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5 ways to stop procrastination before it starts

Starting something, anything, is hard. How often have you hit the snooze button so you could put off starting your day for a few more minutes? It is easier to procrastinate than to start a task. Covid-19 restrictions are creating a world where everyone lacks the energy and enthusiasm they need to get work done.

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Patricia Porter

Motivation: The only way that works! Guaranteed!

There is only one way to help kids who are unmotivated.  Despite what others say. Read on to find out what it is. I have just read an article that I thought might teach me something.  It was titled ’10 Ways to Motivate your Child’.  ‘Wow’ I thought, maybe there are some ways that I

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Patricia Porter

Learning pods: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly!

Learning Pods happen when a small group of parents get together to employ a teacher for their children.  These pods are seen as an answer to the concerns many parents have about children going back to school while Covid-19 is still active.   Think one room schoolrooms from the past! Schools are about to reopen and

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Patricia Porter

How to guarantee your child’s success in school

Let me tell you a story.  A true story. When I was working with small groups of struggling students in an inner city school the nearest classroom to my small ‘closet’ belonged to a class of multicultural kindergarten children.  The energy in that room was amazing.  Despite language and cultural differences, the teacher made all

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Patricia Porter

The Process of Learning and Why it Matters

I have understood more about academic achievement in the last few years than in all the time I was teaching!  Oh how I wish I knew then what I know now.  I would have been a much better teacher and learning guide. But – as the saying goes – It is what it is! I

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Patricia Porter

Ignore this sign at your peril

There is an epidemic in schools.  Don’t panic.  It is not contagious. But it is serious. Research shows that 53% of students underachieve.  They are not reaching their full learning potential.  They are not going to have the future they are capable of creating. Students who underachieve are also more vulnerable to depression, drug taking,

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