Shorecrest Preparatory School Blog

Techniques to Ease the Back to School Jitters

Posted by Kate Fierce on Jul 31, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Every year, I hear from many families about the difficulties they and their children are having adjusting to going back to school. It’s quite common for students to feel apprehensive about the increased expectations in a new grade level, to worry about friends and fitting in, to be disappointed by the teacher they have or by the lack of close friends in their classrooms. We all want to see that our children and students are happy and confident, but these fears and disappointments are not something detrimental to their emotional health. Quite the opposite!

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Topics: Social-Emotional Development

Emotional Intelligence following the Presidential Election

Posted by Mike Murphy on Nov 18, 2016 11:33:36 AM
The result of the Presidential Election was not nearly as surprising as the behavior of people I know and respect. While reading an article from Dr. Travis Bradberry, author of the best seller Emotional Intelligence 2.0 , it occurred to me that we all need to take a moment and evaluate our own behavior. Bradberry notes nine habits of emotionally intelligent people.
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Topics: Social-Emotional Development, Election

Why "How Much Screen Time Is Too Much?" Is the Wrong Question

Posted by Dominique Craft on Oct 19, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Proudly sporting their “I am a digital citizen” stickers, Shorecrest students gathered during this Digital Citizenship week to share ways to protect themselves and demonstrate Shorecrest values online. Daily, we send our students into the virtual world to conduct research, collaborate with peers across oceans, and take action to improve their communities. Students reinforce their math skills using engaging math games online. They build online Portfolios to demonstrate their learning. They create movies, websites, and other virtual products to share their knowledge. They challenge teachers to constantly evolve their practice to reflect the changing world.

In short, technology is transformative.

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Topics: Parenting, Technology, Preschool, Social-Emotional Development, Core Values

When Your Child is Being the Bully

Posted by Kate Fierce on Oct 17, 2016 8:00:00 AM

It’s the news that no parent wants to hear. Your child has been engaging in bullying behavior. It is difficult for any parent to accept that their loving child is being less than kind to others. It’s important to remember at times like these that children who demonstrate bullying behavior are not terrible people with uncertain futures. Rather they are children, growing and learning, who will occasionally make bad choices and face unpleasant consequences. Your reaction to the situation will, to great degree, help determine whether or not this becomes a learning experience that prompts behavior change.

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Topics: Social-Emotional Development

Empowering Bystanders

Posted by Kate Fierce on Oct 10, 2016 8:00:00 AM

When bullying occurs, the whole community is affected. Clearly, those who are bullied can experience negative consequences, but we often overlook the damage bullying inflicts on those who observe it. Encouraging those bystanders to take a stand is important for two key reasons.

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Topics: Social-Emotional Development