Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Standing Up to Injustice

Do not use the Buddhist community for personal gain or profit, or transform your community into a political party. A religious community, however, should take a clear stand against oppression and injustice and should strive to change the situation without engaging in partisan conflicts.

--The Tenth Precept of the Buddhist Order of Interbeing, from the book Interbeing, by Thich Nhat Hanh

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Preschool Methods Of Discipline That Promote Self-Worth Number Eight

For every no, offer two acceptable choices:

"No! Rosie cannot bite Esther. Rosie can bite the rubber duck or the cracker."
"No, Jackie. That book is for teachers. You can have this book or this book."

This encourages the child's independence and emerging decision-making skills, but sets boundaries. Children should never be allowed to hurt each other. It's bad for the self-image of the one who hurts and the one who is hurt.

Friday, September 25, 2009

EFL Game: All Aboard The Color Train

This game is best for the really young kids. Make different colored train tickets and laminate them. Hand out the colors to the children and loudly say “All aboard the color train!” Randomly pick a color. The children must give you that colored ticket to board the train. Have the children join face to back, each with their hands on the shoulders of the children ahead of them. Move around the room making train noises. You can also do this to music.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Eight

Sung to: "Farmer In The Dell"

E-i-g-h-t
E-i-g-h-t
E-i-g-h-t
And that spells number eight


From my original post "Number Songs for Little Kids," where you can see songs for all the numbers up to twelve.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Mindful Speech

Do not say untruthful things for the sake of personal interest or to impress people. Do not utter words that cause division and hatred. Do not spread news that you do not know to be certain. Do not criticize or condemn things of which you are not sure. Always speak truthfully and constructively. Have the courage to speak out about situations of injustice, even when doing so may threaten your own safety.

--The Ninth Precept of the Buddhist Order of Interbeing, from the book Interbeing, by Thich Nhat Hanh

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Some Photos of My Trip to Hong Kong



To see some photos of my recent trip to Hong Kong, click here.

You can also see my 200 most recent photos on Flickr.

Warning: these are not artistic photographs, but rather amateur snapshots. I'm posting them in order to share them with friends and family, but anyone is welcome to take a look.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Preschool Methods Of Discipline That Promote Self-Worth Number Seven

Avoid accusation. Even with babies, communicate in respectful tones and words. This prevents a lowering of the child's self-image and promotes his tendency to cooperate.

Friday, September 18, 2009

EFL Game: Airplane Competition

First, have your students make paper airplanes. Stand the students in a line, side by side and let them test fly their planes. For the competition assign different classroom objects for the children to hit with their planes. I use this game also when learning the body parts and various other themes. Have the students try and hit the specific part you tell them to. You can also ask a question first and only if they answer correctly are they given the chance to fly their plane. All these work well in teams, and my kids love it.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Seven

Sung to: "Farmer In The Dell"

S-e-v-e-n
S-e-v-e-n
S-e-v-e-n
That spells number seven

From my original post "Number Songs for Little Kids," where you can see songs for all the numbers up to twelve.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Harmony in the Community

Do not utter words that can create discord and cause the community to break. Make every effort to reconcile and resolve all conflicts, however small.

--The Eighth Precept of the Buddhist Order of Interbeing, from the book Interbeing, by Thich Nhat Hanh

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Some Photos of My Trip to Hong Kong: Disneyland



To see some photos of my recent trip to Disneyland in Hong Kong, click here.

You can also see my 200 most recent photos on Flickr.

Warning: these are not artistic photographs, but rather amateur snapshots. I'm posting them in order to share them with friends and family, but anyone is welcome to take a look.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Preschool Methods Of Discipline That Promote Self-Worth Number Six

Toddlers are not easy to distract, but frequently they can be redirected to something that is similar but OK. Carry or lead the child by the hand, saying,

"That's the gerbil's paper. Here's your paper."
"Peter needs that toy. Here's a toy for you."

This endorses the child's right to choose what she will do, yet begins to teach that others have rights, too.

Friday, September 11, 2009

EFL Game: Pass

Sit the students in a circle. Hold up a flashcard and loudly say what it is (e.g. “pen”…”). Pass it on to the student beside you, who in turn repeats it and passes it on to the next child. To begin with it is best to keep it slow, but it gets funnier the faster you pass out the cards because everyone is talking at once. To make it even more confusing, try and switch directions you are sending the cards out.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Six

Sung to: "Jingle Bells"

S-i-x
S-i-x
That spells number six
Insects all have six legs
One, two, three, four, five, six

From my original post "Number Songs for Little Kids," where you can see songs for all the numbers up to twelve.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Mindful & Joyful Living

Do not lose yourself in dispersion and in your surroundings. Practice mindful breathing to come back to what is happening in the present moment. Be in touch with what is wondrous, refreshing, and healing both inside and around you. Plant seeds of joy, peace, and understanding in yourself in order to facilitate the work of transformation in the depths of your consciousness.

--The Seventh Precept of the Buddhist Order of Interbeing, from the book Interbeing, by Thich Nhat Hanh

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Some Photos of My Trip to Hong Kong: The Big Buddha



To see some photos of my recent trip to Hong Kong (particularly the part when we visited the Big Buddha on Lantou Island), click here.

You can also see my 200 most recent photos on Flickr.

Warning: these are not artistic photographs, but rather amateur snapshots. I'm posting them in order to share them with friends and family, but anyone is welcome to take a look.

Saturday, September 05, 2009

Preschool Methods Of Discipline That Promote Self-Worth Number Five

In some situations, after firmly stating what is not to be done, you can demonstrate how we do it, or a better way:

"We don't hit. Pat my face gently." (Gently stroke).
"Puzzle pieces are not for throwing. Let's put them in their places together." (Offer help).

This sets firm limits, yet helps the child feel that you two are a team, not enemies.

Friday, September 04, 2009

EFL Games: Musical Hugs

This game is very similar to musical chairs, except everybody wins. Play some music and have the children dance around. When the music stops, the children find one friend to hug (explain the hugs must be gentle, nice hugs). You can make different rules, such as when the music stops the children must find someone new to hug each time. There is no actual English content to this game, but it is really fun for little kids (I wouldn't advise it with high school students).

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Five

Sung to: "Skip To My Lou"

F-i-v-e
F-i-v-e
F-i-v-e
That spells number five


From my original post "Number Songs for Little Kids," where you can see songs for all the numbers up to twelve.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Compassion is Understanding

Do not maintain anger or hatred. Learn to penetrate and transform them when they are still seeds in your consciousness. As soon as they arise, turn your attention to your breath in order to see and understand the nature of your anger and hatred and the nature of the persons who have caused your anger and hatred.

--The Sixth Precept of the Buddhist Order of Interbeing, from the book Interbeing, by Thich Nhat Hanh