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We Have to Stop Measuring Students by “Motivation”

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Motivation—we throw this word around so often.  Some days we wake up motivated to power-clean the house. Some days we wake up feeling unmotivated and unready to work. When we feel unmotivated, we beat ourselves up about it. What was so different about the previous day? Why did we feel excited to get work done … read more

Maintaining Momentum

Maintaining Momentum

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Students’ energy ebbs and flows throughout the semester, and sometimes they lose momentum. When this happens, we need to remind students that it’s normal, but encourage them to resume their routines without too much time elapsing. We can help students overcome this break in momentum by reminding them to maintain routines, continue healthy habits, and … read more

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Self-Advocating

Self-Advocating

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Often, we expect students to advocate for themselves, but sometimes they’re hesitant because they feel uncomfortable or nervous talking to their teachers. Developing self-advocacy skills will help your student tremendously—not just academically, but in their life beyond school. One way to help your student develop their self-advocating skills is by encouraging them to build relationships … read more

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Resetting Over Spring Break

Resetting Over Spring Break

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Spring break is not only an excellent opportunity to take time to reset and refresh, but it is also a great time to reflect and plan ahead for the remainder of the semester. While it is important to actually take this time to take a break, it is equally as important to maintain our routines.  … read more

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The Power of Positive Thinking

The Power of Positive Thinking

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Students who struggle with executive function skills often hear what they are doing wrong. These students receive more negative feedback than positive feedback. This can quickly evolve into a negative feedback loop and become discouraging for the student, since sometimes they don’t understand why they’re receiving this feedback or how to change their actions. As … read more

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Coping with Burnout

Coping with Burnout

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Many of us, whether we realize it or not, have experienced “burnout” at some point. Burnout is the feeling of exhaustion due to overwork or feeling overwhelmed by work, and generally results in the decline of our performance and quality of work. Many students experience burnout at some point in the school year. This feeling … read more

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Study Environments

Study Environments

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The spaces in which we work have the ability to impact our mood and productivity significantly. Because we all work so differently, there is no one way to curate a workspace to be the most beneficial, but there are actions we can take to make sure that our work spaces are individualized, efficient, and allow … read more

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Confronting Failure: An Opportunity for Growth

Confronting Failure: An Opportunity for Growth

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Failure is discouraging and difficult to cope with. We’ve all been confronted with failure and felt that devastating, gut-punch feeling. However, our ability to get back up and persevere is what leads us to some of our most successful and rewarding moments. “The true test of a champion is not whether he can triumph, but … read more

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Growth vs. Fixed Mindset

Growth vs. Fixed Mindset

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It can be easy to fall into a rhythm of believing that our capacity for learning and accomplishing success is fixed. However, those who believe that their capacity for learning and growth can be built upon, tend to have much greater success and lead happier lives. This is the difference between a “fixed” and a … read more

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Building Trust

Building Trust

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Creating a trusting and honest relationship with each of our students is imperative in helping them grow and achieve success. However, this is not always easy, especially during stressful times. How can we work on building more trusting relationships? Routine, boundaries, and communication all play significant roles.  First, it’s important that your student understands the … read more

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Launching Pad

Launching Pad

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Lunch box in hand, coat on one arm, and searching for a laptop charger while rushing to make it to school on time is a common morning image for many students and parents. We’re all familiar with this type of hectic morning. But these mornings cause unnecessary anxiety, stress, and tardiness. In order to leave … read more

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Student to Mentor

Student to Mentor

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Maggie Pieper is more than just a familiar face at Stride. She’s often the first face you see as you walk through the doors while she takes students’ temperatures as they enter the building. You can also find her supporting students in the homework center, writing emails in the common area, or working with one … read more

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Time Blocking

Time Blocking

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How can we be intentional with our “consistently inconsistent” time? Structuring our time during this era of remote work and learning is challenging and leaves many of us searching for some degree of consistency. The way school operates has shifted abruptly and is in a constant state of flux. As some schools transition into a … read more

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