Archives of #independent thinking

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Stress in Children: How Pressure Affects Kids

Those with a goal live their life on the road to greater achievement, day in and day out. They must put the utmost energy toward reaching their goals—ones they’ve either set for themselves or ones that others set for them. Unfortunately, obstacles, hardships, and deadlines often pave the road to achievement. We’ve all had to […]
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Setting Limits When Parenting 

Every parent has pondered the topic of setting limits at one point or another. Teachers have asked the same, having the extra challenge of governing several children within a classroom. There is a delicate balance between freedom and restriction. This balance improves the quality of life when we approach it in the right way. Adults […]
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Effective Questioning in the Math Classroom

As new paradigms for learning math continue to emerge within schooling systems, teachers and parents have more options than ever before in classroom guidance. One of the more powerful avenues of teaching math centers around the use of questions. What if kids were always self-led to arrive at answers in the classroom? Or, what if […]
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Encouraging Curiosity In Kids

Curiosity is a central driving force in human experience. It derives from the Latin word cura, which can mean “to care about.” It’s the screw in our backs that pushes us to seek new information. To form new ideas. Surely, the most distinguishing characteristic of curiosity is a willing openness to explore. For young learners, […]
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Helping Kids With Positive Self-Talk

Too often, as teachers and parents, we hear our kids speak negatively about themselves. It’s frustrating and hurtful to hear. It can leave you feeling like a failure. The immediate reaction is to encourage your downtrodden student with positive words and upliftment. This is an important step, but it’s only half of the solution. Inspiration […]
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Tips for Raising Independent Thinkers

Anyone who’s been to school knows just how difficult it can be to get through those tougher subjects. Nothing makes sense, no matter how hard you try. Success feels impossible. You start to feel jittery. You become frustrated. You become desperate. Meanwhile, the classmate next to you just seems to “get it.” It’s so easy […]