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Spring 2010                     It's Your Attitude that Matters
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The Power of a Positive Mindset!
Lessons from the Olympians
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Hello everyone, 
It's your Atitude
Not your Aptitude
That takes you to your Altitude!

Even though the 2010 Olympics have now officially ended, our students can still learn powerful lessons from the examplesthey have witnessed. The obvious lesson to be taken away from the Olympics is that hard work, patience, commitment, determination and perseverance do pay off in the end. And indeed, the statement "Whether you think you can, or you think you can't, both are correct." 


Spring is upon us and life is bursting open with fresh newness and limitless potential every day. Students are about to embark on one of the most challenging couple of months of the year. Academically, a perfect storm is brewing; students will suffer from severe bouts of spring fever while teachers will panic realizing they haven't fully taught the curriculum.


Projects, assignments and homework will become heavier than they have previously been. So we must try to draw on the lessons of nature and the examples of our Olympians to teach our children to believe that they are capable, possess their own unique strengths and accomplish their goals. It is that inner drive, that desire to succeed, that absolute knowledge that allows the seed (potential) to blossom into magnificent bloom. 

Lessons from the Olympians

The following note was written by a youngster with a learning disability.


The Way I Learn and What I Think About It  By: Jason, Age 12,

I would like to express my thoughts and feelings about learning differences. I'm learning disabled. I learn best by using my body, saying what I need to learn verbally, and making songs to help me. Sometimes it is hard for me not to doubt myself. Some of my strengths are I am strong in English. I'm good with other people. Also I am good in many physical activities. One of the downsides of learning differently is that it takes me a lot longer to do or learn things.  I think being LD means that it takes someone a little longer to learn some things than another person. Also I think it means the teacher needs to find other ways to teach you. People with learning differences are the same as everyone else, but when it is time to take a pencil, paper and do their work they may need help from a teacher, and someone else may not. If you are LD, you can reach your goals; you just may need to try a little harder.


Jason's story could be repeated by all of your children I am sure. If anyone ever says a learning disabled child is lazy then they have never attempted to understand what it is like to hold focus while their mind is racing off at super speeds, or following a twisted path such that at the end you can't remember where you began or listening to the teacher talk and not understanding what she has said, or starting off down the hall on an errand and remembering only the last instruction, or having to think if the letter b is the one that has the stick that goes up & ball to the right or the ball that goes down or the stick that goes down or ... or..... This is why it takes longer! Your children try harder and experience fewer successes than their non learning-disabled peers. When you ask them what they like about school they often have to think. We all must play to their strengths and give them credit for their successes.


How far would our Olympians have gone if we constantly pointed out their shortcomings? Imagine the lessons that these athletes could teach us all:


Alex Bilodeau: It's about inclusion and being totally inspired by his brother Frederic, who has cerebral palsy
Joannie Rochette: The courage to keep chasing your dream amid great adversity.
Jenny Ciochetti and Ryan Blais, the bobsledder and aerialist who both fell painstakingly short of making the Olympic team but still came to support their teammates
Clara Hughes: How finding your passion can rescue you from a dead end path.
Jasey-Jay Anderson: Never give up. Stay true to yourself.
Brian McKeever: Refusing to let a disability define you. Handling a setback with class.
Jon Montgomery: ADHD perseverance, dedication and focus despite impulsivity


In this last term of the year, we have to encourage every student to find their own personal, inner Olympian so they are able to successfully reach the finish line of the academic marathon.


"We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee" - Marian Wright Edelman 

Summer Services
Summertime tutoring and coaching can be a very beneficial support to your child's progress.
Some benefits of summer instruction:
  • can prevent accumulative widening of skill deficiencies
  • it is a more relaxed, comfortable learning pace
  • individually designed to maximize the student's learning style
  • no distractions and flexible schedule
  • studies have shown that students lose almost 3 months of learning over the summertime and learning-disabled and ADD students lose even more
  • an excellent time to achieve mastery
I will be offering private summer tutoring during the month of August.
I will be able to focus upon building organizational study skills as well as developing the necessary skills to write the perfect essay.
Please let me know if you might be interested and feel free to forward this message to friends who you think might be interested.
Client Feedback

"Ann is a dedicated teacher/mentor/coach with full appreciation for the difficulties that struggling students face in our current education system, and the lack of acceptance/stigma that inherently accompanies some of those difficulties. She strives to create equality of success among students, salvaging their self-esteem and paving the way for their academic success through her instruction." BJ  
Events and Meetings

PASS - Parent Advocates 4 Struggling Students
It is with sadness I must inform you the PASS has closed its doorsand will no longer provide advocacy or information to parents of struggling students. This is a great loss to our community. 
This conference is excellent and I will be attending on the Sunday April 25th . for conference address and details
Dr. Thomas Brown from Yale is the keynote speaker.
Thomas E. Brown, Ph.D, is an assistant clinical professor of Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine and the associate director of the Yale Clinic for Attention and Related Disorders.As an expert on Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Dr. Brown has presented papers, workshops and symposia at professional meetings throughout the world. Dr. Brown's award winning website can be found at:
This is a link to a Q and A video done by Dr. Brown.
I highly recommend you follow the link and consider attending this event.



About Students First Coaching
Students First Educational Coaching and Tutoring offers:
- one on one strategic tutoring assistance to LD/ADD students in middle school
- coaching support for LD/ADD students from high school through college and university
Through confidential inquiry, discovery, and collaboration, Ann works to move her clients forward by finding out what works best for them and then helping to define specific action plans whether it is coaching or tutoring.  Ann provides focus, accountability, support, direction, and guided reflection. 
Coaching and Strategic tutoring is a personal, one-on-one relationship.  Sessions can occur in person, through e-mail, over the phone or a unique combination of all of these methods.

Phone:  905-823-7215
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