Social Skills Series #10: Being a Friend

During our Mesopotamian theme, the Wellness block included a workshop about bowling, a sport that has its roots in ancient Mesopotamia. A young piano student of mine, Julio, was in the Wellness class, and told me the following story. Julio ended upon the opposite team from Trent, a new kid whom he liked and with … Continue reading Social Skills Series #10: Being a Friend

Social Skills Series #9: Encouraging Each Other

I have a new favourite phrase, a catchphrase that has become popular among young people in recent years. It’s just three short words, but, as you all know, three words can pack a punch. My new favourite phrase is, “You got this.” We offer a lot of exciting learning opportunities at Phoenix, and our students … Continue reading Social Skills Series #9: Encouraging Each Other

Developmental Asset #15: Positive Peer Influence

Adolescents often invest a great deal of time, energy, and emotion in their social circle. Much of their identity may be defined by who their friends are and how they are treated by their peer group. It is of great benefit for a teenager to spend time with friends who are doing well for themselves … Continue reading Developmental Asset #15: Positive Peer Influence