teaching

Celebrate Your Child’s Personality Style!

Every personality style has strengths Why does he act like that? Why would she think like that? What’s wrong with her anyway? Have you ever said any of the above?  Don’t worry, we all have. One of the goals of understanding the four basic personality styles is to move from tolerating a personality style in…

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5 Creative Ways to Get Students’ Attention

  How to Hook Students at the Beginning of a Lesson Ever been to a conference where the keynote speaker started out with… “Take out your textbook and turn to page 24”? Me neither. If they did… well their audience would probably either head for the exit or start playing Candy Crush on their iphone.…

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The Secret Sauce for a Happy Child

Positive and Negative Feedback Do you wonder what the key is to having happy children? Maybe you even wonder about the key to finding happiness in your own life? Turns out we don’t find happiness… it’s not even related to our circumstances.  Surprised? The Research on the Happiness Advantage In Shawn Achor’s  book, The Happiness Advantage, he…

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How to raise responsible, self-reliant children

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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4 Steps to Better Communication

Using Communication to Change Misbehavior In my last post, I wrote about connection, the first of the three steps taught in the Parent Encouragement Program by author, Kathryn Reynolds Lewis. The second step outlined in her  book, The Good News about Bad Behavior is communication. It is important to note that communication follows connection. How often…

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What every child wants…

Misbehavior and belonging In last week’s post, I discussed studies that indicate that children today are harder to teach and more difficult to discipline than in previous years.  Diagnosis of ADHD, anxiety and depression are skyrocketing.  What is a parent or educator to do?  How can we cope? Before identifying some approaches to the problem,…

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