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in excelling in the classroom and leading an enriching personal life
with Dr. Christine M. Stearns, Ed.D.



Life is a gift and so often we are too busy to truly appreciate all it has to offer. 

We miss the days of our childhood, when we had time to play...


Fortunately, we don’t have to completely let go of the innocence and playfulness we once had.  Through living more consciously and appreciating the little things, we can find a balance that will enable us to get our work done and still have time to re-energize through play and joy.


This workshop guides you toward finding your balance.  Through reflection, art activities and play, you will start a “tool chest”.  These tools are designed to help and inspire you to play more often, helping you to be more relaxed and efficient in your work.


Educators Pre-K to 6, Administrators, Teachers in training, Educational Assistants and Aides, Education Consultants, Paraprofessionals, Title 1 Members/Staff


Participants will learn:

  • what it means to balance between work and play

  • to start to recognize things that reenergize them and makes them happy

  • how to make time for play and reenergizing activities

  • how to overcome other “roadblocks” that prevent them from leaning into the joy of play



Example of a schedule for a day long workshop

8:00 - 8:30 : Check-in

8:30 – 9:00: Introductions and agenda overview

9:00 – 10:00: What is Balance?

10:00 – 11:00: What Fills Our Wells?

11:00 – 11:15 Morning Break

11:15 – 12:15 Where Do We Find the Time?

12:15 – 1:15: Lunch on your own

1:15 – 2:15:  Other “Road Blocks”

2:15 – 2:30: Afternoon break

2:30 – 3:30: Balancing our Balance

3:30 – 3:45: Questions, workshop evaluations, dismissal





Your presentation style was easy and interesting.  The examples from personal life and the references to other sources made the information very applicable. The information was given in concise points -- I love that. ~Kathleen, Psychologist



“It got my creativity juices flowing as did making the collage.  As I think about it, I really had fun making the collage.  I haven’t cut pictures out of a magazine for a long, long time and it felt good.” ~Agnes, Financial Aid Officer, SUNY




Cameron, J. (1992). The artist's way: A spiritual path to higher creativity. Los Angeles, CA: Jeremy P. Tarcher/Perigee.


Loomans, D., & Kolberg, K. (1993). The laughing classroom: Everyone's guide to teaching with humor and play. Tiburon, Calif.: H.J. Kramer. 




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