Help your teenagers succeed

Teen bored

Christine Duvivier believes that success breeds success and then asks:

If success breeds success in learning, then why do we set kids up for failure every day?  If we want them to succeed, we need to stop asking them to fit into a mold that doesn’t suit them and allow them the freedom to learn in ways that they learn best.   This doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be challenged or try new things (at which they will undoubtedly “fail”).  It means allowing them more freedom to find their own paths for successful learning.

TWILIGHT & Comic Books – More Alike Than We Know

With all the hype over this weekend’s opening of The Twilight Saga: New Moon, comic book fans can take comfort in the fact that much of the Twilight saga draws from the exact same story elements as superhero comic books.

Drug education site for primary school teachers

Primary pathways: an integrated approach to drug education
Written by a Primary School teacher, this easy-to-use education resource offers many quality learning activities for early, middle and later primary school drug education, integrating drug education with issues such as self-esteem, identity, problem solving and responsibility.

Teaching onomatopoeia? Try Rattletrap Car

Rattletrap Car

By Phyllis Roots

An uproarious tale of a family’s trip in a rattletrap car. The rattletrap car doesn’t go fast and it doesn’t go far – and when a family set off to the lake in it one hot day it soon starts to fall apart.

“Completely brilliant… Funny, original and beautifully drawn… Ideal for reading aloud.” The Independent on Sunday

More information at


3 excellent Library/Classroom Suggestions

Lesson Idea on using onomatopoeia

Examples of Art by Jill Barton

Read and listen to the book online

What is wasting time to you, may not be to your child

Children do a lot of learning and growing when they appear to be doing nothing at all so when we think they are “wasting time” they may be very busy doing important things indeed…

Website to support parenting teenagers

Dr. Michael J. Bradley

“This site is devoted to helping parents and teens get through the crazy teen years in a world that’s growing more difficult by the day. My hope is that this site will become a valuable resource to help parents and teens make the most of these years while keeping their loving relationships intact. “

Parenting with Nonviolent communication

Parenting with Nonviolent Communication


CNVC Certified NVC Trainer Inbal Kashtan discusses and demonstrates how to work with the incessant “no” from a child.

What does the research say about the relationship between food additives and ADHD?

There’s no evidence that food additives cause attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but an increasing number of studies show that certain food colorings and preservatives may cause or worsen hyperactive behavior in some children

Read more (including the list of additives)

Teaching leadership – for seventh grade

Are you facing the gap in the curriculum between sixth and eighth grade, particularly when it comes to leadership?  Are you planning to teach leadership?  Then perhaps you will be inspired by this plan on flickr.

Storystarter for kids

This website provides 729 creative ideas and writer prompts for junior writers.  All of the story starters are randomly created.   This idea generator can be used for short stories, novels, plays, scripts, or just for fun.