Student Success 101

Komo’s Framework for Academic Management (FAM)© is holistic, skills-based learning and achievement for the 21st century.

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With the summer rolling in, I've been thinking a lot about our students (as always!). I've been thinking about how they are potentially at risk of facing into months of…

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All struggles in school are NOT created equal! When students are learning the MOST, they often feel like they're learning the least. How can this be? First things first: Active…

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Kids are taught to think small. It's a fact. School focuses on the right answer, the next quiz, the big assignment. I’ve seen so many students with a genuine interest…

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It's easy to get overwhelmed or confused with what you can do to best support your child under normal circumstances. These last few days especially, I’ve been hearing a lot…

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“I just want to support my child the best I can.” This is something I hear from every (caring) parent, x10 since school closures. A common follow-up statement: “I know…

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Reminder: bad days are OK. 'Bad days' are normal and happen to everyone. Especially right now when all seems incredibly bleak. Some kids need to hear this more than others,…

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You guys! I just came across this article, and I have to share because it's not very often I come across teachers who candidly admit the truth that teachers teach…

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Are your kids among the majority of students that are not engaged? The type of kid who really doesn’t want to do their school work? Do you find yourself constantly…

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I've recently read an article on the “death” of the average student. Not only is there no room for mediocrity in our current “high-achiever” climate, kids are literally dying in…

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Why is focusing on core skills essential to transforming how your kids "do" school? Isn't it better to target specific classes they're struggling with? Surely the most important thing in…

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Have you ever thought or been told that because your kids have a learning difference, school will just always be a struggle? Let me dispel you of this myth. We’ve…

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Being thrown into the deep end of online learning has been a huge upheaval for most of you students. Perhaps you’re bored with your online school. Maybe you’re tuned out.…

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Educational / curriculum based:  1.PBS Learning Media: a lot of videos, interactive content, and supporting documents. You can browse content according to grade level and national and/or state standards. https://www.pbslearningmedia.org/…

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“Know thyself” - AristotleMeta: showing or suggesting an explicit awareness of itself Cognition: the process of thinkingMetacognition: awareness of one’s own thought processes Metacognition (MC) is the key to building better…

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“To do two things at once is to do neither.” – Publius Syrus. Today we’re talking about how we allocate our most valuable resource: time. We know how critical thinking…

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"You can't always control the wind, but you can control your sails."While executive functioning (EF) has gained increasing attention in the mainstream over the last few years, it’s still not…

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I recently read a prescient article on how being a lifelong learner is no longer something we should hope our kids will be. Interestingly, it's something that they will need to…

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One of our students Colleen had a goal. I was delighted to hear recently that she was accepted to her dream school for her dream career. She took the time…

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Clarity is confidence. Routine is key. If your kids don’t have a crystal clear understanding of what exactly they need to do to stay on top of school, they will…

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Do you get concerned when your kids find English or Math or Science easy? If not, you’re in good company. If so, you’re one of the rare few.  Seldom do…

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Most students experience homework in the same ways: boring, hard, irrelevant. It’s something they have to do, a chore to get out of the way before they can go do…

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Have you ever told your kids not to compare themselves to how other kids in their classes are doing? That the only competition that matters is with themselves? If so,…

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I love Shakespeare. Even as a student. As my classmates loudly suffered through Othello, Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet, Shakespeare's language to me felt magical and I enjoyed piecing together what…

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We speak with a lot of parents about some of the biggest challenges they face. What is preventing their kids from genuinely learning - not just going through the motions…

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“Our world is created through everyday talk” The better we are at communicating, the better we are at: ✅ Understanding and maintaining our own personal well-being ✅ Enjoying a strong…

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Critical thinking is the mother of all skills for a couple of reasons. First, it leads to better life outcomes. Personal, professional, health, income, safety - you name it, and…

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Being "smart" doesn't hurt, except when we assume that higher levels of intelligence results in better life outcomes in school, at work and for personal well-being. Unlike intelligence, which several…

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A lot of kids feel a sense of shame when they need help with school. There’s a stigma around getting help that stems largely from twin toxic myths: - Only…

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Have you ever been told that if you want to help your kids do better in a subject they’re struggling with, you need to get them some tutoring for that…

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When our kids are struggling and we realize we’re not the best person to help them, we often turn to tutors. The problem is that traditional tutoring isn't just a…

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I want to talk about why children struggle with school. The best way we can help them thrive is by understanding the root cause of their struggles in the first…

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PROCRASTINATION: "voluntary delay of an intended action despite knowing that you'll be worse off for the delay." The vast majority of kids procrastinate, especially when it comes to school. And…

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