Tag Archives: resilience

Sometimes in life, you find yourself a holding pattern, forced to delay when you dearly desire to act. You want to take the field, but the big game hasn’t even started yet. What else can you do but wait? Here’s what you can do: Be patient. As author Joyce Meyer said, “Patience is not the ability to wait but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting.” Be strong. As Edward George Bulwer-Lytton, another author, said, “Patience is not passive; on the contrary, it is active; it is concentrated strength.” Be planful. Some wise individual observed, “The day you plant the seed is not the day you eat the fruit.” Last but not least, be present in the moment you find yourself. Sometimes you have to let go of the picture of what you thought life would be like and learn to find joy in the story you’re living.…

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Sitting for standardized tests often feels as charged and fraught with meaning as any big game or performance. Test takers are literally competing for scores which may have major implications for future educational opportunities. Yes, the test anxiety struggle is real. Expert coaching and perfect practice testing make a massive difference in the levels of anxiety test takers feel and, more importantly, how they respond to that stress in the moment. Unfortunately, small problems at the start of a test or test section have the potential to sabotage the whole exam: Getting lost or running late on the way to a test Forgetting an admissions ticket or acceptable ID or experiencing some other stressor at check-in Starting slow because you are tired, underfed, over-caffeinated, or insufficiently warmed up Coming out of a break distracted by good or bad news Countless tactical or strategic errors can lead to a weak start…

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It’s funny how much we can learn about school and testing by looking at sports. After all, where else do we glorify clutch performance over competitors after an enduring commitment to incremental improvement through sustained practice? As parents and teachers, considering sports helps us recognize that every athlete has the opportunity to start at one level of ability and practice towards a better one. Not every player becomes a starter, and precious few win any kind of championship. But the pride we take in watching our kids strive and struggle towards their best success doesn’t need to be limited to athletic accomplishments…   Take a lesson from the other side of the proverbial aisle and consider how this wise observation might apply to academic achievement: Your child’s success or lack of success in tests does not indicate what kind of parent you are. But having a student who is coachable,…

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The day of a big standardized exam can test the nerves of anyone, no matter how well prepared. Not only do test takers need to contend with the gauntlet of academic and strategic challenges posed by the exam itself and the test anxiety these ordeals trigger, but they may also encounter external threats to their precious peace of mind. You need to be prepared for anything on test day, from clueless proctors to meteorological mayhem to animal attacks. But who expects a naked gunman? A high school student said he couldn’t believe what he was seeing. A naked man, allegedly armed with a gun, in a bizarre situation with police in Las Vegas. “The guard told us don’t go out there,” Chris Merhi told KSNV-TV. There’s a man outside. He’s naked with a gun.” Mehri was taking a pre-SAT test with nine other students at Life Springs Christian Church when…

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