From How Do I Cope as an Educator to: I Have a Plan & I Can Do it!

Especially at the difficult times we are going through, we feel the need of children for social-emotional skills: proactive behavior, cognitive flexibility, collaboration, imagination and curiosity. We want our students or kids to have purpose, self-directness and values. We would very much like them to be able to regulate emotions and behaviors. Are we climbing too big a mountain?

No. We can do it.

But how?

We need to define our challenge. It varies according to our educational role and the children's needs. This doesn't have to be a back breaking event. In my workshop at CPSI (Creative Problem Solving Institute in the University at Buffalo, NY) I ask participants to define their challenge. We have an artistic interlude - listening to poetry and watching a video of my art. Then I ask them: Are you ready? And they are.

We need to outline a plan to meet our challenge. The 5 E's method is great to pave our path. We explore our challenge then experience - play with ideas. We examine them and elevate one into a solution. Finally we express a concise plan for effectiveness and ease.

You may think this is too simplistic. Such a process needs to be thorough. Yet over the years of leading my workshop at CPSI and in The Florida Creativity Conference I found a way to use my art, literature and lifelong creative education experience for one transformational session. I'm offering this igniting and recharging workshop online on May 15. You're most welcome.

Our next step is to identify our's and the kids' gifts and to make a simple to-do list on how to develop those. Focusing on promoting the kids' individual potentials we give them meaning, purpose and self-directness. They learn social values, as well as their own value. When energy is directed to positive productivity, regulating emotions and behaviors becomes easy.

Toward the end of the workshop we discover lessons and activity ideas that weave nature, art, science and environment, to foster cognitive flexibility. Even for yourself, you'll feel your mind opening up to endless possibilities and remote associations, the way a child's mind works. From that point you'll be able to foster those innate traits into social-emotional skills.

Still feel that your challenge is to big?

Past attendees' overbearing weight transformed into a feeling of: I can do it.

Here's what participants in my CPSI 2019 workshop said:

  • "Excellent, well planned, good details."

  • "She is a very special creative leader."

  • "The only Wow I gave."

Check out the Building Social Emotional Skills by 5 E's online workshop now!

See you there,

Michelle Korenfeld

Tools and materials to raise creative thinkers.

© 2017 by Michelle Korenfeld, Raising Creative Thinkers.