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Life Lessons: Educator’s Edition…Alexandra Mayzler

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Life Lessons: Educator’s Edition…
Alexandra Mayzler

Welcome to a special edition of Good Enough Mother Life Lessons! With school right around the corner, we thought it would be great to devote some time and space to the people who are so good to our kids.. educators! Hope you enjoy these special Life Lessons and happy school year to teacher, students AND their parents!

Are you happy at the moment?

Absolutely. Although there are always ups and downs, I try to focus on the positive and change the negatives that are in my control.

If you could go back and say anything to your 16-year-old self now – what would it be?

I would probably say the same thing to my 16-year-old self as I say to my current self and that is that is to be patient; work hard, do what you believe, but if you’re not getting an immediate result then stick with it and be patient. I am often restless in my ambition so the reminder that sometimes it takes time is my best advice.

What’s the most important thing you’ve learned this year?

Probably the above. I think that every year when I reflect on the previous 12 months, I realize that sometimes just some patience and waiting for things to come together is the best action. Although being proactive is important, often time helps!

What do you most want to achieve in the next 12 months?

On the professional front, I would like to work on technology and Thinking Caps. The foundation of our program is skills and strategies that students want to embrace. Technology places a vital role in the lives of our students; I want to ensure that our curriculum teaches students how to use technology appropriately and efficiently.

What’s your secret to happiness?

I don’t have a secret! I focus on the positives and am grateful to have a wonderful family, great friends, and a real joy for my work.

What one ritual or practice keeps you grounded?

There are no specific rituals that I have, but I do try to do things I enjoy during hectic times. I make sure to exercise, spend time with friends and family, and cook a new dish every now and then.

What’s your biggest regret?

I don’t have regrets in terms of doing things in my control differently. I truly believe that for every choice we make there is a consequence and reward. As long as you are satisfied with the opportunity cost then there are no regrets. Of course there have been things that have happened in life that are not in my control and I have some disappointments. But that which I can control, I make decisions in ways that allow me to not have regrets in the future.

What’s the most important lesson you’ve taught your kid(s)?

I think that the most important lesson that I can teach students is that with the right skills you can learn anything you want to. Most students want to succeed and have ownership in their work, but don’t have the tools for success. I see kids who give up and who don’t believe in themselves. When we teach kids how to learn, we invariably see motivated and successful students.

What bad habit would you most like to change about yourself?

Sometimes I feel like I push myself too hard. I love what I do and I enjoy a good challenge, but sometimes I wish I was better at relaxing!

Aside from motherhood/fatherhood and marriage what are you most proud of in your life?

I am most proud of the relationships that I have with my family and friends. I am also incredibly happy with the company and team that I’ve built at Thinking Caps.

When were you happiest?

Happiness comes in many forms. Professionally, there’s nothing better for me then seeing a student have an “a-ha” moment when not only does the information start to click but the student realizes that the ability to learn is in her control.

What ten words best describe you?

Energetic. Motivated. Hard-working. Ambitious. Introverted. Responsible. Giving. Curious. Student. Family-focused.

What is the best way parents can help you in the coming year?

The best way that parents can help is to be clear with expectations and communicate these expectations. If everyone is on the same page and working toward the same goals then success follows!

Alexandra Mayzler is the founder of Thinking Caps Group, a comprehensive academic support company that specializes in study skills. She is the author of several books including the study skills guide Tutor in a Book and test prep manual SAT Demystified. Alexandra lives in New York and spends her free time thinking about how to make studying easier, more interesting, and above all, enjoyable for her students.

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