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Choosing Courage and Compassion

Courage is not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.
Nelson Mandela

Aristotle wrote that “courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees the others.” As early childhood practitioners look for ways to help children (and themselves) cultivate their courage during this time of increased challenges, an Out of the Box Training Kit, “Choosing Courage in a Climate of Fear,” can provide support. Jeffrey Perkins’ wise words are needed now more than when he originally wrote them:

And in another Out of the Box Kit, “Cultivating Compassionate Classrooms,”
Wendy Hinrichs Sanders writes about the importance of creating classrooms that feel safe and empathetic, especially during times of challenge:

“Create an environment of emotional safety. Nurture what children feel, and offer teaching practices that enable compassion. Significant relationship elements are captured by these labels:

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