The Science of Motivation

Motivation is a crucial component of student engagement and learning. By creating an engaging learning environment, promoting intrinsic motivation, and fostering a growth mindset, educators can help students stay motivated and engaged in the learning process.

What to Do If Concerned About a Child Self Harming?

When a child makes a serious threat, it should not be dismissed as just idle talk. Parents, teachers, or other adults should immediately talk with the child. If it is determined that the child is at risk and/or the child refuses to talk, is argumentative, responds defensively, or continues to express violent or dangerous thoughts […]

How to Teach Young Children Coping Skills

Coping skills are the strategies and techniques individuals use to manage stress and difficult emotions. Teaching coping skills is an essential aspect of mental health education and can help individuals better navigate challenging situations. This article will explore some of the best teaching methods for coping skills and the research supporting their effectiveness.

The Literacy Crisis That’s Been Ignored for 40 years

Scientific research has shown us how children learn to read and the most effective ways to teach reading for decades, yet California has yet to adapt. Many teachers dont know the science of reading, or that the science of reading exists. We’ve had the information we needed for over 20 years on how to produce […]

Reaching Our Fullest Potential

“All of life is education and everybody is a teacher and everybody is forever a pupil.” Abraham Maslow  “The only happy people I know are the ones who are working well at something they consider important.” Abraham Maslow “What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.” Abraham Maslow “When […]

Play: The Literal & Figurative Building Blocks To a Lifetime of Independent Thinking

Play is the root foundation of learning. Play evokes curiosity, motivation, and naturalistic learning opportunitites. Developmentally Appropriate Practices focus on 4 domains of development from Birth to Age 8. Domains of Child Development Social Emotional Cognitive Physical If we want long term school success we need to spend early years in play-based relationship- based hands-on, educational […]

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How YOUR Communication Skills Affects Your Relationship With Your Child

As parents & educators, we find it hurtful when our feelings are diregarded. Many of us get frusterated or discouraged when the people we care about dont pay attention to us when we’re talking to them. We instill this message into children from a young age by teaching them not to interupt when some one […]

Reducing Challenging Behavior with Positive Discipline

Reducing Challenging Behavior with Positive Discipline  Discipline comes from the latin word “disciplina” which means, teaching, learning and giving instruction.  “Effective discipline means teaching skills that will help children make better decisions and handle themselves well in the future.” Daniel Siegel, M.D. & Tina Bryson Ph. D. Punishment shuts down behavior in the short term […]