– CAN I HAVE FREE MONEY?

Fearlessly – the mother of an entitled teen asks,

This vacation my daughter has been asking for a lot of money and clothes. I don't begrudge her these things. They're what I want too, but I don't like the attitude that she's "entitled." She's a real good kid, but I don't like the idea of handing her free money. What do you think?

Rory's reply

I have spoken about this many times because the idea of "free money" freaks me out. I don't get "free" money. I bet you don't, so why should your kids?

I think it's time to read my white paper on No Allowances.

Teach kids to earn their way by beginning with our most fundamental solution that leads to "cooperation" before attempting additional instruction. Download your free skills here.

I began Brainsarefun to fill an enormous void. Far too many kids (and adults) were struggling with school (pre-school through college) because they never experienced success with earning. Allowances are a poor idea because they encourage the idea of "free money." I don't get free money, I can't imagine why my kids should.

To remedy kids believing they're "entitled" to free stuff I set out to teach them the greatest study-skills of all: how to start on time, stay on task and finish their assignments. This requires living up to agreements.

The place to start is always the same, "success."

Thanks for all you do to flood kids with reading, math and study-skill success,

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Rory Donaldson, Chief Brain, Success with reading, math and study-skills teacher, Brainsarefun. To save academic lives Brainsarefun's Fearless Friday Blog is published fearlessly every Friday, © 2012 – 2014 by Rory Donaldson, rory@brainsarefun.com, 860-304-3178. Kids really can do it!

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– FACTS, DARNED FACTS

A colleague of mine fearlessly asked,

There must be some "real" facts about how American kids are performing in school. Can you point me in the right direction?

My reply,

Sure. Let's begin by taking a look at the facts as published by the U.S. Department of Education. 

The next question is, "How can we improve?"

Here's how to increase reading, math and study-skills by 2 – 5 years in 20 hours of direct instruction.

I began Brainsarefun to answer the question, "How can we flood more kids with success?" Far too many kids (and adults) are struggling with school (pre-school through college). How come? Because too many kids never experience enough success with reading, math and study-skills. So let's give them a chance. For 15 years I've been asking parents and teachers to show me a better way. So far, no one has. Home and school. All ages. All curriculums. Kids who master these skills succeed. Teach these skills an hour a day and it almost doesn't matter what else you do the rest of the day, kids will succeed with reading, math and study skills. Test scores skyrocket.

Thanks for all you do to flood kids with success,

Click here for free "earning" contracts.


To save academic lives Brainsarefun's Fearless Friday Blog is published fearlessly every Friday, © 2012 – 2015 by Rory Donaldson, rory@brainsarefun.com, 860-304-3178. Free index of skills, tools and solutions.

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– HELP FOR POLITICIANS

 A politician friend of mine fearlessly asked,

I sure would like to stop "looking back." I'd like to talk about the future – saving the lives of kids and the positive economic contribution that makes. What do you think a smart politician should say? Maybe we could elect him/her president.

My reply,

Great question. I can only tell you what I'd like to hear from a candidate sometime (anywhere).  I think it would sound something like this.

The next question we must ask is, "How?"

Here are the 3 free solutions that give virtually all our kids a chance.

I began Brainsarefun to fill an enormous void. Far too many kids (and adults) were struggling with school (pre-school through college) because they never experienced success with reading, math and study-skills. So let's give them a chance. For 10 years I've been asking parents and teachers to show me a better way. So far, no one has. Home and schools. All ages. All curricula.

Thanks for all you do to flood kids with success,

Click here for sample "earning" contracts.


Rory Donaldson, Chief Brain, Success with reading, math and study-skills teacher, Brainsarefun. To save academic lives Brainsarefun's Fearless Friday Blog is published fearlessly every Friday, © 2012 – 2014 by Rory Donaldson, rory@brainsarefun.com, 860-304-3178. Kids really can do it!

 

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– KIDS WHO AREN’T COOPERATING

This Friday a teacher fearlessly asked,

Everything you teach is great, but what about the kids (or adults) in every classroom who have a hard time "cooperating?" What do I do with them?

Rory's reply,

This is where the art of teaching pays off BIG!

The Brainsarefun toolbox is filled with integrated skills, tools and solutions that you can call upon as needed, but #1, kids gotta expereince success. The place to begin, "Catch kids (people) doing the right thing and reward them immediately." This simple solution is rooted in deep science, "Kids (and everyone else) act in their own self-interest." They want what they want, and they want to be recognized for their achievement. Kids love to succeed.

GREAT REWARDS are those that provide kids with more time, more ​freedom to choose, and more resources to pursue what they want to pursue. Smiles and thumbs-up are two of the best rewards because they provide “recognition.”

Do you have kids who struggle with cooperation? Touch that kid on the shoulder. Smile. Catch that kid doing the right thing and reward with eye contact and a touch on the shoulder. Until a kid (or adult) is "cooperating," what's the point in going on? It will only put you at odds. Allow me to offer some derails that will be useful in getting kids to cooperate:

  1. Effective Rewards and Punishments
  2. The Nose Script
  3. Download more free skills here

I began Brainsarefun to fill an enormous void. Far too many kids (and adults) were struggling with school (pre-school through college) because they never experienced success with reading, math and study-skills. So let's give them a chance. For 10 years I've been asking parents and teachers to show me a better way. So far, no one has. Home and schools. All ages. All curriculums.

Thanks for all you do to flood kids with success,

Click here for sample "earning" contracts.


Rory Donaldson, Chief Brain, Success with reading, math and study-skills teacher, Brainsarefun. To save academic lives Brainsarefun's Fearless Friday Blog is published fearlessly every Friday, © 2012 – 2014 by Rory Donaldson, rory@brainsarefun.com, 860-304-3178. Our kids really can do it!

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– WANTED, COMPUTER ENGINEERS

Fearlessly – a mother asks,

I see a lot of jobs for computer engineers. I was wondering, do these jobs require math skills?

Rory's reply

I thought it would be a good idea to have a real computer engineer, Jim Hinds, answer this one, so I asked Jim for his comments. Here's his reply:

  • Math is not the essence of most computer engineers as it used to be (although it IS essential for electrical engineers, statisticians and graphical rendering type folks).
  • It’s more like “do you have the knack” to construct stuff.  Especially virtual stuff.  “Can you figure out ALL the consequences of what happens in your program?”  Kind of abstract Lego-block thinking.
  • They don’t teach that in math, or English.  Physics and chemistry kind of thinking could work, especially when you need to think of throughput and stuff like that.
  • The good programmers just “have it.”  So if the kid likes it, that’s the important thing.

The best way to teach kids to "have it" is to insure they're taught their fundamental academic skills. Kids who succeed with these fundamental skills have a much better chance of "physics and chemistry kind-of-thinking." This is what our 3 free solutions are all about.

Every kid, all ages, all skill-levels will thank you. These are the skills kids require to continue their educations and hold jobs with a future.

Thanks for all you do to flood kids with reading, math and study-skill success,

P.S. The 3 Laws of Happiness and how to use them


Rory Donaldson, Chief Brain, Success with reading, math and study-skills teacher, Brainsarefun. To save academic lives Brainsarefun's Fearless Friday Blog is published fearlessly every Friday, © 2012 – 2014 by Rory Donaldson, rory@brainsarefun.com, 860-304-3178. Our kids really can do it!

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