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Motivational House Calls

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This story from The Sacramento Bee is a great follow-up to yesterday's post about the relationship between motivation, mentorship, and parental involvement.

In the program described in the article, school counselors visit struggling students' homes to sit down with them and their parents and talk about ways to keep them motivated. The house calls encourage a relationship between the school and the parents, and keep everyone in the loop so they can work together to keep the student on track.

I've never heard of something quite like this before, and the results are largely positive, according to the article, which is not surprising to me, considering the program combines a lot of what we talk about here on this blog.

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It has been 35 years since my kindergarten teacher visited my home. I may not be able to remember what I had for breakfast today, but I clearly remember what my mother wore that day (her long, purple dress and sandals; it was the 70s) and many more details about Mrs.Smith's visit.

Home visits are powerful.

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