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What does it mean to be “done done?” (Getting kids to finish tasks)

Ugh! Yet again I am greeted with my teenager’s glass in the sink crusted with his morning protein shake and a blender with protein goo floating in it. Yes, I am pleased that my teenager is taking an active interest in his health as he is determined to put on muscle weight. At the same…

Summer tips & tricks for readers

School is almost out and everyone is excited about the prospect of no more homework. Alas, summer reading is the new homework. For some of your kids that means intensive reading interventions; for others, it means setting an intention to read several days a week. Sometimes, summer reading creates its own intense range of emotions…

Stuck in the muck? Getting started is sometimes easier said than done.

A big question parents often ask themselves is, ‘why can’t my kid just get started?’ This query causes a lot of angst and frustration in many homes and classrooms. Unfortunately for some of your kids, getting started is hard and can be more complicated than we think. The challenge for us adults is not to…

Is Sleep the New Non-Negotiable?

Get off The Hamster Wheel I was working with a client that was trying to figure out how he could get more work done instead of procrastinating and going down the YouTube & Facebook bunny trails. He finished each day feeling anxious and wrapped in guilt that he had not accomplished more.  Sound familiar? Maybe…

11 NFL Lesson Ideas To Use This Season

Are you ready for some football? The NFL season kicks off this weekend. It should be fun! With the Broncos being so popular, it’s hard to think of a school in Colorado that won’t have at least a few hundred students wearing the orange and blue on Fridays. Let’s hope they can have a good…

6 Practical Ideas For Summer Communication

When I was in school, we used to get our final report card mailed to us in the summer. This was before email, so I’d run to the mailbox every day a little bit anxious. We all get nervous about our grades, but what made me most anxious was finding out who my teachers for the next…

Be Your Own Hero

Below is a funny story about self confidence from author and humorist Harvey Mackay. As you can see from the story, self confidence alone might not get you there, but it is the key to moving forward. Every teacher knows that self confidence goes a long way to improving student performance. Read and enjoy:  A…

The School Communications Agency’s Holiday Newsletter Ideas

It’s “Tis the Season” time with holiday newsletters, when it is the perfect time to celebrate and share in the spirit of togetherness. As the semester comes to an end, it is a nice time to recognize the many accomplishments of your school staff and students.  A great way to show support and to help…

This Barber Gets Kids to Read*

Children 12 and under who visit The Fuller Cut in Ypsilanti, Michigan, get a $2 discount on their haircut for doing a simple task: reading to the barber. CBS News reports that owner Alexander Fuller and barber Ryan Griffin started the reading program more than a year ago. “‘We’ve been doing this for a long time,” Fuller…