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How Students Should Set Goals

“You don’t try to build a wall, you don’t set out to build a wall, you don’t say I’m going to build the biggest, baddest wall that’s ever been built, you don’t start there, you say, I’m going to lay this brick as perfectly as a brick can be laid, you do that every single day and soon you have a wall.” – Will Smith


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Writing vs thinking your goals…which makes you more successful?

How can you guarantee your students will be more successful than their peers? How can you guarantee this with a 10-minute activity? The answer is simple. You can start this year off right by doing one simple activity.

There is a significant increase in accomplishments when people write out their goals.

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How to Prepare for an Exam with Your Eyes Closed!

What if you could accomplish the toughest challenges in life by simply closing your eyes and using your imagination? Well, you can. 

Using your imagination can help you brain accomplish some of life’s greatest challenges.

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Your Super Power Makes You Better Than 95% of People! Show It on Your Resume!

This year, 3.8 million college graduates will compete for a limited number of jobs.  8.5% of them will be unemployed, and another 44% will be underemployed (working in jobs that don’t require the degree they earned).  I happen to be one of those 3.8 million students looking for a job, but I am armed with a secret weapon… my Super Power!

Your Super Power is something you do better than 95% of people, and everybody has one!

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Building a Positive Relationship with Your Teacher Could Impact Your Grade

As a teacher, I always set high expectations for my students. I was firm on deadlines and adhered to expectations I built from day 1.

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How a $0.06 Tool Gets Students to Use a Planner

Pavlov’s Dog taught us that we pursue activities that provide rewards. This historic experiment is an extremely relevant principle today, especially in education. Students do activities that they can see the value in!

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Vocabulary and Differentiation: Larry Says, “Just Deal with It…”

Two weeks ago, we published an article about learning vocabulary words (available here). It was my answer to a question from Jean, a concerned parent whose son was struggling with an on-going vocabulary testing situation.

Immediately after we published that article, we received a response from Larry M.  Here’s what Larry had to say:

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How to Learn Vocabulary Words

We received an e-mail from our client Jean:

I’m wondering if you can help with a recurring problem.  My son, Daniel, gets 20-25 vocab words every couple of weeks for his Language Arts class.  For the test, he has to pull the words out of his head, spell them correctly and write the correct definition.  In other words, the test is not matching or multiple choice.  The teacher is very kind and wants the students to retake the test if they score below a certain percentage, but then Dan has several lists of words to study.  Anyway, Dan’s been having trouble passing the tests the first time.   I’ve encouraged him to write sentences using the words so that he can relate the word to something meaningful in his life.  I’m wondering if you have any other suggestions.

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Impact of a Zero

Have you ever thought about the impact of a zero? Probably not. Well, this week Brian put together a video to explain how one or two missing assignments can have a devastating impact on your grade.

If you’ve never thought about the impact that a zero can have, you need to watch this video!

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Understanding the Needs of the 21st Century Learner

In anticipation of the upcoming Microsoft’s Partners in Learning webinar on October 23, 2013, I was interviewed by Microsoft to get my take on the state of education in our country. Read on to see the interview.

What drew you to the field of education? Why is it important to you?

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