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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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Personality Style and Motivation

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Wondering how to motivate different personalities? It’s a new school year and you have spent hours setting up your classroom, attending meetings on the latest and  greatest technology and getting your lesson plans in order. You are ready for the kiddos to arrive with parents in tow so you can orient everyone to your system…

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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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Six Strategies for a Great School Year

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How to have a great school year It’s the beginning of the school year here in Georgia.  Teachers, parents and students alike are abuzz with anticipation and excitement.  Educators have been hard at work for days; setting up classrooms, planning lessons and getting everything ready for that big first day that sets the tone for…

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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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