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Einstein Had It Right: It’s ALL About Energy: Thoughts on Teaching & Parenting and What To Do About It

Another new school year, another new slogan: This year we will all be hearing about “Social Emotional Learning [SEL]” and “Trauma Sensitive Schools”.  Which is a huge step in the right direction.  For both address relationships and heart-centered approaches at the core.  This presents a major shift in contrast to the typical mantras we have heard through the years highighting, “Standards Based”, “Research Based”, “Evidence Based”, and “Common Core”.  So from my perspective, SEL and ACES [Trauma Sensitive] bring a sense of balance to the educational playing field.

“Matter is Energy … Energy is Light … We are all Light Beings.” – Albert Einstein

However, when we cut to the chase, and delve deeper into the realm of learning, behavior, and human potential, Einstein has it right: What really matters is ENERGY.

Simply, when the human condition is guided by an internal force or spirit within, when you FEEL you have to follow the passion, purpose, or the “calling” within, the truth which unfolds often leads to the understanding: “This is exactly what I am here to do”.  Whether it be a career, a job, artistic expression, a relationship, …. whatever is guided by the energy – spririt within, typically presents itself as an expression of  “meant to be”.  How often have you sensed something in the flow of life, intuitively, and you later pronounced, “I knew it would work out”?

“If you want to know the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.” – Nikola Tesla

From the perspective of teaching and parenting, this same sense of energy, and the exchange between us, holds the same set of understanding and truth.  As a Behavior Specialist within a medium sized school district, I have visited many classrooms and observed students in all types of settings.  Certainly, there are a number of variables all in play within the context of “behavior” which need to be taken in account: Class Management, Seatting Arrangement, Lesson Design and related activities, Other Students … and the list goes on.  However, one of the most profound variables at play is discovered within the context of relationship and the exchange of energy between students and teachers.   We all transmit an energetic signal, often described as an internal intention, between ourselves and others.  If the human condition is guided by fear, worry, and negative emotions, the energetic exchange takes on a similar frequency.  And today’s children are extraordinary at reading other’s energy.  This may be due to the level of stress, trauma, or sensitivity many of our children face each day and the ability to read others is part of a protective safety net system to assure that each is moving forward into safe waters.  I see this everyday: Our most successful classrooms are often guided by adults who are projecting an energy safe, positive based, and heart-centered vibration emotionally.   On the other hand, some of the most challenging classrooms, where students appear to be “acting out”, often the room is guided or influenced by adults who are scared, worried, frustrated, or exhausted.  The students read this.  And act accordingly.

Same goes for parenting.  When we are at our best, the most resilient self, our children tend to respond accordingly.  Sure, kids can be difficult and present a challenge; it’s part of the growing up / maturation process.  Then again, our energetic field, whether it be grounded in fear or love and understanding, may present the platform for further escalation or lead toward de-escalation. Kids read us.  So it’s critical that we take in account our own “state of emotions” before we intervene and engage with our children.

“Just as your car runs more smoothly and requires less energy to go faster and farther when the wheels are in perfect alignment, you perform better when your thoughts, feelings, emotions, goals, and values are in balance.”Brian Tracy

There are numerous behavior programs, many are highly successful.  And I recommend them to the teachers and parents I work with.  However, the most powerful in my opinion, are those which honor the energy exchange process between us all.  Here are a few to consider for your teaching or your parenting tool kit:

HEARTMATH.ORG: One of the leading research institutions world-wide, addressing personnel resilence, calm bodies-minds-spirits, and strategies leading to coherence and wellness.  I am currently a trainer with Heartmath and offer these tools through workshops and training.

NURTURED HEART APPROACH:  Here again, the foundation of this extraordinary program highlight the energetic exchange between children and adult.  Specifically, the NHA program, developed by Howard Glasser, features specific strategies and steps toward increading greatness, success, and peace between parents, teachers, and our kids.  Recently, I joined the NHA community as a trainer.

COLLABORATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING: Finally, this is a powerful set of tools and resources, founded upon the notion of “teaching skills to be successful”.  Dr Ross Greene’s work, through the Lives In The Balance program, are well respected throughout schools and centers across the globe.  Check it out:

Best to you all.  For it’s all about intention; so of course, I wish you all well!

Larry

Note to Teachers: Summer Vacation and The Three Legged Stool …

With summer vacation upon us, it’s so important that we all take time to refresh, rejuvenate, and rejoice in preparation for 2018-2019 during the upcoming weeks. By doing so, especially, celebrating success and thoroughly embracing the wonderful moments from this past year, we set ourselves up for a remarkable year ahead. The power of belief,Continue Reading

Taking Care of Oneself is Not Selfish: Building Resilience is a Life Skill Requirement For Us All

Are you ready for the never-ending evolution of life which is quicker, faster, deeper, more complex, engaging, and messy than ever before?   You should be … for we are all living in this remarkable period of time.  And it won’t simply just go away or return to a memory which is long, lost, and gone. Continue Reading

True Education Reform is an Inside Job

One of things I get to do in my work is to support teachers and principaIs directly when behavior issues rise to the surface.  Whether serving as an Education Advocate / Consultant or as a district Behavior Specialist, I am expected to know what I am talking about. And by doing so, I generally tendContinue Reading

What If Every Class Was Based Upon The Gifted Education Model?

Imagine a school, where each classroom was based upon the belief that “every child is gifted”.  This does make a difference.  For what we believe is often what we see! There have been numerous studies related to teacher’s expectations and student performance; many of which replicate the research from the 1960’s conducted by Rosenthal; whenContinue Reading

Relationship, Relevance, and Resilience: When the Honeymoon is Over!

Honeymoon: A period of unusual harmony especially following the establishment of a new relationship … With each new school year, there is an established “honeymoon” period; where the students [as well as teachers] appear to be on their best behavior due to the notion of a fresh start.  In many cases, this period lasts fourContinue Reading

Relationship, Relevance, and Resilience: The New Three Rs!

Sometimes we forget what it was like being a child, and specifically, being a student.  For most of us, we barely remember what the day to day experience was like and most often, we have no clue what we learned in school. But we NEVER forget the teacher who made a difference in our lives.Continue Reading

Back to School Tip: Wear a Smile, Not New Clothes!

As we cycle through routines from year to year; for many parents, August is Back to School season with all of it’s rituals including new clothes, new supplies, and other essentials.  This year, I highly recommend experiencing new thoughts, new emotions, and overall, a fresh attitude when considering the upcoming school year.  How about seeing theContinue Reading

“Least Restrictive Setting” and How It is Misused 42 Years Later …

In 1975, federal law was passed protecting the rights of students with disabilities and PL 94-172 has been the guiding light ever since.  Parents, educators, and advocates have been on this vigilant path for 42 years and continue to work toward providing opportunities for students identified with disabilities and other conditions which impact their lives.Continue Reading

Down the Homestretch: Lessons from the Kentucky Derby; It’s Not How You Start, It’s How You Finish!

I always associate the homestretch of the school year with the Kentucky Derby for both come at the same time; early May.  Taking this metaphor further, it’s not about how you start the school year, nor the Derby, it’s more about how you finish.  And in light of students with executive function gaps, ADD/ADHD, orContinue Reading

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