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The Secret to Engagement is Brain Chemistry

Teachers are competing for attention and they think it is the devices they are competing with. Some think it is the speed at which students are accustomed to viewing images at hundreds of images a minute. They are right to a certain extent. But the real competition is what is happening in the brain when

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AI Challenge-How to Prepare Children for Rapid Change

At no other time in history has there been such rapid change. The news is ,change will continue to happen even more rapidly, so how do we prepare children to adjust? Change is inevitable. If we spend out time complaining about the jobs lost, and not adapting, we will miss out on opportunities the change

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Critical Thinking-Crucial Success Skill

With the focus on passing tests to determine student success being the focus of so many educational institutions since the 1980’s, critical thinking has taken a backseat. It’s crucial that we help students recognize for every one opinion there should be several opposing opinions. Finding opposing opinions was much easier in the 1970’s when students

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Sandbox Mystery Writing Contest

Magic Lenses is my new story book designed to help students see how much better things can be when they are open to listening to others and their different ideas. The Magic Lenses opens the children’s eyes to the real beauty of working together. It also encourages students to imagine what other magic the lenses

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How I Survived 50 Years of Teaching

I’ve been asked, “Hw did you survive 5o years of teaching under the conditions teachers experience?” My answer is simple, “I listened every new next great idea in teaching demanded by administrators. I evaluated it considering the unique needs of each of my students, and if it was no aligned with that, I would nod

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Ban AI and It Becomes the Forbidden Fruit

Banning anything makes it the forbidden fruit and creates more of a desire to use it. Offering the fruit alone is not going to protect our children. Before we put our young people behind the wheel of a car, we warn them of all the hazards connected with driving one. We need to do the

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Weigh in on Today’s Question

Today’s Question: “What can I do if my mother says I have to leave my Chromebook at school locked in my locker, but my teachers assign work that has to be done on the Chromebook?” He shared that his mother was firm on her position. She does not want her son on a device after

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Why Children Procrastinate

Whether students are dealing with homework from conventional classrooms or are homeschoolers, children who procrastinate simply need to understand what is behind their procrastination. It can be different for different children. The following might behind your children’s failure at managing their time: Please share the challenges with time your students’ experience in the comment box.

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Meeting the Challenges of the Ever-Changing Devices

Teaching children to control their devices require parents to be sure the children are ready. Do they have the background they need to manage their devices effectively? In my book, User’s Beware-Stranger Danger Lurks Behind Children’s Screens, readers will learn whether their children are prepared for what lurks behind their screens. The following is an

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About Victoria

Victoria is an educational consultant, nationally recognized speaker. Her over 50 years in education has been focused on developing resilient self-reliant self-advocates who know how to tap into their innate ability to independently solve challenges.

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