SEL Works

How do I know? I’m a teacher and I use it on myself all the time.

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This morning, I woke up in a strange mood. I’d had a bunch of dreams about the past — things I’d loved (a lamb sandwich I ate when I was a teenager living in Turkey), and things I’d felt ambivalent about (Ela Beach, my elementary school that I was at for a brief time when I was a child living in Papua New Guinea). I awoke with a feeling of dissatisfaction and nostalgia — a weird…




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Cindy Shapiro

Cindy Shapiro

Cindy Shapiro is long-time teacher living in Colorado. As founder of Teacher Says, a podcast and website ( she aims to elevate teachers’ voices.

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