Twin sisters on Wooden pier

It’s not all about ME! Why Empathy Matters What do you envision as the foundation of your classroom culture? your family culture? Is it all about me and what I want? Making the best grades. Having the most friends. Winning, Scoring, Getting to the head of the line… I doubt that is what you envisioned,…

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family and one word

One Word and Focus Kids grow up so fast. The world changes even faster. What will your students be like in five years?  Ten years? Do they have a vision for the future?  Do they have an idea of the values and the principles that are their foundation? Stephen Covey  wrote extensively about the importance of…

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girl with ice skates

Kids and Growth Mindset One thing that parents and educators can agree on is that we all want the best for children. We want them to learn skills that will serve them well in the future.  Developing a growth mindset is a key component. When we focus on motivation and cajole, threaten or even bribe…

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choose failure or success

Are failure and success related? He won’t do any work in class. She never turns in homework. She is capable, but doesn’t work up to her potential… If you have been  an educator for any length of time, you’ve had a child like this in your classroom. You’ve tried every strategy that you can think…

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Rear view of pupils raising arms during the lesson

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. Great…

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parent teacher conference

Communicating Effectively in Parent-Teacher Conferences As the school year begins, an important part of starting school for every teacher is establishing communication with parents.  This is especially true in the younger years but even in later years, teachers have a responsibility to keep parents informed.  Depending on how you set up your system, this can…

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