One of Amy's favorite podcasts is Hidden Brain hosted by Shankar Vedantam. This particular podcast, You 2.0: Our Better Nature, is of particular interest regarding how we might be able to reduce negative behaviors in our school settings by greening them more. It is a provocative study on the effects of nature of human beings.
Amy's favorite go to books for education include: Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood by Dr. Lisa Damour, The Fabric of Autism by Amy's mentor, Judith Bluestone, and Pretending to be Normal by Amy's colleague, Liane Holliday Willey. A favorite motivational book is The Five Second Rule by Mel Robbins. The calendar is a nice enhancement also.
Reading failure is usually viewed as a problem of the learner. While in some cases, this might be the case, Amy proposes a paradigm shift regarding reading failure. Perhaps it is a lack of knowledge about the English written code. As long as the philosophy that there are 220 Dolch words remains embedded in our reading educational systems, then we should continue to expect little improvement. FYI: Amy is a reading expert and can prove to you that there are only 11 actual sight words from the Dolch list. It is fascinating.
While the focus is often on our kids, there are times that we need to turn for support too. If you are immediate danger, always dial 911. When this is not the case, but there are looming crises, try Opening Counseling. They have wide range of focus groups and phone counseling supports. Sarasota County also has a Crisis Text Line: Text HERE4U to 741741.
Joy is critical to the notion of self-care. Take inventory of what actually brings joy to your own life. For Amy, joy is hanging out at a groovy coffee shop like Clever Cup in the Gulf Gate area with yourself or with a friend. Reading a book from the Outlander series. by Diane Gabaldon is very joyful. Joy can be peppermint essential oils or making your own kambucha. Joy is definitely yoga with the Downward Dog app. Cooking might be a joy. The bottomline is make it your own.
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