Category Archives: Parenting Tips

Contingencies instead of Consequences

I am busy working on my next post all about disengaged learners and children who are bored. I hope to post it soon when I get to attack all those items on my never-ending “to-do” list. In the meantime, I … Continue reading

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The Good About Sad

I have just posted the following post as a guest on So You Want To Teach. Hopefully it will be appear there soon. Sad. That is what I am feeling right now. I can give you a good number of … Continue reading

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Flashcard Favourites

Autumn Break and I am hectically planning all my classes for the next term and trying to avoid the kitchen floor at all costs. There are tons of  ideas on the internet of games to play with reading flashcards, but these … Continue reading

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Crystal Balls and Magic Wands

I wish I had a crystal ball and always knew the right words to say… Parent/Teacher interviews are not easy when you are working with children with learning difficulties. I wish I could predict the future when speaking to parents … Continue reading

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Demystification…acknowledging the existence of strengths and weaknesses

One of my most powerful tools that I have been using with children recently is the identification of strengths and weaknesses. Now, I would hope that as adults, we are all able to recognise that we have strengths and weaknesses. … Continue reading

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Teacups and Crispies

I have just finished reading an interesting article on Teacher’s At Risk which uses the great terminology of ‘Teacups’ and ‘Crispies’ coined by some Californian officials. It refers to how anxious parents either over-manage their children, resulting in frailty (teacups) … Continue reading

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Marva Collins and Me

Marva Collins was a young mother when she resumed her teaching posts at schools in Chicago in the 1960’s. She found herself frustrated with other teachers who did not share her enthusiasm for teaching and was disillusioned with the quality … Continue reading

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1-2-3 Magic: A Classroom Discipline Policy That Works For Me

Imagine a classroom discipline strategy that eliminates the whining, the stress, the shouting, the tantrums, the debating, the negotiating and the total sapping of your emotional energy. I have been using 1-2-3 Magic: Managing Difficult Behavior in Children 2-12 for kids as … Continue reading

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Home and Classroom strategies for Learned Helplessness and the Electronic Generation

We know our kids live in a scary place, but one of the things that scares me the most is how many children are unable to think for themselves or to problem solve. I am referring to mainly two types … Continue reading

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Secrets To Keeping A Messy Room Tidy

Senior Son has a very messy room. He loves throwing everything on the floor and leaving piles and piles of anything on his desk and bedside table. He has signs up on his door warning you about the mess. “Danger! Enter … Continue reading

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