How to Build on Last Semester, Good or Bad

A Fresh Start For most students, a new semester is about to begin. Depending on how your student performed last semester, you may feel excited, anxious, nostalgic, nervous, hopeful, or scared (or a combination). But no matter how they performed, what an incredible opportunity they have to continue a positive trend, or completely reverse historical [...]

By |January 9th, 2017|Better Grades, College Prep, Confidence|0 Comments

Nudges That Help Struggling Students Succeed by David L. Kirp

When I was in high school, I earned A’s in all my math classes — until I took calculus. In algebra and geometry, I could coast on memorizing formulas, but now I had to think for myself. It was disastrous, culminating in my getting a charity “C,” and I barely passed my college calculus class. [...]

By |December 15th, 2016|Better Grades, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Parenting Healthier Kids

Lately, I’ve been talking a lot to my own children and my school students about outside discipline and motivation versus self-discipline and inner-motivation. When the stimulus is coming from outside oneself in either the form of discipline or motivation it’s always short-lived. Many parents and teachers that have turned their backs on their children know [...]

Parenting Sometimes Makes Us Crazy!

Have you ever seen a picture of one of those old baby cages hanging out a skyscraper’s window from the 1930s? During the Great Depression era of the 1930s parents were worried about their kids’ health in those multi-story tenement buildings because of the bad stale air that was trapped inside of those big, dirty, [...]

By |November 23rd, 2016|Better Grades, Emotional Growth|0 Comments

Parents Get Your Kids into Extracurricular Activities!

I so rarely hear kids talking about doing hard things today. You know, the kind of things that take some real grit to accomplish. Parents, have you noticed the drop in general participation all across the board in extracurricular activities at all levels and all ages? Is it at least partially because we are all [...]

By |October 23rd, 2016|Better Grades, College Prep, Confidence|0 Comments

Non Traditional Keys to Academic Achievement

INSTRUCT What are the keys to performing well academically? Typical answers are to pay attention in class, take good notes, do the readings, study hard, don’t miss assignments, and do well on tests and quizzes. It turns out that some non-traditional keys make all of this possible- and more. 8+ Hours of Sleep Did you [...]

By |October 9th, 2016|Better Grades, Confidence, Motivation|0 Comments

Helping Your Child Make Better Decisions

Instruct: As a coach, consultant and training facilitator, one of the factors that seem to be lacking in our culture is personal accountability. In fact, the research for developing an psychometric assessment that I use for people development, Trimetrix©, quantifiably proves my point..  We hear the excuses and blaming of others it in the media, [...]

By |October 4th, 2016|Better Grades, College Prep, Confidence|0 Comments

One Step to Extreme Organization

INSTRUCT Today’s student is being asked to do more with their time than any student before them. The demands of larger workloads, more advanced materials, and an expectation of heavy extracurricular involvement causes stress and anxiety, affects performance, and can even create the desire to do nothing because they are so overwhelmed at the thought [...]

By |September 9th, 2016|Better Grades|0 Comments

Putting High School Sports In Perspective

It is 7:00 am at the Grand Central College Town USA fuel stop, A.K.A. Joe's Coffee House. The sidewalk comes to life as the South East High School track team runs by us preparing for the start of the track season. Daniel remarks, "Don't they know how much time and energy they are using up [...]

Parents, They Are Coming Back!

Guess what parents? We all know that what we all do as parents has always been really important when it comes down to our kids, right? Well, guess what? It has now become even more important. Why? Well, the newest figures are out and for the first time in a long time, the numbers are [...]

By |August 23rd, 2016|Better Grades|0 Comments