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Saturday, July 1, 2017

What Would You Pay to Be Free?

Freedom is the theme of our July celebrations.  We are free to disagree.  We are free to express our opinions.  Sadly, we are even free to say and do hateful things.

What does freedom cost you?

Some paid for our freedom with their lives.  Some paid for our freedom with their children, their fathers, or their grandchildren.  When we pay personally, we have an entirely different perspective. But freedom, to sustain itself, must be reborn every generation in the hearts of our children.

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free."  Ronald Reagan

How can we teach our children to both honor the price of freedom and accept the responsibility of self discipline?  Tough questions!

Listen to our July 4 YouTube post for some thoughts:


Friday, June 2, 2017

Amp Up For Summer!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdkOExBriMc

It's time to AMP UP FOR SUMMER!

Should your children go to summer school?
Do your children need medical help over the summer?
How do you plan a great summer without breaking the bank?

Watch this video to find out!

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The Learning Emergency Room

The school year is ending. So much to learn! So little time!

Cram? No!

Enter the Learning Emergency Room!

Work Smarter, Not Harder!

Here are four last-minute tools to maximize your study time and help you catch up in class:
  1. Divide and conquer.  Study only what you don't know.  Students who tell me they studied all night and still failed the test are reviewing, not studying.  Identify what you need to learn and study only that, in 15 minute spurts (see number 3).
     
  2. Use your whole brain.  Identify what you need to learn.  Then express it some other way:  Draw it, dance it, mime it, sing it, translate it into another language.  This will help you recall if you draw a blank on the test. 
  3. Take advantage of your subconscious.  Your brain tires quickly, and your subconscious replays what you last put into it. So...instead of cramming all night, study in short spurts.  Cram for 15 minutes; sleep for 2 hours; cram for 15 minutes; sleep for 2 hours.
  4. Make a list...even if you're not a list person!  Those of you who hate lists and schedules also forget.  A list will help you remember what you have to do. It can remind you without controlling you!
Happy learning!  Happy vacation is coming!  Happy parents!  Happy grades!

Happy Going Home From The Emergency Room!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

How Do You Remember...

A child's life is so busy.  School, homework, sports, church, play, music, family...the list is endless!  How do they fit everything into their schedule and still have time to study?  How can we as educators or we as parents help?

Follow the rules!

Use the sets of 3 rule.  Three repetitions is better than 100.  After you repeat something three times, you shift into neutral and quit processing.
Use the 5 to 15 minute rule.  Study at least 5 minutes but no longer than 15.  After 15 minutes of cramming, your brain goes to sleep.  Let it rest!
Use the divide and conquer rule.  Study only what you don't know.  When children say they studied all night, usually they were going over everything instead of focusing. 
Use the "more senses, more learning" rule.  The more of you you put into learning, the more likely you are to remember.  Don't study quietly; study out loud!

Now the good news!  You can find 5 minutes almost anywhere!  Study as you drive to school.  Study as you sit in a waiting room.  Study as you wait for your turn at a sports match.  Study as you wait for a timer to go off in your kitchen.  Your grades will love you!

Here is one tool we use in SCORE that you can adapt to meet your needs:


The 5 to 15 Minute Rule

Want more?  Check out our resources:

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Make Anger your Ally

When your students get angry at you...
          When your children get angry at you...
                    When you get angry at others...
What do you do?

Anger can be your friend.  It points to unmet needs or expectations; to confusion and lack of understanding.

I changed some bad habits when I learned to ask why I was angry instead of just exploding or withdrawing.  Life is better now!

In Lockett Learning, we teach students that learning is their responsibility, not that of their teachers.  To assume responsibility, they must choose to face their anger appropriately.  Watch this video on Feedback to learn one of my favorite tools:


This is just one of many tools to improve student learning.  Check out our great study skills curriculum!

http://www.lockettlearningsystems.com/study-skills.html

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Every Child Deserves a Pushy Parent!

I once asked a high school teacher,
How can we get more parents involved?

His reply...
Why would we want to?!?

When my son was in school I didn't know whether to be on campus or not...especially as he reached middle and high school.  I cared, I adored him (still do!), but at that age children act embarrassed when parents are too visible.  I had been a high school teacher so I was well aware of peer pressure.  Most of my parenting at that age was done behind the scenes.  I did a good job of that, but I wish I had also been more visible on campus.

At a campus visit to train new staff, I reviewed placement folders.  I found two sets of test scores almost identical.  One child had been placed in advanced English and math classes.  The other had been placed in remedial English and basic (below grade level) math.  I hid the high placement and asked about the remedial.  The counselor gave me what could only be considered a "song and dance routine."

When he finished, I pulled out the other child's folder and said, "Can you tell me the difference between these two children?"

He glanced at the names and said, "Parental pressure."

"Thank you," I responded.  You just told me I'm doing the right thing.  I'm teaching this child's parents to be pushy!

Every child deserves a pushy parent.  If they don't have one, YOU'RE IT!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

A New Beginning? Yes!

One of the things I love about teaching is the fact that I get to have a lot of new beginnings.  If I have a difficult class, I start a new class the next year.  If I teach a unit poorly, I get to teach it better next year.  One year officially ends, and another begins.  I have "closure."

In parenting, we don't have that luxury...we have to live forever with our mistakes.  We learn from them; we build on them; we even repeat them, but we carry the same child through our learning years.  We don't have "closure," but we do have "relationship."  Even though I have to face my failures as I celebrate my successes, I would never give up relationship!  And most of my parenting failures turned out okay.  My son and I learned and grew together.  He is a better parent because of that.

Working through my failures both in class and in parenting, I had to learn my own "triggers."  I discovered I had two triggers that owned me as a parent.  When something triggered my grief over losing a child or my anger over the fact that Dad was not around to co-parent, I took it out on my son...until I learned the sources of my poor reactions and quit giving them power over me.

You don't need closure to have a new beginning.  Every year we have a new beginning.  We begin it together with our children.  Let's dismantle our active triggers this year and, instead, empower our children to become who they want to be.

One key to doing that is to "Pet the Dream."  See the video below to learn the process.

Pet The Dream