52 episodes

Our mission - empower parents and educators to empower kids to give and receive respectfully:
•Find out how your child/student learns, works, and communicates
best.
•Deal with school issues and gain the confidence to reframe labels
such as ADD, learning disabled, slow, lazy, or “just average”.
•Strengthen communication among family/class members.
•Acknowledge and encourage the strengths and “power traits” of
each family/group member and their unique contributions to the
world.
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Growing "Give-N-Take" Kids: Power Traits for Life‪™‬ Victoria & Mariaemma

    • Kids & Family

Our mission - empower parents and educators to empower kids to give and receive respectfully:
•Find out how your child/student learns, works, and communicates
best.
•Deal with school issues and gain the confidence to reframe labels
such as ADD, learning disabled, slow, lazy, or “just average”.
•Strengthen communication among family/class members.
•Acknowledge and encourage the strengths and “power traits” of
each family/group member and their unique contributions to the
world.
aselfportraitonline.com • learningsuccessinstitute.com
customized homeschooling - solimaracademy.com

    The Impact of Feelings & Needs in the Classroom

    The Impact of Feelings & Needs in the Classroom

    A couple of months ago Edie Lanphar and I (Mariaemma) did an episode called Talking in Class - It's Essential for Learning. The topic of feelings and needs came up toward the end and we promised to do a follow-up to continue that conversation. 

    Students come to the classroom - or homeschool - with various needs (as do the adults!), depending on what is going on in their circumstances. For real learning to take place - both academically and emotionally - it is critical to keep in mind the importance of exploring those needs, the feelings those needs bring up, and their impact on behavior and learning.

    The feelings and needs tool we discuss in this episode is called the No-Fault Zone Game and is available at: http://thenofaultzone.com

    Edie is a social-emotional, learning, and behavioral coach who has changed the lives of countless students and their families over the  years. She focuses on improving and enhancing relationships between young people, their parents and teachers, in the classroom and at  home. She is available for school and family consultations, relationship  coaching, workshops, and seminars. For questions, contact Edie at  805-459-0853 or elanphar@gmail.com.

    Or contact Mariaemma Willis at 805-648-1739, m@learningsuccesscoach.com or visit schoolathomemadeeasier.com

    copyright 2021 Mariaemma Pelullo-Willis

    • 54 min
    Talking in Class - It's Essential for Learning!

    Talking in Class - It's Essential for Learning!

    When adults meet in a class or group it is understood that time is needed for greeting each other, for processing information through discussion and questioning, and for conversations that facilitate the application of learning to the participants' lives. These activities keep adult learners engaged.

    Well, young people need this, too! Mariaemma and guest Edie Lanphar discuss the importance of making time for these conversations in the classroom or homeschool, and they share ideas for making it happen. Not only do these activities increase student engagement - they also lead to deeper learning.

    Edie is a social-emotional, learning, and behavioral coach who has changed the lives of countless students and their families over the years. She focuses on improving and enhancing relationships between young people, their parents and teachers, in the classroom and at home. She is available for school and family consultations, relationship coaching, workshops, and seminars. For questions, contact Edie at 805-459-0853 or elanphar@gmail.com.

    Or contact Mariaemma Willis at 805-648-1739, m@learningsuccesscoach.com or visit schoolathomemadeeasier.com

    copyright 2021 Reflective Educational Perspectives LLC

    • 40 min
    Solution-Focus vs Blame-Focus - What's the Difference?

    Solution-Focus vs Blame-Focus - What's the Difference?

    Solution-focused kids are much more likely to feel capable in any situation, including learning, while blame-focused kids are often afraid, withdrawn, resistant, or rebellious. Kids who are raised with solution-focused problem solving instead of consequences or punishment develop the ability to keep going in the face of setbacks. Find out how to be a solution-focused model for your children and/or students!

    Adapted from the book, Discover Your Child's Learning Style by Willis & Hodson. For more information or questions: email m@learningsuccesscoach.com, call 805-648-1739 or visit schoolathomemadeeasier.com

    copyright 2020 Reflective Educational Perspectives LLC

    • 7 min
    Anxiety Free Testing!

    Anxiety Free Testing!

    Is this even possible? Mariaemma shares how to make it happen!

    For more information or questions: email m@learningsuccesscoach.com or call 805-648-1739

    copyright 2020 Reflective Educational Perspectives LLC

    • 9 min
    The Magic of Focusing on Interests: Our #1 Motivators

    The Magic of Focusing on Interests: Our #1 Motivators

    Interests are our #1 Motivators yet adults often used them as punishment. What do I mean by that? Have you ever heard a parent or teacher take away a child's interest until they improve in a school subject? For example,


    Memorize the math facts and you can go back to art classes.
    No dancing until your spelling improves.
    Bring your grades up if you want to play tennis.

    But we never hear anything like, NO SPELLING until your dancing improves or You CAN'T DO MATH until tennis improves!

    Mariaemma discusses how to use Interests, not only to boost motivation and self-confidence, but also to improve academic skills.

    For more information or questions: email m@learningsuccesscoach.com, call 805-648-1739 or visit powertraitsforlife.com

    copyright 2020 Reflective Educational Perspectives LLC

    • 11 min
    Effects of Trauma on Learning & Behavior

    Effects of Trauma on Learning & Behavior

    Do kids experience trauma or can they just shake off scary experiences? What kinds of trauma do kids experience? Can changes in behavior and learning be signs of trauma? How can we best help our kids process and move on from traumatic experiences? And is it possible for a child to have experienced trauma without the adults around him/her realizing it?

    Edie Lanphar joins me, Mariaemma, in discussing this important topic.  Edie is Director of Curriculum & Instruction at The Knox School of  Santa Barbara. Her background includes special education,  social-emotional learning, and family dynamics, as well as classroom  teacher, principal, and curriculum developer for preschool - college.  She can be contacted at e.lanphar@knoxschoolsb.org

    For more information or questions contact me, Mariaemma Willis at 805-648-1739, m@learningsuccesscoach.com or visit schoolathomemadeeasier.com

    copyright 2020 Reflective Educational Perspectives LLC

    • 37 min

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