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On this page you'll find articles on classroom management, increasing student motivation, and how to reach any child.  Remember, in many cases, all it takes is one good idea to transform your classroom.  So check out these articles and put them to good use with your kids.


 

"The Myth of Treating All Students Equally"

Most of us love the concept of equality.  But can it actually work against you in the classroom?  Yes, it often can if you're not careful.  Read this article to learn the crucial difference between fairness and equality . . .

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"Is This More Important Than Grades"

Are grades the most accurate predictor of success?  The answer might surprise you, especially when it comes to the students who need your help the most.  Here's a factor you may not have considered that just could save them . . .

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"Can Optimism Be Taught?"

You'll never hear me downlplay the importance of the 3 R's.  But you'll never see me teach a class without teaching responsibility, optimism and other life skills, either.  Here are three components children (and anyone else) can exercise to develop these skills …

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"The Power of Relationships (Whatever That Means)"

It’s easy to talk a good game about the teacher-student dynamic, but too often the usefulness of this matter gets lost in fuzzy jargon such as “collaborate effectively" and “foster relationships.” Let me get specific about this in a way that makes it truly useful …

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"A Simple Way to Elevate a Struggling Child"

Struggling students almost always find themselves feeling "down" in their relationships with others, especially with adults who have control in their lives.  And there's a powerful way to turn that around in an instant …

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"The Ordinary Magic of Resilience"

Of course you don't want to see your students struggle. But you’re making a mistake if you see struggling as a “bad” thing, or if you think adversity is to be avoided at all cost.

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"Amber's Story"

This story is important because it points out that when you find the courage and creativity to do something just a little bit different, you can create small wonders. "Refusing to talk appeared to be one of the many layers of protection Amber used to shield herself from everyone".

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"How to Create Miracles by Teaching Outside the Box"

If you're having problems with a student, ask yourself, "I wonder if there is a solution in his or her world?"  Notice I didn't say, "What can I assign this child?" or, "How can I get this child to do X, Y or Z?"  Let me tell you a heart-warming story that illustrates my point.  Eddie was a big kid, and he reminded me of Shrek …

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