happy teacher

Why I appreciate you! It’s definitely been a school year to go down in history. When kids of this generation look back on the impact that current events have had on them, what do you think they will remember? Will it be the facts they learned, the tests they took or the grades they made?…

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Corona virus and kids

Kids and COVID-19 The world as we know it has changed. Schools are closed. Families are isolated at home and businesses are shut down. As parents and teachers we are all affected physically, emotionally and financially. While we would like to spare kids from the reality of the situation, it is not possible to protect…

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tug of war

The Positive Side to Challenging Situations What does your child do when faced with a challenging situation? Give Up Find an adult to fix the problem Attempt to solve the problem What is resilience?  It is the ability to recover from difficulties. What are the key factors in developing resilience?  Here’s what we know about…

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Child's drawings and coloured chalk

The Story Behind Kid President Five years ago, Kid President took the world by storm. Over a million views on just his first video. Why?  What made him so engaging? Well, he’s funny, energetic, loves to dance AND has a good message. He encourages teachers to look for the awesome in students and he encourages students to…

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Family at kitchen

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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Male Student Working At Desk In Chinese School Classroom

Use Brain Science to Teach Kids Not to Give Up Brain science has dramatically changed how we think about the brain.  While much of the research has been applied to helping children learn better in an academic setting, growth mindset research has also taught us how to help children develop high self-esteem while at the…

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