress, frustration, and anxiety, you’re not going to be able to be that calm, collected and caring adult that the children need from you. Join us as we dive into the topic of self-care.

Apr 18, 2016

My Kids Aren't Following Directions

Wouldn’t it be nice if we gave directions and our kids followed them… the first time…every time? Now come back to reality. Let's chat about kids who aren't following directions. 

Apr 08, 2016

A Reminder

Sometimes I need this reminder, so I wanted to share it in case others needed reminding, too.

Mar 30, 2016

Technology and Parenting

Technology isn't going away, but childhood is. This post is a friendly reminder to put away your phone and be present with your children. 

Mar 28, 2016

Is It Snooping?

When a child is old enough to access technology, gets a cell phone of her own and starts signing up for social media accounts, many parents wonder how to monitor. Read her text messages? Know her Facebook password? Here's our advice.

Mar 23, 2016

When Kids Want to Talk

We know that trying to fix our children's problems for them doesn't usually work. So what should we do when they want to talk?

Mar 21, 2016

Tantrums!

You're wandering the aisles at the grocery store. Then, it happens. The tantrum. 

Mar 16, 2016

Blended Families

In this post, we discuss how to manage romantic relationships when children are involved. Keep reading...

Mar 11, 2016

How to Un-Spoil a Child

Let's talk about how to raise a child to be un-spoiled, and how to un-spoil a child who we accidentally let go down the wrong path a little too long. 

Mar 04, 2016

How to Help Kids with Anxiety

When working with kids with anxiety, our goal shouldn't be to get rid of it altogether, but we definitely want to give kids tools to help them channel it. Keep reading...

Feb 22, 2016

When Bad Things Happen in the News

What do I tell my kid when bad things happen in the news? How much is too much? Should I not say anything? Answers to your pressing questions about talking to kids about current events.

Feb 19, 2016

Try Try Again

On the first week of school, we did something a little crazy. We set up an activity that we knew the kids would fail.

Jan 04, 2016

Mask

Kids have different parts of themselves that they show to others. Use this strategy to help learn more about a child's complex self.

Oct 21, 2015

Quitting vs. Failure

What do you do when your 8-year old decides she no longer likes soccer halfway through the season? Do you ask her to stick it out so that she’s not a quitter? Do you teach her to follow through with her commitments? Do you let her walk away?

Sep 30, 2015

Stuck

There are plenty of books about persisting with something and thinking outside the box, but few as funny and creative as Stuck. Read our review!

Sep 23, 2015

Praise the Process

Perhaps the simplest way to build resilience in kids is to just switch our language. Try this!

Sep 18, 2015

A Perfectly Messed Up Story

Kids will love this funny read-aloud book about a kid named Louie whose story just keeps getting ruined. Poor Louie! He can’t tell his story because it keeps getting messed up. Keep reading...

Sep 16, 2015

Take in the Good

We've all done it: focused all of our energy on that one negative comment rather than the 100 positive comments. Dr. Rick Hanson explains why.

Sep 14, 2015

Ish

Do you know a kid who gives up when things aren't working out for him? Read "Ish" and remind him that just because we didn't get it right the first time, we definitely shouldn't give up.

Sep 09, 2015

Why I Banned the Word Easy

I know "easy" isn't a bad word in the traditional sense. But here's why I banned it in my classroom.

Aug 31, 2015

Home Visits

Momentous School teachers visit each student in his/her home at the start of the school year. Watch this video to learn more about the impact that home visits make on the kids, parents, and teachers all year long.

Aug 10, 2015

Kids Talk: Empathy

What is empathy? Delilah, an 8-year old and second grade student at Momentous School can tell you!

Jul 13, 2015

Perspective Lens

Get yourself a large magnifying glass and use it as your "perspective lens" to help kids see another person's perspective.

Jul 03, 2015

Seven Blind Mice

Like the seven blind mice, kids need to learn the important lesson that we don't always see things in the same ways as others, but that another person's perspective is just as important as our own.

Jun 26, 2015

Why Should We Teach Kids About Perspective Taking?

Being able to take someone else’s perspective is a precursor to empathy. Before we can really understand and empathize with another, we must first be able to step into their shoes and see the world from their point of view. What does that mean? Read on.

Jun 08, 2015

Ripple's Effect

"A kid who reads this book can think about how happiness can help him overcome whatever shark he’s facing – whether it’s a bully, a negative person, or a toxic relationship. Happiness is contagious!" Read more in this book review of "Ripple's Effect."

Jun 05, 2015

Home Away from Home

Our students spend more time in our classroom than they do even with their own families. How can we make this home away from home a comfortable place? Try this simple idea from our fourth grade teacher, Kim Robinson.

Jun 01, 2015

Building a Championship Team

All year long my fifth grade class talks about champions. What is a champion? Are champions only athletes? Are champions only famous people? Heavens no! All of us can be champions!

May 22, 2015

How Schools Kill Creativity

In the number one most viewed TED talk of all time, Sir Ken Robinson argues that schools are killing creativity. Read on to learn more about this message, and a chance to hear from Robinson in person!

May 20, 2015

Get Your Grit Score

Has all this talk about grit made you wonder how gritty you are? Get your grit score!

May 13, 2015

Yes ... D'Oh! ... YET

"As I’m sure you can guess, many of the teenagers don’t mind talking about what they did well, but they often shut down when asked about the frustrations. Although we honor their resistance to sharing, we also invite them to learn grit." Read more...

May 06, 2015

Outlook: Positive

Our outlook on life gives us the flexibility to bounce back and keep moving. It gives us the vision to try again or in another way. Keep reading...

Apr 27, 2015

Grati-Toad

Use the adorable toad as a way to help kids express gratitude... or rather, grati-TOAD.

Apr 06, 2015

Say Yes!

Can you give "yes" a more prominent place in your vocabulary?

Mar 25, 2015

Gratitude Journals

Momentous School first grade teacher Ashley Stephenson shares about her class' gratitude journals in this short video.

Mar 20, 2015

Gratitude Chain

Try this fun activity to help cultivate gratitude.

Mar 18, 2015

Art Transitions

Watch this short video to see Momentous School art teacher using mindfulness to help with the transition back to class.

Mar 13, 2015

Color Your Emotions

This simple art project can help kids build up the brain-body connection and get in touch with their emotions.

Mar 06, 2015

Inside the Principal's Office

Watch this short video on how Momentous School's principal, Sandy Nobles, uses social emotional health strategies to reinforce positive discipline.

Mar 04, 2015

Mindful Observation

Learn how Momentous School teacher used mindful observation with her fifth grade scientists.

Feb 23, 2015

Mindful Practices

A quick intro to how one Momentous School teacher uses mindful practices in her classroom.

Feb 20, 2015

Senses Journal

A senses journal is a great way to get kids to pay mindful attention to the world around them.

Feb 18, 2015

Mindful Eating

An easy way to incorporate mindfulness into daily life is to take ordinary, daily activities and do them mindfully. Try mindful eating!

Feb 16, 2015

No Ordinary Apple

We love this colorful book about eating mindfully. Read the full book review of "No Ordinary Apple".

Feb 11, 2015

Pass the Cup

Watch this video to learn about an impulse control group activity called Pass the Cup.

Feb 04, 2015

Bunny Breath

What kid doesn't love pretending to be an animal? Here's a quick breathing activity that kids will love. Read on to learn about bunny breath.

Dec 15, 2014

Hoberman Sphere

The Hoberman Sphere is one of our favorite tools for teaching kids about breathing. Check it out!

Dec 12, 2014

The Eric

Momentous School student Eric leads us in a very quick breathing exercise in this short video.

Dec 10, 2014

Balloon Arms

Our Pre-K Teacher, Cristina Garcia, leads us through a breathing activity called Balloon Arms in this short video. Check it out!

Dec 05, 2014

The PinWheel

Try this simple strategy to help kids understand their breath.

Dec 03, 2014

Intro to Breathing

Momentous School PreK-3 year old teacher Juanita Cabrales talks about introducing mindful breathing with her three-year-old students in this video.

Dec 01, 2014

Breathing Check-In

Have you thought about your own breathing lately? Let's all take a quick break and check in with ourselves.

Nov 28, 2014

Belly Breathing

Here's a simple, concrete way to help kids understand breath and experience deep, belly breathing.

Nov 26, 2014

Why We Should Teach Kids About Breathing

Breathing is something that we do all day, every day. Why would kids need to know about it? Read on to learn some of the benefits of teaching kids about their breath.

Nov 24, 2014

Mindful Analogies

Momentous Institute Psychologist Dr. Matt Leahy discusses using mindful analogies to answer the question, "Why am I in therapy?"

Nov 05, 2014

The Power of Yet

One simple three-letter word can totally transform a message and encourage kids to keep trying. Read on to learn more about this magic word!

Oct 22, 2014

Empathy and Optimism Research

At Momentous Institute, we talk all the time about social emotional health. We say, “This stuff matters” and “This stuff works!” As a researcher, I wanted to substantiate these claims with data. So I began a research study about the effects of our social emotional curriculum on academic outcomes.

Sep 21, 2014

Videos

My Brain Music Video

My brain is the most important part of me! Allow these Perea Elementary Students in Memphis, Tennessee to teach you about their brain in this catchy song writted by LaChelle Walker.

Sep 05, 2019
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Safe Relationships: The Pressure of Building Relationships

Building Safe Relationships with your students is not an easy task, especially when you're working under academic pressure. We all want our kids to do well, so Kelly Richmond gives us 3 easy steps to remember when working towards safe relationships (chances are you might be doing them without realizing!).

Sep 05, 2019

The Hand Model of the Brain

Try this quick way to explain the brain with your hand. We love this concept from Dan Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson. 

Sep 05, 2019

Safe Relationships: Posture of Curiosity

Here are two postures to consider while teaching: a posture of Curiosity and a posture of Playfulness. The most important thing with utilizing these postures in the classroom - do what feels the most comfortable and genuine for yourself!

Sep 05, 2019

Safe Relationships: Praise

As teachers, we tend to focus on the negative of what students are outputting, but when building safe relationships, it's important to not be afraid to praise students on their efforts! Lauren Mann, Ph. D. tells us more about it!

Sep 05, 2019

Safe Relationships: Common Interests

If you're looking to create safe relationships with students in the classroom, one easy way is to connect with them through shared, common interests. Our own Matthew Leahy, Ph.D. explains!

Sep 05, 2019

Safe Relationships: Consistency and Predictability

Creating safe relationships in the classroom can be your number one priority as a teacher, but it can be daunting. Each student is different, so how can you connect with them in a safe and meaningful way? Our very own, Keisha Wright, opens up the conversation!

Sep 05, 2019

Flip the Clip

Most teachers are familiar with the classic clip chart, a behavior management technique designed to help students control their behavior and make good choices. Flip the Clip turns this concept into a method that is positive, respectful and results in a classroom culture with strong social emotional health.

Sep 05, 2019

Flipped Classroom Agreements

We're all familiar with classroom agreements, but have you considered adding agreements for what students can expect from their teacher? Learn more in this quick video. 

Sep 05, 2019

Vision Statements

We believe that all parents truly want the best for their children and have high hopes and dreams for their futures. At Momentous School, we ask all parents to complete a vision statement for their child. We use these to help guide our students and to refocus on the big picture if things go off-track. We encourage every school to add vision statements to their beginning of the year routine!

Sep 05, 2019

Flash Focus on Relationships

Flash Focus on Relationships, a presentation from staff at Momentous Institute. Jennifer Hartmann shares about Relationships: The Difference that Makes a Difference.

Sep 05, 2019

Kids Talk: The Brain

Momentous School Kindergarten student Taryn shares about the brain in the Kids Talk series

Sep 05, 2019

Got Stress?

Got Stress? Watch Momentous Institute experts explain toxic stress and four simple strategies to combat it.

Sep 05, 2019

Got Stress? Stress and the Brain

Got Stress? Frankie Perez and Fred Lines of Momentous Institute explain stress in a way that is easy to understand. Make sure to check out our Got Stress? strategies!

Sep 05, 2019

Home Visits 101

Learn more about how Momentous School visits each of our Pre-K families in their home throughout their first year. Home visits help strengthen the parent-school connection and set students up for success both at school and at home.

Sep 05, 2019

Home Visits

Before the start of each new academic year, Momentous School teachers visit students at their homes.  This helps build a great relationship between home and school.

Sep 05, 2019

Positive Discipline

Momentous Institute's Director of Education shares how she approaches discipline with social emotional health in mind. 

Sep 05, 2019

Podcasts

Episode 3: What is Attachment?

The amazing Dr. Tina Payne Bryson, co-author of New York Times best-sellers The Whole-Brain Child and No Drama Discipline gives us the run down on attachment. What is it, and why should parents know about it? 

Sep 03, 2019

Episode 2: Positive Discipline

We've never met a child who has never misbehaved, so every parent needs to know how to effectively use discipline. In this episode, we learn discipline strategies that help build children's capacity to make good choices. 

Sep 03, 2019

Episode 1: The Growing Brain and How it Works

In this episode, we talk all about the brain. How are children's brains wired and developed over time? What should parents know about the growing brain? Learn this and more in the first episode of The Growing Brain.

Sep 03, 2019