Academic Success Depends on Self-regulation, Part II

Academic Success Depends on Self-regulation, Part II

It will come as no surprise that good parenting really matters in developing self-regulated, empathetic children. Bob Sornson (author of Creating Classrooms Where Teachers Love to Teach and Students Love to Learn, Fanatically Formative, and Meeting the Challenge) and Dr. John Medina (author of Brain Rules and Brain Rules for Babies) offer the following guidelines to help families:

  • Set clear,

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Academic Success Depends on Self-regulation, Part I

Academic Success Depends on Self-regulation, Part I

As a member of the Northwest Association of Independent Schools (NWAIS), we are, indeed, fortunate in being able to access wonderful professional development opportunities, such as the workshop led by Bob Sornson a few years ago. Thirty year veteran teacher, administrator and founder of the Early Learning Foundation, Bob has published extensively, including such works as Creating Classrooms Where Teachers Love to Teach and Students Love to Learn, Fanatically Formative,

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Liberate Yourself at the Holidays

Liberate Yourself at the Holidays

Have you ever thought that having children was “incredibly liberating”? Toni Morrison, author of the Nobel Prize-winning Beloved, shared this comment in an interview on NPR, and I found myself immediately wondering, “Why?” Fortunately, she explained by replying, “All my children wanted from me was honesty, competence, a sense of humor and to be myself.” For her, that was “incredibly liberating.” What I came to understand is that Morrison was describing how children expect us to be our authentic selves with them.

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Calming the Holiday Frenzy

Calming the Holiday Frenzy

I so enjoy this time of year; however, I also recognize that the holidays can be challenging for young children due to the heightened expectations that adults often “feed” without realizing the consequences. Kids can become frenzied and feel exhausted when taken to too many evening activities, family gatherings, holiday parties and special events. Even worse, families often relax structure this time of year when children most need structure and routine to feel safe and secure amidst all the “hype.” Children like and need to know what to expect,

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