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ADHD: The What, Why and How

What do flowers and brains have in common? Each one’s blossom is unique. Some flowers need a little extra care, different soil, and maybe even some trellis support to reach their full beauty. What up, ADHDers! ⚡ The number of ADHD diagnoses has noticeably increased over the past 4 decades. While the reasons for this increase are complex and not fully understood, it’s likely due to a combination of factors, including improved awareness, changes in diagnostic criteria, and environmental influences. ✨ Improved Awareness  We’re better at spotting those ADHD whispers, leading to more cases coming to light. ✨ Changes in… Read More »ADHD: The What, Why and How

50 Years of Research, Still No Change in Policy

Educational institutions have been trying to show policymakers the issue of police presence in schools for DECADES. In the 1970s, the National Education Association (NEA) passed a resolution calling for an end to police in schools. ACLU In 2020, the NEA passed ANOTHER resolution calling for an end to police in schools. ACLU The resolution states: “The presence of police in schools creates a hostile learning environment for students of color and students with disabilities, and it criminalizes students for minor behavioral infractions.” The resolution called on the NEA to work with its affiliates to “advocate for the removal of… Read More »50 Years of Research, Still No Change in Policy

School to Prison Pipeline

Evidence shows that police presence in schools is not an effective way to improve school safety. Instead, schools should focus on implementing evidence-based solutions that promote positive student behavior and create a safe and supportive learning environment. The presence of police officers on school campuses negatively impacts the youth in a number of ways including: Evidence-based solutions that should be used instead of police officers in schools: In addition to the evidence-based solutions listed above, there are a number of other things that schools can do to improve school safety without involving police officers. These include: By focusing on these… Read More »School to Prison Pipeline

Unconditional Positive Regard

Unconditional positive regard is the acceptance and love of a child for who they are, regardless of their behavior. It’s essential for a child’s healthy development, including their self-esteem, self-determination, and motivation to succeed. When parents and teachers show unconditional positive regard for children, they’re communicating to the children that they are worthy of love and respect, even when they make mistakes. This helps children develop a positive sense of self-worth and to believe in themselves. Children that receive unconditional positive regard, are more likely to view challenges as opportunities for growth and development. They become receptive to constructive feedback,… Read More »Unconditional Positive Regard

How Positive Parenting Protects Kids’ Brains from Stress

Stress can be tough on kids, especially their brains. One of the most important things you can do for your child is to be a positive parent. Positive parenting means being loving and supportive, setting clear rules and expectations, and praising your child when they do good things. It also means listening to your child when they’re upset and helping them to find healthy ways to deal with their emotions. Expressing unconditional positive regard evokes confidence, curiosity and intrinsic motivation to succeed.   Positive parenting isn’t always easy, but it’s one of the most important things you can do for your… Read More »How Positive Parenting Protects Kids’ Brains from Stress

How Positive Parenting Protects Kids’ Brains from Stress

Stress can be tough on kids, especially their brains. One of the most important things you can do for your child is to be a positive parent. Positive parenting means being loving and supportive, setting clear rules and expectations, and praising your child when they do good things. It also means listening to your child when they’re upset and helping them to find healthy ways to deal with their emotions. Expressing unconditional positive regard evokes confidence, curiosity and intrinsic motivation to succeed.   Positive parenting isn’t always easy, but it’s one of the most important things you can do for your… Read More »How Positive Parenting Protects Kids’ Brains from Stress

Motivation & Learning

MOTIVATION & LEARNING Motivation is a key factor in student engagement and learning. When students are motivated, they’re more likely to be engaged in the learning process, retain more information, and perform at one’s highest level. Types of Motivation:  Intrinsic Motivation Vs. Extrinsic Motivation Intrinsic – An internal drive that comes from within. Extrinsic – A drive that comes from external factors.  Extrinsic motivation comes from other factors like rewards, punishment, or even pressure from others. Research shows that intrinsic motivation is a more powerful predictor of student engagement and learning than extrinsic motivation. When students are intrinsically motivated, they’re… Read More »Motivation & Learning

Behavior Hacks to Set a Positive School Tone This School Year

Behavior Management Strategies to Establish a Positive Classroom Culture Establishing a positive classroom tone is crucial for a successful school year. Here are seven specific actions teachers could take during the first week of school to set a positive classroom tone: Establish Clear Expectations: Clearly communicate your behavioral expectations to students from the beginning. Set clear rules and consequences for the classroom and ensure that students understand them. Create a Welcoming Environment: Set up the physical space in a way that is inviting and conducive to learning. Arrange desks or tables in a way that encourages collaboration and interaction among… Read More »Behavior Hacks to Set a Positive School Tone This School Year

Gov. Newsom Passes Law to Help Kids Who Struggle with Reading

Gov. Newsom Passes Law to Help Struggling Readers Governor Newsom just signed a new law called the Education Omnibus Budget Trailer Bill (SB 114). This law requires that all kids K-2nd be screened for reading difficulties, like dyslexia. What Does it Mean? The State Board of Education will create rules and pick special tools to test students’ reading skills. Local Education Agencies (LEAs) will be required to select screening tools from the approved list provided by the State Board of Education. These tools will be used for annual screening of students in grades K-2. Schools will use these tools every year… Read More »Gov. Newsom Passes Law to Help Kids Who Struggle with Reading

Reading Comprehension Activity Book

Our comprehensive workbook is designed to help young readers develop the essential skills they need to understand and comprehend what they read. Keywords: Writing Workbook, graphic organizers, students, main idea, theme, story elements, writing skills, critical thinking, structure, elementary school, high school, step-by-step instructions, academic, professional careers.