Episode 20: To Pop or Not to Pop

Episode 20: To Pop or Not to Pop

To pop or not to pop the bubble. This is the kindergartener’s dilemma. Jung-ah Choi writes that during a parent-teacher conference she discovered that her son was misbehaving in his kindergartener class. Upon further inquiry it turned out that her son was having a hard time complying with the class rule about not invading other people’s personal space. The teacher called it the “do-not-pop-the-bubble” policy. Choi’s son did not know how best to achieve the balance of engaging his classmates playfully without grabbing onto their hands or pulling them closer. A teacher expects her students to cooperate in the class, meet the policy expectations, and those who can’t or don’t know how to ‘not-pop-the-bubble’ often get in trouble. When such trouble escalates, it leads to suspension or even expulsion. Today, my guest, Clancy Blair, Ph.D. will talk about ways to promote fundamental abilities, which helps children meet the classroom expectation of HOW to regulate yourself.

About Clancy Blair, Ph.D.


According to #FullPreFrontal Guest @ClancyBlair, chronic stress has a debilitating impact on child’s capacity to pick himself and go Click To Tweet Children growing up with less structure or without any specific guidance on how to mange emotions in response to failure tend to be less resilient #FullPreFrontal Click To Tweet #FullPreFrontal Guest @ClancyBlair says research shows that the socio-emotional climate of the classroom improves with specific teacher training/coaching programs Click To Tweet


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Sucheta Kamath
Executive Function Specialist at Cerebral Matters
Sucheta Kamath, founder of private practice (Cerebral Matters®), is an expert in brain training & Executive Function development. She is a TEDx speaker and a recent graduate of the Leadership Atlanta class of 2015. Sucheta will be launching ExQ®, an educational software company that offers accessible, web-based learning management tools for all in Fall of 2019.

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