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Begin the Year By Noticing Student Progress

studying photoChange takes time, but kids DO make progress.

It’s often easier for me to see the growth in my students, because I don’t see them every day.

Parents are pleasantly surprised when I point out the gains their kids have made in knowledge and maturity. I’m trying extra hard this month to remember and mention the positives to parents, who may not have noticed progress that seems very obvious to me.

The new year is a wonderful time to look back and take stock on where your child was a year ago vs where he or she is today.

It’s human nature to spend more time worrying about the negatives, and, certainly, it’s important to keep working on problem areas. But, taking some time to reflect on what has been gained and what is going right will give everyone in the family a boost of hope and energy.

I really enjoyed these recent posts from one of my favorite websites, Zen Habits. (I always feel calmer and reassured after reading this site):

The Practice of Year-End Reflection

Instead of Creating Goals or Resolutions, Create Rules


And here again is one of my favorite, very short videos, Bright Spots, by Dan Heath.


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Begin the Year By Noticing Student Progress

Leigh Pretnar Cousins, MS

Leigh Pretnar Cousins, MS is an educator, counselor, writer and speaker. She's been a tutor, test prep coach and home school teacher for over thirty years. Click HERE to visit Leigh's website and to subscribe to her newsletter, "Learning Something New."

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Cousins, L. (2016). Begin the Year By Noticing Student Progress. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 22, 2020, from


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