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Word of the Day: Thoughtful

November 17, 2016

adjective thought·ful \ˈthȯt-fəl\
Simple Definition

:serious and quiet because you are thinking
:done or made after careful thinking
:showing concern for the needs or feelings of other people

Source: Merriam-Webster’s Learner’s Dictionary

All three definitions are useful!

Word of the Day: Considerate

November 15, 2016


adj: showing concern for the rights and feelings of others

Being considerate is being polite and caring. People like it when you’re considerate of their feelings.img_2168

We could all probably be more considerate of others: this word means you’re thinking of other people — considering them — and then treating them decently and with respect. It’s considerate to say “please” and “thank you” to people. It’s considerate to excuse yourself, rather than walking out and slamming the door. Asking someone how they feel is usually considerate. A considerate person is kind and thoughtful — a good person to know.

How can you be considerate today?

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Word of the Day: Patience

November 14, 2016

1. the quality of being patient, as the bearing of provocation, annoyance, misfortune, or pain, without complaint, loss of temper, irritation, or the like.

2. an ability or willingness to suppress restlessness or annoyance when confronted with delay

Word of the Day: Respect

November 11, 2016


noun re·spect \ri-ˈspekt\

Simple Definition of respect

: a feeling of admiring someone or something that is good, valuable, important, etc.

: a feeling or understanding that someone or something is important, serious, etc., and should be treated in an appropriate way

: a particular way of thinking about or looking at something

Consider playing the song RESPECT by Aretha Franklin. Discuss the meaning of respect. Have students give examples of what respect looks like and sounds like in action. Put students in groups of four and have them create an acrostic poem for the word RESPECT. Encourage students to be creative and to decorate artfully. Share and post in the classroom or hallway.

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Word of the Day: Kind

November 10, 2016




Simple Definition of kind:

having or showing a gentle nature and a desire to help others : wanting and liking to do good things and to bring happiness to others

Synonyms: attentive, considerate, thoughtful

How can you be kind today?

Choose Kind Resources



Word of the Day: Civility

November 9, 2016


noun ci·vil·i·ty \sə-ˈvi-lə-tē\

Simple Definition of civility

:polite, reasonable, and respectful behavior

civilities: polite actions and words

Source: Merriam-Webster’s Learner’s Dictionary

Diwali Coming Soon: Culture-Gram

October 26, 2016

(This is an updated version of our post from 2015.)

Diwali Coming Soon: Culture-Gram

I do not want my house to be walled in on all sides and my windows to be stuffed. I want the culture of all lands to be blown about my house as freely as possible.

Mahatma Gandhi

I am excited to continue this series on culture and diversity.  I would like to extend a special thank you to my former student, Sumeera, for today’s guest post.

Diwali, or Dipawali, is India’s biggest and most important holiday of the year. The festival gets its name from the row (avali) of clay lamps (or deepa) that Indians light outside their homes to symbolize the inner light that protects us from spiritual darkness. This festival is as important to Hindus as the Christmas holiday is to Christians. Diwali, celebrated in October or November each year, originated as a harvest festival that marked the last harvest of the year before winter. Indians celebrate with family gatherings, glittering clay lamps, festive fireworks, strings of electric lights, bonfires, flowers, and sharing of sweets.

What is Diwali?Diwali

Diwali is a religious holiday that Hindus, Sikhs, and Jains celebrate. It’s called the Festival of Lights.

When is it celebrated?

This year (2016) people will celebrate from October28 to Nov. 1.

What do people do?

People celebrate by decorating their homes, lighting candles outside their homes, burning firecrackers.

Are there any days that kids may miss school or not be able to do homework?

Most kids still go to school in America but in India kids have 10 days off.

Do I  have to do anything?

As a teacher, you could wish the Indian students happy Diwali and invite those students to talk to the class about the holiday.

Can students do their homework?

It depends on the family.

Why are the kids missing school? 

Again it depends on the family.  It’s a religious holiday and if the family wants to keep their kids at home, it is their choice.

What can I share in class? 

This is an excellent video to show your students.

Sumeera Mansukhani is former CSU student and an educator.



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