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Cliff's Corner - 11/2/2017

posted Nov 3, 2017, 4:05 PM by Admin at Winterhaven

Counselor’s Corner Hey all,

I want to share a Marshmallow Test story that really illustrates our quirky school. Last year, I gave the Marshmallow Test to all the kids and the vast majority were quite successful and got two marshmallows. A week later, one of them showed up at my office holding both of his still uneaten marshmallows. They were a little crusty and bordering on nasty, but I laughed and gave him a third marshmallow. Last week, during the marshmallow test, he still had his three marshmallows from last year! Disgusting, but so very Winterhaven!

Otherwise, we are continuing to work on mindfulness, the non-religious branch of meditation. I sometimes hear from students “I tried it once, it didn’t help” and I try encouraging them by reminding them that practicing mindfulness is like growing a tree. You can’t see it grow day to day, but if you look back after a month of growth, you will see the difference. Ideally, these mindful moments would be supported at home. Here’s a quick article on how to fit mindfulness into our already busy lives.  

Using an app on your device is also a popular option. There are many including Breathe, Calm, Headspace, Flowing, Smiling Mind (We use a lot of their videos in class) and my personal favorite, Insight Timer. It’s important to start small and not jump into a 20 minute meditation, but it also important to do this regularly.  


How to Incorporate Mindfulness Into Every Day | Brit + Co

At this point, it’s pretty safe to say that mindfulness is more than just a passing trend among millennials. In the past few years, mindful practices have gained ...

We used this video in the 5th and 6th grades.



Buddhist Monk shares his Secrets of Meditation

Meditate anywhere, anytime!

 And this one in K-2


"Just Breathe" by Julie Bayer Salzman & Josh ... - YouTube

The inspiration for “Just Breathe” first came about a little over a year ago when I overheard my then 5-year-old son talking with his friend about how ...

I don’t get to see 3rd and 4th this week, they’re my Friday folks.  

I finished up the first of four kindergarten small groups this week. I get to meet with every kid sometime this year to play games and build the relationship between us. We also do some problem solving skills and sportsmanship stuff as well as introducing the talking monkey, a stuffed monkey that we use to let us know whose turn it is to talk.  

Our Question:

When we talk about cultures, what is the difference between Acknowledging, Affirming and Promoting? How can we make sure we are at least affirming all people?

Thanks again!  Cliff Shaw,