Smile Inside

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Smile Inside
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"Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is You-er than You." ~ Dr. Seuss
 
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This product is the first phase of an anti-bullying program developed for a problematic group of 5th and 6th graders. The approach is based on creating a culture of empathy and respect by raising awareness, teaching assertiveness and how to stand
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This sampler is from the Empathy and Respect module in my book “Smile Inside: Experiential Activities for Self-Awareness Ages 14-15”. The first activity, “Right Your Rules” is about allowing the group ownership of their environment, a valuable
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This sampler is from the Problem Solving and Decision Making module in my book "Smile Inside: Experiential Activities for Self-Awareness Ages 14-15". These two activities are about making responsible decisions and can be used with individuals or
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This module of 12 activities is about giving participants a better understanding of how certain behaviors affect the progress of a group and what skills will increase their effectiveness when working as a part of a team. FAQ and Web of
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These three activities, best conducted over two sessions, have been designed for a classroom setting but they can be easily modified for use with individuals. The first activity, I Am… challenges participants to examine what their self-talk says
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This sampler is from the Emotions and Coping module in my book “Smile Inside: Experiential Activities for Self-Awareness Ages 14-15”. The activity has students discussing stressors and how they affect well-being. There are forty coping strategy
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This mini-course has 10 engaging activities that enhance one’s ability to focus and provide practice in listening skills. The ability to focus and listen well enhances aptitude for learning and supports the maintenance of healthy relationships.
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During the dice and card game, “Feel” in the Blanks, participants will answer random questions relating to their emotions and thoughts in small groups. The second activity, On Your Feet Again, gets participants to share and discuss coping
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This sampler is from the Self-Exploration module in my book “Smile Inside: Experiential Activities for Self-Awareness Ages 14-15”. In order to gain self-awareness it is helpful for an individual to first observe and explore their lifestyle, their
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This sampler is from the Group Dynamics module in my book Smile Inside: Experiential Activities for Self-Awareness Ages 14-15. Just facilitating these three activities over a two-hour period is a very effective way to improve dynamics, especially
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This module, Esprit de Corps Through Service Learning, is included in both my books, "Smile Inside: Experiential Activities for Self-Awareness Ages 12-13" and "Smile Inside: Experiential Activities for Self-Awareness Ages 14-15". The activities
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What is CODE Book? CODE Book is a fun and engaging way for children, ages 5 to 12, to develop strengths which shape character. It provides a practical way to set and track goals that enhance social and emotional intelligence. Using positive
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This product includes 8 fun and fantastic ways to get your students thinking sideways, upside down, and outside the box. These activities are great to have on hand when you have five or ten minutes to spare. The game, Psychiatrist, is best played
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This school-wide teamwork competition is a great way to increase school spirit. The flexible format engages students and staff with a series of “Crazy Quizzes", which creates conversations and build relationships. In the process, team members are
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This sampler is from the Focus and Listening module in my book “Smile Inside: Experiential Activities for Self-Awareness Ages 14-15”. It contains “Where’s Your Head At?”, an activity that has the participants working to increase their attention
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This free sampler is from the Goal-Setting module in my book "Smile Inside: Experiential Activities for Self-Awareness Ages 14-15". This activity, The New Me, provides a template for each individual to make personal improvements in his or her
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Eight fantastic “ get to know you” games great for the first week of school or transition days. The Name Game I Like... Take as Much as You Need The M&M Game Switch If... Clump Back Talk Identity Crisis
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These goal-setting exercises ask participants to each choose an activity in which they wish to improve their performance and plan steps to reach their goals. They will then concentrate on developing the elusive skills of strengthening willpower and
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CODE Book is a fun and engaging way for children to develop strengths, which shape character. It provides a practical way to set and track goals that enhance social and emotional intelligence. This resource is a tool for teachers and student
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CODE Book is a fun and engaging way for children to develop strengths, which shape character. It provides a practical way to set and track goals that enhance social and emotional intelligence. This resource is a tool for teachers and student
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

My name is Vanessa Lee Abraham and I am an educator who has devoted my learning and teaching to wellbeing and personal development. Although I started out as a primary school teacher, my interests led me on a fulfilling journey. I worked as a student welfare coordinator where I assessed the needs of students in 7th – 12th grades and developed prevention programs as courses, workshops, camps, and events to address issues. I have also worked at a residential program and as an education support worker for at-risk youth. As a private service provider, I develop and facilitate activities and programs for individuals, small groups, and classrooms of all ages. www.linkedin.com/in/smileinside/

MY TEACHING STYLE

Inquiry, experiential, cooperative, and service learning are a few of my favorite styles. I have begun to post my favorite ideas on my boards at www.pinterest.com/thesmileinside/. Please join me!

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

I felt honored to be recruited to work for the Kansas City, Missouri School District where I helped develop the 2nd grade curriculum at a new Applied Learning Magnet School. Also, to be asked to run a workshop they decided to call ‘The Band Whisperer” at the Victorian Band Directors conference in Australia in order to share my methods on getting a diverse multi-age group to work together harmoniously.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

At Ohio University, while pursuing my bachelor’s of science in education, I was part of an innovative teaching program called CARE (Creating Active and Reflective Educators). We explored nontraditional methods of teaching through our coursework and extensive field experience in the classrooms of teachers who believe in active, student-centered learning. I did my yoga training with the Vivekananda Research and Therapy Institute in 2000-2001.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

My experiences have helped me design a sequence of programs that enhance emotional intelligence and build resilience and self-respect in youth. I have created two character education activity handbooks to support all professionals who work with youth ages 12-15. In addition, I have developed a strengths-building activity program for children ages 5-12 called CODE Book.

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