character development

4 Ways to Help Kids Develop GRIT

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Helping Kids Develop GRIT Has helping children develop GRIT become a goal where we have focused too intently on the end result without spending enough time on the process? In Brene Brown’s book, Rising Strong  she has many insightful recommendations for living a whole-hearted life of courage, compassion and connection.  However, she makes a statement…

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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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Wyatt the Wonder Dog School Counselor Resource

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Wyatt the Wonder Dog School Counselor Resource  You asked for it and we’ve put it together for you… Did you notice that there is now a Wyatt the Wonder Dog puppet to accompany the Wyatt book series? Wyatt is really proud of the results and especially the bandana that goes with it.    So we’ve…

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Does failure lead to success?

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Are failure and success related? He won’t do any work in class. She never turns in homework. She is capable, but doesn’t work up to her potential… If you have been  an educator for any length of time, you’ve had a child like this in your classroom. You’ve tried every strategy that you can think…

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