In a recent episode of The Writing Glitch Podcast, host Cheri Dotterer had the pleasure of speaking with Paul Zalman, a man with a mission to transform social-emotional development in children through the power of love languages. Paul’s journey, marked by personal growth and a desire to foster positive change, led him to create a unique tool that’s making waves in educational settings.

The Genesis of a Game-Changing Idea

Paul’s story begins with a deep dive into his family history, revealing a pattern of emotional abandonment and hardship. This exploration shed light on his own struggles with anger and its impact on his relationships. Determined to break the cycle, Paul sought inspiration from Dr. Gary Chapman’s “The Five Love Languages.” However, he realized that understanding these languages was one thing, but applying them in everyday life was another challenge altogether.

This realization sparked the creation of the “Roll of Love” game. The game features a die with symbols representing the five love languages: quality time, acts of service, words of affirmation, physical touch, and gifts. The sixth side of the die is a wildcard, “Surprise Me,” adding an element of spontaneity. The simple rule is to roll the die daily and practice giving away the love language it lands on, without any expectation of return.

Bringing Love Languages into the Classroom

Paul’s game has found its way into educational settings, where teachers are using it to promote empathy, self-awareness, and positive behavior among students. By starting the day with a roll of the die, students are encouraged to focus on a specific love language, look for opportunities to express it, and reflect on their actions in a journal.

Cheri Dotterer, an expert in dysgraphia, suggests adapting the journal for younger students or those struggling with writing. She recommends using Canva to create modified versions with larger lines or blocks for drawing, making it more accessible and encouraging participation.

The Impact of Love Languages in Education

The implementation of love languages in schools is more than just a novel idea; it’s a tool for cultivating a culture of kindness and respect. By encouraging students to recognize and appreciate the diverse ways people express and receive love, educators are laying the groundwork for more harmonious and inclusive learning environments.

Paul’s vision extends beyond the classroom. He envisions families using the “Roll of Love” game to strengthen their bonds and create a legacy of love journals that capture the essence of their relationships over time.


Paul Zalman’s innovative approach to integrating love languages into education is a testament to the power of empathy and intentional acts of kindness. By teaching children to understand and express love in its various forms, we are not only enhancing their social-emotional development but also nurturing a generation that values connection and compassion.

Listeners of The Writing Glitch Podcast and educators alike can learn more about Paul’s work and the “Roll of Love” game at his website, As we continue to explore the intersection of education and emotional intelligence, Paul’s story serves as a reminder that sometimes, the most profound lessons are taught not through textbooks, but through the universal language of love.

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