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To share the stories, philosophies, and resources that inform our unique approach to tutoring, to empower ourselves and our community in individualized learning, and to uplift families, educators, and students.
Growing Growth Mindset is Fussy Work
Growing Growth Mindset is Fussy Work
Learning How to Learn Teaching Motivation, Grit, and Self Discovery

Growing Growth Mindset is Fussy Work

What do kids and cacti have in common? Besides both seriously soft and perfectly prickly sides? I’ll explain, borrowing from an ea...
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Recovery from Perfectionism and Shame
Recovery from Perfectionism and Shame
Motivation, Grit, and Self Discovery ADHD Stress & Anxiety

Recovery from Perfectionism and Shame

As a recovering perfectionist, I am keenly aware of times when shame has clouded my perception, especially when I have felt critic...
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nev·er·the·less
nev·er·the·less
Motivation, Grit, and Self Discovery Organization & Study Skills Learning How to Learn

nev·er·the·less

nev·er·the·less/ˌnevərT͟Həˈles/adverb in spite of that; notwithstanding; all the same. however.An example of nevertheless is conti...
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The opening of YPA, our learning center for middle schoolers
The opening of YPA, our learning center for middle schoolers
Teaching Middle School

The opening of YPA, our learning center for middle schoolers

Opening Yellow Parachute Academy in September has increased my ambition to create school change for our young people. (You’re thin...
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Neuroplasticity
Neuroplasticity
Motivation, Grit, and Self Discovery Stress & Anxiety

Neuroplasticity

Photo: Neural Plasticity: 4 Steps to Change Your Brain & HabitsDo you ever feel like you’re stuck in negative patterns with your k...
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Surviving? Our kids ought to be thriving in school.
Surviving? Our kids ought to be thriving in school.
Motivation, Grit, and Self Discovery Personalized Learning Organization & Study Skills Learning How to Learn

Surviving? Our kids ought to be thriving in school.

Do you argue about the same school-related problems every evening? See tears or anger that you don’t understand? Feel like you hav...
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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
Teaching Personalized Learning Learning How to Learn

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 go...
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The not-so-secret ways to reset your brain
The not-so-secret ways to reset your brain
Motivation, Grit, and Self Discovery Stress & Anxiety

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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