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Each week, we will be posting about pertinent articles on educational and school-related topics, how they relate to Engaging Minds students (and parents!), and how to apply this information to your child(ren). We will also be posting original content pertaining specifically to the Engaging Minds approach and philosophy with tips on how to improve and enhance your child(ren)’s learning experience.
Our hope for this blog is to make it a valuable resource for parents. To that end, if you read any interesting articles or have any suggestions for topics, please feel free to email Dan Levine at Also, please comment on posts in the section below with your own input, ideas, and experiences. While we can’t promise we will be able to use all of your suggestions, we would very much appreciate your contributions and thoughtfulness!

When a teacher passes out a rubric, many students’ first instinct is to tuck it away in a folder and never look at it again. But rubrics are an invaluable resource, with many different functions that can support your child’s work before, during, and after a project gets underway. Read on for the three best ways to use a rubric to support executive function skills, then suggest a few of these strategies to your child at home.

Dishonesty can suggest natural development of social awareness, but being dishonest can damage relationships, impair academic achievement, and place additional stress on a child. Yet, more and more children are not completely truthful about their academics, leaving parents at a loss for what to do. In the hopes of getting to the bottom of this incredibly complex and often sensitive issue, Engaging Minds interviewed local neuropsychological and developmental experts, who provided explanation and support strategies for parents and students struggling to uncover the truth.

Executive function lessons from the New England Patriots

A month later, we are all still reeling from Super Bowl LI’s unprecedented outcome. With the game-winning touchdown still fresh in our memories, let’s talk about what it takes to achieve Bill Belichick’s famous directive, “Do Your Job.”

Although perfectionists are often celebrated for their above-and-beyond efforts, educators and mental health professionals increasingly recognize perfectionistic tendencies as an obstacle to student success. In fact, perfectionism impacts students and impedes success in a number of ways. Primarily among them are:

Finding the right "voice"

“Speak up.” “I’d love to hear you share.” “Everyone must participate.”

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