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Raising Responsible Kids

Helping children develop responsibility is simply teaching them life skills. It’s more than just about completing a task – it’s also an attitude of helpfulness and intrinsic pride. Inviting your child to experience responsibility is something that can happen daily....

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The Courage to Be Imperfect

In order to learn, all of us need to be willing to take some risk and make mistakes. That takes courage and it takes a safe space. To create the space for learning you, as the teacher have to make it safe for your students to try something that is hard. They need to...

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Raising Courageous Kids

Courage is one of the most powerful factors that leads to success and happiness. It’s important for children to understand that courage doesn’t always feel courageous.  Behind many successes are failure, rejection and adversity. From the outside courage may look...

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Leading with Encouragement

Encouragement is one of your most important tools as a teacher. You can’t make your students learn, but you can help them find the internal resources to engage in learning, connect with others and become part of the classroom community. There are many ways to bring...

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Parenting Tool Box: Encouragement

Encouragement brings people together. All parents want their children to become capable, kind, responsible people. Many of us have been taught to praise our children, or to “catch them while their good” as a way to set them on the right path. Increasingly, the...

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Share Rituals to Build Community

Routines in the classroom are an important classroom management tool. Knowing what will happen when they arrive, where their belongings are stored, when breaks and lunch happen, are all part of the daily and weekly routines that help students feel safe and secure. The...

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Family Rituals Create Our Story

Family rituals and traditions are a positive source of identity for children. They provide a link between themselves and the people they love, a link between themselves and their culture and family history. They are different from simple routines. Routines are...

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