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Five skills kids need to learn in the digital age

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5 Skills Kids Need in the Digital Age I often hear experienced teachers complain about how students have changed over the years.  Children who will spend hours locked into a video game can hardly pay attention for ten minutes to a classroom lesson.  It seems that children of the digital age expect to be entertained…

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Burned out?

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Four Ways to Overcome Burnout At my age, I talk to a lot of retired teachers as well as many educators who are counting the years until they can retire. While I do know teachers who absolutely love their work, there are a large number who are dissatisfied. In fact, about 50% of new teachers…

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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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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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Wyatt the Wonder Dog School Counselor Resource

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Wyatt the Wonder Dog School Counselor Resource  Helping kids set goals and make resolutions for the New Year? Need a book to get kids organized? Here’s a story to teach easy to learn techniques:  Now you can get Wyatt the Wonder Dog Learns about Being Organized and the Wyatt puppet to help you tell the…

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