communication

School Counselor Resource

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Wyatt the Wonder Dog School Counselor Resource  Do you spend a lot of time helping kids get better at getting along? Do you need a story that helps kids cope with bossy friends? Wyatt would love to help. Here’s a story to teach kids how good manners between friends can save the day:    Wyatt…

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Seven Secrets to Effective Teacher-Parent Communication

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In a previous post, I identified ten ways that educators could establish effective communication with parents. Communication however, is a two way street.  Parents also have a responsibility and an opportunity to establish a relationship with their child’s teacher. Here are seven ways for parents to create open communication while empowering your child to be…

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Ten Secrets to Effective Parent-Teacher Communication

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Communicating Effectively in Parent-Teacher Conferences As the school year begins, an important part of starting school for every teacher is establishing communication with parents.  This is especially true in the younger years but even in later years, teachers have a responsibility to keep parents informed.  Depending on how you set up your system, this can…

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Top 3 Mistakes Educators Make

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And how to correct them Educators often make the same mistakes. How do I know? I was a school counselor for 20 years and I’ve made them all myself.  The problem is that these mistakes don’t bring about the desired results, even though on the surface, it appears that we are helping and doing our job.…

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Three surprising things NOT to say to kids

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Don’t worry, we’ve all said them… There are a lot of common phrases that we as parents and educators rattle off to kids without thinking much about the meaning that could be interpreted behind it. Some of them are things that we’ve even been told we should say.  Here are three things I bet you’ve said…

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How many positive comments does it take?

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The Benefits of Creating a Positive Environment What do you do when someone makes a critical comment? Hide in bed with a pillow over your head? Make a snappy come back…several hours later? Repeat it over and over to yourself? Shawn Achor in his book– The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That…

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