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3 Ways to Make Students Mistakes Valuable


How can we help change the negative perceptions associated with mistakes so our children can more easily bounce back?

Our children are growing up in a world that emphasizes high standards for academic success. As parents, we want our students to put forth their absolutely best effort each and every time they attempt a task. In doing this, to some degree, we create academic learning conditions that discourage mistakes. Watching our children make mistakes…
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Educators Puzzle Over Escape Rooms


Escape rooms are all the rage, and can be used in creative educational ways with your students.

In the middle of the room on a table is a gigantic hourglass filled with sand. All around you are padlocked cabinets and drawers. “Ready?”, asks the employee, and when you and your group say yes, he turns the hourglass over and leaves the room. The door locks: you’ll need to find the master key…
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4 Ways to Keep Students Engaged


Engaged learners are also happy learners, and happy learners make our jobs as instructors so enjoyable.

There were few things more frustrating to me than spending time meticulously planning a lesson only to have my students zone out in the middle of what I thought was sure to be an enthralling lecture on the ancient Egyptians. I guess I should not be surprised by this type of behavior; after all, our…
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Reduce Student Anxiety with These Strategies


We have the opportunity to minimize opportunities for student anxiety and make confidence and resilience a habit in the lives of our children.

I started taking Zumba classes second semester of my junior year in college. For the first few months of classes, I only went because my friends wanted to go. I would feel anxious a few hours before the class and spend time thinking about how my feet tripped over one another and how hard I…
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15 Creative Places to Homeschool


Wherever your homeschool day may take you, it is comforting to know that there are ways to adapt nearly any environment into a space for learning.

One of the perks to homeschooling your children is the ability to allow a more flexible, convenient, and fun learning environment. We recently asked a group of homeschooling parents: where are some unique places your child has done their homework? They replied with some silly, clever, and conventional places: 15 Unique Places to Do Homework…
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The Benefits of Hands-on Learning


Did you know that hands-on learning helps make connections from the classroom to the real-world and increases learner engagement?

I used to run around my childhood neighborhood with a small gaggle of girls. We would climb over fences, stealthily pluck roses from groomed gardens, and make believe that we were princesses or poor trapped maids or warriors burdened with great responsibility, depending on our mood. During the week, though, I was a first-grader in…
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Encourage Curiosity with These Practical Tips


Stirring curiosity makes our children successful students in the present and sets them up to be self-directed, lifelong learners.

Genuine curiosity is the mother of all learning. Stirring curiosity makes our children successful students in the present and sets them up to be self-directed, lifelong learners. If you’re having trouble engaging your children in meaningful learning, curiosity is the key. I could spend hours reading and listening to podcasts about rock climbing, but you…
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Are You Helping or Enabling Your Child?


What is the difference between helping your child in their studies and enabling that same child?

What is the difference between helping your child in their studies and enabling that same child? Sometimes, however, we do things inadvertently that have far-reaching effects on our children. I know and understand a mother’s heart. We want to protect, love, and nurture our children, but what happens when that desire to protect becomes a…
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How to Develop Organizational Strategies [5 Tips]


Most students need guidance and systematic instruction to learn and develop organizational strategies.

Most students need guidance and systematic instruction to learn and develop organizational strategies. You know the deal: you can give your teen the right supplies and teach him the content, but it’s up to him to manage it all and get everything done. If you feel like your student is overwhelmed when it comes to…
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3 Qualities of a Lifelong Learner


One only has to blink and see that technology quickly changes and that we need to keep up with it.

The 21st century can be an exciting and intimidating time for learning. One only has to blink and see that technology quickly changes and that we need to keep up with it. I can’t help but admire my wife’s grandmother who, at 92 years old, decided she wanted a smartphone and went out and bought…
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