Skills to Success

Do you remember when you first learned to tie your shoes or to ride a bike? Think about first learning to write your name. What did you do to learn these skills? Did someone teach you or did you learn it by yourself? Did someone guide you through the process, instructing you on the techniques... Read More

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How Do We Motivate Our Students?

Throughout the years I have been asked the question, “How can I motivate my student to study and learn?”  This question often comes from parents and teachers and on rare occasions, even from students.  There is no simple answer to this question but I believe there are specific ways to encourage and support learning. W.... Read More

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National School Backpack Awareness Day

There is a special day for everything and with our growing concerns over the overly weighted backpacks our students are carrying I believe we need to take special note of National School Backpack Awareness Day which happens on the third Wednesday of September each year.  Sponsored by The American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. backpack events... Read More

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It’s About Time

You will have exactly 30 minutes to complete this exam.  I will remind you of the time remaining by posting the time on the board.  I will announce verbally when you have 10 minutes and 5 minutes remaining.   As students begin to turn in completed tests, your mind begins to focus on finishing quickly, you... Read More

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Benefits of Psycho-Educational Assessments

Parents and educators want every student to reach his/her full educational potential.   The first step toward achieving this goal is the identification of the student’s strengths and weaknesses.  This is best and most thoroughly obtained through a full psycho-educational evaluation.  Unfortunately this type of evaluation is not routinely administered to students because schools do not... Read More

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As We Prepare for College

High school students do not want to be told what to do or when to do it.  Neither do I. Perhaps that is why I wasn’t overly fond of the cruise we took this summer.  I like to do things at my own pace. When I am relaxing on the beach I don’t want to... Read More

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Intend to Learn

Go to school with purpose, with the intention to learn.  Prepare the night before.  Create your own “tricks” that work for you.  Do not put anything off until the last minute and never go to school unprepared or unaware.  Gather your school materials the night before and have them waiting for you.  Organize your materials... Read More

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Why We Don’t Listen

Did you know that one third of our “awake time” is spent listening?  Sometimes our attention wanders.  Think about how you have become lost in your own thoughts during a sermon, speech, lecture, and conversations when the other person does all the talking.  That really wasn’t a conversation, was it?  You were being “talked to!”... Read More

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Preparing for School

Prepare for school during the last weeks of summer vacation and you and your student will have less stress as classes begin. Visit the school with your student, even if your student is a senior and has been attending the school for years, take time to physically visit the school.  This can be an informal... Read More

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Motivating High School Students

Parents and teachers often ask, “How can I motivate this student?”   A long time ago I learned two important rules to live by, whether in everyday life or in the business of education.  The most important is, “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.”  Matthew 7:12.   The other is KISS... Read More

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Learning for Success — From the Very Beginning

Learning for Success started back in 1956, when the first student entered the doors of St. Pius X High School. It didn’t have a name; there was no Learning Center; no budget dedicated to the program. In fact, there was no “program.” So, how did Learning for Success start way back then? It started in... Read More

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