giving kids corrective feedback

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4 steps to successful feedback How many times do I have to tell you to do that the right way? What were you thinking? Aren’t you ever going to learn? Have you ever said any of the above statements? As adults, parents and educators we are frequently faced with giving children corrective feedback. How do…

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Ten Engaging Questions to Ask Your Child

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Asking Questions that Make Kids Think As a school counselor, I often talked with parents who were concerned about their inability to engage their children in meaningful conversations. They’d ask, “What did you do at school today?” and get the standard response:  “Nothing.”  They’d learn from other parents or the teacher about significant events or…

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Creating better communication with kids

angry girls

Improve communication skills and resolve conflicts He’s making fun of me. She said she wasn’t my friend any more. She invited everyone to be in her club except me. He said I was weird.  It hurt my feelings. Helping kids get along with each other can be quite a challenge.  Some days it feels like…

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Three surprising things NOT to say to kids

Happy mother talking to her son at home

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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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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