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The Coalescence of Passion in the Pursuit of Purpose
The Coalescence of Passion in the Pursuit of Purpose
Motivation, Grit, and Self Discovery

The Coalescence of Passion in the Pursuit of Purpose

If you would have told me last June that I would be opening the doors of a small private middle school in September, I would have ...
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How to have faith in the first few steps
How to have faith in the first few steps
Learning How to Learn Personalized Learning Teaching

How to have faith in the first few steps

I remember when my kids took their first steps. They first learned to stand on two feet, then, slowly, how to put one unsteady foo...
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How “letting go” in the right way can help your kids flourish
How “letting go” in the right way can help your kids flourish
Parenting Motivation, Grit, and Self Discovery

How “letting go” in the right way can help your kids flourish

“Say it, Mom,” she whisper-coached. “I am good enough.” My daughter pressed her hand into mine, her forehead to my temple. “I am g...
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The not-so-secret ways to reset your brain
The not-so-secret ways to reset your brain
Stress & Anxiety Motivation, Grit, and Self Discovery

The not-so-secret ways to reset your brain

Yellow Parachute thinks about the whole picture when it comes to succeeding in the classroom. Just like a coach must consider the ...
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How to manage expectations about summer learning
How to manage expectations about summer learning
Learning How to Learn Parenting Personalized Learning

How to manage expectations about summer learning

To my fellow parents, I’m about to save you from your own expectations about summer learning. At this point in May, summer feels l...
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Why we procrastinate, and how we can change
Why we procrastinate, and how we can change
Learning How to Learn Organization & Study Skills Parenting

Why we procrastinate, and how we can change

I’ve been thinking a bit about procrastination. It’s finally spring in Minnesota, and it seems that along with 60-degree weather a...
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Coaching Your Conductor: The Learning Coach and Executive Function
Coaching Your Conductor: The Learning Coach and Executive Function
ADHD Executive Functioning Skills Parenting

Coaching Your Conductor: The Learning Coach and Executive Function

Imagine sitting in a concert hall. The crowd falls silent as the conductor takes her place on center stage and cues the orchestra....
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The Journey Starts Now: How To Discover What Motivates Us
The Journey Starts Now: How To Discover What Motivates Us
Motivation, Grit, and Self Discovery

The Journey Starts Now: How To Discover What Motivates Us

20 years ago, I had a big list of ideas and a whole lot of ambition.  I knew that I wanted to help students transform into learner...
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A timeout could be just the thing we all need
A timeout could be just the thing we all need
Motivation, Grit, and Self Discovery

A timeout could be just the thing we all need

We’re encouraged to always say yes to more. And with technology—it’s easier to do more, to have bigger and better dreams. But I th...
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A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Steps
A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Steps
Motivation, Grit, and Self Discovery

A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Steps

Imagine that black pair of boots that keep showing up on your Facebook feed. The ones that would go with everything you own, inclu...
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What we talk about when we talk about self-doubt
What we talk about when we talk about self-doubt
Motivation, Grit, and Self Discovery

What we talk about when we talk about self-doubt

A lot of people ask why we at Yellow Parachute talk so much about self-doubt.  If our intentions are to inspire, then why focus on...
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When The Light Gets In, You Know Who You Are
When The Light Gets In, You Know Who You Are
Motivation, Grit, and Self Discovery

When The Light Gets In, You Know Who You Are

Our rescue dog Allie’s middle name is Grace. Hers is a story of where the light gets in. But it wouldn’t be a story about where th...
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How To Disarm So You Can Be All In
How To Disarm So You Can Be All In
Motivation, Grit, and Self Discovery

How To Disarm So You Can Be All In

Where would we be without the incredible research and life-giving language of Brené Brown and Ann Voskamp ? Well, for a start, the...
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How To Know Your Best Is Enough
How To Know Your Best Is Enough
Motivation, Grit, and Self Discovery

How To Know Your Best Is Enough

Last weekend my sweet and beautiful rescue dog Allie was the roughest, meanest dog at the dog park. She instigated scuffles, chase...
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How 'Personalized Learning' Became Dirty Words
How 'Personalized Learning' Became Dirty Words
Personalized Learning

How 'Personalized Learning' Became Dirty Words

And How YP Is Cleaning Them Up When I mention “personalized learning,” to my ACT students eyes roll, jaws clench, gum snaps, arms ...
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