The Blog

As a newspaper columnist, Nancy Devlin, Ph.D. has written over 700 articles on subjects related to education and parenting. Welcome to her Classroom!

Testing Your Encouragement Skills

Take this test to develop your encouragement skills. Continue reading

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Preparing for Summer

Prepare for your children to become more creative during the summer months. Continue reading

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SPORTS/COMPETITION

Physical Education is very importance. Children need to learn good sportsmanship and not just getting out there to win. Continue reading

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Schools Can Be Discouraging

A discouraged student can be a discipline problem Provide encouragement. Continue reading

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How To Produce Happy and Resouceful Children

Use “I” statements rather than the accusatory “You” statements. Bolster the child. Continue reading

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Encouragement Worksheet

Do this encouragement worksheet. You may discover that some of your statements are discouraging to the child.

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The Importance of Communication in the Family

Knowing how to communicate is just as important as knowing how to read and write and its development cannot be left to chance. Continue reading

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Things I Have Found To Be True

Never say anything against a child’s person. Children are concrete thinkers. Separate the deed from the doer. Continue reading

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Encouragement: Children Need It; Teachers Need It; Parents Need It.

Being  encouraged  makes us feel good and when we feel  good about ourselves we function better.  We need to find ways to help our  students  feel  good about themselves  also.   Many  of  our students are discouraged and discouraged students have … Continue reading

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Gifted and Talented, All Children Have the Potential

Linus, the character in the “Peanuts” comic strip, announced after  his first day at school that he had the worst thing a  kid could  have—potential.   This scene may be playing out in  many families  when  young children come home and … Continue reading

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