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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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Suffer from mid-year burnout no more…

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Get Fired Up and Finish Strong The school year is more than half over and much of the excitement and anticipation of a new class is long gone. How can you keep the energy and enthusiasm going for the next few months? How can you maintain a positive focus in the midst of the negative…

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The Greatest Gift a Teacher can Give

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The Power of Mindset What is the power of expectation and mindset?  It is not only huge but it trumps ability every time.  In an education world that has become increasing obsessed with data, testing and assessment, what role does a teacher’s positive expectations play in a student’s performance?  Apparently it  is the greatest gift a teacher…

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How to raise responsible, self-reliant children

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Helping Kids Develop a Can Do Attitude I often hear teachers and parents alike lament that the students today have little intrinsic motivation and initiative. Certainly as a school counselor, I  often presented lessons on being responsible. When asked what it means to be responsible, children usually have a good idea. They would identify tasks like…

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5 Ways to Create a Summer of Renewal

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Do this… Not this Does summer mean a time of renewal for you? How do you make that happen? Here’s how NOT to make it happen: Dive into the weeks ahead with no plan except to fill every moment with enriching activities.  Schedule back to back camps or sports activities for the kids. Volunteer for every…

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What is the greatest gift you can give a teacher?

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It’s that time for teacher gifts As school comes to a close, teachers are being lavished with gifts, flowers and no doubt dozens of Starbucks gift cards.  As I dropped off gifts for teachers at the schools in my area ( several Wyatt the Wonder Dog books to use in their classrooms),  I had to…

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