1st Day of School

Cultivating A Culture Of Mistakes (+ A Free Poster)

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Happy Friday! Or Saturday, depending on when you read this. As school draws closer (or maybe already back to the grind?), teachers and administrators experience a renewed sense of purpose. We reflect on how to start the year off right and how we can do things better. I have an ironic, but very true answer […]

6 Ways to Start the Year Off Right With Your Kids

Without a doubt the first few days of school are the most critical ones in helping to create the foundation of good human relationships with your students. Even the most skilled teacher in the pedagogical sciences of education will be less than effective if the kids don’t “like” them, yes, I said, “like them”. Now […]

Good Guy, Bad Guy, or THE Guy?

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So… here we are again…another summer that flies by, another school year ready to kick off, and another few weeks of thoughts swirling in my head about what exactly to say to the hundreds of staff members who wait for my every last breath.

Made it! New School, Land of Enchantment!

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Moved to the Big Leagues, a brand new school, truly a land of enchantment. Transition complete. We made it! What a journey. Here’s my story for today, a special day. Posting on 9/11 provides a tremendous reponsibility to focus on hope, life and family. History cannot be changed, but life matters and schools are families, […]

Back to School Anxieties Part II: How to Help Children Manage Them with 4 Easy Fun Exercises!!

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Back to school anxieties are common and often not addressed. In part I, I spoke about how these anxieties need to be aired and shared so that children’s day to day learning would not be affected. As many adults do not know how to share their anxiety and fears, children certainly have neither the skills […]

Moving to the Big Leagues!

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Life is filled with transitions, that’s for sure. A couple pretty big ones are going on in our house at the moment, probably like yours. Moving to the Big Leagues! At least in spirit and love. Tonight I write from my heart, sharing a sweet story of family and personal growth, our will tested, our […]

Playful Teaching: School Is Supposed To Be Fun

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I recently started reading the book Playful Parenting by Dr. Lawrence J. Cohen, a psychologist from Massachusetts. In his book, the author talks about teaching rather than punishing our kids. He claims, and I must admit that it makes a lot of sense to me, that we can best achieve that through “Playful Parenting.” Playful […]

Parents and Teachers: How To Address Back To School Anxieties – Part I

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A new school year brings a mix of excitement and worries: “Will I do well? Will my teacher like me? Where will I sit? Will I be teased on the playground? Will I be invited to someone’s house? Such questions will arise for all children but even more so for children who have formerly been […]

First Day of School For Gold Medalist Kids!

Tonight I write from head and heart about your first day of school, a lot about family, patriotism, ethics and values. Watching the Olympics is extraordinary, I’m sure you’ll agree. How amazing to see the best in the world compete, note how they get along, or don’t and when it gets really great, mess it […]

Back to School: Why a Seven-Year-Old Is Sad to Return

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This is a journey into the mind of my seven-year-old grandson, who builds amazing Lego inventions like the above robot creation and is interested in many things. Just not what he’s learning in school. In fact, when I asked him if he was looking forward to starting second grade next week, his response was a […]

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