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#1 Secret to Engagement

What is the easiest way to engage students? It isn’t by following a teacher’s manual. It isn’t through lecture, movies. or being an entertainer. The answer is in their questions. When students ask questions, what will they listen for? The answers! They will seek the answers to their own questions, but just answering the question

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Question: How important is Parent and Teacher Communication?

I was asked,” How important is parent and teacher communication?” My answer will surprise you. “Not as important as student to teacher and child to parent communication. I believe we need to teach children the Art of Self-Advocacy“ When students learn how to be self-advocates, communication between parent and teacher is less important. Reasons for

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8 Traits of Successful People

Looking at the following “8 Traits of Successful People,” we can see how our focus of education needs to shift from performing well to score well, to learning how to live in real world situations. For over 50 years, I have evaluated my effectiveness, not by how my students scored on standardized tests, but how

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Help Device Users Internally Control Their Device Use

Parents controlling their children’s device use is admirable, but in many cases it’s futile. By doing so, parents are creating a situation that makes children want to sneak it. Having encountered students who would wake at 1 am, unlock the drawer that contained the device, and be found playing it under the covers, I can

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Self-Advocates Succeed!

My first failures in the classroom led me to discover Homework Solutions that promotes self-advocacy in students. Students fear mistakes. As young as 4 years old, I have seen children fall apart because they made a mistake. By time these same children enter third grade, they either know the value of a mistake or the

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Relief for School Stress

The start of school is exciting. Students love getting new school supplies and can’t wait to start writing on the fresh pages with hopes of a better year. The first weeks are designed to be easy to help students settle in, but then the novelty of the new supplies wanes as the placement testing begins.

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Parenting: To Negotiate or Not

With social media bombarding new parents with how to parent, it’s not a surprise that parents are frustrated. There are many strategies being offered that are much more diplomatic than when I was raising my children. The flaw in many of the strategies is they ask parents to talk too much to the children. Children

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Elections Offer Critical Thinking Skills

Turn on the television, open the newspaper, or magazine and notice the ads. What are all advertisers doing to get your attention. They use a time tested formula that sells products.  1. They point out something to be fearful of like rashes, aches and pains, male patterned baldness, female facial hair, or weak bones in children.  2.

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See the End Before they Begin

You can’t get where you want to go if you don’t know what it looks like. Start your children on the road to success by preparing them for a great year. A little visualization of an end of the year report card is where I would start my students every year. Try this with your

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VANS’ Founder Pinpoints Skills Necessary for Future Success

VANS shoes is a nationally recognized brand. It is no accident that a man named Paul Van Doren created such a recognizable brand without even a high school education. The education he received came from working and observing from a very young age. As a child of the 1930’s, he experienced scarcity. No indoor plumbing

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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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