Episode 111: Going All In in 2020 with Molly Campbell

January 5, 2020

All In with Pauline Hawkins

Molly Campbell, UNH Lecturer and dear friend, joins me to have a new year/all in conversation. There’s such a pull at the beginning of a new year to make New Year’s Resolutions, but so many of us struggle with sticking with it. So Molly and I wanted to share where we are now and what our plans for 2020 are to make it the most successful year yet.

We talk about setting goals that are attainable for our physical, spiritual, emotional, family, and professional growth. We shared two motivational songs during the episode to help us do the work: 1st song: “Circles” by Soul Coughing and 2nd song: “If Not Now, When?” by Incubus

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What if…

Some thoughts to consider for the new year.

What if we stopped expecting schools to protect our children from the world and started teaching our children to be better for the world?

What if we stopped removing obstacles from our children’s paths and let them experience the strength that comes from overcoming them?

What if we stopped raising children and started raising adults?

What if we stopped yelling at people who disagree with us and started listening to find common ground?

What if we stopped judging people before we know them and started taking the time to hear their stories?

What if we stopped fearing how the world is changing and became the change we wanted to see?


Questions about my Animal Farm Social Experiment

It’s interesting how many teachers email me about a post I wrote six years ago, Animal Farm Lessons. People can read it at HuffPost or in my book Uncommon Core, so it’s easy to find it if they are looking for lesson plans for Animal Farm.

Today, I spent some time answering these questions:

1. What is your classroom management style? In your opinion, are there classes that are too immature for the experiment? 
2. Do you let this experiment continue for more than one class period?
3. How do you collect students feedback on the activity? (I’m debating anonymously, first).
4. Do you add any formal assessment element (for example, if they are able to meet all 5 requirements as a class, each student earns 10 points)? (I’m just as worried that I would HAVE to tie points to the activity to get some of my students engaged or willing to risk becoming a leader).
5. How do you handle students crossing the line with breaking rules/classroom expectations?  Would you say for the sake of the experiment you allow cellphone use, swearing, etc? 

So I thought I’d share my response on my blog.

Dear Friend,

Thank you for your email and your questions. I understand your fears. It is definitely one of the reasons I left classroom teaching: We can no longer teach a lesson without a way to measure students’ learning in some concrete way. This lesson teaches students things that can never be measured, but they will never forget it and it will change them in some positive way.

First, I always used the lesson as a social experiment and let them learn from their behavior in the small world we created for one hour on one day. I have often wondered what would have happened if I let the experiment last longer than that, but I don’t think that’s the goal of the lesson. The goal is to see how students choose to behave in this situation. Each class is different, and something the teacher cannot control. I have conducted this experiment with honors students and with students who have been to jail. I never had to stop Rebellion Day, although I did end one session about 5 minutes early once because students set themselves up as “security guards” and were getting dangerously close to getting physical with other students. When I took back the classroom, I asked the security guards why they chose to do that. Their answer: They thought it was fun. So without judgment or anger I asked, “You think threatening or hurting people is fun?” I said nothing else to them. By the end of class, both boys apologized to me and the students they threatened. How do you grade that?

Which brings me to grades: I told them they were getting graded but not how, because I wanted them to be motivated to engage. I gave them all a participation grade for the day, regardless if they were the leader or the person in the corner playing on their phone (so, yes, I allowed that), regardless if they worked together to accomplish the tasks or all sat for an hour and did nothing (which never happened by the way). 

I think the most essential element of this experiment is my notetaking. I observe without interfering, but then I share all of my observations and then ask students questions about my observations like, Why didn’t you participate? Why did you get angry? Why did you mistreat that person? Why did you all blindly follow the leader? These observations and questions are the real lesson. Students are just acting out who they are and what they have observed in their lives. This experiment merely holds up a mirror for them and asks them, Is this really who you want to be?

It will take a lot of courage on your part to let them be, but that’s what I recommend. Of course, other teachers have put more controls and rules and grades on the lesson, so it is completely up to you and what you feel comfortable with. Some teachers graded the reflections they asked students to write afterwards, which is probably the only one I would recommend, but I never did that. I didn’t want to take a life lesson and turn it into an arbitrary grade, but I understand the pressure to attach a grade in the current system.

The only other question you asked is what is my normal classroom like. I always set up my classroom with mutual respect and created a safe environment for my students. Some classes were more challenging than others, but they always knew I had their best interest at heart–they won’t care what you know until they know that you care. They knew that this experiment was another way I was showing how much I cared about them.

I hope this answers your questions. Let me know if you have any more. If you decide to do it, let me know how it turns out.

Best wishes,


Episode 110: The UNH HUGEmanities with Krista Jackman

December 15, 2019

All In with Pauline Hawkins

Krista Jackman is a Principal Lecturer and Co-director of The HUGEmanities Project with the Englsih Department at UNH. I have had the pleasure of working under the HUGEmanities umbrella with Krista and Molly Campbell, as we create more opportunities for UNH and NHCC students to engage in humanities projects.

Krista talks about what the HUGEmanities initiative is, what projects they’ve completed this year, and what the plan is for 2020. There are great opportunities for students, educators, and business owners through this HUGEmanities project.

Three songs that speak to the humanities: 1st song: “Romeo and Juliet” by Dire Straits

Having a humanities education gives you a framework for understanding the world. The narrative is global, but not as many people read Shakespeare today! So this education lets people understand the world in a way that they might not otherwise.

2nd song: “Morning Has Broken” by Cat Stevens

This (I think?) is a song about opportunity. Each day brings a new one, and that is really what we’re trying to focus on – creating opportunity for the young people around us, and showing them how they are already poised for taking on the opportunities available to them.

3rd song of soundtrack: “Imagine” by Chris Cornell

The original Imagine was performed by John Lennon, in 1971. It idealized a world at peace, a world without borders or the divisions of religion and nationality. There have been other iterations of this song, which makes me consider the divisive nature of our  continued tribalism that we still face. So maybe the sentiment of hope and tolerance remains important today.

To find out more, go to https://mypages.unh.edu/hugemanities/home

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Episode 109: Healing Arts Collective with Adrienne Irizarry and Bri Duga

December 1, 2019

All In with Pauline Hawkins

Adrienne Irizarry and Bri Duga from Healing Arts Collective join me to talk about holistic wellness, the interconnected nature of people, how they help people unlock their wellness potential, the meaning behind their logo, and what it means to them to go all in.

Three songs that would be on the soundtrack of their lives: 1st song: “I lived” by One Republic (Bri’s song); 2nd song: “Days Go By” by Keith Urban (Adrienne’s song); and 3rd song: “Technologic” by Daft Punk (their office jam)

To contact Adrienne or Bri about the Healing Arts Collective go to http://healingartscollective.net/

Or connect with them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/HealingArtsCollectiveNH/

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Episode 108: Against All Odds with Ralph Jarrells

November 17, 2019

All In with Pauline Hawkins

Ralph Jarrells is a writer and a film maker, with a long history of fascinating jobs. Ralph joins me from West Columbia, SC to talk about his two novels Ill Gotten Gain and Fiery Red Hair, Emerald Green Eyes and A Vicious Irish Temper and his incredible journey as a writer and film producer.

Three songs that would be on the soundtrack of his life: 1st song: “Dirty Laundry” by Don Henley; 2nd song: “Traveling Man” by Ricky Nelson; and 3rd song: “Against All Odds” by Phil Collins.

To get in touch with Ralph Jarrells, email him at ralphejarrells@yahoo.com or go to https://www.illgottengain.net/ or https://www.fieryredhair.com/ to find out more about his books.

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For I Am Yours Press Release

Winsome Watercolor Illustrations Highlight New Children’s Picture Book “For I Am Yours”  

Endearing Children’s Picture Book Extols the Twin Values of Love and Security for Little Ones  

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (November 15, 2019) – Author Pauline Hawkins and illustrator Lorraine Watry are celebrating the unveiling of their charming new children’s picture book, For I Am Yours, which recently released to retail from WordCrafts Press. The beautifully illustrated project immediately resonated with readers who have compared it to the beloved, Love You Forever. For I Am Yours debuted at Number 7 on Amazon.com’s Hot New Releases chart in the Children’s New Baby Books category, and at Number 42 on the online retailer’s Hot New Releases in Children’s Sleep Issues chart.

“I wrote this story for my daughter over 20 years ago,” author Pauline Hawkins recalled. “At the time I thought it was just a simple story about how much her “blankie” loved her. But over the years I’ve come to realize I was really telling a story about a mother’s love for her daughter. That is a timeless message I knew needed to be put out into the world.

“I hope children will feel that unconditional love as they hear the words and explore the images Lorraine created while nestled in their loved ones’ arms,” Hawkins continued. “And I hope the book helps parents and other caregivers develop a deeper connection with their children through the unconditional love displayed by the blankie.”

Award-winning watercolor artist Lorraine Watry believes mothers from around the world will relate to the blanket’s sentiment of always being there for their babies. “I decided to do this project because I felt the story was a poignant tale of love—the blanket for the baby and the mother for her child,” she said. “The illustrations proved to be a fun challenge to create the world around the blanket and baby. Pauline and I discussed the general layout and included some of the toys our kids loved as characters in the story. Then I was given the freedom to come up with the scenes that help express Pauline’s wonderful story.”

For I Am Yours is a winsome and wistful love story of sorts, told from the unlikely perspective of a baby blanket who is always there for her ‘baby,’ from the moment she arrives in the nursery, through her growing up years, providing unconditional love, support, and security. The story serves as a beautiful metaphor for the strong bond between parent and child and is meant to be shared together.

“I cannot wait for people to see the beautiful illustrations Lorraine created,” Hawkins declared. “The images themselves fill me with joy. But I’m also excited by the knowledge that parents are going to hold their children in their arms and speak these loving words to them.”

Author/Educator Pauline Hawkins

Author Pauline Hawkins is a writer, teacher, and storyteller. Her first book Uncommon Core: 25 Ways to Help Your Child Succeed in a Cookie Cutter Educational System (2015) shares edifying lessons from her classroom for parents, teachers, and students. Pauline teaches writing at Great Bay Community College and is a copywriter for HotDiggity Creative. She also hosts the weekly podcast All In with Pauline Hawkins where she interviews people who are going “all in” to pursue their goals.

Lorraine Watry is an award-winning watercolor artist and Signature Member of the National Watercolor Society as well as others. Her paintings have juried into National and International exhibitions and she has paintings published in the “Best of Watercolor Series” – Splash 14 & 20.

Lorraine enjoys the challenge of painting realistic reflections in water, glass, and metal and passing on her love of watercolor to her students.

Visit her online at: lorrainewatrystudio.com

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Episode 107: Some Holiday with Justin Scarelli and Melissa Sweatt

November 3, 2019

All In with Pauline Hawkins

Justin Scarelli and Melissa Sweatt from Rogue Productions join me to talk about their musical Some Holiday opening at the Players’ Ring November 22 thru December 1. Justin worked for Warner Bros. and Walt Disney Company and Melissa went through the filmmaking program at Boston University and worked for NH! News and NH PBS before they met and started Rogue Productions.

They share the genesis of the idea of Some Holiday, its journey from an independent film to a stage musical adaptation, the differences/similarities of directing/writing for film versus the stage, and what it means to them to go all in.

For song selections, Justin and Melissa brought three songs from the show: 1st song: “Running Out of Time”; 2nd song: “Hello Goodbye”; and 3rd song: “We Could Be Happy.”

For more information about Some Holiday or to get in touch with Justin or Melissa, go to Facebook: @SomeHolidayMusical or email them at: itsallrogue@gmail.com

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Episode 106: For I Am Yours with Pauline, Carol Linn, and Lorraine

October 20, 2019

All In with Pauline Hawkins

Lori McCarthy guest hosts the show, interviewing Pauline Hawkins (the author), Carol Linn Powell (the inspiration), and Lorraine Watry (the illustrator) about the children’s book, For I Am Yours, released on September 25th. It is a beautifully illustrated story about a baby and her blanket and the love they have for each other.

Pauline shares three songs that would be on the soundtrack of her life: 1st song: “Rise Up” by Andra Day; 2nd song: “My Wish” by Rascal Flatts; and 3rd song: “Can’t Give Up Now” by Mary Mary.

To find out more about Carol Linn and Devin’s academy, Nostos MMA, go to http://nostosmma.com/index.html or their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/nostosmma/

To find out more about Lorraine Watry, go to https://www.lorrainewatrystudio.com/

For more about Pauline’s books, go to https://paulinehawkins.com/books/

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Episode 105: A Balanced Life with Chris Carrera

October 6, 2019

All In with Pauline Hawkins

Chris Carrera is back to tell us how his year in Costa Rica with his family went. Not only does he share great songs that illustrate his journey, but he shares many of the life lessons he learned along the way, which include finding balance in all of life, always keep learning, find new challenges, physically build something, music is the common language, practice gratitude daily, don’t worry about the future, and what it means to him to go all in.

Three songs that would be on the soundtrack of his journey: 1st song: “Calma-Remix” by Pedro Capo; 2nd song: “Istanbul Dubphonics – Drumspyder Remix” by Shaman’s Dream; and 3rd song: “I Am” by Satsang.

If you missed Chris’s first appearance on my show, here’s the link to recording: https://paulinehawkins.com/2018/08/26/episode-57-walking-away-from-consumerism-with-chris-carrera/

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