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1 When Life Hands You a Lemon, Can you Make Lemonade? Helping Children win the game of life Jay Samuels 1

2 The Yearly Teaching Panacea: start of each school year ushers in another miracle method that will solve the problems our schools face What effect does a yearly panacea have on teachers? How can we be cautious before investing in the newest miracle of the semester? What is triangulation? What does the research say about successful stress resilient children and child prodigies that is the same? 2

3 Stress resilient children What did Norman Garmezy find? Mentoring. What is a mentor and what does a mentor do? Belief System. To be a success what do you have to believe? Locus of control. To be a success what should you believe about what controls your life? Self respect. Do I have worth as a person? 3

4 Child Prodigies What did Dave Feldman find? What are the characteristics of prodigies? What was missing in the life of William Sidis, Americas most prodigious unsuccessful child prodigy? 4

5 Successful prodigies What do successful child prodigies require? Mentoring? Work habits? Intrinsic worth as a human being. Mr. Rogers influence? 5

6 Triangulation: What do the two research literatures say about being a success ? Both research literatures found the following was important for success. Mentoring Hard work Belief in education Locus of control Self worth as a human being 6

7 Typical Problems Faced by Inner-City St. Paul Teacher Clothing. Where do the students come from? Are the students dressed for the weather? Food. What is your favorite food? Language. Can you speak English? Education. Have you ever been to school before? Living condition. Are you living in a car? Summary. 7

8 Typical Problems Faced by Inner-City St. Paul Teacher Clothing. Where do the students come from? Are the students dressed for the weather? Food. What is your favorite food? Language. Can you speak English? Education. Have you ever been to school before? Living condition. Are you living in a car? Summary. 8

9 Motivating Kids to Read with Stuffed Animals 9

10 Mentoring inner city kids 10

11 11 Mentoring inner city kids

12 Daily Oral Language DOL I kent du enything wif mi lif becuz we r poor. Awl poor pepl r goeng tu be poor awl there lifes. 12

13 Practice Makes Perfect Why is reading like basketball? How does one develop reading fluency? How does one become skilled in sports and in reading? Practice, practice, practice books a year. The teacher as mentor, coach, and motivator. 13

14 Summary Some students live under conditions that are so bad, even the best reading methods are no match. Mentors help students overcome these problems so they can focus on achievement. 14


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