Tuesday, May 28, 2013


“Whenever you make a mistake or get knocked down by life, don’t look back at it too long. Mistakes are life’s way of teaching you. Your capacity for occasional blunders is inseparable from your capacity to reach your goals. No one wins them all, and your failures, when they happen, are just part of your growth. Shake off your blunders. How will you know your limits without an occasional failure? Never quit. Your turn will come.” – Og Mandino

Monday, May 13, 2013

Positive Reinforcement

What is Positive Reinforcement?

Positive reinforcement is the encouragement that follows good behavior. It is done in order to emphasize the positivity of the action. As a consequence, the person feels encouraged to repeat the positive action that earned the praise in the first place.

How Positive Reinforcement Helps

✰ Positive reinforcement encourages repetition of good deeds committed by the student.
✰ It makes the students aware of where their strengths lie, and capitalize on them.
✰ Specific praise helps the student understand the dos and don'ts better than listening to someone lecture about it.
✰ While it is definitely important not to ignore negative actions, continued encouragement for positive actions can have long-standing effects.

Positive reinforcement is a good way of bringing about a sense of decorum in the classroom, and teachers would do well to incorporate these techniques in their daily interactions with students. The results may not be reflected with immediate effect, but they will definitely take shape in the long run.

By Charlie S
Read more at Buzzle: http://www.buzzle.com/articles/positive-reinforcement-in-the-classroom.html

Friday, May 10, 2013

Positive Encouragement!!!!

Everyone would rather be commended for their good job than reprimanded for a bad job and children are no different. I don’t know about you, but I am much more inspired to work harder or do better when someone tells me what a great job I am doing on a regular basis than when someone criticizes all of my “not good enough” moments.

by Jamie Drake

Thursday, May 9, 2013


"You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives."

 -Clay P. Bedford.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013


"If you hear a voice within you say "you cannot paint," then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced."
-Vincent Van Gogh

Beyond The Quote
If a negative thought creeps its way into your mind, conquer it immediately. Charge ahead in a persistent manner towards whatever it is you may be trying to accomplish…and you will.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

He's Just A Little Boy

Great thing to remember at any sporting event!!

As I read this poem again tonight, it brings tears to my eyes.  Sadly, this kind of thing happens all of the time. Sometimes it is the spectators, fellow teammates and sometimes it is even the coach.  Too many times we forget to put ourselves in that child's shoes.  They know the pressure!  Why can't we just support and lift them up.  

Monday, May 6, 2013


"For the children of the world
Every single little boy and girl
Heaven plants a special seed
And we must have faith for these
Red and yellow, black and white
They are precious in the Father's eyes
Like the Father may we see
That they have a destiny
And give them the light of love to lead
Through the darkness around us now
To a place where hope is found"


Friday, May 3, 2013

Don't Worry

“It isn't as bad as you sometimes think it is. It all works out. Don't worry. I say that to myself every morning. It all works out in the end. Put your trust in God, and move forward with faith and confidence in the future. The Lord will not forsake us. He will not forsake us. If we will put our trust in Him, if we will pray to Him, if we will live worthy of His blessings, He will hear our prayers.” 

― Gordon B. Hinckley

Over the past couple of weeks, our faith has been tested.  We have just found out that 2 beautiful young ladies (only 15 yrs old) from our community have each been diagnosed with something scary.  One young lady a very rare blood disease and the other young lady a brain tumor.  While we struggle to understand why such beautiful lives have to go through something so scary we know that God is in control.  Please pray for these young ladies.  We pray for healing and peace.  God Bless!!!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

You are important!!!!

"Feelings of worth can flourish only in an atmosphere where individual differences are appreciated, mistakes are tolerated, communication is open, and rules are flexible – the kind of atmosphere that is found in a nurturing family"
Virginia Satir 

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

A Duck, Rabbit, Squirrel and an Eagle.

"Once upon a time, the animals decided they should do something meaningful to meet the problems of the new world. So they organized a school.
They adopted an activity curriculum of running, climbing, swimming and flying. To make it easier to administer the curriculum, all the animals took all the subjects.
The duck was excellent at swimming; in fact, better than his instructor. But he made only passing grades in flying, and was very poor at running. Since he was slow in running, he had to drop swimming and stay after school to practice running. This caused his web feet to be badly worn, so that he was only average in swimming. But average was quite acceptable so nobody worried about that--except the duck.
The rabbit started at the top of his class in running, but developed a nervous twitch in his leg muscles because of so much make-up work in swimming.
The squirrel was excellent in climbing, but he encountered constant frustration in flying class because his teacher made him start from the ground up instead of from the treetop down. He developed "charlie horses" from overexertion, and so only got a C in climbing and a D in running.
The eagle was a problem child and was severely disciplined for being a non-conformist. In climbing he beat all the others to the top of the tree, but insisted on using his way to get there . . . .
A duck is a duck--and only a duck. It is built to swim, not to run or fly and certainly not to climb. A squirrel is a squirrel--and only that. To move it out of its forte, climbing, and then expect it to swim or fly will drive a squirrel nuts. Eagles are beautiful creatures in the air but not in a foot race. The rabbit will win every time unless, of course, the eagle gets hungry.
What is true of creatures in the forest is true of Christians in the family; both the family of believers and the family under your roof. God has not made us all the same. He never intended to. It was He who planned and designed the differences, unique capabilities, and variations . . . .
If God made you a duck saint--you're a duck, friend. Swim like mad, but don't get bent out of shape because you wobble when you run or flap instead of fly. Furthermore, if you're an eagle saint, stop expecting squirrel saints to soar, or rabbit saints to build the same kind of nests you do. . . .
So relax. Enjoy your spiritual species. Cultivate your own capabilities. Your own style. Appreciate the members of your family or your fellowship for who they are, even though their outlook or style may be miles different from yours. Rabbits don't fly. Eagles don't swim. Ducks look funny trying to climb. Squirrels don't have feathers.
Stop comparing. There's plenty of room in the forest."
Chuck Swindoll