Posts by Lynne Watts

Using Visualization

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Visualization and Positive Storytelling Many students have a goal of being an athlete when they grow up and most athletes today use visualization to some extent to improve performance. As educators we can use this interest to help them develop good habits that will serve them well both in sports and academics. Some questions you…

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Want to nurture a kid’s superpower?

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Kids and Super Powers In a memorable TED talk, scientist and researcher, Peter Benson-Sparks asks the question,  What is the spark that each child carries within and how can we as educators, parents and other influencers of youth, encourage and fan the flames of that spark? Benson believes that every child has a unique spark,…

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3 Ways to Help Kids Make Friends

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Not having a friend can be hard… What if it’s the first day of school and you are the new kid in the class? What if you return to school after a summer off,  only to find that your best friend  has made a whole new set of friends and you aren’t in the circle…

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The secret to helping students develop grit

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Kids and Grit You are barely into the school year and already you have a sense about which students will be successful and which ones will be slackers… don’t you? Are you usually right? How do you know?  What are the characteristics of the children who stay the course and succeed? How are they different…

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What if failure is really a gift?

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A student in PE is playing a game and misses the ball. She stomps off the field, tears in her eyes. While doing an assignment, a student can’t figure out the answer to a math problem. He crumples up his entire paper in frustration and slams the book closed.  Not a chance of re-directing or…

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3 steps to helping kids develop self-discipline

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Kids and Self-discipline Will power, self-discipline and productive habits are always the buzz words for the Olympics. Ask any Olympic gold medal winner to what they attribute their success and I guarantee these words will come up over and over.  No one is going to say they won the gold by having a lackadaisical attitude,…

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