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Children’s Beliefs Impact Performance

If asked, will your child say they are terrible at math or good at math? Would they say they are a good student or a bad student? Do the words artistic, athletic, or creative show up on their list of descriptives about themselves? Or are meth challenged, poor reader, or is clumsy on their list?

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Dreading the Projects This Year?

If you are a parent dreading the start of school you’ll understand this poem that my mom andI wrote about 26 years ago.  I sit at this paper and I stare and I think, That homework and those projects  Had me right on the brink! The next year’s project-what will it be? A model? A

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Strategies for Challenges Promote Positive Mindsets

Starting off the year with a proper mindset will make the difference between a successful year and one that is steeped in challenges. The first place to start is by determining what kind of year students want to have. A beautiful thing about teachers is they allow their new students to start the year with

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Blaming Stunts Growth

There is a saying, “When you point a finger at someone else to blame them for what happened, you have three fingers pointing back at yourself.” When I was young and would complain about something a friend said or did to me, my mother would always reply with, “What part did you play in it.”

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Focus For “Squirrelers”

I am a swing dancer. I could dance to rock and roll for four hours and never get bored. That is, if, I can dance with different partners. Each dancer offers me a different style, and I have to remain in the moment with each one, so I don’t miss a step. It is something

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Start the Year by Looking at the End

This is the perfect time to set your children up for a successful school year. I’ve often been asked by colleagues about the engagement they see in my classroom. It’s really no secret. I learned a long time ago that you can take a horse to water, but you can’t make them drink. You can’t

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Question: “What Excuse Do I Give When I Am Late to School?”

I received the question, “What excuse do I give when I am late to school?” It was asked by a high school student. This question points to two areas of concern; 1. He hasn’t learned the value of admitting one’s mistakes and learning from them, 2. He doesn’t understand the value of being honest. We

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Stop Nagging Start – Get Children Real About Time

Nagging happens because we nag. One challenge is how to stop the nagging when children have no concept of time. If they don’t understand what a minute feels like, then how can they honor a five minute warning. To stop the nagging, we need to take the first two steps:We need to say what we

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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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