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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Happy children playing tug of war in the park.

Play and the Brain As chilly winter days transition into balmy spring time, children and adults both anticipate spending more time outdoors.  Unfortunately, the school environment doesn’t always cooperate with the onset of spring fever as students prepare for and take mandated tests or complete end of year projects.  Test anxiety and teacher stress is…

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Child's drawings and coloured chalk

The Story Behind Kid President In 2013, Kid President took the world by storm. Over a million views on just his first video. Why?  What made him so engaging? Well, he was funny, energetic, loved to dance AND had a good message. He encouragds teachers to look for the awesome in students and he encouraged students…

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Male Student Working At Desk In Chinese School Classroom

Conquering Test Anxiety is Possible As the school year winds down, anxiety ramps up.  There is anxiety over CoVid-19 and social distancing. There is anxiety over passing to the next grade and completing projects But most of all there is anxiety over testing. The best way to eliminate test anxiety, is to put testing in…

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Twin sisters on Wooden pier

Understanding someone else’s feelings What is empathy? Empathy is the ability to understand and feel what others feel.  It is putting yourself in another’s shoes. When my youngest daughter was little she watched the movie, The Fox and The Hound and cried and cried at the end when Todd was attacked by the bear.  That’s…

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