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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.
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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“My teacher hates me.” What it means and how to deal
“My teacher hates me.” What it means and how to deal
Personalized Learning

“My teacher hates me.” What it means and how to deal

“There’s nothing really that great about being cool. Cool is, by definition, self-protection.”  - Brené Brown I heard it again thi...
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Learning Coaches Change Lives
Learning Coaches Change Lives
Personalized Learning

Learning Coaches Change Lives

When our self-images get warped, we need relationships—the vision and kindness of caring friends and mentors—to correct them. I’ve...
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How to Stop Arguing About Food, Time, and Money
How to Stop Arguing About Food, Time, and Money
Parenting

How to Stop Arguing About Food, Time, and Money

As promised in last week’s post on conquering the self-defeating stories we tell ourselves, what follows is an honest and thorough...
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What Gets In The Way: The Stories We Tell Ourselves
What Gets In The Way: The Stories We Tell Ourselves
Learning How to Learn

What Gets In The Way: The Stories We Tell Ourselves

Click. How many times a day do you feel the lenses of other people trained on you? Do you imagine what they notice—the coffee stai...
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Why Finding Your Voice Takes Hard Work
Why Finding Your Voice Takes Hard Work
Learning How to Learn

Why Finding Your Voice Takes Hard Work

“She’s a natural.” You’ve heard it a million times regarding a talented athlete, academic, artist, musician—anyone who performs ab...
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Happy Holidays!
Happy Holidays!
Holiday

Happy Holidays!

Thank you for your partnership. Wishing you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Years.
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Elevating a Family’s Gifts with Christine Patka
Elevating a Family’s Gifts with Christine Patka
Parenting

Elevating a Family’s Gifts with Christine Patka

These past several weeks, we at Yellow Parachute have been thinking deeply the big themes of the holiday season: family values, gr...
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Rethinking Student Voice and Choice and What it Means to be a Learner

“You’re never going to feel like it,” offers Mel Robbins in reference to working out. I’ll add: “But you’ll never regret it when y...
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Slowing Down to Avoid a Wreck and Find Resilience
Slowing Down to Avoid a Wreck and Find Resilience
Parenting Stress & Anxiety

Slowing Down to Avoid a Wreck and Find Resilience

It’s a good thing I slowed down to 35 mph last week because we encountered some major bumps in our familial road. In fact, let’s c...
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