Is it that time of year when the school year is wrapping up and you suddenly remember you should come up with a teacher gift? Don’t panic, we’ve got you covered. This list of creative, easy teacher gifts of course also applies to the piano teacher, dance teacher, soccer coach, favourite librarian, or anyone with whom you or your child has gotten a lot from over the year. You can also recycle some of the ideas for holiday giving too!Continue reading “Creative Easy Teacher Gifts”
With the end of the school year fast approaching, students all over the country are starting to dream of summer vacation and the extended reprieve from school. Unfortunately for them, the looming threat of final exams currently stand in their way. While it may be easy to pass these off as rites of passage that we all go through, there are things parents and families can do to support students during this time in order to build confidence, promote success, and reduce anxiety. Effective exam preparation doesn’t just have to be up to the student, we can all have a hand in the process.Continue reading “Exam Prep for Success”
As part of the leadership program I teach, the grade 11/12 students in the class are required to spend time in a classroom at one of the 3 primary schools in our area. When I initially created this component of the course, I figured it would be a good way for the students to get some quality, albeit basic leadership experience. They’d get a chance to work with younger students twice a week, and as a reward, they’d get some solid material to add to their resume.Continue reading “The Importance of Role Models”
This week is Spring Break for my kids so this is giving us time to complete some projects that I’ve been wanting to do. The first activity was this Group Self-Confidence activity. This is a spin on my previous I Am Activity that has been really popular on Pinterest.
The funny thing about building confidence in ourselves is that quite often, we are told what we need to do but not how to do it. For example, if you read any advice on the subject you’ll often see things like “be fearless” or “take risks” but without any suggestion of concrete actions you can take in order to do those things.
As adults, we can usually take those suggestions and place them into a context that makes sense for us. But for our kids, we can’t just say motivational catchphrases in the hopes that they will become confident and self-assured. We have to be able to provide experiences that allow them to build confidence.Continue reading “Building Confidence with Board Games”