Graduation – Sound Discipline’s Identity and Values

  What is the story of the 2021/2022 school year? Heads nod when I sum it up this way - this was a year like no other. The return to in-person learning as the pandemic raged on meant doing the best we could under constant stress, strain, and uncertainty. Teachers and administrators worked harder than ever. Community partners showed up in creative and responsive ways. Families leaned in to support their school communities.   Our students showed the effects of isolation and disconnection. The situation revealed what we’ve said through the years, but perhaps never really gotten to feel quite [...]

2022-06-14T08:15:48+00:00June 14, 2022|

ACEs Awareness and Knowing Your Own Number

  ACE Resource Network recently announced the first ever public awareness campaign about adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). At Sound Discipline, we’ve been talking and teaching about ACEs for a long time, and we’re thrilled to see a movement putting resources into spreading the word about ACEs and trauma-informed practices.   The term ACEs was invented with a 1990s study conducted by Dr. Vince Felitti, MD and Dr. Robert Anda, MD in collaboration with Kaiser Permanente and the Centers for Disease Control. Over a two-year period, Kaiser collected data from more than 17,000 mostly white participants which traced adverse experiences  in [...]

2021-05-13T20:38:54+00:00May 13, 2021|

The Journey to Understanding Trauma and Resilience

“The question we should be asking is not what’s wrong with that child, but what happened to that child?” – Oprah Winfrey “The more healthy relationships a child has, the more likely they will be to recover from trauma and thrive. Relationships are the agents of change and the most powerful therapy is human love.” - Dr. Bruce Perry   Let's talk about trauma and resilience. At Sound Discipline, we teach and coach educators and adults working with or raising kids about trauma-informed practice. Ten years ago, this concept was just migrating to schools and social service delivery. Like a [...]

2021-04-19T14:08:59+00:00April 19, 2021|

Resilience through Transition – An Art Activity for Classrooms or Families

All of us have experienced loss and change. We are tempted not to talk about it, fearing that bringing it up will bring to the surface emotions that are difficult for our students to feel. But in reality, ignoring the grief connected with letting go and change creates a confusing disconnect for children. Being able to process the feelings allows them to understand that this part of change is normal and that talking through difficulty helps individuals and communities heal and move forward. The activity below is designed to support students (and adults too!) with transition and change. Originally created [...]

2023-05-17T17:55:16+00:00December 10, 2020|

Teaching Tenaciousness

Every teacher has some students who seem eager to lean into challenges or take on new things – and other students who do the opposite. They seem pull away from taking risks and struggle to manage the frustrating feelings that naturally arise when learning new ideas or tasks. Growing the internal capacity to “lean into learning” helps students thrive in school. Here are some ideas: Teach some brain science. Explain that the process of learning is hard brain work – and some people are more sensitive to the physical sensations of that kind of work. You are actually growing new [...]

2019-06-10T13:40:23+00:00June 10, 2019|

Stubbornness is Perseverance in Disguise

Can you remember a time your child insisted on continue to build something, or play or read – when you needed to go somewhere? Perseverance can be frustrating and inconvenient! When your child is sticking to something they want to do – even though you want/need to do something else it is challenging. Yet, the ability and desire to persist in the face of adversity (your request to do something else) is an important life skill which will benefit them in the future. Some children seem to be born with this kind of focus and determination, while others need more [...]

2019-06-10T13:32:09+00:00June 10, 2019|


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