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I Did Something Brave Today

Click HERE or on the Image to See  the NPHC project on the Children’s Well-Being Site I did something brave today, and I hope you will consider doing it too. I submitted The Not Perfect Hat Club to the “Children’s Well-Being Initiative” being... read more

The Science of Kindness

Social-emotional skills are vitally important to the health and well-being of our children, but for decades they’ve been labelled “soft skills” and all but ignored in most classrooms. This despite the fact that any teachers worth their salt will tell... read more

It’s Too Late to Turn Back Now I must have listened to twelve-year-old Beau Dermott sing, “I’m through with playing by the rules of someone else’s game,” a dozen times now, and each time the power of her words and voice take my... read more

Delight in Our Differences

Before you do anything else, stop and watch this remarkable video about Ricochet, a canine prodigy bred  and raised to be a therapy dog. Like so many educators, Ricochet’s trainer had very specific skills she wanted her pupil to learn. She also had a... read more

Able to Leap Tall Buildings!

Becoming a character in a book you’ve written is a bit like discovering an alter ego. It starts with how you dress and speak, but quickly becomes another way of seeing and being in the world. At this point, I don’t just change into Ms. Jenaia’s baggy... read more

Debunking the Myth of Perfection

Below are the questions for the #TXeduchat live Twitter chat on Sunday, June 5, 2016. My goal is to use the chat as a catalyst for an ongoing, collaborative discussion that will fuel positive change in education. To become caring, effective adults, our children can no... read more

Pay Your Writers!

“… I’m proud to say that what we do is that we have 13,000 contributors in the UK, bloggers… we don’t pay them, but you know if I was paying someone to write something because I wanted it to get advertising pay, that’s not a real authentic way of presenting copy. So... read more

Every Author’s Dream

Every Author’s Dream by Jena Ball This Wednesday, September 23rd I had the good fortune to be invited to share my new book, The Not Perfect Hat Club, with the 600+ students at Pine Valley Elementary School in Wilmington, NC plus an additional 15 classes from... read more

Technical Denial

I have spent most of my adult life in a love-hate relationship with technology. Trained as a graphic designer and illustrator long before anyone had heard the word Photoshop, I was appalled when I learned that people were manipulating and even creating images using a... read more

Canine PBL

  Among teachers, school administrators and some forward thinking communities, the term PBL is synonymous with Project Based Learning. Students acquire knowledge and skills by participating in activities that have practical, real world applications. For example,... read more